Series Artificial Intelligence

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Shaping the future with human and artificial intelligence

The Fraunhofer IIS magazine’s series on AI

Artificial intelligence (AI), cognitive systems and machine learning are key to the future transformation of the economy and society. For the global economy and industrial value chains this means a fundamental structural shift, because such technical systems are capable of learning and are increasingly in a position to apply what they have learned to new situations. They can plan processes, make forecasts and even interact with humans. The International Data Corporation estimates that global expenditure on cognitive solutions will reach 40 billion US dollars by the end of 2020. Not only does the use of new technologies create new opportunities, it also always forces us all to face new challenges. Ensuring Germany’s technological leadership in AI calls not only for technological solutions, but also for a dialogue within society. Fears and myths must be dispelled through scientific insight. Machines will expand our sphere of influence, but they will not lead the way.


At many of its institutes, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft develops key AI technologies and related applications in areas such as robotics, image and speech processing, and process optimization. Machine learning techniques for industry are as much a part of this as the use of cognitive systems in cybersecurity and essential research into artificial neural networks. Our research plays a major role in shaping AI theory and ethics, while also orienting itself strongly to customers’ practical requirements.

In our magazine series, you’ll discover more about why Fraunhofer IIS uses AI, what our current projects are and how you can collaborate with us.

AI series: Putting artificial intelligence into practice

Fraunhofer IIS / 30.9.2020

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How can AI benefit business and industry, and what is Fraunhofer IIS currently researching? The division directors of Fraunhofer IIS highlight the opportunities AI technologies have to offer.

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AI series: How AI can boost efficiency in logistics

Cognitive Sensor Technologies / Supply Chain Services / 12.6.2020

Christian Menden
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Head of Department Christian Menden is responsible for developing an AI strategy for the Working Group for Supply Chain Services (SCS).

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AI series: Mining data to extract knowledge

Cognitive Sensor Technologies / 5.6.2020

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Prof. Alexander Martin is head of the Fraunhofer IIS and also in charge of the co-located ADA Lovelace Center. He and his team are looking into ways to extract information from big data using artificial intelligence (AI).

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AI series: Machine learning drives industrial projects forward

Cognitive Sensor Technologies / Postioning and Networks / 7.2.2020

Dr. Christopher Mutschler
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Dr. Christopher Mutschler is one of the AI experts at Fraunhofer IIS. He researches machine learning and ensures that scientific findings make their way into industry. In this interview, Ilona Hörath reflects on his career path and field of work.

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»This is absolutely one of the most difficult problems in AI research.«

Audio and Media Technologies

Birgit Brüggemeier, Ph.D.
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Project manager Birgit Brüggemeier is researching intelligent human-machine interaction using voice. Together with other AI experts, she is developing future voice interfaces.

Voice assistants such as Alexa, Siri and the like are becoming more and more popular, but the systems struggle when it comes to understanding complex contents and context or deriving semantic meaning. Birgit Brüggemeier knows what the problem is: »The machine lacks common sense.« Together with her project team, she is working on the European version of a voice assistant, looking at how these error messages can be communicated to the user without them getting annoyed and ending their interaction with the voice assistant.

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Paradigm shift in applied research

Cognitive Sensor Technologies / 12.9.2019

Multipath problem
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Ordinary algorithms struggle to cope with this so-called “multipath problem.” However, machine learning has opened up a new way of solving such conundrums.

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.

Near-sensor AI: Generating sensor data of outstanding quality

Cognitive Sensor Technologies / Development Center X-ray Technology EZRT / 19.6.2019

Dr. Norman Uhlmann, deputy divisional director at Fraunhofer EZRT
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The use of artificial intelligence (AI) is playing an increasingly important role in research. Dr. Norman Uhlmann, Deputy Division Director at Fraunhofer EZRT, discusses the prospect of using AI at a level close to sensors.

“We’re determined to be in on the act”

Cognitive Sensor 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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