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Prof. Dr. Ralf H. Reussner


Tel: +49 721 608 45993

Fax: +49 721 608 45990


Chair Prof. Reussner
Institute for Program Structures and Data Organization
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Building 50.34
Am Fasanengarten 5
D-76131 Karlsruhe, Germany



Room 327

During lecture period ("Vorlesungszeit"), my general office hours are Tuesday 13:00-14:00. During other times, they are dynamically scheduled. In any case, please write me an e-mail to get a fixed appointment.


Publications are listed on a separate page.

Current and former positions held (selection)


Community service (selection)

  • Co-Coordinator of the DFG Priority "Programme Design For Future - Managed Software Evolution" (SPP 1593) (since 2012)
  • Member of the Steering Committee of the International Conference on Software Architecture (ICSA) (since 2016)
  • Editor of Springer journal Informatik-Spektrum (since January 2011)
  • Steering committee chair of the "Software Engineering" conference of the GI
  • Co-Chair of the Steering Comitee of the COMPARCH Conference Series (2010–2012)
  • Chair of the Steering Comitee of the International Conference on Quality of Software Architecture (QoSA) (2005–2016)
  • Member of the Board of University Professors of the German Computer Science Society (GIBU) (2008–2015)
  • Member of the Chairmanship of the German Computer Science Society (2007–2011, since 2017) ("Mitglied des Präsidiums")
  • Chair of the Board and Founder of the Software Architecture Section - GI-Fachgruppe Software-Architektur of the German Computer Science Society (October 2006–June 2011)
  • Co-Speaker of the Working Group "Handbook of Software Architecture" - GI-Arbeitskreis "Handbuch der Software-Architektur" of the German Computer Science Society (October 2006–June 2011)
  • Reviewer for DFG, NWO, IEEE TSE, IEEE Software, ICSE, acta informatica, JSS


Current and former projects

  • EU FP 7 STREP: Q-ImPreSS Quality impact analysis and evolution of Service oriented Systems [Project coordinator]
  • EU FP 7 IP: SLA@SOI (coordinated by SAP)
  • DFG-Palladio: methods and tools to construct software according to a set of predefined quality of service attributes (completed)
  • BMBF-MINT: Modellgetriebene Integration von Informationssystemen (completed)
  • CoCoME: Common Component Modelling Example
  • SKaMPI: Special Karlsruher MPI - Benchmark
  • TrustME (completed): Trusted Component Model and Integration Environment for Distributed Services
  • CoCoNut/J (completed): Dynamic Types for Software Components
  • Cocktail: Dynamic Mash-Up compositions with guaranteed quality


Current and former teaching

  • In Karlsruhe (starting with summer term 2006)


Curriculum vitae (CV)

Short CV:
I studied Computer Science at the Faculty of Informatics at the Universität Karlsruhe from 1992 to 1997. I received the B.Sc. (Vordiplom) in August 1994 and the M.Sc. (Diplom) in May 1997. From May 1997 to July 1998 I have been a member of the research staff of the Software Engineering Group of the University of Kaiserslautern. From August 1998 till July 2001, I was a fellow of the Graduiertenkolleg "Beherrschbarkeit komplexer Systeme" at the Faculty of Informatics at the Universität Karlsruhe. After my dissertation about "Parameterised Contracts for Component Protocol Adaption" I worked from August 2001 till January 2003 as a Senior Research Scientist at the Distributed Systems Technology Centre (DSTC), Pty Ltd at the Monash University site at Melbourne, Australia. From March 2003 until January 2006, I was Juniorprofessor for Software-Engineering at the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg and I was the head of the DFG Junior Research Group "Palladio", working on Procedures and Tools for constructing Component based Software Architectures with predictable properties. This project was funded in the context of the "DFG-Aktionsplan Informatik". Since February 2006, I am leading the chair for Software-Design and -Quality (SDQ) at the Department of Computer Science at the University of Karlsruhe, Germany. In June I rejected the offer of appointment to full professor of software engineering at the University of Osnabrück. I am member of the GI (Gesellschaft für Informatik, e.V.), ACM, the IEEE and the IEEE Computer Society.



(Co-)Organization of conferences and other events

There is a separate list of events organised by or with contributions of the Palladio Research Group.
Additionally, I was involved in the following conferences / workshops: