News from our Group

Security for Personal Data in the Cloud

The demand for cloud services has never been greater. This brings the issue of data protection to the fore. In the RestAssured project, scientists from the Ruhr Institute for Software Technology paluno at the University of Duisburg-Essen have researched how cloud providers can better protect the personal data of their customers.

Generation of Hazard Relation Diagrams: Everything in View

Requirements engineering for safety-critical systems must define adequate requirements to minimize risks. The use of hazard context diagrams should support it.

Proactive Adaption of Business Processes via Online Reinforcement Learning

Adapt or wait and see? Andreas Metzger, Tristan Kley and Alexander Palm present an AI based approach to determine when preditions are accurate enough to trigger adaptions.

Networking of European Data Platform Projects

At the beginning of the year, nine EU-funded data platform projects were launched under the umbrella of the Big Data Value PPP. The first online meetings have now taken place to establish synergies between the projects.

Education and Training for Big Data Specialists

Together with the partners in the BDVe project, the paluno woking group Software Systems Engineering has set up the Big Data Value Education Hub. The platform is now part of the European Commission Pledge Viewer.

Big Data Value PPP Web Seminars

The BDVe project and the Big Data Value Association are organising a series of webinars to exchange views on approaches to developing and establishing Big Data technologies in Europe.

Restrictions on Teaching and Examination Acitivites

Due to the current situation there are restrictions on teaching and examination activities. The Faculty of Economic Sciences informs students and staff of the Faculty of Economic Sciences by e-mail about the further and current planning status. Please also refer to the information provided by the examination boards on

Cancelled: Colloquium for Prof. Dr. Klaus Pohl

Unfortunately, we have to cancel the festive colloquium in honour of Prof. Dr. Klaus Pohl on March 19, 2020 because of the uncertain situation due to the spreading Corona virus. We did not take the decision lightly but we hope that you can appreciate the situation and apologize for any inconvenience.

Seamless Data Protection in the Computing Continuum

Computing power is in demand when more and more devices become smart. New network structures combine fog and cloud resources for this purpose. The Software Systems Engineering working group and its partners in the EU project FogProtect are looking into how data can be protected here.

Big Data Platform for Seaports

New EU project: the DataPorts platform will contribute to more automation by enabling new applications of artificial intelligence.
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Funding for PostDocs

We provide funding for PostDocs who already have an idea or research problem he/she would like to address in his/her research.

The Transformative Power of Big Data

The TransformingTransport project has demonstrated that Big Data can achieve enormous improvements in the European mobility and transport sector. Yesterday the project partners received the BDV PPP Best Success Story Award. Read the full success story.

TransformingTransport meets Startups

On June 13, 2019 the Duisburger Hafen AG (duisport), paluno and Software AG were guests at the innovation platform startport. They informed logistics startups about the results of the Big Data project TransformingTransport.

Review Hackathon at paluno

For those who did not have enough of programming during their studies a hackathon took place on June 8.
A. Metzger spricht auf der CAISE 2019

Andreas Metzger talks about AI-based approaches for information systems

The 31st International Conference on Advanced Information Systems Engineering (CAiSE 2019) will take place in Rome from 3 to 7 July. Dr. Andreas Metzger will give a keynote and a scientific lecture on AI-based approaches for information systems.

ICSSP in Montréal: Marian Daun presents the benefits of review models

At this year's ICSSP in Montréal, Dr. Marian Daun gave a lecture on the benefits of dedicated review models for the validation of functional software designs. The lecture is based on the results of an empirical study by the Software Systems Engineering group.

SPEDiT Final Event

Dr. Andreas Froese presented the training material for model-based development of embedded systems at the SPEDiT final event.
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Logistics in Transition

On April 10, 2019, an event of the Johannes Rau Research Association took place at the DST - Development Center for Ship Technology and Transport Systems in Duisburg. Dr. Andreas Metzger gave insights into the EU lighthouse project "Transforming Transport".

Specification in the Development of Self-learning Highly Automated Systems

Yesterday, Dr. Thorsten Weyer gave the opening lecture at the conference "Modern Software Engineering on Embedded Devices" of the Swiss Information Technology Society (ITG) and the Swiss Informatics Society (SI). He showed how to deal with the specifications of highly automated systems in order to implement them systematically.

