Fraunhofer IESE Gets International Award as Successful Intermediary between Research and Business

Presseinformation / 21.5.2015

With the “2015 IEEE TCSE Software Engineering Distinguished Synergy Award”, the Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering IESE has received international recognition of its achievements as an innovation driver for the economy. On behalf of the institute, Prof. Dieter Rombach will be accepting the award bestowed by the largest professional association of engineers worldwide at this year’s International Conference on Software Engineering in Florence, Italy.

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers IEEE is the world’s largest professional association of engineers primarily from the areas of electrical engineering and information technology and has its corporate office in New York City. The association organizes numerous professional conferences, publishes a variety of professional journals, and has technical councils for the standardization of technologies, hardware, and software. Scientific contributions to IEEE journals or conferences are generally said to have a particularly high level of professional quality. With publications such as the journal IEEE Spectrum, the organization also promotes interdisciplinary information exchange and discussions about the social impacts of new technologies. With more than 430,000 members in more than 160 countries, IEEE is the world’s largest professional association for the advancement of technology.

One of the councils of the IEEE, the Technical Council on Software Engineering (TCSE), has now bestowed upon the Fraunhofer Institute IESE the “2015 IEEE TCSE Software Engineering Distinguished Synergy Award”. The IEEE TCSE promotes the application of engineering-style methods and principles to the development of computer software and is engaged in expanding expertise regarding techniques, tools, and empirical data in order to improve the quality of software. The TCSE is thus involved in the numerous possibilities for the design, development, maintenance, and evolution of software. Its two overarching goals are to make a contribution to the professional expertise of its members and to promote research and practice in the area of software engineering.

“We are proud of this award and the appreciation that it shows for our work. For almost 10 years now, Fraunhofer IESE has been doing state-of-the-art applied research in the area of software and systems engineering. With the increasing importance of software as an enabler for almost all kinds of innovations, the role of IESE as a collaboration partner for business has also become a lot more important. Today we are collaborating with many of the leading large and medium-sized companies from all domains. Upholding the tradition of Fraunhofer institutes as a bridge between academic research and industrial practice, we are thus making applied research results available to business and industry in a custom-tailored manner.

The long-term success of these industry collaborations is documented very strongly by this award,” said Prof. Dieter Rombach, Institute Director of Fraunhofer IESE.

The “Distinguished Synergy Award” is awarded every year for extraordinary contributions by a team or an institution that can be regarded as a model within the software engineering community as it is working in an exemplary manner on maintaining an intensive partnership between industry and research. The members of this year’s jury included experts such as Grace Lewis (SEI, USA), Karl Reed (La Trobe University, Australia), Rick Selby (Northrop Grumman, USA), and Rick Kazman (University of Hawaii, USA) – all of them professors at highly renowned software engineering institutes.

More information about this year’s award winners can be found at:

The Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering IESE
Fraunhofer IESE in Kaiserslautern is one of the worldwide leading research institutes in the area of software and systems engineering methods. A major portion of the products offered by its customers is defined by software. These products range from automotive and transportation systems via automation and plant engineering, energy management, information systems and health care to software systems for the public sector. The institute’s software and systems engineering approaches are scalable, which makes Fraunhofer IESE a competent technology partner for organizations of any size from small companies to major corporations.

Under the leadership of Prof. Peter Liggesmeyer and Prof. Dieter Rombach, the contributions of Fraunhofer IESE have been a major boost to the emerging IT hub Kaiserslautern for close to twenty years. In the Fraunhofer Information and Communication Technology Group, the institute is cooperating with other Fraunhofer institutes to develop trend-setting key technologies for the future.

Fraunhofer IESE is one of 66 institutes and research units of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. Together they have a major impact on shaping applied research in Europe and contribute to Germany’s competitiveness in international markets.