Fraunhofer Institute IOSB

We research and develop multi-sensory systems, which help people perceive and interact with their environment. This ranges from the generation and automated analysis of aerial and satellite images – of a disaster area for example – to sorting and quality control of bulk goods like coffee beans or minerals.

Whenever things are too fast, too dangerous or inaccessible for humans, for example in underwater or contaminated areas, mobile robots act as sensor carriers and provide support for assessing the situation. Transparent and interactive video systems guarantee a higher level of protection and safety. All these systems are linked using the latest information technologies, for which we also develop and offer Cyber Security solutions.

We develop software for planning, controlling and operating industrial production processes, have web technologies at our disposal for information management in complex database systems, for example for gathering environmental data or for energy management and the intelligent linking and analysis of such data.

IOSB offers solutions to the market which optimize human interaction with complex information- and technology-based systems. Through research and development projects, IOSB makes major contributions in the areas of computer-supported assistance systems, information management, cooperative work, and decision-making processes by applying innovative multi-modal and multi-media interactive technology. Furthermore, Fraunhofer IOSB has broaden experience in technology-enhanced learning.


With Crayons® Fraunhofer IOSB provides an authoring and learning environment for the web, based on the well proven and efficient Content Management System WebGenesis®. Therefore in INTUITEL Fraunhofer IOSB are to a large extent involved in learning management system (LMS) enhancements and integration. Furthermore, IOSB will contribute a domain specific ontology from its commercial applications in the image interpretation domain like the SAR-Tutor. The SAR-Tutor provides the understanding necessary to interpret radar images as part of a blended learning scenario as exploitation and analysis of radar images differ considerably from that of optical images. Due to IOSB’s longstanding collaboration in applied research with Hochschule Karlsruhe (HSKA) we have already contributed strongly to the ideas proposed within INTUITEL. For example, we developed concepts for adaptive learning paths and sophisticated exercise modules. Consequently, IOSB will further contribute to semantic aspects of learning objects, pedagogical metadata and ontology engineering.