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

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On the fringes of the TNO-ESI Symposium, the annual scientific conference for embedded systems in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, the Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering IESE in Kaiserslautern and the Dutch research organization TNO-ESI (Embedded Systems Innovation by TNO) signed a memorandum of understanding in Eindhoven on 19 April 2016 that is aimed at future research collaboration.

International cooperation is imperative in modern research. For the past two decades, the Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering IESE in Kaiserslautern has maintained numerous collaborations with research institutions and companies all over the world. Now there is an additional one. The Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research TNO is the largest research organization in the Netherlands. Just like that of the German Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, the focus of TNO is also on applied research, which means there are natural commonalities for future collaboration. These aspirations were reinforced by a Memorandum of Understanding signed in Munich on 12 April 2016 in the presence of the Dutch royal couple by the President of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Prof. Reimund Neugebauer, and the CEO and Chairman of the Board of TNO, Paul de Krom.

Almost at the same time, on 19 April 2016, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Fraunhofer IESE and TNO-ESI. The research group TNO-ESI is part of TNO and conducts research in the context of embedded systems. In this area, a lively exchange of scientific ideas shall take place in the future. Furthermore, joint research projects shall be conducted. Collaboration shall also extend to continuing education as well as to the development of research tools, and the potential of exchanging scientific staff and offering joint services and projects shall be explored. Prof. Dr. Dieter Rombach, Director Business Development at Fraunhofer IESE, who signed the agreement in the context of the TNO-ESI Symposium, stressed the great potential of this collaboration: “In recent months, we have identified many joint interests as well as complementary competencies. In the future, we want to use these to improve research results on the one hand and offers for industrial companies on the other hand. Challenges in the context of the initiative ‘Industry 4.0’ offer excellent application areas in this regard.”

The TNO-ESI Symposium took place at Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands on 19 April 2016. Approx. 350 participants from the wider region – representatives from industry as well as scientists – took part in the symposium, whose motto was “A Paradigm Shift in Embedded Systems Engineering”. The symposium was organized jointly by TNO-ESI and High Tech NL; Fraunhofer IESE was an associated partner of the event. The opening keynote on the topic of Industry 4.0 was given by Prof. Rombach. The presentations covered the necessary changes to systems, methods, and processes that must accompany the digital transformation. The program and further information 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 67 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.

TNO-ESI (Embedded Systems Innovation by TNO) is a leading Dutch research group for high-tech embedded systems design and engineering. It has a close cooperation with high-tech industry, as well as a strong association with fundamental research of academia, both national and international. TNO-ESI contributes to society and economy by driving advances in high-tech systems technology, with a strong shared research programme, dedicated innovation support, a focused competence development programme, and various knowledge- and experience-sharing activities. Further information:

The Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (Nederlandse Organisatie voor toegepast-natuurwetenschappelijk onderzoek), TNO for short, is an independent research organisation in the Netherlands that employs some 3,000 specialists whose aim is the joint creation of economic and social value. TNO stands for innovation with purpose. Knowledge is not developed for its own sake here, but rather for practical application. TNO connects people and knowledge to create innovations that boost the competitive strength of industry and the well-being of society in a sustainable way. The focus is on transitions in five social areas: Industry; Healthy Living; Defence, Safety & Security; Urbanisation and Energy. Further information: