Prof. Dr. Ina Schieferdecker
Prof. Dr. Ina Schieferdecker, Director of Fraunhofer FOKUS Matthias Heyde/ Fraunhofer FOKUS

Prof. Ina Schieferdecker appointed to Executive Board of Fraunhofer FOKUS

Release from Tue., February 03, 2015

The Executive Board of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft appointed Prof. Ina Schieferdecker as Director and Member of the Executive Board of the Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems FOKUS in Berlin on January 1, 2015. As a Director of Fraunhofer FOKUS, she is heading the Institute together with Executive Director Prof. Manfred Hauswirth, who succeeded Prof. Radu Popescu-Zeletin on October 1, 2014.

“The appointment of Prof. Ina Schieferdecker successfully completes the FOKUS Executive Board team. We are pleased that the scientific excellence and technological expertise of the Institute has been augmented by the collective leadership of the Executive Board. We have acquired an outstanding expert in quality assurance of software systems with Prof. Schieferdecker”, says Prof. Reimund Neugebauer, President of Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft.


Prof. Ina Schieferdecker studied mathematical computer science at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlinand received her doctoral degree from Technische Universität Berlinin 1994. She has been working at FOKUS since 1993 and holds a professorship at Freie Universität Berlin in model-driven development and quality engineering of software-based systems. She developed the “Testing, Interoperability, and Performance TIP”, “Modeling and Testing MOTION”, and the “System Quality Center SQC” Competence Centers there. She is Vice President of the Association for Software Quality and Further Education (Arbeitskreis Software-Qualität und -Fortbildung e.V./ ASQF) and Member of the German National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech), to mention a few.

“Fraunhofer FOKUS is an internationally recognized and strong institute. Our goal is to transfer advances in applied research on information and communications technologies to the public realm. In doing so, we maintain close cooperation with industry. I look forward to expanding and strengthening the Institute in my new role. The increasing digitization of cities and industry requires dependable, trustworthy infrastructure. We will continue to make significant contributions in my specialized field of quality assurance in complex distributed systems and to protect and enhance the resilience of urban infrastructure”, according to Schieferdecker.

Fraunhofer FOKUS develops solutions for information and communication systems of the future. Headquartered in Berlin, the Institute researches the essential contributions communication networks can provide toward creating safer and better-connected industries and communities. In addition, scientists are working on solving the evolving challenges of society. These include access to information, sustainable and economical use of resources, networked mobility, and efficient modern administration.