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Dependability means Availability, Reliability, Safety, Integrity, Maintainability, and Security. It is a key aspect in many application domains. For instance, robots are increasingly expected to be working together with humans in the Industry 4.0 setting. Self-driving cars will take autonomous decisions based on sensor data and communication with other vehicles and infrastructure. Strongly interconnected IoT-services and devices also are expected to work reliably, and be safe and secure at the same time. In domains like these, safety, security and privacy overlap and any malfunction or weakness can result in loss of human lives or expensive damage and loss of reputation. Ensuring the dependability of these complex systems therefore is a precondition for the public to be trusting and accepting them.

The research field Dependable Systems Engineering (DSE) focuses on studying and developing methodologies, tools and standards for increasing, verifying and validating the dependability of software and systems – during conception, development, certification and operation. The group comprises highly experienced scientists and practitioners alike, and is not only working on fundamental research questions but also has a strong connection to industry.