Combined Fraunhofer competencies

In joint and cross-institute research and development projects, Fraunhofer SIRIOS combines the excellent knowledge and many years of experience of the four Fraunhofer institutes EMI (Freiburg), FOKUS (Berlin), IOSB (Karlsruhe and Ilmenau) and IVI (Dresden) in the fields of public safety and security simulation. The employees and working groups of the institutes assigned to their respective parent institutes conduct research at the Berlin location of the center. Fraunhofer SIRIOS can also be expanded in the future by additional institutes and their fields of work.

Fraunhofer EMI

The Fraunhofer Institute for High-Speed Dynamics, Ernst-Mach-Institut, EMI, specializes in the study of physical-technical processes in materials, structures and components under highly dynamic and exceptional loads. With its research, it contributes to increased safety, reliability, resilience and sustainability in our society.

The business units Defense, Security and Resilience, Automotive, Space and Aerospace apply methods such as the development of numerical computational methods in structural dynamics, the development of user software for the evaluation of structures, processes and systems, experimental investigations of highly dynamic processes and the modeling and analysis of multi-technical systems.

Core research areas of the business unit Safety and Resilience at Fraunhofer EMI are the detection, assessment and improvement of the safety and robustness of structural infrastructures and technical systems against extreme loads such as explosions, fire, strong wind events as well as earthquakes and floods. Another core competence is the numerical simulation of dynamic stress processes and the resulting structural responses and damage. While in the past hazard, vulnerability and risk analyses were the core of the investigations, today ensuring the resilience of these structures and systems, taking into account cascading effects as well as the simulation of what-if scenarios, is also part of the research at Fraunhofer EMI.

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Fraunhofer FOKUS

Fraunhofer FOKUS researches digital networking and its impact on society, business and technology. Since 1988, it has been supporting commercial enterprises and public administration in the design and implementation of the digital transformation. To this end, Fraunhofer FOKUS offers research services ranging from requirements analysis, consulting, feasibility studies, and technology development to prototypes and pilots in the business units Digital Public Services, Future Applications and Media, Quality Engineering, Smart Mobility, Software-Based Networks, Collaborative Safety and Security. With around 460 employees in Berlin and an annual budget of 32.9 million euros, Fraunhofer FOKUS is one of the largest institutes for information and communication technologies in the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. It generates a good 80 percent of its budget from contracts with industry and the public sector.

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Fraunhofer IOSB

Developing novel vision systems. Optimizing the use of sensors and networking them. Process and evaluate the resulting data streams. On this basis, efficiently supporting people in making informed decisions, optimizing processes and intelligently controlling autonomous systems: This complete process and utilization chain is the domain of Fraunhofer IOSB. It combines the three core competencies that give it its name: optronics, systems engineering and image analysis.

With this unique competence profile, Fraunhofer IOSB drives new technologies and standards and supports customers from industry and the public sector in a wide range of areas such as Industry 4.0, automated quality control, mobile autonomous systems or security and defense. The annual budget is about 65 million euros, locations are Karlsruhe, Ettlingen, Ilmenau, Lemgo, Görlitz and Rostock.

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Fraunhofer IVI

The Fraunhofer Institute for Transportation and Infrastructure Systems IVI employs over 100 researchers in four departments. The institute collaborates closely with the universities TU Dresden, TU Bergakademie Freiberg and Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt. Its transport-related research work ranges from the field of vehicle and propulsion systems to intelligent transport systems, and it also covers the areas of disposition, logistics and digital business processes.

The institute develops innovations for the planning, coordination and control of mobility and shapes the digital transformation in public transport with reliable information and assistance systems, platform solutions for mobility data and services, and electronic ticketing.

In the light of future technological and societal changes, special attention is devoted to security-related topics, covering aspects of civil hazard prevention, the functional safety of vehicle technologies, and developments in the fields of vehicle and road safety as well as accident research.

The Fraunhofer Application Center “Networked Mobility and Infrastructure” in Ingolstadt was founded in 2019 as a new structural unit of the institute and is dedicated to current and future-oriented issues relating to automated and cooperative driving.

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Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft e.V.

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, based in Germany, is the world's leading organization for application-oriented research. With its focus on key technologies of relevance to the future and on the application of the results in business and industry, it plays a central role in the innovation process. As a guide and stimulus for innovative developments and scientific excellence, it helps shape our society and our future. Founded in 1949, the organization currently operates 75 institutes and research facilities in Germany. Around 29,000 employees, most of them trained in the natural sciences or engineering, generate an annual research budget of 2.8 billion euros. Of this, 2.4 billion euros is generated through contract research.

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