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  • Study highlights volunteers’ needs in the field of digital learning / 2022

    Digital learning formats for volunteers and non-profit organizations

    Press release / September 27, 2022

    The University of Stuttgart Institute of Human Factors and Technology Management IAT, Fraunhofer IAO and ver.di b+b have collaboratively published a study on learners’ needs and preconditions for digitally supported learning for statutory employee representation volunteers, including staff and works councils members. The study provides answers to the key question how digitally supported learning environments can be developed for statutory employee representatives and other (voluntary) employees of non-profit organizations with similar working conditions.

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  • As part of the AHFE Conference in New York, Fraunhofer IAO presented research approaches for sustainability and AI that have a wide range of applications / 2022

    Internationally recognized applied work research

    News / August 17, 2022

    With one Best Paper Award and two Honorable Mention Papers 2022, Fraunhofer IAO can look back on a successful outcome at the Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics Conference (AHFE), which took place on July 24–28, 2022. As well as contributing papers to the conference, Fraunhofer IAO also acted as the chair.

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  • Fraunhofer IAO has found a way to interact with virtual characters using a mobile LED wall / 2022

    Joseph von Fraunhofer: brought back to life in the form of an avatar!

    Press release / August 03, 2022

    Using AI-based speech analysis and gaming technologies for real-time rendering for visualization, Fraunhofer IAO has developed a digital twin of the namesake of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Joseph von Fraunhofer, which it presented for the first time at the second Stuttgart Science Festival. The avatar shows, for example, the various possible applications of these surprisingly lifelike virtual characters in the future metaverse.

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  • Fraunhofer IAO and Fraunhofer IAF refining a successful quantum computing training program / 2022

    From quantum awareness to quantum readiness with successful transfer of expertise

    Press release / July 21, 2022

    To ensure that the key technology of quantum computing becomes established in the German economy as quickly as possible, Fraunhofer IAO and Fraunhofer IAF are refining their quantum computing training program for participants from industry and research and playing an active part in the growing innovation ecosystem in Ehningen near Stuttgart.

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  • Fraunhofer IAO study lays out scenarios for designing an office working world that is ready for the future / 2022

    Beyond multispace: the changing working and office environment

    Press release / June 27, 2022

    How will office and knowledge work change in the coming years, and what impact will these changes have on the working environment? In the new “Beyond multispace” study from the Office 21® innovation network, Fraunhofer IAO provides forward-thinking perspectives on office environments, based on the altered requirements for office spaces and buildings in the urban context between now and 2030.

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  • Fraunhofer IAO study report provides ideas, insights and concepts for a hybrid workplace / 2022

    Connected Work Innovation Hub — Sprinting towards the working world of the future

    Press release / June 20, 2022

    How will we work in a post-Covid-19 world? After six months of intensive project work, the “Connected Work Innovation Hub” study report now provides answers to this question. The innovative project network developed joint ideas and trend-setting action models for a new hybrid working world.

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  • A new study by Fraunhofer IAO identifies factors influencing willingness to return to the office / 2022

    Work-from-home experience 2.0: What does the return to the office look like?

    Press release / May 20, 2022

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    How have demands and expectations of the work environment changed due to working from home? The results of the “Work-from-home experience 2.0” online study conducted by Fraunhofer IAO as part of the Office 21® innovation network highlight motivational factors for returning to the office and provide guidance for shaping the post-pandemic working world.

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  • Fraunhofer IAO is part of the “Global COVID Certificate Network (GCCN)” formed by Linux Foundation Public Health (LFPH) / 2022

    A secure network for global COVID certificates

    News / May 16, 2022

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    Whether as proof of vaccination, test or recovery, many different types of COVID certificate have been issued around the world during the COVID-19 pandemic. These rely on different centralized verification systems, both small and large, and are based on different technical standards and guidelines. The GCCN Trust Registry Network aims to ensure the reliable interoperability of these ecosystems on a global scale. The solution could also serve as a blueprint for other certificates.

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  • Fraunhofer IAO and partners are launching a project for data protection in the field of digital self-tracking / 2022

    A smart, secure approach to health data

    News / April 04, 2022

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    As more and more people start to use smart health trackers for personal and medical purposes, there is a growing need for transparency in order to protect this highly sensitive health data. In the TESTER project, Fraunhofer IAO is working with the IAT at the University of Stuttgart as well as the University of Kassel and Actimi GmbH to investigate new user-centered solutions for self-tracking software.

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  • Univ.-Prof. Katharina Hölzle, MBA, will take up her role as both member of the steering committee of Fraunhofer IAO as well as director of the Institute of Human Factors and Technology Management on April 1, 2022 / 2022

    New director appointed

    Press release / April 01, 2022

    Effective April 1, 2022, Univ.-Prof. Katharina Hölzle, MBA, will join the steering committee of the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO and assume the position of director of the cooperating Institute of Human Factors and Technology Management IAT at the University of Stuttgart. She will succeed Prof. Dieter Spath who retired in October 2021.

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