Fraunhofer is Europe’s largest application-oriented research organisation. The Fraunhofer-Institute for Experimental Software Engineering (FhG IESE) in Kaiserslautern, Germany, founded in January 1996, is led by Prof. Dr. Peter Liggesmeyer and Prof. Dr. Dieter Rombach. Research efforts are entirely adjusted to societal and people’s needs: health, security, communication, energy and the environment. As a result, the work performed by our researchers and developers has a significant impact on people’s lives. We are creative. We shape technology. We design products. We improve methods and techniques. We open up new perspectives. FhG IESE focuses on applied research, development and technology transfer in the areas of innovative software and system development approaches, quality and process engineering, continuous improvement as well as organisational learning. In order to prepare industrial software developers and users for current and future information technology challenges, FhG IESE develops new techniques, methods, processes, and tools that base software development on sound engineering principles. FhG IESE thus provides competence as well as the training on methods and tools necessary to mature industrial software development practices and give companies a competitive market advantage. The institute develops high-performance and cost-efficient solutions for analytical quality assurance for a multitude of application domains.
For the automotive, transportation, avionics and industrial domains FhG IESE provides comprehensive support to its customers in software development activities, starting from specific process models on the basis of established standards (e.g., ISO/IEC 12207, IEC 61508) and the use of maturity level models (e.g., ISO/IEC 15504, Automotive SPICE, CMMi). Current developments, such as the importance of the safety standard ISO 26262 or test automation in X-in-the-Loop tests, are implemented by FhG IESE in a practice oriented manner. The institute performs independent, cost-efficient quality evaluations of your products and processes according to the current state of the practice.