Communication and Knowledge – Software engineering

Software forms part of countless everyday devices. Embedded in living space, work environments or modes of transport, software makes our lives easier, safer and more enjoyable. Fraunhofer helps develop reliable programs that are tailored to product needs.

Kommunikation und Wissen


Watching computers think

Analysis software for neural networks

Fraunhofer HHI’s analysis software uses algorithms to visualize complex learning processes (schematic diagram).
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Fraunhofer HHI’s analysis software uses algorithms to visualize complex learning processes (schematic diagram).

Neural networks are commonly used today to analyze complex data – for instance to find clues to illnesses in genetic information. Ultimately, though, no one knows how these networks actually work exactly. That is why Fraunhofer researchers developed software that enables them to look into these black boxes and analyze how they function. 

  • The software recognizes which parameters a neural network uses to make decisions.
  • It is of interest for any area in which data such as text, images and signals are automatically processed and evaluated by neural networks.
  • For example, the software can analyze complex production data and deduce which parameters are decisive for product quality or possible deviations.

Smart Rural Areas

Smart Rural Areas

Making life in rural areas worth living in the future is our joint responsibility in government, research, business, and society. Science and research should make every effort to support the pursuit of new and innovative paths. The Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering IESE in Kaiserslautern therefore considers itself a pioneer and companion for future-oriented ideas, which are being developed in numerous collaborations with business enterprises.

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Industry 4.0

According to the German Industrie 4.0 Working Group, it revolves around “networks of manufacturing resources (manufacturing machinery, robots, conveyor and warehousing systems and production facilities) that are autonomous, capable of controlling themselves in response to different situations, self-configuring, knowledge-based, sensor-equipped and spatially dispersed and that also incorporate the relevant planning and management systems” (Recommendations for implementing the strategic initiative INDUSTRIE 4.0).

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Big data

The discussion about Big Data is about much more than the clever and profitable analysis of Internet data. In the age of the fourth Industrial Revolution and the emergence of cyber-physical systems and ultimately highly integrated Smart Ecosystems, the issue is to generate actually tangible added value for companies and individuals from the potential availability of a seemingly endless stream of data.

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Cloud computing

There can be no doubt that Cloud Computing is one of the dominating IT topics today. The idea of consuming software as a service and paying for it according to need promises to create completely new opportunities for both software manufacturers and users.

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Liver surgery app for mobile devices

Whereas planning software helps analyze risks and determine the optimal resection strategy, the mobile device aligns the planned resection to the surgical incision into the patient’s liver in the operating room. In addition to providing the surgical plan as a three-dimensional model, virtual and real organ can be overlaid: The liver is filmed with the tablet computer and, using augmented reality, virtual planning data can be superimposed onto the organ in real-time.

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Fraunhofer Information and Communication Technology Group

The Fraunhofer Information and Communication Technology Group serves as a one-stop shop for industrial customers and media enterprises.