About fortiss

About fortiss

Cutting-edge research in software, systems and service engineering

We are shaping the digital transformation for the bavarian economy and administration

For over ten years, fortiss has been a recognised and important research partner for the bavarian economy and public administration when it comes to pioneering technologies of software, systems and service engineering as part of the BAYERN DIGITAL initiative. With our work, we are doing justice to the claim that a competitive edge in key technological issues is only possible in global competition if both basic research and a focus on applied research are taken into account when developing innovative products and services.

As the research institute of the Free State of Bavaria for software-intensive systems and services and as a non-commercial, scientific, legally independent research institution, our legal form is a non-profit GmbH. Our shareholders are the Free State of Bavaria (2/3) and the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft (1/3).

Our AI Center explores the potential of AI technologies and develops new methods for their safe usage. On this basis, companies can develop innovative, AI-based products, services, value chains and areas of business.

Our service fortiss Mittelstand for SMEs give our medium-sized partners easier access to the latest technologies and they provide support from the implementation phase right through to marketable prototypes.

fortiss Mission



By researching, developing and implementing digital technologies, we are the innovation driver for configuring the digital transformation of the bavarian economy and administration.


We form spin-offs for the sustainable and practical anchoring of results. Our research, development and transfer projects form the basis of new products, services and business models.


We offer innovation and research consulting and are a point of call and recognised research partner and contact for the local economy and administration in Bavaria for all issues relating to digital transformation.

fortiss Focus


Core competence

We deliver cutting-edge research in software, systems and service engineering


We form networks to businesses and the public administration and work together with research institutes and technology companies in Bavaria, Germany and Europe.


We offer talented researchers the best opportunities for development in an innovative, scientific environment and promote their further education.

fortiss Vision



We play a key role with our applied research and act as a link between universities and industry.


We are pioneers in the research, development and implementation of digital technologies.


We develop holistic research results and individual solutions that sustainably strengthen competitiveness, innovation and, in turn, Bavaria as a business location - all in the service of the BAYERN DIGITAL strategy.

fortiss 2 locations
fortiss 180 employees
fortiss 60 projects

Institute management

Prof. Alexander Pretschner

Scientific director, spokesperson
Technical University of Munich

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[Translate to English:] Dr. Harald Rueß

Dr. Harald Rueß

Scientific managing director

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[Translate to English:] Thomas Vallon

Thomas Vallon

Business director

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Research fellows

[Translate to English:] Prof. Uwe Baumgarten

Prof. Uwe Baumgarten

Technical University of Munich

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[Translate to English:] Professor Ute Schmid

Prof. Ute Schmid

Otto-Friedrich-University Bamberg

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Prof.  Heinrich Hußmann

Prof. Heinrich Hußmann

Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich

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[Translate to English:] Dr. Christian Winkler

Dr. Christian Winkler

Siemens Corporate Technology

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Prof. Birte Glimm

Prof. Birte Glimm

University Ulm

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Our network

Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs
bidt – Bayerisches Forschungsinstitut für Digitale Transformation
Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e. V. (DLR)
Fraunhofer Gesellschaft
TU Munich Technical University of Munich
Ludwig Maximilian University LMU
eit Digital

Our memberships

DIN Deutsches Institut für Normung e.V.
IDW Informationsdienst Wissenschaft e.V.
INTO-CPS Association
Nationales E-Government Kompetenzzentrum e.V.
Open Source Business Alliance e.V.
ARTEMIS Industry Association
bavAIRia e.V.
Eclipse Foundation
Industrie- und Handelskammer für München und Oberbayern
Open District Hub e.V.
Bitkom - Bundesverband Informationswirtschaft,Telekommunikation und neue Medien e.V.
euRobotics Aisbl
Institut für Angewandte Informatik (InfAI) e.V.
Münchner Unternehmer Kreis MUK
OPC Foundation
Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation (SPEC)