Current research Projects in the Field of Sensor Systems


There are many technical approaches that support people in their domestic environment. An important trend is the automatic adjustment of domestic technology to certain situations or to specific behaviors of the users. The research results in the "Acti3D" project should above all lead to a control of lighting, but also to other technical domestic systems. It essentially provides quick and efficient three-dimensional detection and analysis of movements of persons using a vision system-on-chip.


Light-emitting diodes consume significantly less energy than incandescent bulbs. If their energy efficiency can be improved still further, they will become the future of lighting systems. The goal of the EnLight partners is to reduce the power consumption of modern LEDs by 40 percent. Unconventional innovations should be employed to tap their full potential.

fast realtime

Distributed sensor actuator systems today often do not yet meet the requirements of real-time communication. Their long query times make them currently unattractive for certain fields of application. In order to change this in the future, the research partners in the "fast realtime" project are researching options to optimize this latency.


To continuously monitor the condition of bridges and other structures, experts must be able to evaluate all manner of different sensor data. Installing these sensors is often very time-consuming because in many cases they need to be connected by wires running over long distances. The RAdCoM project was set up to develop a new system based on wireless radio communication that is specifically adapted to the challenging environments of railway transportation.


The Fraunhofer IIS is partner of a European research project, in which engineers and scientists are developing a low-cost and miniaturized chip-technology for improved medical diagnosis, e.g. in ophthalmology. The photonic-integrated technology developed in this project may become an enabler to bring Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) to broader use in medical care. The Fraunhofer IIS leads the CMOS based readout electronic integration.



The detection of chemical substances at trace amounts can be a difficult task that requires typically laboratory equipment and skilled technical support. In this European research project, we develop with partners a miniature automated laboratory system for autonomous operation in harsh conditions. This system is projected to detect specific chemical substances at concentration levels in the range of the micro-mole per liter in the waste water.

The Fraunhofer IIS focuses on the design of a readout ASIC for chemical sensors and the development of energy harvesters for the sewage environment. The implementation of bias and readout electronics for chemical sensors with a low-power integrated-circuit technology is the key to the success of the project.


Theranostic Implants

The Fraunhofer lead project “Theranostic Implants” focuses on the development of “intelligent” implants with diagnostic and therapeutic functions. In the subproject on the neuromuscular demonstrator, a myoelectric prosthetic hand controller, Fraunhofer IIS is developing the electronics for controlling the implant.