Top position in international comparison
Tailwind for Excellence - Cluster and Zukunftsmeile
“The Paderborn University is the No. 1 of the software-institutes in Germany, and also achieves a top position internationally.” This is recorded by a current Research-Ranking, which was recently published by the renowned Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).
In the current issue of the magazine Communications of the ACM (Jun 2007), the top 50 institutes in the field Software Engineering worldwide are rated. The University of Paderborn ranks on an excellent 16th place and is therefore, by far, the best German institute. Only the University of Karlsruhe (position 29) and the Fraunhofer-Institute for experimental Software-Engineering (IESE) in Kaiserslautern (position 32) are other German institutions positioned in the top 50. On an international comparison, Paderborn is positioned, e.g. even ahead of the Stanford University. In Europe, Paderborn also counts to the best four, next to the Polytechnic University Milan, and the universities Imperial College and University College in London.
The ACM (founded in 1947) is the worldwide biggest and most distinguished professional organisation of computer scientists, with more than 82.000 members in over 100 countries. The authors of the study, Jie Ren (Google) and Professor Dr. Richard N. Taylor (University of California, Irvine), have evaluated the academic publications in professional journals and of the most important international symposiums.
“This position confirms our excellent academic workings and give us a tailwind for our large-scale project in the near future”, says Prof. Wilhelm Schäfer, director of the field of study software engineering and simultaneously vice-rector for research and young academics of the university. With the proposal of clusters of excellence for the subjects “Intelligente, selbst-koordinierte Systeme in der Informatiktechnik (intelligent, self-coordinated systems in information engineering) and the “Zukunfstmeile Fürstenallee”, two upcoming major project are planned, which are mainly carried out by the computer sciences. The Paderborn cluster of excellence-proposal is in the final round of the excellence initiative of the federal government, which, next to the elite universities, also seeks to promote outstanding research concepts in so called excellence clusters. With the “Zukunfstmeile” the university plans to pool practical research and development in cooperation’s with the economy and other research facilities, and to expand it to a, beacon-like, innovative centre with over 1000 highly qualified work positions.
“The priority settings of the Department of Computer Science in the field of software engineering, pays off”, says Schäfer. “With a clear and rigorously implemented thematic profile, even small universities like Paderborn can play a role internationally.”
“Next to Professors of the department for computer science and their research groups, the numerous research facilities like the s-lab especially contributed to our success”, says Prof Engels. Engels, an established software engineer, manages the specialist field database and information systems and is the chairman of the Software Quality Lab (short: s-lab). The s-lab is focused on the subject software engineering. In close cooperation with partner companies, methods, procedures and software tools are researched and provided so software companies can generate high quality software products. “This form of cooperation and the technology- and knowledge transfer between companies and universities is unique and delivers considerable results in the field of application orientated research”, says Engels, emphasising on the successful partnership between currently, six associated partner companies and numerous project partners.
The next issue of the worldwide prominent Software-Engineering-Conference ICSE is taking place in May 2008 in Leipzig, which, after 1978 and 1996 is taking place for the third time in Germany. Also here, Professor´s from Paderborn are involved in the top row: Schäfer is the man in charge for the conference; Engels is in charge of the selection of over 20 workshops. That these two professors from Paderborn are appointed for these tasks, yet again underlines the great international reputation in their field that software engineers from Paderborn enjoy. The, by now, 30th issue of this conference offers the opportunity to prove the quality of Paderborn’s software engineering.
URL of the article: http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/1247001.1247010
Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Schäfer
Heinz Nixdorf Institut
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University of Paderborn
The University of Paderborn was founded in 1972 and orientates itself on the central theme “University of the information society”. The strong field of computer science and its fields of application, as well as the interdisciplinary saturation of several disciplines by aspects of information technologies form an excellent basis for this orientation.
The university, with currently 1700 employees and 14700 students, is structured in five faculties: Faculty of Arts and Humanities; Faculty of Business Administration and Economics, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and the Faculty of Computer science, Electrical Engineering and Mathematics.
Department for Computer Science
Computer Science in Paderborn means research on a global level. In Rankings, i.e. DFG- and CHE, regularly confirm that the department for computer science at the University of Paderborn is the top address for computer science in Germany. Also the external funds rank in the top group throughout Germany. Computer science in Paderborn researches procedures to develop reliable, efficient as well as manageable software.
The main research is focused on models and algorithms, software engineering, information systems, man–machine interaction and embedded systems and system software.
Besides the main research at the department, there are also many associations with renowned research institutions like, the Heinz Nixdorf Institute, C-LAB, s-lab, PaSCo that offer excellent interdisciplinary research in cooperation with industry partners.
The Bachelor- and Master degree programmes, with a focus on “Software Engineering and Information Systems” at the University of Paderborn, are practise-orientated and are considered as exemplary throughout Germany. The International Graduate School of Dynamic Intelligent Systems is the only Graduate school of seven located in NRW, which focuses on computer science. The institute is significantly involved with two collaborative research centres, two PhD research groups (DFG) and many other externally funded projects by the DFG, federal and state governments and the EU.
s-lab – Software Quality Lab
The Software Quality Lab (s-lab), founded in 2005, is an open Private-Public-Partnership-Institute for the competence- and technology transfer between industry and science. Industry partners’ and research groups of the Paderborn University work closely together, in the field of software engineering. The main purpose of the s-lab is to support midsize and big companies by the development of high-quality software products. Constructive and analytical methods, as well as tools for software engineering are developed and evaluated to ensure a high software-quality.
The target group of these cooperation’s are small, midsize and big companies that develop sophisticated software, e.g. for the automobile- or finance sector.
Five professors in the field of software engineering of the Department of Computer Science are engaged in s-lab: Prof. Dr. Gregor Engels, Prof. Dr. Uwe Kastens, Prof. Dr. Hans Kleine Büning, Prof. Dr. Franz J. Rammig und Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Schäfer. Their research groups provide the necessary academic and software engineering competences. Six associated industry partners of different areas, already provide the practise orientated scientific questions: dSPACE GmbH, Hella KGaA Hueck & Co., Sagem Orga GmbH, sd&m AG, S&N AG und UNITY AG.