The Microelectronic Systems Institute (MES) of the Darmstadt University of Technology was founded in 1990 and is lead since then by Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. mult. Manfred Glesner. It has a staff of ca. 20 people (post-docs, graduate researchers and administrative staff) and already graduated more than 40 PhDs. The research and education topics of the institute cover a variety of areas in architectures for integrated circuits and systems, embedded software, reconfigurable systems and automation tools supporting the design and prototyping of such systems. The application domains where such systems have been applied include communication technology, automotive technology, telematics, avionics and industrial process automation. Some of the current application focus includes telecommunication systems, where efficient and flexible microelectronic solutions for the next generation of mobile radio and wireless communication are being developed, and ubiquitous computing aiming to provide system platforms where pervasive applications can be successfully built and deployed. Recently funded projects at MES include four contributions to the German DFG Priority Programmes (Schwerpunktprogramme) in low-power and in reconfigurable systems, one contribution to a German DFG Collaborative Research Centre (Sonderforschungsbereiche) on Mechatronics, the EU project Broadband Radio Access for IP-based Networks (BRAIN, Subcontractor of Infineon Technologies AG), MEDEA project Leonidas+ (Subcontractor of Infineon Technologies AG) and the IP2 project (Intellectual Property Prinzipien für rekonfigurierbare Basisband SoCs in Internet-Protokoll basierten Mobilfunknetzen) financed by BMBF (German Ministry of Education and Research), with industrial partners like Lucent, Nokia and Infineon.