The new RISE homepage for the second funding period 2006-2007 can be found
This old RISE homepage material below is no longer updated since 2005 and is left as an archive. - C.K., Nov. 2006.
In software engineering, we are entering a new age of software development, the age of software integration. Programming, as well as component-based software engineering are superseded by powerful decomposition and integration mechanisms like composition-based development, multi-dimensional separations of concerns, and view-based software development. All these techniques allow to decompose problems and integrate software solutions in a way much more powerful than todays solutions.
Actually, we have seen not many paradigm shifts in computer science. Object-oriented technology was said to be one, but this is not true: it mainly consists of an improved style of imperative programming. However, in the late nineties, some new technologies have appeared that really introduce a paradigm, and these are aspect-oriented programming, multi-paradigm design, and generative programming.
Dr. Jim Coplien, Keynote, 1st Symposium of Generative Software Engineering, GCSE, Erfurt 1999
The RISE project, financed by SSF, runs from July 2002 to June 2005. It's mission is to develop technology, methods, and tools for Integrational Software Engineering (ISE). The goal of RISE is to investigate decomposition and integration mechanisms in all areas of software engineering. Methods are developed that split the complex software construction problem into manageable parts, and integrate partial solutions to the final solution. This will help future software engineers as well as end-users to master the complexity of software.
The vision of RISE (pdf document)