Even before any scientific consideration or technical implementation takes place, sensor data and information fusion is an omnipresent phenomenon: every living creature merges impressions of different, complementary sensory organs with previously acquired empirical knowledge and messages from other living creatures. It uses the result to create a model of its environment - the basis for situationally appropriate action.
As a branch of applied computer science, sensor data and information fusion attempts to comprehend this information linkage: automate it as far as possible and enhance it beyond natural capabilities. In this respect, it is a branch of automation technology, a kind of mechanical engineering for "cognitive tools" to enhance the human abilities of data evaluation and fusion.
Sensor data fusion takes advantage of general technology trends such as networking, mobility, sensor and database technology and creates a basis for effective interaction between people and the technical systems that support them. Based on decades of experience, the Sensor Data and Information Fusion department offers research and development, from conceptual studies to the integration of system prototypes.