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From November 24th to 26th, 2008., Tempus Kisek project partners had the opportunity to meet in Paderborn, Germany, the historical city with a 1200 years of history, combined with the modern architecture and one of the biggest computer museums.

We were guests of the University of Paderborn, Faculty of Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and Mathematics, our Kisek project grantholders. This was an opportunity to learn more about the experience of our EU partner, in education, cooperation of academia and industry. We were given insight to competence centers established at the UPB, as examples of a succesful SE cooperation to provide us with help for further establishing of our SE competence centers.

Our hosts were colleagues from:

  • University of Paderborn in general
  • s-Lab - Software Quality Lab
  • c-Lab - Cooperative Computing & Communication Laboratory

The topics presented by the UPB and discussed on the meeting were:

  • Research strategies at UPB (Prof. Dr. W. Schäfer, Vice-president of UPB)
  • Studying in Paderborn – Facts and Figures (B. Schürrle, Head of the International Office at UPB)
  • Practical research at UPB: Competence Center s-lab (M. Meyer, Director, s-lab)
  • Possibilities for doctoral studies in Paderborn (Prof. Dr. E. Steffen, Director of PACE and Graduate School , UPB)
  • Research Cooperation (in the field of Software Engineering) (S. Schwan, EU Liaison Officer, UPB)
  • Current research at the University of Paderborn – Rail Cab (M. Tichy, Software Engineering Group, UPB)
  • Practical research at UPB: Competence Center c-lab (Prof. Dr. F.-J. Rammig, Executive Board of Directors c-lab, Dean of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Mathematics, UPB)

The project partners from Croatia and Sweden have presented the current status in the project, mainly targeting the establishment of Software Engineering competence centers in Croatia, with the more concrete proposals. The presentations were done by:

  • I. Bosnić (FER) and S. Tomić (HrOpen)
  • Ž. Hocenski, F. Jović, N. Slavek (ETFOS)
  • I. Puljak (FESB)
  • D. Huljenić (Ericsson Nikola Tesla)
  • V. Pilja (Ring Datacom)
  • I. Crnković (MdH)


The presentations can be downloaded from Kisek Resources page.

Various topics were discussed, such as:

  • development of university cooperation through students exchanges, specializations, joint thesis...
  • the financial and legal structure of German and future Croatian SE centers
  • more detailed proposals for Competence centers
  • the visibility and visual identity of the centers
  • possible research cooperation (FP7 projects)
  • the Kisek visual identity, and the visual identity of Competence center for software engineering in open systems


During the meeting, the partners had the chance to visit C-lab, where we have seen different interesting projects, such as: 

  • MEXI - Machine with Emotionaly eXtended Inteligence
  • PaderKickers - robots playing football
  • Steer-by-wire - active shock wheel damping

Besides the visit to UPB and C-Lab, the partners have also visited one of the biggest computer musems, Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum.

 Machine with Emotionaly eXtended Inteligence - but call "her" Mexi, please!


PaderKickers preparing for "action"...


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