Fraunhofer Institute of Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation IOSB

Room for innovation in production technology

Cooperation models ranging from development project to embedded scientist are possible: secure a place now in the Karlsruhe Research Factory for AI-integrated Production, which has just been completed!

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Lighthouse project ALBACOPTER®

In cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institutes IVI, LBF, ICT, IEM and IMS, Fraunhofer IOSB is developing vertical take-off and landing gliders as a drone-based just-in-time logistics network for urban and rural areas.

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Autonomous robot systems for hostile environments

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Explainable AI

Why does the Artificial Intelligence give a particular answer? We offer insight into the black box of AI's decision-making.

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Self-organized production

A new study by PwC Strategy& Deutschland and Fraunhofer IOSB addresses flexible manufacturing in the car factory of the future.

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Your career with us

Attractive research projects and close ties to industry, considerable freedom for the development of your creativity, and family-friendly conditions: You will find all this and more at Fraunhofer IOSB.

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Welcome to Fraunhofer IOSB!

Developing innovative vision systems including the necessary laser light sources. Making best possible use of sensors and interconnecting them. Processing and evaluating the resulting data streams. Using this data to efficiently support humans in making sound decisions, improving processes and controlling autonomous systems in an intelligent way: This complete process and value chain is our domain. It combines the core competences reflected in our name – optronics, system technologies and image exploitation to provide optimum benefits for a wide range of applications.

News from Fraunhofer IOSB


Ilmenau / 1.6.2021

Digital crop protection

Crop diseases threaten yields in the field. Pests and parasitic weeds cause high crop losses of up to 30 percent every year. In the FarmerSpace project, the Fraunhofer IOSB-AST in Ilmenau is working together with partners to investigate the use of digital technologies for crop protection. The aim is to detect leaf diseases and the spread of weeds at an early stage and to initiate targeted protective measures using sensors, robotics and data-driven solutions.


Karlsruhe and Ilmenau / 11.2.2021

Intelligent robots for targeted combating of viruses and bacteria

Service robots can help ensure that buildings and means of transport are cleaned and disinfected regularly and with consistently high quality. Since October 2020, twelve institutions of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft have been working on the development of new technologies for this field of application. The project is part of the »Fraunhofer vs. Corona« action program.



Manual for the digital renaissance of existing plants

Fraunhofer IOSB-INA and VDMA publish a guide for Industry 4.0 retrofit. The guide clearly summarizes the implementation forms for I4.0 retrofit with a stage model to give users an initial orientation or a location of their own state of the art before an I4.0 retrofit application is installed on the machine.


visIT Sensor Data and Smart City

A smart city is about much more than the Digitalization of the administration or digital citizen services such as applying for an ID card. It is about the ability to make "informed decisions" in a city or region based on permanently available, reliable information. The task of a city is to create an infrastructure based on sensor data so that an ecosystem of business ideas and software applications can be developed by as many participants as possible.

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Fraunhofer IOSB

Advanced System Technology branch IOSB-AST

Industrial Automation branch IOSB-INA