The Technische Universität Dresden (TUD) is one of eleven German universities that were identified by the German government as a “University of Excellence”. TUD has about 37.000 students and almost 4.400 employees, 520 professors among them, and is the largest university in Saxony today. TUD is strong in research, offering first-rate programmes of overwhelming diversity, with close ties to culture, industry, and society. As a modern full-status university with 14 departments, TUD offers a wide academic range.
The university emphasises interdisciplinary cooperation and encourages its students to participate in both teaching and research. More specifically: interdisciplinary cooperation among various fields is a strength of the TUD, whose researchers also benefit from collaborations with the region’s numerous science institutions – including Fraunhofer institutes and Max Planck institutes.
In recognition of TUD emphasis on applications in both teaching and research, leading companies have honoured the university with currently fourteen endowed chairs. TUD prides itself for its international flavour and has partnerships with more than 70 universities worldwide. Furthermore, TUD is the only university in East Germany that has been granted a graduate school and a cluster of excellence in Germanys Excellence Initiative. The Systems Engineering group lead by Prof. Fetzer is part of the computer science faculty of TU Dresden. It was established in April 2004 and funded by an endowment by the Heinz-Nixdorf foundation.
The group addresses several research issues in dependable and distributed systems: (i) security and dependability of cloud infrastructures, (ii) fault-tolerant computing in WANs, and (iii) cost-effective resilience. In 2013, the group received two best paper awards: USENIX LISA2013 and ACM DEBS2013. In 2014, Dr. Torvald Riegel who graduated in 2013, received the 2014 EuroSys Roger Needham Award. European Project Center (TUD-EPC): TUD has extensive experience in project coordination and project management at national and international level and is, therefore, well placed to coordinate this project. During the period from 2008 until 2012 scientific staff of TUD participated in over 24,000 contracted projects with a total amount of grants of more than 950 million Euro. A European Project Center (EPC) has been established at TUD to support international project management. The EPC is currently coordinating and managing more than 320 projects with a total project volume amounting to over 133 million Euro granted by the European Commission. At the moment, the EPC is supporting the coordinating professors in FP7 projects like FLEXIBILITY (IP), SYBOSS (IP), and ADDAPT. Furthermore, TUD is currently host to 9 European Research Council (ERC) grantees and a partner in the FET Flagships HBP and GRAPHENE.