Digital Business

In numerous projects and research projects, the »Digital Business« research unit develops and tests new methods and intelligent IT solutions for the benefit of companies and society.

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Making the opportunities of digitization tangible

Benefit from the potential of digitization with our innovative approaches and IT solutions. We support you in identifying the most important digitization trends and help you identify the best digitization strategy.

Use Artificial Intelligence and IT technologies to your advantage

Our research department develops and tests how new software and algorithms based on Big Data and Artificial Intelligence increase value creation, e.g. through automation, decision support, analysis and forecasting.

Tapping digitization potential with smart services and cloud solutions

Smart products and services are changing not only the range of services offered, but also the way companies work together. Take advantage of our methods and services in the conception and development of tailor-made and flexible cloud services.

Create innovative networks with the Internet of Things (IoT).

Intelligent products are networked and offer new services. We develop IoT solutions, real-time data platforms, analysis systems, control solutions, autonomous systems and applications in the context of Smart City.

Successful implementing and optimizing of processes and software in companies

Our services are based on sound technology and market knowledge as well as cross-sector experience. By using our tried and tested methods and experienced employees, we ensure project success.

Shaping energy systems and electromobility to be smart

In our research projects, we are looking for innovative approaches to find solutions for optimized energy management in a fast-changing, highly complex energy market.

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The SME 4.0 Competence Center in Stuttgart

The SME 4.0 Competence Center in Stuttgart focuses on cloud services and their role in the value-creation process. Whether SMEs are looking for inspiration or already have a concrete vision for their migration to cloud services – we are there to provide help with both technical and practical issues related to implementation.
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SMECS – smart energy communities

SMECS supports small power companies and cooperatives with sales and marketing activities. A central coordinator will optimize all activities of the small power companies and cooperatives. The aim of the project is to tap new sources of revenue for small power companies, strengthen their regional market presence through collaboration and improve the efficiency of their operations. It is seeking to promote cooperation between similar market players in order to increase their size and market visibility.
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The aim of the KI4ROBOFLEET project is to identify and evaluate potential application scenarios that will arise from the inclusion of autonomous vehicles in vehicle fleets. The project team is also carrying out traffic simulations to enable a dynamic and real-time evaluation of application scenarios. Finally, the project is developing car-sharing ICTs that enable the incorporation of AI in specific applications.
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The aim of SmartAIwork is to identify the opportunities and risks arising from the use of AI-supported clerical processes in the German workplace. For this purpose, it has also established an expert panel and is developing a digital toolbox containing practical items such as case studies and checklists. Following completion of the project, training measures will be drawn up to help disseminate the project findings in political and business spheres.
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Event / Stuttgart / 7.5.2020

Open Lab

Companies can use digitization and artificial intelligence (AI) profitably in many ways. But how do you achieve a tailor-made application for your own company? The Fraunhofer IAO offers an overview of company-related work and research projects on AI within the framework of the Open Lab.


Event / Stuttgart / 24.6.2020

Data Science and Artificial Intelligence

In the two-day seminar, the theoretical foundations of data analysis using methods of artificial intelligence (AI) in the age of Big Data are presented. The associated challenges and suitable solutions are explained.


Unsolicited applications

We're looking for research assistants (f/m/d) in the fields of computer science, engineering sciences and mathematics.

IAO-Blog People and IT


Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft joins Cyber Valley

Europe’s largest application-oriented research organization Fraunhofer Gesellschaft has joined the Cyber Valley research consortium, which includes the Universities of Tübingen and Stuttgart, the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, and several of the world’s top industry players. For Baden-Württemberg, the cooperation reaffirms the region’s position as one of the world’s leading AI hotspots. Founded by the Fraunhofer Institutes IPA and IAO, the AI innovation center Learning Systems offers medium-sized companies a central point of contact for applied research on artificial intelligence.
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AI solutions for autonomous vehicle fleets

How can artificial intelligence (AI) be used in vehicle fleets? How can autonomous vehicles be integrated in car sharing information and communications technology (ICT) systems? The Fraunhofer IAO project KI4ROBOFLEET is investigating the possible applications of AI in the area of autonomous driving.
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The human factor in artificial intelligence

Everyone is talking about artificial intelligence. It’s a topic that is generating high hopes but also provoking some fears. Fraunhofer IAO therefore intends to try and dispel some of the myths in the course of the “2019 Science Year”, devoted to AI. A series of lectures, publications and projects will explain how companies and specific business sectors can use artificial intelligence, and what impact it will have on the world of work.
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Germans open to the idea of 3D printed organs

Many Germans are open to the idea of 3D printed organs, permanent body scans and cell repairing nanorobots as part of healthcare in the future, says an international survey conducted by BR, ARTE and Fraunhofer IAO as part of the “Homo Digitalis” project. In all, more than 22,000 respondents from Germany and France took part in the online quiz, which tested their acceptance levels for new technologies.
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Research Unit Digital Business

The Research Unit Digital Business is located at the Fraunhofer IAO in Stuttgart-Vaihingen.


Application Center KEIM in Esslingen

The KEIM Application Center, located at the Esslingen University of Applied Sciences, is a branch of the Digital Business research department.