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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.




In the context of European and national research projects, the Software Systems Engineering research group studies and develops innovative solutions for current research questions. To support our research activities, we are looking for a PhD candidate/associate researcher (salary classification TV-L 13) in each of the following two areas, respectively:


Participation in one of our EU Horizon 2020 projects focusing on data-intensive software systems and big data technology: For details see the full job advert.

Further development of established techniques and methods to support the model-based engineering of collaborative embedded systems and cyber-physical systems: For details see the full job advert.

The positions are initially offered for two and a half years with the option for extension. The positions are offered as full-time or part-time (at least 50 % of a full-time position). Each of the two positions also provide the opportunity to earn a PhD degree and thus to obtain further academic qualification.


This job advertisement is only available in German.


You will take on a leadership position in one of our EU Horizon 2020 research and innovation projects starting beginning of 2017. We offer you a fascinating international research environment. The announced position of a Senior Researcher (salary classification TV-L 14) is offered for two and a half years with the option for extension. The position also provides the opportunity to pursue further academic qualification.

For further information, please see the full  Job Advertisement (PDF)


Dr. Stefan Hanenberg vertrat den Lehrstuhl für Software Engineering auf der Onward! Konferenz in Amsterdam. Vom 02. - 04. November 2016 diskutierten die Teilnehmer der multidisziplinären Konferenz Fragen zu Programmierung und Software. Hanenberg sprach in seinem Vortrag „Lightweight Programming Experiments without Programmers and Programs: An Example Study on the Effect of Similarity and Number of Object Identifiers on the Readability of Source Code using Natural Texts“ über den Einsatz von einfachen Programmierexperimente anstelle von kontrollierten Experimenten. Kontrollierte Experimente bringen mehrere Nachteile mit sich, wie Zeitintensivität und Fehlerbeschaffenheit, weshalb viele Forscher solche Experimente nicht durchführen. Eine Alternative könnten einfache Experimente darstellen, die einen niedrigen Aufwand mit sich bringen, dabei aber trotzdem die Hauptanforderungen eines kontrollierten Experiments erfüllen.



The BMBF-funded project Software Platform Embedded Systems – Dissemination und Transfer (SPEDiT), involving staff of the Software Systems Engineering group, took part in the ‘Tag des System Engineering’ (TdSE), a major German conference on system engineering. At TdSE, members of SPEDiT presented parts of a learning platform that is currently being developed by a project team of researchers and industrial partners. This platform is intended for educating and training experts in the area of embedded software engineering. This year’s TdSE took place from 25 to 27 October at Schaeffler Technologies’s conference center in Herzogenaurach, Germany. More than 260 participants with different backgrounds attended the conference in order to get to know trends and technologies in the area of systems engineering.

More information on our project: https://spedit.informatik.tu-muenchen.de/


BMWi unterstützt den Aufbau einer KMU-orientierten Plattform für IKT-Dienste bis 2018
In dem Forschungs- und Entwicklungsprojekt „Symphony“ soll ein Online-Marktplatz geschaffen werden, auf dem Unternehmen künftig IP-basierte IKT-Dienste vergleichen, auswählen, kombinieren, buchen und verwalten können. Die dazugehörigen Geschäftsvorfälle müssen dann nicht mehr mit jedem einzelnen Anbieter separat abgewickelt werden. Die Komplexität der Interaktion wird vor dem Kunden durch die Symphony-Oberfläche verborgen. Dabei geht es um solche derzeit in KMU meist isoliert voneinander genutzte Anwendungen wie z.B. virtuelle Telefonanlagen, automatische Anrufverteilung (ACD) oder CRM-Systeme, die über die Symphony-Plattform aus einer Hand verfügbar gemacht werden. 





Ab sofort wurden die Fristen für die Bewerbung für ein Auslandsstudium mit Erasmus-Förderung auf den 31. Januar eines jeden Jahres vorverlegt. Zusätzlich wird die Bewerbung in Zukunft durch ein Online-Formular vereinfacht.



The second BDVA Summit takes place in Valencia from November 30 to December 2, 2016. It is the second major event of the Big Data Value Association (BDVA). paluno (Research Group Software Systems Engineering, Prof. Dr. Klaus Pohl)  is a founding member of the BDVA, and actively involved in the organization of the BDVA Summit. More than 300 participants are expected in Valencia to network, inform themselves about the BDVA activities, and discuss the transformative influence of Big Data on existing industries. Participants are industry practitioners, researchers, and representatives of the European Commission. In addition to the presentation of concrete funding opportunities as part of the Big Data Value PPP (Public Private Partnership), BDVA task forces will meet to address specific topics and concerns, such as the preparation of the next version of the Big Data Value SRIA (Strategic Research Agenda), and the discussion of application domains for light house projects.


In the context of European and national research projects, the Software Systems Engineering research group develops and applies software engineering methods for context-adaptive systems and data-intensive systems. To support our research activities in the in these areas, we are looking for we are looking for two qualified associate researchers (m/f) with a high dedication to current research questions. We offer you a fascinating national and international research environment. The announced positions as PhD Candidate/Associate Researchers (salary classification TV-L 13) are initially offered for two years with the option for extension, depending on personal qualification. The positions are being offered in full-time or part-time (at least 50 % of a full-time position). Each of the two positions also provides the opportunity to earn a PhD degree and thus to pursue further academic qualification.

 Job Advertisement (PDF)


From 12 June to 16 June 2017 the 29th International Conference on Advanced Information Systems Engineering (CAiSE 2017) will take place in Essen, Germany. CAiSE is one of the leading conferences on information system engineering. General Chair of CAiSE 2017 is Prof. Dr. Klaus Pohl, chair of the SSE group of paluno (The Ruhr Institute for Software Technology). Program Chair is Prof. Dr. Eric Dubois of the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology. The theme of CAiSE 2017 is „Digital Connected World“. Research papers for the main conference can be submitted until 4.12.2016 (http://caise2017.paluno.de/call-for-papers/main-conference/). Proposal for thematic workshops can be submitted until 20.10.2016 (http://caise2017.paluno.de/call-for-papers/workshops/).