About us

Developing innovative visual systems. Making best possible use of sensors and interconnecting them. Processing and evaluating the resulting data flows. 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 three core competences that are reflected in our name – optronics, system technologies and image exploitation:



is concerned with the generation of light, its beam shaping, propagation and transformation into electronic signals - i.e. in particular with technical processes to generate images (in the broadest sense) of the world around us.

System technologies

ensure a holistic approach: We not only develop components and algorithms, but also complex hardware and software architectures. The resulting information technology systems support people on the basis of sensor data, automate certain tasks and/or open up new paths in human-machine interaction. We set the highest standards in terms of interoperability, IT security and data protection/privacy.

Image exploitation

investigates methods and algorithms to obtain information and ultimately relevant insights from the images.


Just like Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft as a whole, we stand for application-oriented research for the benefit of our society and a stronger economy. We are  active in research and development and put the findings into practice, turning state-of-the-art scientific insights into technological innovations. We shape the future.

In this process, scientific and technological excellence form part of our DNA, and so do customer orientation and reliability. Issues such as open standards, interoperability, IT security and data protection/privacy are our passion.



is the number of research sites of Fraunhofer IOSB. The main sites are located in Karlsruhe and Ettlingen, Ilmenau and Lemgo are home to institute branches. Field offices can be found in Görlitz and Rostock, and a liaison office is located in Beijing.


million euro was the amount of our investment and operating budget in 2022.


employees form part of our regular staff. This number includes our permanent staff as well as some 250 student assistants and interns.


this is when the history of our institute began, at that time still in Tübingen. Under its current name "Fraunhofer IOSB", however, the institute has only existed since a merger in 2010.

Board of directors

Get to know the Fraunhofer IOSB management here, including the head of institute and the directors of Fraunhofer IOSB's branches.

IOSB sites

The institute is represented nationwide at eight sites. A liaison office is located in Beijing.

Advisory board

The Advisory Board advises Fraunhofer IOSB in questions relating to professional orientation and structural change within the institute. The board comprises representatives from science, business, politics and administration.

Structure and networking

Here you can find out more about the composition of the Fraunhofer IOSB and which Fraunhofer associations and alliances we are networked with.  

A young institute with a long history

10 years of Fraunhofer IOSB - Get to know more about our institute's anniversary here.

What can we do for you?

Our range of offerings and services covers a broad portfolio of competences and topics. Contact us for more information!