OFFIS, Germany

Logo OFFISThe OFFIS Institute for Information Technology (http://www.offis.de/), founded in 1991, is an application-oriented non-profit research and development institute related to the Computer Science department of the University of Oldenburg in Lower Saxony, north-western Germany.

Its primary mission is to adopt the findings from university basic research in computer science and other relevant disciplines, to stay in touch with new market demands through its many years of experience in co-operation projects with the industry, and to bridge the gap between “basic research” and “application demands” through application-oriented research. By 2010, third party funding ratio reached the amount of 73% of the total yearly research budget of 12.5 M€. With this ratio, OFFIS has a top ranking both among the other institutes in Lower Saxony as well as nation-wide. OFFIS staff currently counts 262 employees. About 150 scientists (in their vast majority computer scientists, but also engineers, economists, physicists and from other disciplines as well) work in interdisciplinary teams. OFFIS focuses its R&D activities in three challenging application areas: Health, Energy and Traffic.

The OFFIS “Health” R&D division addresses a broad range of research topics related to the use of information technology in health and healthcare, including medical device technology, integration technology, data management/analysis, and intelligent user interfaces.