Fraunhofer Institute of Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation

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Established on January 1, 2010, the Fraunhofer Institute of Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation IOSB grew to become Europe´s largest research institute in the field of image acquisition, processing and analysis.

IOSB´s other areas of acitvity are control and automation technology, and information and knowledge management.


IOSB has four locations in Germany: Karlsruhe, Ettlingen, Ilmenau and Lemgo as well as a representative office in Beijing.

The three core competencies of Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation give the institute its distinctive profile.

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Image exploitation

Image exploitation comprises preparation, real-time processing, automatic and interactive information acquisition from images and videos.


We understand optronics as electro-optical systems and methods for acquiring signals and images from ultraviolet lights to thermal infrared.

System technologies

System technology covers everything required for analysis, understanding, modeling, development and control of complex systems.

Fraunhofer IOSB



Camera-based technology tracks people in car interiors

When it comes to parking assistance or detecting pedestrians, modern cars can analyze their environment with high precision. But so far, what’s going on inside the car is less analyzed. Not so with a new type of system: it recognizes the number and size of the people inside the car and where they are focusing their attention. In this way, it provides the basis for novel assistance systems, such as those for autonomous driving.




The optical characterization of materials, with spectral technologies is one focus point of our scientific activities.
To provide science a communication platform, we organize together with KIT (Karlsruhe University) and IEEE (German Section) an international conference OCM 2017, March 22.-23. 2017 in Karlsruhe, Germany. More Information