Fraunhofer IAO

Fraunhofer IAO

Ideas for success © Fraunhofer IAO

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.

Ensuring a technological lead Ensuring a technological lead

In the book “Technologien frühzeitig erkennen, Nutzenpotenziale systematisch bewerten”, Fraunhofer IAO presents methods, models and semantic tools for recognizing technological developments at an early stage and systematically assessing any benefits they may offer. more

Call for ideas: New impulses for better cities Call for ideas: New impulses for better cities

What does the city of the future look like? Start-ups, cities and students will present their best ideas to prominent representatives from communities, politics, industry and research at the Fraunhofer Urban Futures Conference in Berlin on November 25 and 26, 2015. An “idea-pitch” event will determine the top three innovators. more

Top 50 Chinese industry 4.0 patents Top 50 Chinese industry 4.0 patents

Fraunhofer IAO has analyzed patents registered in China over the last three years for industry 4.0 technologies. The first study to be published on the topic shows that Chinese researchers have patented important inventions in the fields of wireless sensor networks, embedded systems, low-cost robots and big data, indicating that it will be leading the pack. more

First exoskeleton for industry unveiled First exoskeleton for industry unveiled

Production workers often lift up to 10 metric tons of material a day. Now researchers in the EU’s Robo-Mate project have developed an exoskeleton that makes loads up to ten times lighter to lift or carry. The project partners presented the first prototype at Fraunhofer IAO in Stuttgart on 12 June. more

Simulation for civil protection    Simulation for civil protection

In 2012, 40 researchers, technicians and operators from 17 European institutions joined forces in the EU’s CRISMA project to develop simulation and modeling solutions that help public authorities and rescue teams prepare for crisis situations. more

Launch of HMI 4.0 joint research project Launch of HMI 4.0 joint research project

How do technological developments change the way humans and technology interact in industry? As part of the HMI 4.0 joint research project, Fraunhofer IAO is working with industrial partners to develop scenarios and solutions to address these issues. more

Technology that feels good Technology that feels good

In the EMOIO project launched at the beginning of the year, Fraunhofer IAO is working with partners from research and industry to study how they might record and classify the emotional experiences that take place when a human being interacts with a technical product. more

Services for innovative urban systems Services for innovative urban systems

The Smart Urban Services pilot project “Data-based service platform for tomorrow’s urban value-added networks” aims to identify the areas of most potential and develop a platform that profitably connects the various subsystems of a city. more

Study: R&D - Fit for future Study: R&D - Fit for future

Fraunhofer IAO’s “R&D – Fit for Future” study tackles current issues, presenting not only the latest findings about trends and success factors in research and development but also tried and tested company practices and methods. more

Innovation impetus for Southeast Asia Innovation impetus for Southeast Asia

Fraunhofer IAO and SIRIM, a research institution in Malaysia, will work together to support small and medium-sized enterprises with their expertise in innovation and technology management in the future. In December 2014, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and SIRIM signed a declaration of intent for the cooperation. more

Chinese Industry 4.0 Patents Volume 01 Chinese Industry 4.0 Patents Volume 01

TChina's high-impact patents of Industry 4.0 from January 2013 to April 2015 more

Air humidity in the office workplace Air humidity in the office workplace

The study illustrates the significance of air humidity in the office and the impacts it has on well-being, performance and health from the user’s perspective. more

FutureHotel International Hotel Guest Survey FutureHotel International Hotel Guest Survey

A survey of innovative solutions conducted with hotel guests from selected international markets ; study as part of the FutureHotel research project: As a guest, what do you expect from a hotel of the future? The aim was to find out what guests expect from the hotels of tomorrow, what range of services will be expected in the future. more

Productivity Guidelines for Services Productivity Guidelines for Services (Complete Edition, 8 Issues)

Each of the eight working groups of the strategic partnership »Productivity of Services« has produced a productivity guideline as its central result. Each guideline presents productivity scenarios, practice-oriented examples and recommendations for action. more

The R&D Management Conference 2014 The R&D Management Conference 2014

Connecting research and development with future markets was the topic of the international R&D Management Conference 2014 in Stuttgart. The three broad categories: R&D Organization and Efficiency, Strategic R&D and Technology Management, and Innovative IT Systems in R&D. more

Managing Open Innovation in Large Firms 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.
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