REFSQ 2019: RE Forever!

REFSQ, Europe's leading conference on Requirements Engineering (RE), took place for the 25th time from 18-21 March. A central question of the anniversary conference was: Does RE still have the right answers to the challenges of modern development projects?

Requirements Management as the Basis for Software Quality

Systematic Requirements Engineering (RE) is one of the most important disciplines in software development. Practitioners and scientists will discuss the best possible RE approaches from March 18-21 in Essen.

Mastering Complexity: Training Platform for Model-based Development

Together with its partners in the SPEDiT project, the Software Systems Engineering group has developed a training platform for model-based development of embedded systems and validated it in practice.

Workshop and Three Lectures at SE 2019 in Stuttgart

The Software Engineering and Software Management conferences of the Software Engineering Department of the German Informatics Society (GI, Gesellschaft für Informatik) are currently taking place in Stuttgart. paluno is represented with three presentations and co-organizer of the EMLS

Mars Rover and Semester Administration Tool: Students Present SEP Projects

38 students passed "the SEP" last week. They have proven their skills in programming, project management and teamwork.

Register now for REFSQ 2019!

Europe's leading Requirements Engineering (RE) conference REFSQ celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. Participants can expect special highlights.

Alumni Meetup 2019

Traditionally on the last Friday in January the alumni meeting of the chairs SSE and S3 took place again this year. Around 80 former and current employees took the opportunity to refresh old contacts and make new ones.

European Action Plan on Artificial Intelligence (AI)

In December, the European Commission presented a coordinated plan prepared with Members States to foster the development and use of AI in Europe. The BDVA, in which the working group of Prof. Dr. Klaus Pohl is an active member, welcomes the plan of the EU.

TransformingTransport: European Big Data Project at ICT 2018

Essen/Wien: The lighthouse project TransformingTransport (TT) is participating in the ICT 2018 in Vienna on December, 4-6. The ICT is the most important European event for research and innovation in information and communication technology and is organized by the European Commission. Live demonstrations will show how Big Data can be used for real-time decision making in the transport sector.

Speech about Requirements Engineering for Autonomous Self-learning Systems

Dr. Thorsten Weyer will present fundamental approaches for specifying highly automated self-learning systems at a meeting of the Requirements Engineering group of the Gesellschaft für Informatik (GI, German Informatics Society). The meeting will take place on November 29-30, 2018 in Nuremberg.

EU funding of digitization projects: position paper published

The European initiative NESSI emphasizes in a now published position paper the fundamental role of software for the digital transformation of Europe. The paper identifies important research topics in the field of software technology which, according to the experts, should be focused on in the next EU Research and Innovation Framework Programme. The Chair of Software Systems Engineering of Prof. Dr. Klaus Pohl played a major role in writing the paper.
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How can uncertainties in the context of cyber-physical systems be documented?

In order to develop robust and reliable cyber-physical systems, it is important to understand which aspects of the system environment may not be exactly determinable. At this year's IEEE CASE, Torsten Bandyszak from Prof. Pohl's research group presented a new approach to modeling such uncertainties.

BMBF Project CrESt: Visit by Federal Research Minister Anja Karliczek

Autonomous vehicles, intelligent factories and dynamic power grids — the backbone of these future technologies are networks of collaborative, embedded systems. The BMBF research project CrESt (Collaborative Embedded Systems) is developing and testing solutions for "systems of cyber-physical systems".

Big Data Meet-Up in Sofia

On May 16, the European Big Data Value PPP (Public-Private Partnership) met in Sofia, Bulgaria. The event was organized by the PPP with the twofold objective of strengthening collaboration among the community members and increasing the visibility and awareness of the PPP in Eastern Europe in general, and Bulgaria in particular. Representatives of the European Commission and from Bulgaria contributed to the success of the event with interesting keynote speeches. ...

TransformingTransport at the Transport Research Arena (TRA) 2018

Dr. Andreas Metzger represented the European Big Data lighthouse project "TransformingTransport" at this year's TRA. As the technical coordinator, he gave a panel lecture on the project. The project partner also had a booth at the event.

TransformingTransport: Steering Group Met in Essen

On March 15 and 16, 2018, the steering group of the European lighthouse project TransformingTransport met at paluno in Essen.

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