How does AI help you navigate?

AI learns from examples, which allows it to create complex relationships that are difficult to produce using conventional programming.

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Linking engineers and creative minds

Interview with Dr. Siegfried Foessel

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What new things has AI got to offer?

AI solves problems that traditional methods can’t handle. Interview with Prof. Heuberger and Dr. Grill, directors of Fraunhofer IIS.

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What is the lifespan of electronic devices?

A crucial aspect of safety-critical systems is knowing how long they will remain in proper working order. Dr. André Lange explains how, and for whom, this is determined.

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A real breakthrough?

We spoke with Dr. Daniel Haddad about how in the future, MRIs could replace tests that use harmful X-ray radiation in orthodontics.

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Do cognitive sensors help plant cultivation?

Dr. Stefan Garth and his team are developing hardware and software solutions for phenotyping plants using X-ray methods. In this interview he explains how cognitive sensor systems can improve surveys of the plant world.

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How can machines help people with perception impairments?

An interview with the initiators of the Campus Prof. Albert Heuberger, Prof. Andrea Büttner and Dr. Jens-Uwe Garbas

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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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Linking engineers and creative minds

Audio and Media Technologies / 25.9.2019

Dr. Siegfried Foessel
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Dr. Siegfried Foessel talks about his responsibilities at Fraunhofer IIS and the University of Television and Film HFF Munich.

A win-win situation: In the fall of 2018, Dr. Siegfried Foessel, head of the Department Moving Picture Technologies at Fraunhofer IIS, was appointed head of the Technology study program at the University of Television and Film (HFF) Munich. In this interview, Dr. Foessel talks about the mutual benefits that come about for the university and Fraunhofer IIS when creative minds meet in-depth technical expertise.

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Paradigm shift in applied research

Cognitive Sensor Technologies / 12.9.2019

Multipath problem
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Fraunhofer solutions for customers will look different in the future: where conventional programming has tended to reach its limits, the institute is investigating new AI approaches. Read here how AI is elevating research at Fraunhofer IIS to a new plane.

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“Using AI, we will develop solutions that we couldn’t achieve with conventional methods”

Cognitive Sensor Technologies / Audio and Media Technologies / 16.5.2019

Prof. Albert Heuberger, Dr. Bernhard Grill, directors of Fraunhofer IIS
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Prof. Albert Heuberger and Dr. Bernhard Grill want to advance AI technologies at Fraunhofer IIS in such a way that they benefit industry and users.

In this interview, Prof. Albert Heuberger and Dr. Bernhard Grill explain why the time is ripe for artificial intelligence and how AI can make technological developments for customers even more beneficial.

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How is the safety and longevity of electronic systems ensured?

Engineering of Adaptive Systems EAS / Cognitive Sensor Technologies / 16.5.2019

Dr. André Lange
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Dr. André Lange (l.) and his team help customers evaluate the reliability and robustness of electronic components.

As electronic systems grow more autonomous and find increasingly widespread use in fields where safety is paramount, their reliability and durability are more important than ever. Research by Dr. André Lange and his team explores how aging processes in circuits can be accurately predicted.

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“It would be great if by using alternative examination options we could completely avoid damage caused by radiation.”

Cognitive Sensor Technologies / Development Center X-ray Technology EZRT / 30.01.2019

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In collaboration with the Universitätsklinikum Erlangen and the University of Bonn, Fraunhofer IIS researchers have succeeded in applying magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in orthodontics. This gentle method has the potential to replace the current common use of harmful X-ray radiation. We spoke with Dr. Daniel Haddad about this breakthrough that has also been honored by the European Federation of Orthodontics FEO.

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“People with cardiac arrhythmia are often unaware that anything is wrong.”

Cognitive Sensor Technologies / Smart Sensing and Electronics / 12.12.2018

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Florian Dennerlein (left) and Christian Hofmann with the intelligent sports shirt.

With its FitnessSHIRT, Fraunhofer IIS has developed a prototype that can measure a range of different vital signs. The ambiotex company has turned the shirt into a market-ready product. In an interview, the company’s CEO Florian Dennerlein and Christian Hofmann from Fraunhofer IIS explain why the shirt is better than a sports watch, and what people who exercise can expect in the future.

Smart surveying of the plant world

Cognitive Sensor Technologies / Development Center X-ray Technology / 4.12.2018

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Phenotyping involves recording plants’ typing reactions to environmental influences. But what does nondestructive testing have to do with it? How do the cognitive sensor systems we are developing improve phenotyping processes? Dr. Stefan Garth, of the Development Center X-ray Technology EZRT at Fraunhofer IIS, has the answers.

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“We can develop assistance systems that tell people if their pasta sauce is still OK to eat.”

Cognitive Sensor Technologies / Smart Sensing and Electronics / 20.11.2018


At the Campus of the Senses in Erlangen, the Fraunhofer Institutes IIS and IVV and university researchers from FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg intend to study human sensory experiences and convert them into digital form.

For the fourth time in a year, Mr. Winter is sick in bed with an upset stomach. He had no way of knowing that the pasta sauce from the day before had gone bad: an infection he contracted a few years ago has robbed him of his senses of smell and taste. The Campus of the Senses is working on ways to digitally simulate the human senses. In our interview, the initiators of the Campus Prof. Albert Heuberger, Prof. Andrea Büttner and Dr. Jens-Uwe Garbas talk about assisting people with perception impairments and the difficulties inherent in the research.

