Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering IESE

Director: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Liggesmeyer

Contact: Ralf Kalmar

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The Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering IESE in Kaiserslautern has been one of the leading research institutes in the area of software and systems engineering methods for 25 years. With its applied research, the institute develops innovative solutions for the design of dependable digital ecosystems, thereby accelerating the economic and social benefits for its customers. The focus of Fraunhofer IESE is on topics such as “Autonomous Systems”, "Dependable AI", and "Virtual Validation", as well as on digital solutions for rural and urban areas.

Digital ecosystems for a mobile world

Currently, existing system boundaries between vehicles and IT-based services are becoming blurred. Future mobility services will be offered in a digital ecosystem in which different stakeholders cooperate with each other multilaterally in order to conduct business. Fraunhofer IESE supports partners in market positioning as well as designing and realizing holistic solutions.

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Safe highly automated driving

Existing standards such as ISO 26262 or ISO 21448 (SOTIF) still provide insufficient support for the safeguarding of highly networked vehicle systems. Especially in the context of Artificial Intelligence (AI) or Machine Learning, the topics of safety and dependability of the ECU software have become a challenge. In the context of "Dependable AI", Fraunhofer IESE offers methodological solutions and supports customers in the development of concrete solutions.

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Virtual validation and virtual integration

The increasing interconnection of vehicles and their integration into digital ecosystems requires continuous engineering. Vehicles can be upgraded with software functions via updates and flexibly adapted to usage behavior and customer needs. To this end, engineering testing activities, in particular, must be automated and formalized models created for software components (model-based engineering). Testing and inspection tasks are especially predestined for this – virtual integration, virtual validation, and virtual deployment are the buzzwords in automotive software engineering. The services of Fraunhofer IESE in the area of "Virtual Engineering" are also supported by its own simulation framework.

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