Fraunhofer IOSB Ettlingen

One site of Fraunhofer IOSB is located in Ettlingen, near Karlsruhe in Baden-Württemberg.

In the five departments Laser Technology, Object Recognition, Optronics, Signatorics and Scene Analysis, fundamental investigations are carried out in the fields of warning sensor technology, evaluation and interpretation of image sequences, laser sources and laser application. Based on this, concepts, procedures and systems are developed which enable the institute to contribute its competence in analysis and evaluation in the field of defense technology..

In the last two decades, a great political and social change has taken place in our country. This is also reflected in the work of the Institute in the form of an opening for civil applications. As a result of its work, the Ettlingen location has a large number of state-of-the-art equipment from the electro-optical field at its disposal. For example, the institute uses a wide variety of cameras covering the entire wavelength range from ultraviolet to long-wave infrared.

Together with the professional competence of the employees, these devices are also repeatedly borrowed from external parties (e.g. industry) within the scope of measurement campaigns. With its approx. 200 employees (as of 2018), the Ettlingen site also has the opportunity to tackle larger and longer-term projects. International cooperation is strengthened by collaborations with renowned research institutions abroad. The Fraunhofer IOSB, formerly FOM, has been able to successfully incorporate many of the scientific results into innovative developments in industry and accompany them until they are ready for application.

The Karlsruhe metropolitan area with its attractive research landscape offers the necessary environment for scientific exchange beyond one's own areas of responsibility. Within this framework, diploma and doctoral theses are also awarded at the Ettlingen location, and teaching positions are held by scientists.




Gutleuthausstr. 1
76275 Ettlingen
Phone +49 7243 992-0

By train

Take the Deutsche Bahn to Karlsruhe main station. Then take the S-Bahn S1 or S11 towards Ettlingen, Ittersbach or Bad Herrenalb. After approx. 15 min. you reach the stop "Erbprinz" . Take the bus 107 in the direction of Durlach and get off at the stop "Friedhof". The institute is located opposite the bus stop in Gutleuthausstraße 1.

Or you can walk left from the stop "Erbprinz" on "Schillerstrasse" to the second traffic circle. From there you will see the institute building on the right. Walk straight ahead and turn right at the next street "Am Lindscharren". After about 300 m you will find the institute building on the right hand side.

Here you can find the current route plan from Karlsruher Verkehrsverbund (KVV).

For train connections please check the website of Deutsche Bahn.

By car

Are you coming from the A5 freeway (E35)?

Then drive towards Karlsruhe and leave the freeway at exit 47 Ettlingen/Bad Herrenalb/Karlsruhe-Rüppurr.

Are you coming via the A8 freeway (E52)?

Then turn onto the A5 (E35/E52) towards Basel at the Karlsruhe junction. Leave the freeway at exit 47 Ettlingen/Bad Herrenalb/Karlsruhe-Rüppurr.

Follow the L561 "Karlsruher Straße" to Ettlingen. After the first traffic circle turn left into the street "Am Lindscharren" and continue straight ahead into "Gutleuthausstraße". After about 300 m you will find the institute building on the right hand side.

By plane

International airports:

Frankfurt (150 km), long-distance train station with ICE connection approx. 1 hour to KarlsruheStuttgart (80 km)
Basel (200 km)
Straßburg (70 km)

Regional airport:
Baden-Airpark, Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden (35 km)