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The new CRC (Collaborative Research Centre) in the Computer Science Department at the University of Paderborn
The CRC “On-The-Fly Computing” started up in July

Photo (Nadija Pejic): The executive board of the new CRC (from left to right): Prof. Dr. Marco Platzner, Prof. Dr. Heike Wehrheim and Prof. Dr. Friedhelm Meyer auf der Heide.

The German Research Foundation DFG approved the establishment of the Department of Computer Science’s Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) “On-The-Fly Computing”, starting on the 1st of July 2011. The research facility  is scheduled for the duration of up to twelve years.

“On-The-Fly Computing” is the third CRC at the University of Paderborn in which the Department of Computer Science is substantially involved. In the past, CRC 376 “Massively Parallel Computing: Algorithms, Design Methods,
Applications” was successfully conducted under the administration of Prof. Dr. Friedhelm Meyer auf der Heide.

The CRC 614 “Self-optimizing Concepts and Structures in Mechanical Engineering”, in which the Department of
Computer Science is also involved, is led by the mechanical engineer Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jürgen Gausemeier and is currently in its third and final phase. For the new CRC “On-The-Fly Computing”, Prof. Dr. Friedhelm Meyer auf der Heide will again act as leading spokesman.

The development of the concept of the currently approved CRC began in mid-2008. After the draft proposal was submitted to the DFG by the Paderborn scientists in 2009, the counseling sessions with DFG peer reviewers were held in Bonn in 2010. Thereafter, the Paderborn consortium was requested to submit a full proposal. It was one of the 29 consortia from 62 nationwide applications ranging over almost all scientific disciplines. Only 21 of the submitted full proposals were ultimately approved.

It is the vision of the CRC to initiate a paradigm shift in the creation and execution of future IT services. The neologism “On-The-Fly Computing”, invented in Paderborn, already hints at the intended goal: To build the basics to respond in an ad hoc manner to users’ special software needs so that appropriate services are offered. This entails evaluating and analyzing the user’s detailed inquiry, finding the needed components in the global market, and then configuring and implementing these components on a suitable computing environment.

Instead of specific off-the-shelf programs, the users will be offered individual services. However, the core of this long-term project is not original product research, but the exploration of how far the theoretical limits and the possibilities of the visionary paradigm shift can be successfully pushed.

The CRC not only relies on the expertise in Paderborn in computer science disciplines such as algorithms, embedded and distributed systems, and software engineering, but also on disciplines in economics and microeconomics such as game theory, empirical economic research and operations research. It opens up new possibilities in interdisciplinary basic research, which mainly fosters young scientists at the university.

The CRC executive board consists of Prof. Dr. Friedhelm Meyer auf der Heide as speaker and Prof. Dr. Heike Wehrheim and Prof. Dr. Marco Platzner as his deputy speakers. Dr. Ulf-Peter Schroeder holds the position of managing director. A total of 13 chairs in the Department of Computer Science and the Heinz Nixdorf Institute (HNI) and three chairs in the Faculty of Economics are also involved. Prof. Dr. Franz Josef Rammig, Prof. Dr. Uwe Kastens and Emeritus Prof. Dr. Burkhard Monien supplement the consortium as official consultants.

Dr. Ulf-Peter Schroeder
CRC Managing Director
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