Engineering Systems

Advance virtual engineering systematically, design ergonomics into technical systems, rethink the concept of mobility

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Digital engineering and user-friendly technology

We design and develop technology for user experience engineering. In this field, products and structures are developed and tested with the help of digital tools that make use of virtual and augmented reality. We also conduct research into the opportunities digital engineering offers to accelerate, improve and increase the profitability of organizational processes in technical areas of manufacturing companies and in the construction industry. Furthermore, we help our customers develop ergonomic work systems and user-friendly products with a strong focus on human-vehicle interaction, consumer products, work tools, digital environments and innovative lighting concepts. Our teams combine a wide range of simulation and real-time visualization experience with application expertise in the field of human factors.

Our key areas of research:

  • Process optimization through digital engineering: from idea to product
  • Application and use of virtual and augmented reality in industry and construction
  • User-friendly product and work system design
  • User interaction and lighting system design
  • Human-vehicle interaction, driver assistance systems and automated driving

Managing requirements virtually with a customer-integrated innovation process

The VitAmIn project aimed to integrate customers into the virtually supported innovation and development process at a very early stage. To do this, researchers developed methods and tools and summarized them in the VitAmIn method.


VisB+: Visualization in the public participation process

How can modern visualization technologies be used to involve the public when planning large construction projects? Large-scale construction projects invariably generate a certain degree of conflict. They must therefore be planned and communicated so that the public accepts them. Together with the University of Hohenheim, a Fraunhofer IAO project team is investigating the overarching research question: what part can visualizations play in ensuring that construction planning is understandable and credible?