The inside story on success

Dr. Frank Oehler and Dr. Heinrich Milosiu describe the ups and downs in the development of a power-saving wireless receiver.

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How do I back a sailboat into a dock? What has this got to do with research?

Dr. Nadine Lang in “Science sets sail” on the Thor Heyerdahl.

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What does cognitive sensor technology contribute to the economy and society at large?

Director Prof. Heuberger talks about the importance of the guiding topic “Cognitive Sensor Technologies” in an interview.

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Can computers learn to feel?

Prof. Albert Heuberger discusses the significance of emotional intelligence in digitalization.

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Why technology shows us what makes us tick

Dr. Dr. Albrecht Fritzsche approaches questions on digitalization from a philosophical point of view.

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What does … actually mean?

Our scientists bring technical terms “To the Point”.

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Fraunhofer IIS Magazine

Solutions for a smart world

Research is full of interesting stories and the Fraunhofer IIS Magazine has been digging for details. Read about successful cooperations, learn about the latest developments and get the back stories of colleagues in the interview section.

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Waking up

Smart Sensing and Electronics / 19.1.2018

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RFicient® makes all sorts of things possible, such as remote controls or wireless modules with batteries that last for years.

The Internet of Things uses a lot of wireless receivers. How can they be designed to save energy and require little maintenance? This question has been occupying Dr. Frank Oehler and Dr. Heinrich Milosiu since June 2007. Here is the story of how they developed the RFicient® wireless receiver chip, which receives signals continuously but consumes just one-thousandth of the electricity used by an LED.

The journal

“It’s our duty to positively shape digitalization”

Cognitive Sensor Technologies / 20.12.2017

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Prof. Albert Heuberger discusses the significance of emotional intelligence in digitalization.

Artificial intelligence offers numerous opportunities. At a Fraunhofer event dedicated to this topic, Prof. Albert Heuberger discussed how “affective computing” offers opportunities for industry, services, and human-machine interfaces.

The video

“It will have a massive impact on the economy and society”

Cognitive Sensor Technologies / 10.11.2017

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Cognitive Sensor Technologies is one of the institute’s two guiding topics, along with Audio and Media Technologies. Director Prof. Albert Heuberger reflects on the opportunities which present themselves for industry and economy and how people encounter them in their everyday lives, too.

The interview

Science sets sail on the Thor Heyerdahl

Science Sets Sails / 9.11.2017

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„In Riga, we wait at the luggage carousel – and wait and wait, until finally the gates shut and the belt stops. Twelve of us from Erlangen are missing our luggage.”

This is how Nadine Lange, who is part of the team Leistungszentrum Elektroniksysteme LZE, started out on her one-week sailing trip on the Thor Heyerdahl. In the summer of 2017, the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg invited some of its own researchers and other scientists to broaden their scientific horizon in this exceptional setting. Read how this journey without luggage unfolds and what else is going on aboard in her travelogue.

The travelogue

“Technology forces us to reflect on ourselves”

Point of view / Cognitive Sensor Technologies / 10.11.2017

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Dr. Dr. Albrecht Fritzsche ist promovierter Mathematiker und Philosoph.

The digitalization of our economy and society is a dominant feature of modern life. We spoke with Dr. Dr. Albrecht Fritzsche who holds holds doctoral degrees in philosophy and business economic and is a member of the scientific council at the Institute of Information Systems at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg. We discussed on how digital transformation from a philosophical point of view will change our society, how humans and technology will interact in the future, and the responsibility we carry for these developments.

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Digitally connected villages make rural life even more attractive

Cognitive Sensor Technologies / Supply Chain Services SCS / 30.10.2017

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The IIS team at the village fair in Reuth, from left: Peter Heusinger, Alexander Gabber, Annemarie Wojtech and Martin Schmid.

Fraunhofer IIS employees asked residents of rural communities in the Upper Palatinate to contribute their ideas for a mobile village store.

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Manual panoramic microscopy with iStix®

Cognitive Sensor Technologies / Smart Sensing and Electronics / 23.10.2017

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iStix® creates a continuous, panoramic view of microscopy images.

Fraunhofer IIS has developed a low-cost alternative to whole slide imaging scanners for the digitization of prepared microscope slides. The institute is currently looking for partners to help further develop, evaluate and market the iStix® software.

The Video

Success Stories

How business and industry embrace the future with our support.


Cognitive Sensor Technologies / Positioning and Networks / 23.6.2017

The assistant that lives in the tool

BMW Regensburg relies on intelligent tools in pilot project.


Cognitive Sensor Technologies / Development Center for X-ray Technology / 23.6.2017

Automated X-rays

Three partners develop ValuCT making X-ray easy as pie.


The digital transformation of the newspaper

Nürnberger Nachrichten were part of the theme world “MitMachMedien” in the JOSEPHS open innovation laboratory. Michael Husarek also paid a visit to the Fraunhofer IIS’s Holodeck 4.0. We asked the journalist to share his findings he would be taking on board for his work.

To the point

Our researchers explain technical terms and bring “To the point” what may be run-of-the-mill for the insider, but for the non-expert may be rather obscure.

Find the overview for technical terms and videos here:

To the point

"Fraunhofer IIS is definitely a Special Place"

Audio and Media Technologies / 23.6.2017

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Bernhard Grill in Fraunhofer IIS’s unique sound laboratory.

Bernhard Grill knows what he is talking about. He joined Fraunhofer IIS in 1988 and is now institute director and division director. The Fraunhofer X-factor for him lies in a trusting relationship between colleagues, the accomplished combination of research and marketing and lastly, but importantly, a healthy work-life balance.

The interview

Determine how fit you are with the FitnessSHIRT

Cognitive Sensor Technologies / Smart Sensing and Electronics / 21.8.2017

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Christian Weigand explains the FitnessSHIRT.

The FitnessSHIRT accurately monitors parameters such as heart rate variability (HRV) and your pulse – without an additional strap. Our employee Heiko Wörrlein tested the shirt on a training run in the Tennenlohe Forest near Nürnberg, and talked with chief of development Christian Weigand to find out more about the shirt’s potential applications and the data it collects.

The video

Looking inside a piano

Cognitive Sensor Technologies /Development Center X-ray Technology / 23.6.2017

Dr. Theobald Fuchs and his colleagues at the Development Center for X-ray Technology EZRT are working with the Germanisches Nationalmuseum to develop standards for the computed tomography of musical instruments. Fuchs explains why this work is much more important than one might initially think.

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This kind of computed tomography imagery of old musical instruments is of interest to historians and conservators – and not least to musicians themselves.

The Highlights in our Annual Report 2016


Communication Systems / 8.3.2017

Satellite communication of the future

Making communication more efficient, more
flexible, and more stable


Supply Chain Services / 8.3.2017

Smart data: the future of logistics

How will logistics develop?


Development Center X-ray Technology / 8.3.2017

Detecting high-yield varieties of plants

Plant analysis in the age of climate change


Audio and Media Technologies / 8.3.2017

A revolution in tv sound

MPEG-H offers individually adjustable sound

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