Institute management

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Boris Otto

Executive Director

Prof. Boris Otto (born in Hamburg, Germany in 1971) became the executive director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Software and Systems Engineering ISST in Dortmund on January 1, 2017. Since September of 2013, he has held the Chair for Industrial Information Management (until August 31, 2018 the Audi Foundation Chair for Supply Net Order Management) at the LogistikCampus of TU Dortmund. He is also a member of the boards of directors of the Gaia-X, European Association for Data and Cloud, AISBL and the International Data Spaces Association (IDSA).

After studying industrial engineering in Hamburg, Otto did his doctorate at the University of Stuttgart under Prof. Hans-Jörg Bullinger, former president of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. He habilitated at the University of St. Gallen’s Institute of Information Management, where he founded and managed the Corporate Data Quality competence center. His career path also included PricewaterhouseCoopers, SAP, and the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO. Furthermore, Otto was a Research Fellow at the Center for Digital Strategies, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, USA. He joined Fraunhofer ISST in 2014 with the founding of the Fraunhofer Innovation Center for Logistics and IT (FILIT).

Otto’s research focuses on the fields of industrial information management, business and logistics networks, and methods for the design of digital business solutions.

Prof. Dr. Jakob Rehof


Prof. Jakob Rehof (born in Denmark in 1960) has been the director of Fraunhofer ISST since 2006. Aside from studying computer science and mathematics at the University of Copenhagen and earning a doctorate in information science, he studied the classics (ancient Greek and Latin) and philosophy.

After several years in project management at Microsoft Research Labs in Redmond, USA, Rehof mainly dedicated his time at Fraunhofer ISST to networked and distributed software systems, cloud computing, the composition of software services, information logistics, workflow management, and the specification and implementation of business processes. As director of a Fraunhofer Institute, he is also a university professor: He holds the Chair for Software Engineering at TU Dortmund University.