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.
Electric Vehicle Fleet for Garmisch-Partenkirchen
As part of the “elektromobilisiert.de” project, the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO and the Institute for Human Factors and Technology Management IAT at the University of Stuttgart are examining the effects of integrating electric vehicles into Garmisch-Partenkirchen’s existing fleet. more
Canadian collaboration kicks off
Fraunhofer IAO and McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario are pooling their expertise in the field of technology and innovation management. In future, the partners will collaborate on both research and teaching in order to boost the transfer of research findings and innovative solutions into business practice. more
Hotel of the future – a chance to learn
Together with its partners in the FutureHotel joint research project, Fraunhofer IAO is busy building a hotel of the future. The new Hotel Schani in Vienna is scheduled to open its doors in fall 2014 and will serve as a practical field lab, testing the suitability of the latest offers and services in a working hotel environment. more
Guideline study into the future of manufacturing
Fraunhofer IAO is laying the foundations for building the 4th industrial revolution. In its study entitled “Manufacturing Activities of the Future – Industry 4.0”, some 600 production managers and over 20 top-class experts sketch out a vision of work in tomorrow’s factories. You can download the study for free now.
Interfaces for tomorrow`s manufacturing
Fraunhofer IAO has looked into the effects that developments in the field of manufacturing will have on the interface between humans and technology. The study highlights the potential for future-proof human-machine interfaces (HMIs) and discusses the challenges that will have to be overcome in designing tomorrow’s HMIs and HMI engineering tools. more
Electric cars in action
Imagine a number of different companies sharing a single fleet of electric vehicles... Fraunhofer IAO and eight project partners are busy working out just how to make this vision a reality.
Two IAO scientists awarded honorary titles
The Technical University of Cluj-Napoca (UTC-N), has conferred an honorary doctorate upon Professor Dr. Dieter Spath, institute director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO. Dr. Carmen Constantinescu, scientist at Fraunhofer IAO and lecturer at UTC-N, was awarded an honorary professorship. more
Managing development projects more productively
According to a recently published study carried out by Fraunhofer IAO and Drees & Sommer Process Consulting GmbH, manufacturing companies could dramatically improve their development and design processes by considering them from a services point of view. more
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. mehr
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. mehr
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)
The Innovation Potential of Diversity
In order to be innovative, an organisation has to utilise the skills of all its employees. Implementing the potential of women, older staff members as well as people with different backgrounds leads to more creative ideas.. more