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20 Years of Fraunhofer IESE

In 1996, Fraunhofer IESE was founded as the first Fraunhofer institution in Rhineland-Palatinate. It has been enjoying an excellent reputation in Software and Systems Engineering worldwide for 20 years.

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Smart Ecosystems

Interconnected Systems – the cross-domain megatrend for software and systems – will be the challenge in future software engineering. USPs will increasingly be generated by interconnecting one’s own software with other systems.

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Smart Rural Areas

Making life in rural areas worth living in the future is our joint responsibility in government, research, business, and society. With our strategic research initiative Smart Rural Areas, we support the pursuit of new and innovative paths.

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Industry 4.0

Industry 4.0 stands for digitalization in the manufacturing industry. The rising numbers of variants, increasingly customized products down to batch size 1, new global competition – the efficient transformability of production processes will safeguard your future.

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Big Data

Big Data is far more than the profitable analysis of Internet data: The issue is to generate actually tangible added value from a seemingly endless stream of data. Data security and data usage control play a central role in this regard.

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Welcome to Fraunhofer IESE! 20 years of solid empirical expertise in Software Engineering.

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The Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering IESE is known across the world for empirically grounded methods and processes for industrial software and systems engineering. Software is found everywhere today, either embedded – into automobiles, airplanes, medical devices, or large systems of systems – or as a stand-alone application. Fraunhofer IESE’s cross-domain project work is always based on state-of-the-art findings and corresponding techniques and tools. This assures the quality of highly integrated high-tech system solutions where value is increasingly added through software. Fraunhofer IESE treats software not only as a module, but always as a product within the product that needs to be engineered.



Third test phase of the Digital Villages: citizens to use app to barter, search for, and offer goods and services


Digital Villages on German Television

TV program about demographic changes: Digital revolution in rural areas (ARD Nachtmagazin, in German)


Fraunhofer in third place with the best work-life balance

These are the 10 companies with the best work-life balance (external link in German).

Digital Villages Explainer Video

Citizens use apps to create networks in the sense of modern neighborhood support. How is this done? Just take a look at our video (in German).

Upcoming Events

Come and visit the leading trade fairs and scientific conferences presenting our product innovations and research activities or attend our own series of events.

UX-Day 2016

UX-Day 2016

Mannheim / 13.10.2016

Cyber-Security Day
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Cyber-Security Day

Berlin / 20.10.2016


Independent Software Testing Center

Experts examine the software and associated documents with special tools.


New Book - Pragmatic Evaluation of Software Architecture

Thorough and continuous architecting is the key to overall success in software engineering, and architecture evaluation ...



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We offer numerous seminars as well as a career-compatible distance studies program "Master Software Engineering for Embedded Systems".


Seminar Data Scientist

Three-level certificate program "Data Scientist".


Rapid Innovation Labs

Our researchers provide comprehensive support for your innovation process – from idea generation to the evaluation of customer acceptance and technical feasibility.

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