The FZI Research Centre for Information Technology (http://www.fzi.de), based in Karlsruhe Germany, has recently joined the Eclipse Foundation as an associate member.
FZI is an interdisciplinary non-profit research centre, funded partly by the economics ministry of Baden-Württemberg, partly by cooperative research projects and partly by direct contracts with industry. Its mission is to facilitate technology transfer of innovative solutions in information technology and to provide a bridge between academia and industry.
FZI offers its customers a unique interdisciplinary environment that fosters joint research among diverse fields of Computer Science, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, and Economics.
Although being independent from a legal and financial point of view, FZI is closely connected to the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). FZI has been a great success story for 25 years now, and using its extensive network of contacts both in the academic and the industrial world, it has been an important catalyst for the development of IT in the Karlsruhe region.
Today, FZI has over 150 employees, mostly young scientists with outstanding experience in both research projects and professional consulting activities.
FZI is a major promoter of Open Source, having among its employees contributors to dozens of open source projects, many of which targeting the Eclipse platform.
We appreciate FZI's membership and look forward to joint activities.