Managing CT data – anywhere, anytime in the cloud

Cognitive Sensor Technologies / Development Center X-ray Technology / 15.11.2018

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Although computed tomography has greatly improved processes in industrial product development and production, conventional methods of managing various CT data remain highly inconvenient. But that’s changing now, because the researchers working alongside Thomas Miller tackled precisely this problem and developed the web-based CloudCT software solution. In the interview, Thomas Miller explains how the software makes operating the CT system and handling the data for companies easier.

The Machine Learning Forum brings experts and users together

Positioning and Networks / Cognitive Sensor Technologies / 8.11.2018

Dr. Stefan Bart, Stabilo GmbH im Interview
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Dr. Stefan Barth from Stabilo GmbH uses machine learning to teach pencils how to read

The Machine Learning Forum is a twice-yearly networking platform for industry and research. At the event on September 28, 2018 at Fraunhofer IIS in Nuremberg, we asked participants how they use machine learning in their companies.

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How we took the NO out of inNOvation

Fraunhofer IIS / 11.9.2018

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However, good ideas on their own are not sufficient, they also need to be implemented. That is innovation. And thus the Fraunhofer Institutes IIS and IISB joined up with the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg and for the first time jointly developed the #inNUEvation Conference based on the platform of the LZE e. V. International experts from research, business, and politics gathered there to examine the topic of innovation from different perspectives and to exchange ideas and views.

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Fraunhofer IIS @IBC 2018

Audio and Media Technologies / 5.9.2018

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Fraunhofer IIS is presenting the latest audio and media technologies at IBC 2018. Some of them can be seen here in a series of short employee films. Take a look!

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Data analytics – what is it and how does it benefit industry?

Cognitive Sensor Technologies / Supply Chain Services / 7.6.2018

Prof. Alexander Martin, interviewed by Daniela Rembor, Fraunhofer IIS.
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“Using data analytics, we can uncover treasures companies never knew they had.” Prof. Alexander Martin, interviewed by Daniela Rembor, Fraunhofer IIS.

“Data analytics itself is nothing new,” says Prof. Alexander Martin. “What is new is that we’re working with enormous quantities of data and that the methods available are getting better all the time. This means we can gather and analyze the data in a meaningful way.” The industrial mathematician uses video and text to explain exactly what this looks like and how it can lead to successful business decisions.

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A Tour of the Computer Technology Collection Erlangen

Fraunhofer IIS / 18.5.2018

Zuse Z23
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Zuse Z23 war die erste elektronische Rechenanlage an der Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

Storing and processing data has a long history. From the Middle Ages to this day, people have turned to computing aids to help them solve problems. The Computer Technology Collection Erlangen charts the development of data processing technology, from tally sticks and Zuse machines to the integrated circuit.

ISER director Guido Nockermann takes us through his treasures, offering a brief anecdote about each exhibit.

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Innovation in the heart of Bavaria

Fraunhofer IIS / 18.5.2018

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Wissenschaftstheoretiker Pierre Leich sieht eine hohe Innovationskraft in Mittelfranken.

The Nürnberg metropolitan region is known for its good beer and little sausages. But many are unaware that Middle Franconia is the most innovative region in Germany with a tradition spanning centuries. Pierre Leich, project manager at kulturidee GmbH, explains where the bright minds of innovative SMEs come from and what the region’s research can do.

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FutureIOT research project connects town and country

Fraunhofer IIS / 13.3.2018

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From start-ups and SMEs to big industry, more than 20 industry partners are involved in the joint research project. On February 20, 2018, Fraunhofer IIS hosted a kick-off event. Many of the project partners took the opportunity to speakk on camera about what they expect from the collaboration.

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What scientists should do next

Fraunhofer IIS / 27.3.2018

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The make-a-wish box at the Long Night of the Sciences 2017

Objects that can communicate, TV that feels like you’re at the movies, pocket X-ray machines... sounds like science fiction. But then who knows? At the Long Night of the Sciences 2017, visitors to Fraunhofer IIS in Erlangen got to put their questions to scientists. Professor Albert Heuberger, director of Fraunhofer IIS, joined the scientists to answer the questions and explain what may soon be possible.

“5G will bring far-reaching changes”

Cognitive Sensor Technologies / Communications Systems / 13.3.2018

Gebäude des Fraunhofer IIS mit Sendemast
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5 G – Schlüsseltechnologie für Industrie 4.0.

5G is much more than the follow-up to 4G. We spoke with expert Bernhard Niemann about what the next generation of wireless networks can do better, what it will make possible, when it will be available, and what role Fraunhofer IIS is playing in the 5G rollout.

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.

“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.

“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.

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.

“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.

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.

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.

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:

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"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.

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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.

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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.

The video

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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.

Highlights in our annual report 2017


Audio and Media Technologies / 11.7.2018

3D sound for everyone

Three-dimensional soundscapes created with ease.


Engineering of Adaptive Systems EAS / Cognitive Sensor Technologies / 11.7.2018

Modular sensor technology for SMES

A modular system paves the way for SMEs to enter the Internet of Things


Development Center X-ray Technology / Cognitive Sensor Technologies / 11.7.2018

X-ray develops into a cognitive sensor

RoboCT technology enables fast and precise inspection of components


Positioning and Networks / Cognitive Sensor Technologies / 11.7.2018

The IoT enters the world of industry

Interview with Dr. Günter Rohmer, head of the Positioning and Networks Division