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Universities of Malta and Kaiserslautern to collaborate on marine software engineering

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The Universities of Kaiserslautern and Malta have signed an agreement which will boost collaboration in the field of software engineering for maritime applications.

The Memorandum of Understanding outlining the details of the one-year partnership was signed in September, when a high ranking Maltese delegation visited the German town.

The Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering (IESE) was one of the driving forces behind the Maltese dignitaries’ visit and will contribute to the project with its expertise
in embedded systems, development processes and empirical analyses.

‘I am sure that this collaboration will result in important impulses, which will reach far beyond improvements in the development of complex software systems in maritime navigation,’ said the
institute’s Executive Director, Professor Dieter Rombach.

The first task for the Fraunhofer Institute will be to take stock of the systems and software currently in use in maritime navigation. This will enable the researchers to obtain a good
understanding of what is required.

The collaboration also covers education, and jointly organised courses in both nautical and software engineering skills are planned. Here the University of Kaiserslautern will contribute with
its experience of organising information technology (IT) training for graduates from other departments.

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