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Fraunhofer-Institut für Optronik, Systemtechnik und Bildauswertung IOSB

Fraunhofer IOSB Firmensitz
Fraunhofer IOSB Produkte



Fraunhofer-Institut für Optronik, Systemtechnik und Bildauswertung IOSB


Fraunhoferstraße 1, 76131 Karlsruhe, Germany


+49 7216 091-0


+49 7216 091-413



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The Fraunhofer IOSB is one of the largest institutes within the Fraunhofer Society's ICT network. With four locations in Germany and the outsourcing office in Beijing, the Fraunhofer IOSB is solidly positioned in four major economic regions and close to its customers.

Diverse networks and links to partners and other research facilities guarantee reliable cooperation and high-level services. The high-quality equipment with state-of-the-art equipment and laboratory equipment ensures this.

The three core competencies of the Fraunhofer IOSB optronics, system engineering and image analysis lend it the distinctive profile. Optronics comprises the boundary between electromagnetic radiation and electrical and electronic signals. It converts information about the appearance of our environment and their objects into electrical signals, and in the direction of electrical signals into optical radiation.
Image analysis includes processing, real-time processing as well as automatic and interactive information retrieval from images and videos.

Business Fields

The Fraunhofer IOSB supports various markets and industries, which are reflected in the subdivision of the business units.

Automation and Digitalization

The Automation and Digitalization business unit provides a highly focused range of services throughout the entire automation pyramid. This includes solutions for manufacturing companies, system integrators, machine suppliers, automation providers and software vendors delivering production-related IT.

Energy, Environmental and Security Systems

The Energy, Environmental and Security Systems business unit groups together all activities at Fraunhofer IOSB that address the needs of energy and water infrastructure providers, operators of environmental information systems, public authorities and similar organizations in charge of protecting and maintaining public safety and order, municipal bodies, and their subcontractors. This work involves in-depth knowledge of sensor networks and sensor data management, as well as wide-ranging expertise in data analysis, modeling, simulation, forecasting and process optimization. Other relevant areas of expertise include IT security and data protection. 

Inspection and Optronic Systems

The Inspection and Optronic Systems business unit is home to all the Fraunhofer IOSB activities in sensor technology, signal processing and image processing that are used for quality assurance and enhancing productivity. 

Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems

The business unit for Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems conducts applied research throughout the entire field of artificial intelligence and machine learning. We provide our partners and customers with a wide range of methodological and applied expertise not only in the much discussed field of deep neural learning but also in many other areas besides.


The Defense business unit conducts research in the following fields: imaging with optronic systems, real-time image and signal analysis, and architectures for information and simulation systems.

Jobs & Career

The Fraunhofer IOSB offers exciting career development opportunities for junior scientists. Graduates with a degree in an engineering discipline or any of the natural sciences are afforded an ideal environment in which to qualify for responsible positions in industry.


Application-oriented research work and project activities prepare talented young scientists for the demands of the modern business world. 80 percent of staff who leave the organization move on to highly qualified jobs in industry.

Find out about current job offers at Fraunhofer IOSB either on the German Website or on

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Prof. Dr. Thomas Längle

Business Unit Spokesman Inspection and Optronic Systems

Fraunhoferstraße 1, 76131 Karlsruhe, Germany


+49 721 6091212


Dipl.-Ing., Dipl.-Wirt. Ing. Henning Schulte

Business unit developer inspection and optronic systems

Fraunhoferstraße 1, 76131 Karlsruhe, Germany


+49 7216 091275

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