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70 Years of Fraunhofer. 70 Years of Future. What's next?

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With our fascination for research, we are discovering the world of tomorrow. And the day after tomorrow. It is the future that drives the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. We ask the right questions and find new answers: Solutions that are of immediate benefit to industry and society.

How do we build intelligent machines that we all can trust? How do we manufacture drugs in a way that brings the patient relief faster and at lower cost? How do we find a responsible way to ensure that everyone feels more secure? And how do we know which answer is the right one?

As researchers, entrepreneurs and visionaries, we see ourselves as pacemakers not just for economy but also for society. Our success is reflected in our powers of innovation, in our partners and colleagues – and not least in our 70 years of history. As we address the issues of tomorrow, it is our history that drives our curiosity about the future. 

From roads to the Internet: Planning infrastructure faster thanks to machine learning

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Winners of the Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize from the Fraunhofer Institute for Physical Measurement Techniques IPM (f.l.t.r.): Dominik Störk, Dr. Katharina Wäschle and Prof. Alexander Reiterer.

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Autonomous driving or parcel delivery by drone in Germany? The prerequisite for this is secure, stable and fast data transmission, which can only be achieved with an area-wide fiber optic network. However, just to find the right place for cable ducts is a difficult task that takes tremendous effort. Prof. Alexander Reiterer, Dominik Störk and Dr. Katharina Wäschle from the Fraunhofer Institute for Physical Measurement Techniques IPM have developed a novel process chain based on machine learning that solves this issue. And for this they will be receiving the Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize.

 

Real-time tracking for live analyses - Fast as a puck, hard as ice hockey

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The winners of the Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize from the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS (f.l.t.r.): Norbert Franke, Thomas von der Grün and Thomas Pellkofer from jogmo world corp.

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On a typical pass in ice hockey, the puck hurtles across the ice at high speeds. Retrospective analyses provide more clarity. For the first time, the American Ice Hockey League NHL can now display various match analyses in real time. A 20-strong research team from the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS makes every movement in the game measurable – up to 2,000 times a second. Thomas von der Grün, Norbert Franke from Fraunhofer IIS and Thomas Pellkofer from jogmo world corp. will be receiving the Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize for their work.

 

Saving energy in the production of chemicals

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Dr. Michael Bortz (left) and Prof. Karl-Heinz Küfer of the Fraunhofer ITWM

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Whether in agriculture, industry or private households, chemicals are needed everywhere. However, their production requires a very large amount of energy. With a new type of hybrid access, energy can be saved in the double-digit percentage range depending on the plant and process. The development took place in the team of Dr. Michael Bortz and Prof. Karl-Heinz Küfer at the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics ITWM, for which they will be awarded the Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize.

Realistic people in virtual worlds - A movie as a true experience

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Winning team of the Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications, Heinrich Hertz Institute, HHI (f.l.t.r): Dr. Oliver Schreer, Peter Kauff and Ingo Feldmann.

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Virtual worlds already seem very realistic. But the people moving in them not so much. Ingo Feldmann, Dr. Oliver Schreer and Peter Kauff from the Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications, Heinrich Hertz Institute HHI, have now developed a technology with which lifelike people can be integrated into virtual worlds. For this new technology, they have been awarded the Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize.

New teeth: Highly rigid – and ready for immediate use

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Winners of the Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC: Dr. Jörn Probst (left) and Bernhard Durschang.

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The demands placed on a dental prosthesis are high: it should look natural, endure accidental biting on cherry pits – and if possible, the patient should be able to remain in the dentist's chair while the dental prosthesis is individually milled and inserted. Dr. Bernhard Durschang and Dr. Jörn Probst of the Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC have developed such a dental prosthesis and have been awarded the Fraunhofer "Human-Centered Technology" prize.