The University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE) is one of the youngest universities in Germany, and thinks in terms of possibilities, not limitations. UDE ranks 13th in the Times Higher Education Ranking of the world’s 150 best universities that were found-ed in the past 50 years. paluno, the Ruhr Institute for Software Technology, was founded in 2010. Paluno conducts application-oriented research in close cooperation with prominent partners from industry and research. paluno’s research areas include adaptive systems, mobile computing, cloud services, cyber-physical systems and software product lines. paluno is actively involved in key European initiatives and research projects. Among others, paluno is partner of the European Technology Platform on Software, Services and Cloud (NESSI), and founding full member of the European Big Data Value Association (BDVA). paluno offers researchers a stimulating, international environment. Our offices are located in the city of Essen, the centre of a multi-cultural metropolitan area.