The basis for all work undertaken at the Fraunhofer IAO is a deep conviction that business success in a globalised arena is contingent on an ability to profitably leverage new high-tech potentials. In order to optimally exploit these opportunities, companies must be capable of developing and implementing customer and employee-oriented technologies faster than their competitors. Work organisation concepts must be simultaneously innovative and anthropocentric. A systematic design, in other words, is the outcome of pooled management and technical expertise. This holistic perspective when it comes to project processing ensures that equal consideration is given to commercial success, employees' interests and social consequences.
Through its close cooperation with the Institute for Human Factors and Technology Management (IAT) of the University of Stuttgart, Fraunhofer IAO unites basic university research with applied science and business practice.
Test flight in transparent airplane cabin
In the EU-sponsored “VR-Hyperspace” project, Fraunhofer IAO has teamed up with eight partners to investigate how flight journeys can be made into a more pleasant experience using Virtual Reality. As part of the project, Fraunhofer IAO has employed an airplane cabin in which test subjects can immerse themselves in their preferred environment. more
Mobility: How do you like your comfort?
How can sustainable mobility become more appealing to the inhabitants of Stuttgart? Surveying 1000 people about how they choose to move around the Stuttgart region revealed four mobility comfort profiles. The next step in this research project is to develop an app demonstrator that will help measure the comfort of those on the move. more
Making e-mobility user friendly
How can companies break into the electromobility market faster and more effectively? In what way can innovative services help to focus electromobility solutions on users’ needs? What shape should IT support take? And what will the mobility markets of the future look like? more
A slice of the Orient in Stuttgart
Food, glorious food. Not only must it taste good, but the service has to be right, too. And here’s a winning recipe: Before opening the doors of its flagship restaurant in Stuttgart in September 2013, the YAZ Company put a test version through its paces – in collaboration with service engineering experts from Fraunhofer IAO. more
Are you competent in competences?
What do companies associate with competence management? How do they think it can benefit them, and how can they make it efficient and effective? Fraunhofer IAO put these questions to 518 practitioners in organizations and produced a study entitled “Competence management in German companies 2012/2013”. more
The R&D management conference 2014 in Stuttgart
The renowned international R&D Management Conference 2014 offers representatives from science and industry a platform for exchanging views on the latest research results, successful example projects, and visionary ideas in the field of R&D Management. more
Light quality in offices
Light has a fundamental impact on our sense of well-being and performance. In cooperation with Zumtobel, a supplier of lighting solutions, Fraunhofer IAO has launched a global user survey of lighting quality in offices. The objective is to identify the best lighting conditions for a variety of spaces and lighting situations. more
Electronic mandates for SEPA direct debit transactions
The migration to the SEPA payment instruments in February 2014 poses new challenges to payment service providers and users. From that date on, a creditor needs to be in possession of a mandate signed by the debtor in order to collect direct debit payments. more
First port of call for new business models
In the newly established Center of Business Model Engineering (CBME), Fraunhofer IAO and audit firm KPMG AG lend their advice and expertise to companies that are looking to take their business model in a new direction. more
What would you like to see in the hotel of the future?
Vibrating beds, perhaps, or smartphone check-in and LED lighting? As part of the FutureHotel project we at Fraunhofer IAO are asking guests to tell us what features they would like tomorrow’s hotels to offer. The results of the online survey will go on to form the basis of our research as we continue to work on shaping the hotel of the future. Go to the survey
Managing Open Innovation in Large Firms
The Garwood Center for Corporate Innovation at the University of California, Berkeley, in the US and the Fraunhofer Society in Germany have teamed up to conduct the first large sample survey of open innovation adoption among large firms that we know of.
Banks & Future 2012
Based on the responses of banks from fifteen European countries, the European Trend Survey "Banks & Future 2012" identifies the challenges and key trends in the European payment market faced by European banks. more
Professional Training Facts 2011
Learning - Competence - Performance ; Proceedings of the Professional Training Facts Conference held at Stuttgart, Germany, 18-19 October 2011 (CD-ROM) Thinking of competence management limited to employees and optimisation of working processes, definitely underestimates its range of performance. more
RESER 2011 ; Conference Proceedings (CD-ROM)
»Productivity of Services NextGen - Beyond Output / Input«: has been the theme for the RESER 2011 conference. Researchers from different disciplines and countries have contributed their latest findings to the conference. more
International Conference on Production Research (ICPR 21)
The ICPR is regarded worldwide as one of the leading conferences promoting research in the fields of production research and industrial engineering. At the 21st ICPR, scientists from over 35 countries presented and discussed new and innovative ideas... more
Market overview of tools for multicore software development
The goal of the MWare project is the research and development of methods, techniques and tools for the efficient design and implementation of parallel software for the multicore processors of the future. more (free download)