Research Units

The right organization for your frontline themes

Our interdisciplinary teams offer in-depth expertise, and they always keep an eye on the key issues facing our customers, both now and for the future. Thanks to our research experience and numerous projects with business partners, we know how to find customized solutions that provide long-term benefits for our clients. Please browse our individual Research Units to find out about our current themes and meet our team. Fraunhofer IAO supports its clients in the following Research Units:

Organisational Development and Work Design

All our projects aim to make companies more responsive, more innovative and productive by putting in place the ideal conditions for good performance and sustainable employment for their staff.

Service and Human Resources Management Systems

Research and consulting projects for the management of services and HR must prioritize objectives and implementation.

Human-Technology Interaction

In our research, we work on solutions that facilitate efficient interaction between people and smart technology. We create people-oriented innovation processes and develop IT security concepts tailored to specific requirements. 

Digital Business

In the scope of multiple projects, our Digital Business researchers develop and test new methods and intelligent IT solutions that benefit companies and society as a whole.


Cognitive Engineering and Production

The purpose of the projects is to develop new forms of organization, new methods and new technologies for use in Industry 4.0 and virtual engineering.

Urban Systems Engineering

The teams of Urban Systems Engineering scientists conduct research on creative and inspiring approaches and business models for sustainable, livable and adaptable cities, logistics and safety of tomorrow.  

Mobility and Innovation Systems

Our scientists on Mobility and Innovation Systems teams establish solutions and methods for generating, designing, introducing and assessing new product, process and service innovations as part of the transition to future mobility.

Smart Energy and Mobility Solutions

Cognitive Service Systems

Value creation: using digital technologies to shape the future.

Responsible Research and Innovation

We outline future scenarios as well as develop suitable transformation processes and innovation strategies for our customers.