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.
Fraunhofer award for smart scooter
On April 3, 2014 in Paris, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft will honor Fraunhofer IAO’s Daniel Borrmann as German High Tech Champion in the Urban Distribution category for his pioneering technological development, the “ElectromobileCityScooter.” more
ChargeLounge: fast charging reinvented!
The ChargeLounge developed by Fraunhofer IAO is set to change what recharging electric vehicles is all about: high-charging capacity, easy installation, access to a stylish lounge during recharging and an innovative business model are all part of the unique ChargeLounge being presented for the first time at the 2014 Hannover Messe, April 7-11. more
Is your R&D department equipped for the future?
What steps must R&D departments take today to set themselves up to deal with the challenges of tomorrow? In a collaborative project known as R&D Management 2020, Fraunhofer IAO will team up with partners to develop solutions geared toward shaping the future of activities within the R&D sector. A free launch event is to be held on May 14. more
Charging management for green e-fleet
May 2014 marks the start of smart charging management for the Fraunhofer Institute Center Stuttgart’s fleet of electric vehicles. Software developed at Fraunhofer IAO forms part of “EcoGuru” – a smart management system for e-fleets that helps to operate charging infrastructure in a way that is both optimized and green. And it harnesses renewable energy. more
Hannover Messe 2014: Glimpsing the city of the future
Fraunhofer IAO is making pioneering contributions to the shaping of tomorrow’s cities and mobility, and to smart energy consumption. At the Hannover Messe from April 7-11, 2014, the institute will be showcasing its Morgenstadt: City Insights, Micro Smart Grid, and ChargeLounge projects. more
Manufacturing in the city?
What strategies and concepts are required to ensure city-based manufacturing gives all its stakeholders added value? The Urban Production innovation network brings Fraunhofer IAO together with partners to develop new approaches for urban manufacturing. more
The transformation to a networked factory
How can companies evolve their manufacturing activities in the direction of a smart, networked factory in line with Industry 4.0? In the MetamoFAB project, Fraunhofer IAO and its cooperation partner, the Institute for Human Factors and Technology Management IAT, are working closely with other partners from industry and research to find the answers. more
Ideas for the city
Cities are the future, according to the Landmarks in the Land of Ideas competition, in which the Germany – Land of Ideas initiative and Deutsche Bank honored innovation projects aimed at shaping an urban future. Fraunhofer IAO’s scientific study to accompany the competition highlights the success factors and areas of innovation for the city of tomorrow. more
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
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)