The Max Planck Institute for Software Systems

studies the principles of efficient, dependable, secure, and usable computing systems, as well as their interaction with the physical and social context in which they operate.

We conduct foundational research in relevant areas of computer science and beyond, covering theory, empirical analysis, and data-driven investigation. We seek impact through publications, artifacts, and people.

Derek Dreyer receives Robin Milner Young Researcher Award

for outstanding contributions in the area of programming languages


MPI-SWS and MPI-INF jointly participated in the 2018 Girls' Day

June 7, 2018
We welcomed 14 school-aged girls to our institute, and showed them what computer science research is all about.

POPLpalooza: Five MPI-SWS papers at POPL 2018 + a new record!

January 18, 2018
In 2018, MPI-SWS researchers authored a total of five POPL papers. Also, MPI-SWS faculty member Derek Dreyer has achieved a new record: a 10-year streak of having at least one POPL paper each year.

Two MPI-SWS faculty awarded DFG grants

December 14, 2017
MPI-SWS faculty members Björn Brandenburg and Eva Darulova have each received a 3-year research grant from the DFG, the German Research Organization.

Krishna Gummadi and Peter Druschel win ACM SIGCOMM test-of-time award

July 19, 2017
MPI-SWS researchers have received the SIGCOMM Test of Time Award for their 2007 paper on "Measurement and Analysis of Online Social Networks."

Amaury Pouly wins Ackermann Award

July 6, 2017
Amaury Pouly has won the 2017 Ackermann Award, presented annually to the author of an exceptional doctoral dissertation in the area of computer science logic.