Since January 1, 2022, Oldenburg is now home to the new German Aerospace Center (DLR)-Institute Systems Engineering for Future Mobility. For this purpose, the approximately 80 employees of the OFFIS Transportation Division changed their contracts at the end of the year 2021. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Axel Hahn also quit his seat on the OFFIS board at the end of the year, taking over as director of the new DLR institute. The German federal government and the state of Lower Saxony are funding the DLR Institute in Oldenburg with a basic grant of 8 million euros per year.
The institute researches efficient and trustworthy systems on road, water and rail. All ongoing projects and research infrastructure were also transferred from OFFIS to the new DLR institute. The research portfolio of DLR in Oldenburg primarily includes methods for developing and securing highly automated and autonomous transportation systems of the future in the automotive, shipping and rail sectors. In addition to the development of new efficient systems engineering methods and tools for the proof of functionality (verification) and practicality (validation), the focus of the institute's research is on the further development of trustworthy systems.
OFFIS has been working very closely with DLR on many projects for many years. The spin-off of the OFFIS research division Transportation into a new DLR institute directly at the Oldenburg site intensifies the cooperation, promotes an even more direct exchange and creates a great added value for transportation research in Germany and the research location Oldenburg.