• Günter Wenzel

    Günter Wenzel

    Virtual Environments


    Fraunhofer IAO
    Nobelstraße 12
    70569 Stuttgart, Germany

    • Phone +49 711 970-2244
  • Matthias Bues

    Matthias Bues

    Visual Technologies


    Fraunhofer IAO
    Nobelstraße 12
    70569 Stuttgart, Germany

    • Phone +49 711 970-2232
Immersive Engineering Lab Foto: Bernd Müller, © Fraunhofer IAO

Research topics

The Immersive Engineering Lab is a modern working and presentation environment that allows immersive 3D displays for realistic, detailed, accurately rendered real-time visualization. Furthermore, the laboratory’s large media wall means it is ideally equipped for collaborative, multimedia work sessions. This combination facilitates a unique, seamless working environment for complex planning and design tasks in the fields of engineering, technology management and design. Fraunhofer IAO’s research and industrial partners use the laboratory for a broad variety of applications:

  • Developing products with virtual prototypes
  • Supporting the integration of product development and production planning
  • Developing virtual urban planning, virtual construction processes, and virtual building inspection
  • Creating virtual spaces where architectural, urban planning, and transport concepts are brought to life


The main component of the laboratory is a high-resolution 3D projection system with a 5.5-meter-long and 3.4-meter-high powerwall and a built-in four-wall cave. A huge variety of different media streams can be controlled from a control unit, which also functions as a facilitation tool for discussions. Interaction takes place using the latest technologies such as multi-touch displays, gesture control, and 3D real-time positioning systems. The lighting can also be controlled to suit specific situations as an integral part of the overall environment, enabling an integrated, ergonomic, optimally adapted working space.

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