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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.



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. 





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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.


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/).


On 5 Sep 2016, CloudWave partners have organized a training even as part of the 5th European Conference on Service-Oriented and Cloud Computing (ESOCC) in Vienna. CloudWave is an EU FP7 project in the area of cloud computing. The training even demonstrated the key project innovations, as well as how these innovations may be embedded into leading cloud computing environments, such as OpenStack and Docker. Paluno presented its FCORE technique for coordinating the adaptation of cloud infrastructure (memory and CPU) with the adaptation of the software applications running on top of the cloud infrastructure. FCORE build on concepts from software product line engineering to define and manage the adaptations of cloud infrastructure and cloud applications. Further details: http://www.cloudwave-fp7.eu/content/coordinated-adaption.


During this year’s “Dies Academicus” of the University of Duisburg-Essen, the Master thesis of Felix Föcker was awarded as best thesis of the Faculty of Business Administration and Economics. The Master thesis of Mr. Föcker was supervised by the Software Systems Engineering (SSE) research group of Prof. Klaus Pohl at paluno – The Ruhr Institute for Software Technology. Using a logistics case study and data set from industry, the thesis explored the use of novel machine learning techniques for predictive process monitoring. The thesis demonstrated, that ensemble prediction techniques deliver an improvement of prediction accuracy for the logistics processes of the case study. An overview of current topics for Bachelor and Master theses at the SSE research group is available from https://sse.uni-due.de/lehre/themen/ (in German).


The 2nd International Workshop on Big Data Software Engineering (BIGDSE) took place on May 16 in Austin, Texas as part of the world’s largest and most important software engineering conference (ICSE). BIGDSE was jointly organized by Luciano Baresi (Politecnico di Milano), Tim Menzies (North Carolina State University), Andreas Metzger (research group SSE Prof. Dr. Klaus Pohl, paluno, University of Duisburg-Essen), and Tom Zimmermann (Microsoft Research).

The intersection between big data and software engineering offers opportunities for the development of future software systems, such as analysing user forums to identify new software requirements. However, big data also poses challenges to software engineering, such as how to perform software quality assurance in the presence or large data volumes. The relevance of this topic became evident by the huge interest in the workshop, which attracted forty researchers from academia and industry.

After a keynote on industrial data analytics given by Flavio Villanustre from LexisNexis Risk Solutions, 13 research presentations discussed the intersection between big data and software engineering. This year’s BIGDSE topics included real-time data analytics for software engineering, development approaches for data-intensive systems, as well as dependencies between data quality and software quality. An expert panel discussed data protection concerns from the US and the EU point of view.

The BIGDSE proceedings are available from the ACM Digital Library at http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?doid=2896825#. The presentation slides can be downloaded from the workshop website at https://sse.uni-due.de/bigdse16/#programme.


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The third International Workshop on Emerging Ideas and Trends in Engineering of Cyber-Physical Systems (EITEC’ 16) was accepted at CPS Week. CPS Week 2016 will take place in Vienna April 11-14, 2016. It is one of the best known federated conference series on Cyber Physical Systems (CPS). Dr. Thorsten Weyer, research group Software Systems Engineering, Prof. Dr. Klaus Pohl, is co-organizer of the Workshops. It will be a venue to share results, to share new ideas and to discuss upcoming research directions. This years Keynote speaker of the EITEC Workshop is Dr. Bernhard Schätz, fortiss GmbH, affiliated Institut of the Technische Universität München.