Prof. Dieter Rombach elected new spokesman of the Software-Cluster

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Effective immediately, the institute director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering IESE and holder of the software engineering chair at the University of Kaiserslautern, Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Dieter Rombach, will take over the role of spokesman of the Software-Cluster, which is already the largest software cluster in Europe today (

Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Dieter Rombach, Fraunhofer IESE
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The Software-Cluster is mainly committed to promoting the digitization of the German industry. It is composed of various research institutions and companies in Saarbrücken, Darmstadt, Karlsruhe, and Kaiserslautern. In addition to universities and universities of applied sciences, these also include renowned research institutes such as several Fraunhofer institutes, the DFKI, the Max Planck Institute for Computer Science, and the Helmholtz Center for IT Security. These are joined by companies such as the Scheer Group, the Software AG, and Insiders Technologies. Overall, a total of 100,000 staff are employed in more than 11,000 IT and software organizations in the region. The particular success of the cluster concept is primarily a result of the close cooperation among the organizations and institutions, which allows them to benefit from synergies and thus enhance their competitiveness.

Strengthening the position of Germany in the area of enterprise software is only one of the goals of the cluster. It has already received an award as one of the leading-edge clusters in the software industry. With increasing internationalization, the Software-Cluster now mainly aims at creating and securing more jobs. All these goals are coordinated by a Strategy Board led by representatives from important IT organizations in business and research, which was also responsible for the election of Prof. Rombach as the new spokesperson, a position in which he succeeds his predecessor Dr. Harald Schöning from Software AG.

As chair of Software Engineering at the University of Kaiserslautern, Prof. Dieter Rombach’s research focuses on engineering-style methods for the development of software with predictable quality. In addition, he founded the Fraunhofer Institute IESE in Kaiserslautern in 1996 and used his expertise to turn it into one of the leading institutes worldwide in the area of software and systems engineering during the course of the next 20 years. Since 2015 he has been the director of the Science Alliance, the research network in Kaiserslautern. Thus he also plays a crucial role in the establishment of the city as a science and research hub. As co-initiator and driver of local and regional networks such as the Science Alliance and the Software-Cluster he is committed to promoting close cooperation between research and business.