Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering IESE

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.

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.



Annual Privacy Forum 2016

On 7 and 8 September 2016, the Annual Privacy Forum (APF) 2016 will take place in Frankfurt.


Fraunhofer IESE and Rhineland-Palatinate Development Agency organize refugee project


BMBF funds Industry 4.0 project “BaSys 4.0” – Fraunhofer IESE is project coordinator



Competition for project “eDorf” (eVillage) starting

Since this Friday, communities or municipalities from areas with special need for action can apply to become a model village in the context of the project “eDorf” (eVillage) of the Bavarian State government.


Fraunhofer IESE signs Memorandum of Understanding with Dutch research organization TNO-ESI

On the fringes of the TNO-ESI Symposium, Fraunhofer IESE and the Dutch research organization TNO-ESI (Embedded Systems Innovation by TNO) signed a memorandum of understanding.


Pragmatic Evaluation of Software Architectures

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


Rapid Innovation Labs – rapid, innovative, unique

For a company to enjoy lasting and global success, product quality is a crucial competitive factor –  however, by itself this is often no longer enough.


Independent Software Testing Center

Software is elusive, invisible, interconnected across multiple dimensions, and afflicted with many dependencies. Testing efforts frequently account for half of a company’s development budget, but everyone knows that software is not 100% defect-free. Especially from the customer’s perspective, it is hard to understand what happens inside the black box “software”.