Current Research


Cognitive Machines

Screwing, drilling, welding or bonding: ANNIE, the mobile assistive robot developed at Fraunhofer IFF, allows direct human-machine cooperation.


Technologies for the Energy Transition

"Energiewende": An energy transition. Over 2000 Fraunhofer staff members are researching the widest possible variety of technologies in order to make sure that in the future more electricity enters power grids from renewable sources. One example is the concentrator solar cell.


Technologies for old buildings and monuments

A facelift for old buildings – Energy-efficient renovations and conservation of historic monuments.


Cyber Security for the Future

Cyber security is the basic prerequisite for digitalization. Whether it is in automotive, production, critical infrastructure or digital services, confidence in the safety of new technologies is indispensable.


Real-time Communication: Why the Internet has to become tactile

The essential foundation will be 5G.


Production 4.0

Producing individual products quickly, flexibly and sustainably – Industry 4.0 will make it possible. 


Fraunhofer at the Hannover Messe 2016

The factory of the future - flexible, secure, intuitive" will be shown at the Hannover Messe. Fraunhofer is presenting solutions for industrial processes, human-machine interaction and autonomous systems.


Doing Secure Digital Business

Cloud Computing, Industry 4.0, Smart Data, the Internet of Things and Services – the digital transformation of the economy is already underway.


Digital Innovation Spaces – Fraunhofer at the CeBIT

Fraunhofer will present new ideas and technologies on the road to a digital society.


Popular Encryption

Sending emails is as easy as pie. However, until now a lot of know-how has been required to securely encrypt them. This is bound to change: Deutsche Telekom and the Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology SIT in Darmstadt will be making encryption easy – with a popular encryption named Volksverschlüsselung.


Additive Manufacturing

New Products, One Layer at a Time

Bones, engines and shoe soles from the printer: How additive manufacturing is revolutionizing our production world.


Dealing with Antibiotic Resistance

Cross-sectional infection model for skin infections: Histological section through a skin model grown in a test tube, which has been infected with Candida albicans – one of the commonest human fungal pathogens. Violet: Candida albicans, blue: skin model.



Driving Electric

Innovative batteries, cable-free charging and cost-efficient drive systems are to help improve the performance of future generations of the electric automobile.


Cyber-physical Equivalence – Smart Production Control

opens the way for flexible manufacturing processes capable of producing one-off products and limited series on an industrial scale.


Machines communicate by using infrared light

Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems IPMS have developed a module that transmits data rapidly and securely using infrared light.


High Speed Internet from the Ceiling Lamp

In the future, people will be able to surf the web using light – thanks to visible light communication (VLC).


»NeuroLab« - Human-Computer-Collaboration

Fraunhofer IAO’s newly opened NeuroLab has been built to study what happens in the brain when people use technical devices.


Recreating Natural Light in the Lab

Research on Light at the Fraunhofer Light Fusion Lab.


Dresden / Feb 8 – 9, 2017

International Symposium "Additive Manufacturing"

Fascinating engineering solutions paired with exciting economical benefits are strong drivers for R&D efforts worldwide.

Frank Treppe elected new President of EARTO

The EARTO Executive Board has elected Frank Treppe President of the European Association of Research and Technology Organisations.

TNO and Fraunhofer sign MOU on Industrie 4.0 and Smart Industry

Dutch-based TNO and the German Fraunhofer institute will be intensifying their cooperation on the fourth industrial revolution. Fraunhofer and TNO are both key knowledge partners respectively in the successful German Industrie 4.0 and the Dutch version Smart Industry.

White Paper Industrial Data Space

This white paper gives an overview on aims and architecture of the Industrial Data Space. Additionally, some use case and the Industrial Data Space User Association are introduced. 

Feb 25, 2016

Industrial Data Space Association founded

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, 16 business enterprises and the ZVEI have founded a non-profit association for the Industrial Data Space in Berlin.