Fraunhofer Institute of Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation IOSB

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.

  • Optronics 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.
  • Image exploitation investigates methods and algorithms to obtain information and ultimately relevant insights from the images.
  • 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.



sites of Fraunhofer IOSB. The main sites are located in Karlsruhe and Ettlingen, further branches are in Ilmenau, Lemgo and Görlitz. A contact office is in China in Beijing.


million euro was the amount of our investment and operating budget in 2018.


men and women form part of our regular staff. In addition to our permanent staff we also engaged 170 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.
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.

Structure and networking 

Fraunhofer IOSB's five business units bundle the institute's portfolio with regard to specific application areas and markets. The central competence carriers and organizational units are the 15 scientific departments. Six of them are based in Karlsruhe, five in Ettlingen. Two departments each are located at the Fraunhofer IOSB-AST in Ilmenau and the Fraunhofer IOSB-INA in Lemgo.

At all sites, our institute is closely networked with the local universities and colleges: Staff at Fraunhofer IOSB hold professorships and teaching positions, and professors are engaged as external advisors of the institute.

Within the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Fraunhofer IOSB is a member of the Fraunhofer ICT Group and the Fraunhofer Group for Defense and Security VVS. In addition, the institute and some of its departments are members of the following Fraunhofer Alliances: AutoMOBILE Production Alliance, Big Data and Artificial Intelligence, Energy, Food Chain Management, Space, Water Systems (SysWasser), Transport and Vision (Image Processing). In addition, we work in concrete projects with those partner institutes that complement our competencies with regard to the task in hand.

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.


Get to know the Fraunhofer IOSB management here, including its Director and the Site Managers of the institute branches.

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Find here the directions to the various Fraunhofer IOSB locations in Karlsruhe, Ettlingen, Ilmenau and Lemgo.

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IES chair

Institute for Anthropomatics at the Department of Informatics of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.