Fraunhofer IIS works hand in hand with other institutes of the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, collaborating in groups and alliances. Fraunhofer IIS is also involved in research activities at national and international institutions and universities.

Fraunhofer Groups

Institutes working in related subject areas cooperate in Fraunhofer Groups and foster a joint presence on the R&D market. They help to define the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft’s business policy and act to implement the organizational and funding principles of the Fraunhofer model.

Fraunhofer Group for Microelektronics

The Fraunhofer Group for Microelectronics VµE coordinates the activities of the Fraunhofer Institutes working in the fields of microelectronics and microintegration.

Fraunhofer Information and Communication Technology Group

The Fraunhofer Group for Microelectronics VµE coordinates the activities of the Fraunhofer Institutes working in the fields of microelectronics and microintegration.

Fraunhofer Group for Defense and Security

This group has been formed by Fraunhofer Institutes as a means of coordinating their research activities and defining common goals in the area of "Defense and Security".

Fraunhofer Alliances

Institutes and departments of institutes active in related fields join their various competencies in Fraunhofer Alliances to develop and market their field of business. Within the alliance »Ambient Assisted Living« Fraunhofer Institutes develop complete solutions which display typical characteristics of intelligent environments and represent personal health systems for medical applications.


Fraunhofer Alliance Digital Media


The cooperation of Fraunhofer-Institutes within the Alliance Digital Media provides innovative solutions and products for the digital age of motion picture.



Fraunhofer Alliance Energy

Institutes join their expertise offering Fraunhofer’s complete range of research services in the field of energy technology and energy management.


Fraunhofer Space Alliance

The Fraunhofer Space Alliance is a group of 13 institutes that carries out collaborative research in the field of aeronautics technologies. By pooling different skills, this alliance offers customers a unique spectrum of R&D services ranging from the development of individual components and prototype validation, to the implementation of entire systems.

Fraunhofer Vision Alliance

In the Fraunhofer Vision Alliance several Fraunhofer institutes work together in the fields of image processing and optical testing and measurement techniques. The central office of the Fraunhofer Vision Alliance has been installed at the Fraunhofer IIS in Fürth. It conveys and coordinates projects as well as marketing and PR measures.


ESI-Application Center

At the ESI-Application Center, which is part of the Embedded Systems Initiative, Fraunhofer IIS collaborates with Friedrich-Alexander University, Erlangen-Nuremberg. Since late 2009, the Application Center has been developing embedded systems, with a focus on multi-core systems, wireless communications, design methodologies and hardware-software codesign. In this context, Fraunhofer IIS undertakes work on automation in a wide range of areas, for instance for sport, fitness, automobility and industry 4.0.

Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology IDMT

The Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology IDMT in Ilmenau (Thuringia) offers applied research in digital audio-visual systems. It develops solutions for virtual acoustics for the home entertainment sector and professional markets (e.g. IOSONO® wave field synthesis technology) and software technology for analyzing multimedia meta data as well as audio-visual applications for medical technology.

Fraunhofer USA Digital Media Technologies

In close collaboration with Fraunhofer IIS in Erlangen, the DMT team, based in San José, California, introduces new audio formats into the American market.

International Research Cooperations

HTA – Heterogeneous Technology Alliance: Fraunhofer-Verbund Mikroelektronik, Centre Suisse d'Electronique et de Microtechnique (CSEM), Laboratoire d'Electronique et Technologie de l'Information (Leti) and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland - Micro- and Nano Technologies

Faculty of Engineering, Bilkent Universitäy in Ankara, Turkey

Vladimir State Technical University and St. Petersburg State Polytechnical University, Russia

School of Engineering of Universidad de Navarra (Tecnun) and associated Research Center CEIT in San Sebastián, Spain

University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in Las Palmas, Spain

German University in Cairo (GUC), Egypt

Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, USA

Faculty of Economics of Moscow State University, Russia

Zhejiang University of Science and Technology in Hangzhou, China


Martina Spengler

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Martina Spengler

International Business Development

Fraunhofer IIS
Am Wolfsmantel 33
91058 Erlangen, Germany

Phone +49 9131 776-1622

Fax +49 9131 776-1699


Ann-Kathrin Räth

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Ann-Kathrin Räth

HR Recruiting

Fraunhofer IIS
Am Wolfsmantel 33
91058 Erlangen, Germany

Phone +49 9131 776-1657

Fax +49 9131 776-1699


In the current annual report you can find information about our participation in industry committees, trade associations and program committees, as well as our memberships in alliances and other organizations.

High Performance Center for Electronic Systems

The High Performance Center for Electronic Systems is a joint initiative of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Fraunhofer IIS and IISB and Friedrich-Alexander University in Erlangen-Nuremberg, in addition to other non-university research institutes and various industry partners. The center is bundling its activities in two key fields of technology: high-performance electronics and low-power electronics.