Fraunhofer IESE

Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering IESE in Kaiserslautern

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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Press Release / 11.10.2016

Prof. Peter Liggesmeyer appointed member of the State Council for Digital Development and Culture




Digital Villages / 5.10.2016

German TV reports on start of third test phase

Watch on TV station’s media archive from minute 16:17 [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).

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.

360° Softwarequalität: Messen und Bewerten von Produkten und Prozessen

360° Softwarequalität: Messen und Bewerten von Produkten und Prozessen

Ludwigsburg / 17.-18.11.2016

Bohren trifft Messen 2016

Bohren trifft Messen 2016

Mannheim / 23.-24.11.2016

Software Architecture and Software Development

Software Architecture and Software Development

Leipzig / 29.-30.11.2016

Discover our Continuing Education Program


Continuing education & training at Fraunhofer IESE

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


19-24 June 2017, Fraunhofer Institute Center Schloss Birlinghoven

Seminar Data Scientist

Three-level certification program to become a Data Scientist.


Career-compatible Master’s degree program

Master of Software Engineering for Embedded Systems.

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).

Quality and Innovation


Independent Software Testing Center

Experts examine the software and associated documents with special tools.


Rapid Innovation Labs

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

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

Fraunhofer IESE Kaiserslautern Aussenansicht Gebäude
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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.

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