Software Engineering: University of Applied Sciences Hof

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Master of Engineering
Software Engineering: University of Applied Sciences Hof, Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften - Fachhochschule Hof, Prof. Dr. Ralph Lano, Alfons-Goppel-Platz 1, Hof, 95028, Germany
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Course Beginning 
Winter semester: October 01, Summer semester: March 15
4 semesters
App Deadline 
For the winter semester is May 15, for the summer semester November 30.
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Hochschule Hof, Studentenkanzlei, Alfons-Goppel-Platz 1, 95028 Hof, Germany



 Software Engineering for Industrial Applications

Due to their inherent complexity, the design and complexity of distributed systems in industrial environments requires specific software engineering methods. To meet these challenges new methods and tools have been developed over the last several years which are based on the component oriented software development paradigm together with role based programming and design patterns (e.g. SUN Enterprise Java Beans, Microsoft .NET). These methods and tools are being used increasingly in industry.

New methods are also available for the integration of heterogeneous systems. These methods are based on generic application protocols (e.g. Web Services) which can be customised for a given application. Typically the customisation includes the definition of terms (e.g. product or service names, attributes, etc.) from the application context. This effort is supported by formal approaches (ontologies) which ease the agreement on terms and reduce the room for possible misunderstandings. In addition, the customisation process will use international standards which provide definitions for frequently used terms.

Key nodes in a distributed environment are information systems managing a wide range of different types of data including relational and non-relational data types (e.g. documents, images, vectors for CAD and geographical positions, etc.). These information systems need to provide fast access and analysis capabilities for the stored data. In addition to traditional technologies based on relational and object oriented databases, new methods like OLAP (Online Analytical Processing) and vector databases as well as new indexing technologies are increasingly used.

On the application side such a system has to support the business processes of the organisations involved. Amongst other functions a system needs to support at least the logistic part of these processes. This includes the management of resources and the planning and monitoring of activities. The planning of activities needs to be supported by automatic planning methods (e.g. search and constrained based methods, genetic algorithms, simulation).

Experts possessing a good understanding of these methods combined with extensive experience are still rare in industry. In fact, the number of integrated IT solutions will significantly grow over the next few years in a globalised market with challenging response times to market needs for companies. Since this Master's programme provides the theoretical background knowledge together with significant experience in the application of these methods, it provides the perspective of becoming a well paid expert in high demand.

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