Hasso-Plattner-InstitutSDG am HPI


In our research, as in our teaching, we place great emphasis on scientific excellence, practical and close cooperation with industry. With its research programs and specialized fields, HPI is a leader in the pioneering research of IT systems.

Research at HPI takes place under excellent conditions

Today no company, no hospital, and no administration can function without IT systems. The research of such systems is at the core of the scientific activities at HPI, carried out in close cooperation with industry and society.

Work in the specialized research areas at HPI is performed under excellent conditions, with outstanding results achieved. This research work and its results are integrated into the current teaching programs to also benefit HPI students.

HPI’s fields of specialization: a wide spectrum of research topics

Besides offering an outstanding teaching program, Hasso Plattner Institute also conducts excellent university research. In its current fields of specialization and research groups the focus is on the analysis, conception, and application of large, highly complex and networked IT systems. Research work is carried out in the context of PhD and habilitation projects in the respective research groups, often together with well-known partners from science and business.

At the HPI School of Design Thinking and as part of the Design Thinking Research Program, the HPI also creates and explores innovations for all areas of life.

Research at HPI 

HPI Research Schools: the Graduate Schools of the Hasso Plattner Institute

The strength of the research at Hasso Plattner Institute is evidenced in its doctoral program. PhD students can earn their degree in different fields as well as in the interdisciplinary HPI Research Schools for "Service-Oriented Systems Engineering" and "Data Science an Engineering".The Research Training Groups of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) are the model for all HPI professors to jointly supervise talented doctoral and postdoctoral students. The main research interest lies in the different perspectives of "Service-Oriented Systems Engineering" as well as "Data Science and Engineering". The HPI Research Schools have their branchesoffices at the University of Cape Town (South Africa), the Technion Haifa (Israel) and Nanjing University (China) and offers fellowships to students every year.

HPI Future SOC Lab: the leading research laboratory of the Hasso Plattner Institute

Since 2010, the Hasso Plattner Institute has been running its own top research laboratory for Service-Oriented Computing (Future SOC Lab). The laboratory benefits from state-of-the-art hardware and software that is still under development. These are provided by renowned IT companies. 

New concepts are tested on the software and hardware. Furthermore, experiments are done with techniques of  virtualization and cloud computing. techniques are experimented as well. The HPI’s Future SOC Lab is open to interested researchers from other universities worldwide.

The HPI Digital Health Center: researching the future of medicine

The Hasso Plattner Institute's Digital Health Center (DHC) brings together people from the life sciences, humanities, social sciences, data sciences and digital engineering to improving medical treatment options. The DHC is an open network for scientists and research institutions who want to jointly advance the healthcare system with new digital health applications in the interest of the patients’s wellbeingand strengthen the patient. DHC is headquartered at the HPI campus III in Potsdam, directly on the city border with Berlin. There is also a branch office at the SAP Leonardo Center in New York.

Design Thinking Research Program: A Scientific Exploration of Innovations

In collaboration with the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University, the HPI's Design Thinking Research Program (DTRP) is conducting research into the phenomenon of innovation in multidisciplinary teams. Within the context Against the background of professional diversity, this includes, in particular, the consideration of spatial, temporal and cultural factors as well as the question of how design thinking can be combined with traditional engineering and management approaches.

Signs of Excellent Research

  • Publications
    HPI scientists publish textbooks, academic books, dissertations and papers in renowned journals as well as their own series of technical reports.
  • Projects
    A selection of IT projects fromof the HPI research groupsdepartments