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Welcome to the Ruhr Institute for Software Technology

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.

Ph.D. Process and Quality Gates

All information about the Ph.D. Process can be found in our Ph.D. Flyer. For job opportunities please click here.



Philipp Bohn of paluno’s Software Systems Engineering group (headed by Prof Dr Klaus Pohl), presented a full paper at ICSOC 2017 in Málaga. ICSOC is the International Conference on Service-Oriented Computing, which took place for the 15th time. The paper titled “Risk-based proactive process adaptation” is a scientific outcome of the European H2020 lighthouse project “TransformingTransport”, which develops and validates novel solutions for big data in transport and logistics.

More information:
•    https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-69035-3_25
•    https://transformingtransport.eu/


UNIKATE is the scientific magazine of the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE). The current issue of UNIKATE marks the 50th anniversary of the magazine. The current issue focuses on high performance computing and cloud computing. The article „Completely private?“ written by Dr. Zoltan Mann, Dr. Andreas Metzger und Prof. Dr. Klaus Pohl (paluno research group SSE) discusses challenges and solutions for secure storage and processing of personal data in the cloud. The solutions presented were developed in the research projects iObserve and RestAssured.
Further Information: https://www.uni-due.de/2017-09-14-unikate-cloud


Two workshops at the german E-Prüfungs-Symposium (ePS) in Bremen on September 19th and 20th are organized by paluno's e-assessment expert Dr. Michael Striewe. The workshop on Tuesday tackles e-assessment in humanities and will elicitate needs and solutions from various disciplins. The workshop on Wednesday discusses technical and didactical aspects or variability in programming assignments. Participants for both workshops are welcome!



To support our research activities, we are looking for two PhD candidates/associate researchers (salary classification TV-L 13) in the area of “Software Engineering”. As part of our competent and motivated team, you will work in a fascinating, national and international research environment. You will prototypically implement and implement your research results in close cooperation with our industrial partners. Your tasks include, among others, participating in European and national research projects, publishing and disseminating research results at internationally renowned scientific conferences and journals, as well as supporting teaching activities. Each of the two positions also provides the opportunity to pursue further academic qualification (i.e., to earn a PhD degree).

Detailed information can be found in the full job advert.


A new book on automated grading in programming education has recently been published by Waxmann (http://www.waxmann.com/buch3606). E-Assessment expert Dr. Michael Striewe from paluno is one of the editors and also contributed a chapter on paluno's e-assessment system JACK.



To support our activities in our "Blended Learning" project, we are looking for a qualified PhD candidates/associate researchers with a strong interest in current research challenges, for example in the area of adaptive e-assessment or learning analytics. The position to be filled (salary classification TV-L 13) is offered as full-time position starting from August 1st and limited to the end of the project on end of 2020.

For further information please see the full job advert.



With more than 300 participants, the 29th Intl. Conference on Advanced Information Systems Engineering (CAiSE 2017), held from June 12 -16, was well attended. The conference took place in Germany for the second time. Beside three excellent keynotes the scientific program consisted of 37 presentations (chosen from over 170 submissions) and 20 presentations in the CAiSE Forum, as well as five topic-specific workshops and five co-located events. The conference was chaired by Prof. Dr. Klaus Pohl (paluno, Uni DuE, Essen) and Eric Dubois (LIST, Luxemburg).

Impressions from the conference, order information for proceedings and information about the next CAiSE 2018 can be found at  http://caise2017.paluno.de/


Dr. Zoltán Adam Mann of paluno’s Software Systems Engineering group (headed by Prof Dr Klaus Pohl), presented a full paper at CCGrid 2017. CCGrid is the IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Cluster, Cloud and Grid Computing, which took place for the 17th time in Madrid, May 14-17, 2017. The paper titled “Optimized cloud deployment of multi-tenant software considering data protection concerns” is the first scientific outcome of the European H2020 project “RestAssured”, which develops solutions for secure data processing in the cloud.

More information:
•    https://www.arcos.inf.uc3m.es/ccgrid2017/
•    http://www.restassuredh2020.eu/


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.