Future study »Maritime 2050+«

The joint study of industry and research is dedicated to the development of the maritime space in the next decades. In addition to climate change and immense population growth, the authors expect an increasing exploitation of the oceans and the marine resources.

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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.«

Information gathering, decision support systems and command support

Mastering military missions or critical situations in a civilian environment depends crucially on real-time situational awareness and effective coordination. The Fraunhofer FKIE possesses all the competencies necessary for this task, such as sensor data fusion, communication, mass data processing and user-centric information display.

Protection and operational capability in cyberspace and the information environment

Digitalization and networking permeate nearly every sphere of our personal and professional lives. This opens up opportunities and potential, but it also generates new risks and attack vectors. The Fraunhofer FKIE is dedicated to solving this problem with the highest professional competence in the fields of prevention, detection, suppression, response and usability.

Aviation and Space

Military and civilian aviation is associated with advanced technology and innovation. The Fraunhofer FKIE develops application-oriented prototypes of airport management systems, sensor payload and fusion concepts for flying platforms, methods of threat detection (e.g. weapon engagement) and research on UAS (use, defense).

Maritime Systems

Germany attaches great importance to the use of national and international waters. The usability, protection and integrity of platforms and infrastructure systems for military and civilian users are of paramount importance. For years, the Fraunhofer FKIE has been developing application-oriented solutions to meet these needs.

Land Systems

There is a growing need for semi-autonomous assistance functions to enhance the performance of land-based systems for military and civilian purposes. These systems simplify vehicle control and navigation or support situational awareness and remote manipulation. The Fraunhofer FKIE researches and develops functional demonstrators for real-world testing.

Fraunhofer FKIE – The research institute at your side

The Fraunhofer Institute for Communication, Information Processing and Ergonomics FKIE develops technologies and processes with the aim of early detection, mitigation and management of existential risks. In close cooperation with strategic partners, the institute is dedicated to the entire processing chain of data and information: from acquisition, transmission and processing to reliable protection. The Fraunhofer FKIE is committed to this mission both in the civilian sector and in command and reconnaissance processes in the defence technology sector.

The human factor is of central importance to the work carried out at Fraunhofer FKIE. Research focuses on developing effective and efficient human-machine systems: people are placed at the center as decision makers and responsible actors. In the context of the German Armed Forces, civilian security agencies and the industry, the Fraunhofer FKIE develops methods and procedures for all aspects of security – be it on the ground, in the air, at sea, under water or in cyberspace.

The Fraunhofer FKIE is active in five interdisciplinary research fields as a leading institute for applied research and application-oriented innovation in information and communications technology. It has built up specialized knowledge and its research ranges from studies and tests to the development of prototypes.

Thanks to a total of ten departments with different, complementary core competencies, the institute has a broad expertise and is capable of offering systemic solutions. Each of these departments conducts research and development at the high scientific level symbolized by the Fraunhofer name. With a broad competence and excellent attention to detail, the Fraunhofer FKIE takes on the latest scientific-technological challenges in security related issues.

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Future study »Maritime 2050+«

The study, in which the Fraunhofer FKIE was involved, is dedicated to the development of the maritime space in the next decades and shows measures to improve the quality of life by bringing together the different economic and ecological interests. In addition to climate change and immense population growth, the authors expect an increasing exploitation of the oceans and the marine resources.


Research News / 1.2.2019

System for filtering fake news from Social Media

Invented stories, distorted facts: fake news is spreading like wildfire on the internet and is often shared on without thought, particularly on social media. In response, Fraunhofer researchers have developed a system that automatically analyzes social media posts, deliberately filtering out fake news and disinformation. To do this, the tool analyzes both content and metadata.



Collaboration agreement with the KdoCIR

The close cooperation between the Bundeswehr Cyber and Information Space Command (KdoCIR) and the Fraunhofer FKIE is based on a new foundation. Major General Juergen Setzer, deputy inspector of the Cyber and Information Space Command, and Prof. Dr. Peter Martini, director of the Fraunhofer FKIE, have now signed an agreement to collaborate even more closely in the field of cyber security.



EnRicH 2019: a critical situation at nuclear power plant

Accidents in nuclear power plants such as Chernobyl and Fukushima or the decommissioning and dismantling of old nuclear facilities clearly demonstrate how important it is to use robot technologies in the event of radioactive contamination. Robots can operate in places that are clearly too risky and dangerous for humans.

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