Affective Sensing

Cognitive Sensor Technology for Improved Healtcare and Quality of Life

One of the core subjects in the area of “Smart Sensing and Electronics“ is the machine recognition, interpretation, and processing of human emotions and affects. For many years we have been working on developing networked sensor solutions, emotion-adaptive technologies, and perception-based user interfaces. Our contribution to human-machine communication in this area is significant. 

Emotion-sensitive robots as physical interaction partners and development tools

Some things that most people do entirely at the unconscious level pose enormous challenges for autistic children: correctly recognizing and interpreting the emotions of the person they are interacting with and responding accordingly.

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

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Presentation Dr.-Ing. Jens Garbas

AI gets emotional – Technology learns to feel

Dr. Jens-Uwe Garbas (Fraunhofer IIS) talks at the annual international science and technology conference FUTURAS IN RES about AI and empathy & Human-Machine-Interaction.



TraMeExCo (Transparent Medical Expert Companion) is a project funded by Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Its purpose is to investigate and develop suitable new methods to enable robust and explainable machine learning in complementary applications (digital pathology, pain analysis, cardiology) in the field of medical engineering.

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Image- and Video-based Solutions for Real-time Analyses of Facial Expressions and Basic Emotions


Integrated Sensor Systems for Miniaturized Energy-efficient Solutions