Fraunhofer Institute of Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation IOSB

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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 activity are control and automation technology, and information and knowledge management.  

IOSB has five locations in Germany: Karlsruhe, Ettlingen, Ilmenau, Lemgo and Görlitz 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.

Annual report

Out now: Fraunhofer IOSB´s Annual Report 2015/16.
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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.

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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 


Smart Factory Web: a new IIC testbed

On September 19, 2016, the Industrial Internet Consortium® (IIC™) approved the Smart Factory Web as a new member of its family of testbeds to validate its Industrial Internet Reference Architecture (IIRA) and technologies for the Industrial Internet of Things. The Smart Factory Web testbed will be deployed and operated by the Korea Electronics Technology Institute KETI and the Fraunhofer Institute of Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation (IOSB).