We develop intelligent components and processes for flexible and resource-efficient production

Department Cognitive Industrial Systems (KIS)

The Cognitive Industrial Systems department (KIS) develops intelligent components and processes for flexible and resource-efficient production. This includes the use of AI and machine learning to evaluate large amounts of data in production and also work on new processes for intelligent and flexible automation technology. Located in the Karlsruhe Research Factory, we bridge the gap between cutting-edge research on basic technologies and application-oriented solution development. 

With reference to solutions for practical use, we create in the department with the open62541 library for OPC UA a technology that is in long-term practical use by many industrial users.

In cutting-edge research, the department is part of the German Research Foundation(DFG)'s research group 5339 for the research of an "AI-based methodology for the rapid upgrading of immature production processes".

Projects and products



Practical support for the use of artificial intelligence methods


Karlsruhe Research factory

for AI-integrated production



Machine Learning for production



Machine to machine communication



Heterogeneous robot teams and production architectures

News from the KIS department



As a young, growing unit, the Cognitive Industrial Systems department is always offering positions of all kinds - for students, career starters and professionals. Current job advertisements can be found here in the Fraunhofer job portal:



Here you will find the department's publications.


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