20 additional university chairs created in the context of the Zentrum Digitalisierung.Bayern

Presseinformation / 25.11.2015

With its strategy BAYERN DIGITAL, the Free State of Bavaria is promoting digitalization in business and science. This includes the Zentrum Digitalisierung.Bayern (ZD.B, Bavarian Center for Digitalization). In mid-November, the cabinet of the Bavarian state government in Munich was presented with the proposals made by a commission of experts, which had been working on recommendations for the design of 20 additional state-funded chairs in the area of digitalization at Bavarian universities and universities of applied sciences since April 2015. The chairman of the independent commission staffed with experts from outside Bavaria was Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Liggesmeyer, executive director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering IESE in Kaiserslautern.

An important part of the implementation of the Bavarian digitalization strategy is the establishment of a total of 20 university chairs, ten each at universities and at universities of applied sciences, to further expand the research competencies in the area of digitalization. Prior to the official advertisement for these chairs, future-oriented topic areas had to be defined first and relevant research and teaching areas had to be identified next. These then needed to be allocated to the various universities. This was the task of a high-profile expert commission chaired by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Liggesmeyer, Executive Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering IESE in Kaiserslautern and President of the German Informatics Society (GI e.V.). In a science-led assessment and ranking process, the commission assessed the quality of the submitted applications according to predefined criteria and issued a clear overall recommendation.

The chairman of the commission, Prof. Liggesmeyer, explained the challenging work done by the expert commission over a period of seven months: “We had 49 applications for university chairs for a huge variety of topics from the area of digitalization, all of which we checked very thoroughly. We considered it particularly important to determine their relevance and future orientation, since the ultimate aim of these new chairs to be established is to further expand research in this topic of the future on the one hand and to support the next generation of professionals and managers in this area on the other hand.”

In mid-November 2015, Science Minister Dr. Ludwig Spaenle and Economic Affairs Minister Ilse Aigner informed the Bavarian Council of Ministers about the results of the expert commission. Minister Spaenle: “With the ten new chairs each for universities and universities of applied sciences, we will expand the research competencies in future digitalization fields – which are already excellent now – even further and create a network among them throughout the state.” Minister Aigner added: “At the same time we can intensify the education of students in the respective study programs. This will allow us to make a major contribution to the future generation of business professionals and managers.” The cabinet approved the proposal of the two state ministers, which was based on the recommendations of the expert commission. The complete list of the new university chairs can be found in the press release of the Bavarian State Ministry for Education and Culture, Science and Art: http://www.km.bayern.de/pressemitteilung/9834/nr-443-vom-17-11-2015.html.

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.

The Zentrum Digitalisierung.Bayern (ZD.B)
The ZD.B (Bavarian Center for Digitalization) is one of the central components of the strategy BAYERN DIGITAL for the promotion of the new digital age in business and science in Bavaria. The center’s tasks include the identification of future-relevant key topics in the dialog between business and science as well as the strengthening of research in key areas of digitalization such as “IT Security”, “Digitalized Production”, “Networked Mobility”, “Digital Medicine/Health”, as well as “Digitalization in the Energy Sector”. Prof. Dr. Manfred Broy, Professor Emeritus of Software & Systems Engineering at TU München, has accepted the position of founding president of the ZD.B.

Further information about the Zentrum Digitalisierung.Bayern can be found at: www.zd-b.de.