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Senate passes resolution to integrate Berlin-based ICT institutes by July 1, 2012

News from May 10, 2012

At its meeting on May 8, 2012, the Senate of the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft passed a resolution to integrate the Berlin-based Fraunhofer institutes FIRST, FOKUS and the Berlin site of ISST. The goal is to elevate the profile and expand the range of ICT research. This integration is scheduled for completion by July 1, 2012.

Under the guidance of Prof. Dr. Radu Popescu-Zeletin, head of the Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems FOKUS, a plan was drafted for the new ICT institute’s structures and research fields. The General Works Council and the integration team, in which all employees of the institutes concerned participate, were also involved with this process. The new institute will have the approximately 500 employees on its staff, who will all be working under the name FOKUS in the future.

The substantive planning is based on the guiding theme “Smart Cities,” because the City of Tomorrow requires holistic ICT solutions, be they for mobility, eHealth, public safety, eGovernment or energy. To ensure full utilization of know-how and expertise, the existing research units at the institutes will all be continued in the form of eleven competency centers. The integrated institute will continue to rely on its international orientation and intercultural openness – among employees and in its projects. Plans also call for maintaining and consolidating the close ties to the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Technical University of Berlin through a professorship in the academic field of “open distributed systems.”

No jobs will be lost during the integration process. The new institute will be located in Berlin’s Charlottenburg district. Members of the executive board of the integrated institute include Prof. Dr. Radu Popescu-Zeletin (director) and – until September 30, 2012 – Prof. Dr. Stefan Jähnichen, former head of the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Architecture and Software Technology FIRST.