Fraunhofer Center for Experimental Software Engineering (CESE) conducts applied research to support the software-enabled innovations created by our customers in industry, government, and academia. Fraunhofer CESE develops and uses advanced, effective, and scalable approaches to software and systems engineering, delivers powerful testing and verification strategies and tools, and uses state-of-the-art measurement and analysis methods to support its customers' challenges. 

Working closely with customers in the aerospace and medical industries, government agencies, research organizations, and universities; CESE evaluates, develops, and utilizes cutting-edge tools and technologies to support customer decision-making and implementation in systems, software, and acquisition areas. CESE provides critical skills and guidance that allows its customers to ensure the viability and reliability of their systems and software and enables them to identify and prevent security-related vulnerabilities. In addition to applied research, CESE also conducts innovative basic research projects under research grants funded by the government and other research institutions.

To support all of these efforts, Fraunhofer CESE relies on its demonstrated competences in the following areas:

  •     Model-Based Development and Testing
  •     Rapid Prototyping and Innovation
  •     Software Safety and Security Analytics
  •     Software Engineering Processes and Analytics

Part of the Fraunhofer family, Fraunhofer CESE is one of seven Centers comprising Fraunhofer USA, a subsidiary of Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft—the largest applied research organization in Europe.

Our Vision

Fraunhofer CESE accelerates its customers’ economic and industrial development by using innovative model-based methods to develop and assure complex software-intensive systems.

Our Mission

Fraunhofer CESE:

  • Creates, applies, and transfers innovative and empirically validated tools and methods for model-based engineering and quality assurance of complex software‐intensive systems,
  • Is a recognized and trusted source for technology transfer and innovation by our government and industrial customers, in the local area and across the nation, and
  • Maintains a workplace culture of innovation that supports, rewards, and holds our team members accountable for creating new ideas that work