A powerful driving force

National and international preliminary and contract research are the heart and soul of Fraunhofer IAO. Together with our customers, we strive to shape how people will live and work in the future.

We regularly contribute our expertise to publicly funded research programs such as the European Commission's Horizon 2020 framework program, the German federal government's High-Tech Strategy and various initiatives and programs run by both federal and state ministries and by the German Research Foundation (DFG). In addition, the institute actively participates in funding programs carried out by the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. Thanks to our close ties to the Institute of Human Factors and Technology Management IAT at the University of Stuttgart, we can comfortably bridge the gap between basic and applied research.

Our research activities are divided up into the following areas:

Corporate Development and Work Design

Covering a wide range of research projects, the teams of scientists from Corporate Development and Work Design devise new analysis and design methods, alongside future scenarios, roadmaps and solution approaches. Commercial pilot projects ensure the practicable viability of results. Our customers include public sector sponsors such as the European Union, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) or the Land of Baden-Württemberg, as well as commercial associations focusing on innovation.


Service and Human Resources Management

Research and consulting projects in the field of service and personnel management call for a clear focus on objectives and implementation. Our teams develop customer-oriented solutions using interdisciplinary working practices, and a consulting approach that involves continual input from the client’s management team and staff. Independent analyses and recommendations, as well as observing and complying with standards throughout all project phases, underpin this work.

Our projects are mainly carried out directly on behalf of industrial and service companies, sponsors such as the European Union, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) or the Land of Baden-Württemberg.


Engineering Systems

In our research projects, we develop new methods and technologies for virtual engineering and human factors engineering. These projects are carried out on behalf of funding authorities which include the European Union, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), or the Land of Baden-Württemberg. This provides a springboard for our work on implementation projects contracted directly by industrial clients.


Information and Communication Technology

The business unit Information and Communication Technology conducts numerous collaborative research projects together with national and international partners. The overarching goal of these research activities is the design and evaluation of useful and usable IT architectures and applications to answer societal and business needs.

The topics addressed in those projects include scenario-based and user-centric design methods, collaborative information management concepts, IT integration paradigms, business concepts for IT services and viable security solutions.


Technology and Innovation Management

We engage in a wide variety of research projects to develop and test new methods and innovative procedures for technology and innovation management. Many of our projects are commissioned by funding partners such as the European Union, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Land of Baden-Württemberg. We use the results of these research activities to enhance the work we perform on behalf of our customers.


Mobility and Urban Systems Engineering

Our research is about looking for creative and dynamic approaches to designing mobility and urban systems. And it is this focus on systems that reaches across all the different subject areas we work in.

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