Fraunhofer Institute for Communication, Information Processing and Ergonomics FKIE

The research institute at your side

As a leading institute for ICT research, Fraunhofer FKIE is dedicated to the entire processing chain of data and information: from acquisition, transmission and processing to reliable protection.

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Mission Statement

»We work every day to make the world a safer place. Our goal is to identify existential risks and create solutions to mitigate and manage them.«

Research in focus: Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP)

»We work every day to make the world a safer place. Our goal is to identify existential risks and create solutions to mitigate and manage them.«

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Single-Antenna In-Band Full-Duplex Radio

For decades the real, simultaneous bidirectional communication on the same frequency was considered technically impossible. Main reason: The transmit signal too strongly disturbs the receive path. FKIE scientists have shown that it's possible.

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Research in focus

Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP)

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Research in focus

Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP)

The failure of critical infastructure would have far-reaching consequences. Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) is therefore is a focal area of research of the Fraunhofer FKIE.

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Maritime Awareness

Situation picture optimization for port protection

Port surveillance on, above and below the water

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Energy sector

Cyber-secure power supply

The power grid: the most critical of all critical infrastructures

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CBRN protection

Operational support through robotics

EnRicH – Robots practice for nuclear emergencies

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Safety for emergency personnel

Marine fire fighting

Live information from burning ships

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Expert interview

Coordination & protection concepts

Interview with Peter Lauwe, head of the division »Risk management CI and CIP concepts« in the Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance (BBK)

Press releases



Dr. Alexander Charlish receives IEEE Award

He is the first Fraunhofer researcher and the second German ever to receive the prestigious IEEE Fred Nathanson Memorial Radar Award. Dr. Alexander Charlish, a scientist and team leader at Fraunhofer FKIE, received the international award for his outstanding work in the field of radar resource management and cognitive radar. 


Research News / 1.2.2021

Monitoring system protects trial crops

The world is having to feed an increasing number of mouths. Studies indicate that global population will rise to over nine billion by the year 2050. In response, Bayer AG is researching resistant cereal varieties and enhanced crop protection. A new 24-hour monitoring system from the Fraunhofer FKIE will help protect these fields and thereby safeguard this timeconsuming and cost-intensive research.



Media analysis of the 2020 US election

AI and journalistic expertise are the basis of a disinformation detection system developed in a collaboration between pressrelations, NewsGuard and the Fraunhofer FKIE. First use case: An analysis of media coverage of the 2020 US election. The analysis reveals that Trump’s media dominance was due primarily to the spread of fake news and disinformation, particularly with the support of untrustworthy media.



UGV support for the German infantry

The Bundeswehr plans to equip its infantry with unmanned ground vehicles (UGV) for the transport of material. It has tested various off-the-shelf systems in a variety of operational scenarios. The Fraunhofer FKIE provided technical and scientific support. The conclusion among soldiers and experts was unanimous: the systems are ready for procurement.


Fraunhofer FKIE Locations

Headquarter Wachtberg

Fraunhoferstraße 20

53343 Wachtberg


Phone +49 228 9435-0

Fax +49 228 9435-685


Zanderstraße 5

53177 Bonn-Bad Godesberg


Telefon +49 228 50212-400

Fax +49 228 50212-688