Methodologically RISE feels obliged to a technological and scientific approach rooted in engineering practice that generally values practical IT experience as more meaningful than analogous scientific practice. „There's nothing good, unless you do it" is an ageless rule at RISE.

We recognize the point of view of today's state-of-the-art and global industrial best practice, that computer science for decades has followed an accumulation of methods whose practical applicability has hardly been scrutinized in light of the requirements of day-to-day operations. As you would say in soccer, computer science was and is often „too far away from the ball".

RISE is familiar with academia and knows where it shines and where its industrial judgment is limited.

RISE is familiar with industry and knows what the research labs of major players in the IT industry are capable of and what not.

RISE understands, seeks and supports the long bridge from early basic research to the final system or product. We can tell you where to establish the pillars and where you need to rest and reflect so you don't stray or miss your goals.

We resort to research only if deemed appropriate and cost-effective: with our strong background in scientific research we know where basic research can contribute and where it is just an unnecessary burden. Industrial research must always be more pragmatic, goal-oriented and closer to the product than academic research and development. RISE knows and has mastered this segmentation and is therefore able to handle your investment with greater effectiveness.

In the field of IT, experience is worth its weight in gold, but implementation in the field is worth its weight in platinum. Research that misses its goal is tin. Good and effective research, however, is silver and can be turned into gold or platinum when cultivated with sobriety and sustainability.

RISE specifically promotes research at the Vienna University of Technology, and its employees regularly publish in scientific media. The exchange of results to bring basic research into the industry and to bring industrial experience into research leads to valuable synergies and results in top performance in those industrial tasks where innovation is a critical factor. Several patents and the activities of our patent department are testaments to this approach.


Research Areas

Research areas facilitated by RISE in cooperation with various universities and institutes are presented here as examples:

  • Security Engineering
    System & software security engineering
    Threat- and risk analysis
    Defensive measures and procedures
    Security concepts (system security and infrastructure security)
  • Usability and Interactive Systems
    Overall system usability
    Best practices for user interfaces (e.g.. mobile, web, touch, nfc)
    Design of effective interaction techniques (systems engineering)
    Design and development of prototypes
    Field studies
  • IT Architecture
    Infrastructure architectures
    Software architectures
    Architecture review
    Operational IT-concepts
    Vertical system architectures
  • Software Engineering and Quality Assurance
    Software engineering on a "global industrial level"
    Agile development processes
    Software engineering „in the large"
    Practical processes for software quality assurance and testing
  • Operations and Migration
    Migration and integration of operational IT systems
    Technical and strategic aspects of operational IT
    Sourcing and forming of IT operations
    Long-term IT strategy

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