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The software systems of the future will be characterized by widely distributed, mobile, even ubiquitous use; by the seamless interaction between physical and digital services, data and things; and by continuous adaptation to a rapidly

evolving technology and business context. IT systems that are up to these challenges enable digital enterprises to not just cope with frictional changes in their markets, but to take advantage of new business opportunities as they emerge. In research and industry projects with partners across Europe, paluno develops scientific, yet pragmatic approaches to engineer such complex software systems – for the infrastructures of the future as well as the application landscapes of today.

paluno’s research and transfer paradigm encourages mutal benefit from basic research, applied research and bilateral industry cooperations. Our research teams join competencies covering all phases and layers of software engineering, and bring in experience from application domains as diverse as insurance, automotive, health, energy, and logistics.



The paluno e-learning and e-assessment team joins two international conferences this week and next week to present its recent results. All publications are result of fruitful cooperations with other research groups or universities.



The master project group "Collaborative Driving" has been awarded Best Master Project Group in the winter term 2016/17. The students Julian Bellendorf, Kevin Keller, Markus Kempe, Noyan Kurt, Dennis Lohmann and Alexander Palm specified the software of collaborative vehicles for autonomouse driving on highways. The project group was supervised by Jennifer Brings and Marian Daun.




A growing number of easy-to-use cloud services are available over the internet. However, users find it increasingly difficult to understand what cloud services do with their personal data and whether personal data may fall into the wrong hands. The recently started project RestAssured develops solutions to avoid data protection violations by dynamically adapting the cloud systems. The EU is funding the Research & Innovation Action RestAssured, which involves six partners, granting ca. 5 million EUR for three years. paluno’s ‘Software Systems Engineering’ group, headed by Prof Dr Klaus Pohl, will be funded with a. 650,000 EUR. RestAssured combines techniques for adaptive software systems with innovative security mechanisms into an end-to-end data protection solution for the cloud.
Further information: https://sse.uni-due.de/en/research/projects/restassured/


The 3rd issue of "Automatische Bewertung von Programmieraufgaben" in October 2017 again tackles all topics connected to the use of e-assessment systems in programming education. It offers space for discussions on technical, organizational and didactical questions.



The theme issue on variability modelling for software-intensive systems has been published in the journal “Software and Systems Modeling” (Volume 16, Issue 1). Dr. Thorsten Weyer (paluno, Software Systems Engineering) and Prof. Dr. Andrzej Wąsowski (IT University Copenhagen) are the guest editors of this theme issue. The Springer journal on "Software and Systems Modeling“ (SoSyM) is ranked among the most renowned international journals in the area of modelling in software engineering. [DOI]


The “Software Engineering“ conference of the German Informatics Society (GI) took place from 21 – 24 February 2017 in Hannover, Germany. SSE contributed to the scientific main programme with three contributions: Marian Daun et al. “Project-based Learning with Examples from Industry in University Courses“, Andreas Metzger et al. “Comparing and combining predictive business process monitoring techniques“ und Eric Schmieders et al. “Runtime model-based privacy checks of big data cloud services“.

More information: http://se17.uni-hannover.de/programm.html


Big Data may reshape transport processes and services to significantly increase operational efficiency, deliver improved customer experience, and foster new business models. Current forecasts expect that a 10% efficiency improvement may lead to EU cost savings of 100 billion Euros. Beginning in January 2017, the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 programme will fund the lighthouse project TransformingTransport (Big Data Value in Mobility and Logistics), which involves 47 partners, granting 14.6 Million Euros for 2.5 years. paluno’s ‘Software Systems Engineering’ group, headed by Prof Dr Klaus Pohl, plays an integral role within the project and will be granted individual funding worth 760,000 Euros. The TransformingTransport project will demonstrate, in a realistic, measurable, and replicable way the transformative effects that Big Data will have to the mobility and logistics market. TransformingTransport will address seven pilot domains of major importance for the mobility and logistics sector.

Further information about the project: https://sse.uni-due.de/forschung/projekte/transformingtransport/ 
Press release (in German): https://sse.uni-due.de/presse/pressemeldungen/artikel/transportdaten-intelligent-verknuepfen-ude-holt-transport-und-logistik-auf-den-stand-der-technik-1/ 


Zur Unterstützung unserer Forschungsprojekte suchen wir talentierte Absolventen (m/w) mit Begeisterung für aktuelle Forschungsfragestellungen des Software Engineerings. Die Stelle kann in Voll- oder in Teilzeit (mind. 50% einer Vollzeitstelle) besetzt werden und bietet die Möglichkeit zur Promotion. Die zu besetzende Stelle (TV-L 13) steht für sechs Jahre zur Verfügung.

Aufgrund einer Änderung der befristungsrechtlichen Vorschriften im Wissen- schaftszeitvertragsgesetz vom 11.03.2016 kann die tatsächliche Vertragsdauer abhängig von den persönlichen Voraussetzungen hiervon abweichen.

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The adoption of cloud computing is on a steady increase. Clouds contain data, software programs, and offer almost endless storage capacity and processing power. Fully exploiting the potential of cloud technology, however, means to address new technical challenges. These challenges were addressed by the EU funded project CloudWave („Agile Service Engineering for the Future Internet“). In the CloudWave project, researchers from paluno (SSE group, Prof. Dr. Klaus Pohl) worked together with renowned partners from research and industry. After three years of joint research, the project was concluded with an excellent final review at the end of 2016.
Further information about the project: https://sse.uni-due.de/forschung/projekte/cloudwave/
Press release (in German): https://www.uni-due.de/de/presse/meldung.php?id=9670


For years, there has been a significant shift in engineering of embedded and cyber-physical systems towards dynamically formed collaborative systems of cyber-physical systems. Dynamic system clusters are essential to technology-driven visions of the future, as exemplified by automatic transport of humans and things; Smart Cities; advanced medicine technology; intelligent factories; and Assisted Living.
Beginning in February 2017, Germany’ Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) will fund the joint research project CrESt (Collaborative Embedded Systems), which involves 22 partners, granting 15 Million Euro for three years. paluno’s ‘Software Systems Engineering’ group, headed by Prof Dr Klaus Pohl, plays an integral role within the project and will be granted individual funding worth 800,000 Euro. In the joint project, CrESt partners from industry and academia will develop and test solutions for the challenges that emerge from dynamically coupled systems of embedded and cyber-physical systems. The methodological framework for engineering of embedded systems that has been developed as part of the BMBF-funded research initiative SPES (Software Platform Embedded Systems, 2009-2015) serves as a basis for above-described endeavour.