Fraunhofer IESE joins MARSEC-XL
Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering (IESE) and Malta’s dynamic College of Arts, Sciences and Technology join MARSEC-XL, the Marine Software Engineering Cluster of Excellence in Malta.
In a Public Deed on 10 December 2008, Prof. Dieter Rombach, Chairman of the Fraunhofer ICT Group and Executive Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering (IESE) and Prof. Maurice Grech, Principal and CEO of Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology formally joined as Council Members of the MI-SE@MALTA Foundation, the applied research and education institute of MARSEC-XL.
Fraunhofer IESE, one of 56 institutes of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, is one of the world leading research institutes in this engineering sector. A vast majority of the products and services delivered by IESE and its collaborative partners involves software. These products and services range from automotive and transportation systems to telecommunication and telematics equipment, from information systems and medical devices to software systems for the public sector. “Formalizing our working relationship with MARSEC-XL by joining its MI-SE@MALTA Foundation is an exciting step for Fraunhofer IESE that brings an entirely new and highly sophisticated application domain to our portfolio. The marine sector and yachting in particular already deliver hi-tech products and systems that offer significant opportunities for further innovation and integration,” commented Prof. Dieter Rombach at the ceremony in Malta today.
MCAST, Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology, is a highly successful and fast growing leading education institution in Malta. With over five thousand students in its nine institutes and internationally acclaimed industry collaborations, MCAST has a significant footprint in the Maltese educational system and economy. Four of its specialized institutes, namely, the Institute of Information and Communication Technology, the Institute of Mechanical Engineering, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, and the Maritime Institute provide an ideal mix of expertise to engage with the MI-SE@MALTA Foundation and help it to attain its mission. Prof. Maurice Grech stated: “Together with Fraunhofer we are delighted to join MARSEC-XL to help strengthen further the research and educational aspect of this unique initiative in the yachting sector. This fits perfectly with MCAST’s objectives to further its operations in the marine sector and to prepare students for today’s and tomorrow’s jobs”.
The MARSEC-XL Foundation (Marine Software Engineering Cluster of Excellence) seeks to influence positively and in no small way the future of the yachting industry by focusing on marine systems and software engineering. The mission of MARSEC-XL is to provide an unbroken, sustainable innovation chain encompassing a range of activities from applied research, education and training, to business operations and technology transfer. With world-renowned players in the yachting industry, MARSEC-XL has been established as a neural network, where leading brands come together for collaborative work. “Fraunhofer IESE and MCAST have been actively supporting MARSEC-XL since its inception. Given the growth and success in MI-SE@MALTA, it is now time to expand the Foundation Council, and I am delighted to welcome Prof. Rombach and Prof. Grech as members of the council”, said Geir Fagerhus, CEO MARSEC-XL and MI-SE@MALTA Foundation.
MARSEC-XL has identified a lacuna in the marine systems and software engineering aspects of yacht building, manifested in the lack of interoperability and compatibility of the onboard ICT and electronic systems. This niche has an extensive potential, and Malta is an ideal location for its development, given its strong ICT orientation, its maritime heritage, its location in the middle of the yachting market, and the high-potential marine infrastructure around the Grand Harbour, Valletta.
MARSEC-XL consists of four distinct and interconnected units:
- The MARSEC-XL Cluster Initiative Office – MARSEC-XL Foundation,
- The Marine Institute for Software Engineering at Malta, MI-SE@MALTA Foundation, in collaboration with Fraunhofer IESE (Kaiserslautern, Germany) and Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology (MCAST),
- The Super-yacht Technology Expansion Centre, S-TEC Ltd, the first “living lab” in the yachting industry,
- The Marine Business Port, MBP Ltd, offering international companies the opportunity to establish a central presence in the Mediterranean and become part of MARSEC-XL.