Institute for Complex Systems

Welcome to the Institute for Complex Systems

The Institute for Complex Systems (ICS) targets the ever-increasing complexity of hardware/software systems. Here, the institute considers suitable abstraction levels, i.e. Virtual Prototypes (VPs) in SystemC for HW/SW systems at the Electronic System Level (ESL), HW designs in Verilog/VHDL at the Register Transfer Level (RTL), down to the gate-level. Primary research areas are verification, debugging, and synthesis, all major problems in Electronic Design Automation (EDA). We heavily use the RISC-V ISA in our research work (see e.g. our open-source RISC-V VP).


  • We are looking for a secretary (maternity leave replacement). If you are interested, please contact Prof. Daniel Große.
  • We are also looking for a PhD student as well as student assistants. If you are interested, please contact Prof. Daniel Große.



  • Jan 8, 2022: Daniel Große has been appointed as Program Committee Member of the ACM Great Lakes Symposium on VLSI (GLSVLSI) 2022.
  • Jan 6, 2022: First Call for Paper for the 25th IEEE Forum on specification & Design Languages (FDL) in Linz from September 14-16, 2022 is out. Our institute hosts FDL this year. Please plan to submit. Download CFP here.