Fraunhofer Institute of Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation

Core Competencies

The three core competencies optronics, system technology and image exploitation make up our unparalleled profile. Optronics originates from the combination of optics and electronics. It bridges the area between electromagnetic radiation as well as electric and electronic signals. It transforms information about the appearance of our environment into electric signals and electric signals into optical radiation vice versa.

Image exploitation covers the preparation, real-time processing, automatic and interactive acquisition of information from images and videos.

System technology covers everything required for the analysis, understanding, modeling, development and management of complex systems. This primarily includes software architectures (SOA), measurement and control systems as well as in-depth knowledge about marketable processes and methods in an industrial environment.


The departments and the research group, which acts as a link to the Chair of Interactive Real-Time Systems of the Institute for Anthropomatics at the Faculty for Information Technology at the KIT, represent the centre of competence at the IOSB. The departments are part of our “competence triangle”; their positions in figure 1 correspond to their share of the core competences.

Competency triad of the IOSB

The competency triad takes you to the IOSB departments. Just click the respective department code.

Open overview of all departments.

  • We understand optronics as electro-optical systems and methods for acquiring signals and images from ultraviolet lights to thermal infrared.

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  • System technology covers everything required for analysis, understanding, modeling, development and control of complex systems.

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  • Image exploitation comprises preparation, real-time processing, automatic and interactive information acquisition from images and videos.

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