Guiding Topics

Guiding topics at the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS

Fraunhofer IIS has outstanding competencies in the fields of cognitive sensor technology and audio and media technology. We pursue both research topics systematically and strategically, in order to provide our customers and partners with first-class support for markets of the future.


Cognitive Sensor Technologies


Audio and Media Technologies

In a nutshell: The guiding topics of Cognitive Sensor Technologies and Audio and Media Technologies

The guiding topic of Cognitive Sensor Technologies at a glance:

In this area, we pool and integrate together different skills, technologies and expertise that we have developed and cultivated for various fields of application. We apply them in the search for direct findings from classical “smart” signal processing through methods of machine learning and artificial intelligence. The goal is not only to record data along the chain from the sensor via data transmission, but also to derive insights and use them to develop services.

The results of our research in cognitive sensor technologies find application in the following fields in particular:

  • Mobility: Sensor systems and communications technology to support mobility
  • IoT communication: Data exchange between sensor and cloud
  • Human sensing: Digitalization of human perception
  • Product and material monitoring
  • Supply chains: Optimization of supply chains

You can find the guiding topic of Cognitive Sensor Technologies here.


The guiding topic of Audio and Media Technologies at a glance

In the area of “Audio and Media Technologies”, the institute has been shaping the digitalization of media for more than 30 years now. Fraunhofer IIS was instrumental in the development of mp3 and AAC and played a significant role in the digitalization of the cinema. Current developments are opening up whole new sound worlds and are being used in virtual reality, automotive sound systems, mobile telephony, streaming and broadcasting. Any mobile phone you buy today, for instance, uses audio technology developed by the institute, while Fraunhofer codecs provide the basis for sound of more than half of all TV broadcasts worldwide and almost all radio and streaming services. The institute’s professional tools for digital film and media production are also being used globally.

We are actively pursuing research in the following application areas:

  • AV streaming and download
  • Mobile telephony and VoIP
  • Digital radio
  • TV
  • Virtual and augmented reality
  • Film
  • Automotive

Find out more about the guiding topic of Audio and Media Technologies here.