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.
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
Warning system for all crisis situations
Since 2011, eleven research teams from six European countries have been looking into the fastest and most effective ways of warning the public in the event of a crisis situation. The Alert4All solution is a new public warning system. more
Labour market expertise 2030
Demographic change and the changing world of work will significantly impact the labour market in coming years. A project consortium involving Fraunhofer IAO has now developed expert reports and scenarios as part of the Labour Market 2030 study to forecast how the situation might look by that time. more
Change in leadership at Fraunhofer IAO
Prof. Dr. Spath, long-standing director of Fraunhofer IAO and of IAT Stuttgart, will become chairman of the Management Board for the WITTENSTEIN Group on October 1, 2013. Prof. Dr. Bauer, previously deputy director, will take over as acting director of both institutes. Apl. Prof. Dr. Weisbecker will assume the role of deputy director. more
50 Ideas für sustainable cities
Since May 2012, ten Fraunhofer Institutes and numerous industrial, commercial and municipal partners have been working together to develop concepts for clean, efficient and life-enhancing urban environments. Having analyzed six cities identified as global trendsetters for systemic urban solutions, the network now presents over 100 best practices. more
Using is the new having
The sharing economy has arrived, but what has it brought with it? It is too early to tell what impact changing consumer patterns will have on mainstream industry. Fraunhofer IAO’s newly formed Shared Systems Design competence team is helping companies tackle the challenges posed by the sharing economy. more
Full speed ahead for electric vehicles
After bringing electromobility to its home community, Fraunhofer IAO’s branch lab in Garmisch-Partenkirchen is teaming up with the University of Stuttgart’s Institute for Human Factors and Technology Management IAT to do the same for a neighbor. more
Fraunhofer IAO launches “Kopfarbeit Index KAI”
How do the students of today want to work tomorrow? Fraunhofer IAO has been using its “Kopfarbeit-Index KAI®” to find out. Since September, students have been invited to define their ideal working conditions by completing an online questionnaire. By joining the KAI working group, companies can find out exactly what their top performers value most at work. 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)