Smart Sensing and Electronics

We develop smart sensors, integrated circuits and software solutions for a better everyday life.

Smart Sensing and Electronics

Applied Research – Bringing Technology to the People

In the division “Smart Sensing and Electronics“ we develop and realize customer-specific and future-oriented solutions in the fields of Medical Engineering, Electronic Imaging, Integrated Sensor Systems and IC Design. Integrated circuits that we have developed are found in machines and production facilities and in the vehicles of leading automobile manufacturers. Here are just a few examples of our solutions:

  • The measurement of vital parameters in sports, leisure and workplace safety
  • Intelligent 3D magnetic field sensors for better resource utilization in washing machines
  • Image analysis software for market research, Retail Analytics and Cognitive Robotics

We offer market-aligned solutions for our clients worldwide.

Hot Topic: Machine Learning

Learn more about the division´s guiding themes.

Emotion-sensitive robots for therapy

Real-time-capable sensors recognize pulse, facial expressions and speech for increased social interaction in daily life

Hot Topic: Campus of the Senses

Hot Topic: Affective Sensing

One Division – Six Business Fields

The technology portfolio of “Smart Sensing and Electronics“ enables you to realize user-centered solutions in line with market: As innovation driver, we are the leading contact for custom-tailored solutions in the fields of smart sensors, image processing and IC Design. In close cooperation with our clients and based on the latest scientific results, we achieve technological breakthroughs for their long-term success. Our interdisciplinary teams of scientists work closely together to ensure our solutions satisfy our clients´ particular requirements.

Take a look into the technology portfolio and the competencies of our division “Smart Sensing and Electronics“.  

Digital Health Systems


Image Analysis and Pattern Recognition

Image-based detection, analysis and interpretation of faces

100% compliance with data protection laws  

Integrated Circuits and Systems

The focus of our activities lies on digital and mixed-signal design flows as well as on design solutions for increasingly complex electronic systems.

Campus of the Senses

Interdisciplinary basic research and application-oriented research on the subject of digital sensory transition

Imaging Solutions and Systems

Competence in polarization imaging 

Solutions for measuring and inspection tasks in the industrial quality assurance  

Integrated Sensor Systems

Intelligent sensors are key elements of modern, autonomous systems.


AI software: "iSTIX opens your world to the possibilities of digital pathology"

Interview with Volker Bruns, Business Unit Manager "Medical Image Analysis and Machine Learning" at Fraunhofer IIS

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Robots as physical interaction partners and development tools

The project ERIK aims to develop a robotic platform that addresses new interaction strategies in treatments for children with impaired socioemotional functioning, such as children with autism.

© Fraunhofer IIS

Press release

Use your microscope as a scanner

Berlin-based VMscope GmbH licenses and distributes iSTIX® developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS.

© Fraunhofer IIS

See, feel, train – virtual surgical simulator to premiere at MEDICA

“” helps surgeons prepare for individual patient cases prior to surgery, and enables them to practice the surgery.

© Fraunhofer IIS/Udo Rink

Mobile analysis system for trace substances in liquids

Now a novel mobile biosensor system can quickly and reliably detect pollutants and contaminants in liquids.


Human Perception Goes Digital at the Campus of the Senses in Erlangen

Future multisensory digital systems will have the ability to understand and simulate human sensory perception. The aim of the Campus of the Senses in Erlangen is to conduct fundamental research into the digitalization of human sensory experiences and to derive new technologies and services from this knowledge.

Privacy by Design

The report published on June 8th 2017 by the Bavarian Data Protection Authority for the Private Sector (BayLDA) confirms that the AVARD system doesn’t process personal data but only anonymous data. Thus, AVARD ensures the compliance with data protection laws at 100%.

Your Partner for Future-oriented Industries

We are driving smart technologies into the connected car: for more safety in tomorrow´s autonomous driving. Our medical technologies provide better diagnostics and patient care in hospitals. Our intelligent sensor systems and specialized camera systems take you to the next level with Industry 4.0 and support you in saving money and time. Higher customer satisfaction means higher sales: Our “Smart Signage“ solutions supply you with the relevant data in order to stay competitive and to get a better sense of who they are and what they want.

Exhibitions and Events


November 18-21, 2019


The international meeting place for experts in laboratory medicine - from 2019 in the new exhibition hall 1, stand 1G30

On November 20 we will give a presentation regarding the topic "Microscope as intelligent scanner". We're looking forward to see you there!


December 5-6, 2019, London

6th Digital Pathology & AI Congress

We look forward to see you at the 6th Digital Pathology & AI Congress in London giving you an overview about the possibilities of iSTIX®!


January 26 - 29, 2020

WT | Wearable Technologies Europe Conference 2020

The World‘s Most Profound and Comprehensive Wearable Technologies Event! Co-located with ISPO Munich! We look forward to see you there!

Josef Sauerer

Contact Press / Media

Josef Sauerer

Head of Division Smart Sensing and Electronics

Fraunhofer IIS
Am Wolfsmantel 33
91058 Erlangen, Germany

Phone +49 9131 776-4410

Fax +49 9131 776-4499