Information technology

  • Chiral Quantum Optics: A New Research Field with Bright Perspectives

    Surprising effect: directional emission of light  TU Wien

    Surprising direction-dependent effects emerge when light is guided in microscopic structures. This discovery shows promise for both classical and quantum information processing.

    Recently, surprising physical effects were observed using special microscopic waveguides for light. Such “photonic structures” currently are revolutionizing the fields of optics and photonics, and have opened up the new research area of “Chiral Quantum Optics”. Physicists from Copenhagen, Innsbruck, and Vienna, who are leading figures in this field, have now written an overview on the topic which just appeared in the scientific journal “Nature”.

  • Future Work Lab makes Work 4.0 tangible

    Future Work Lab: Innovation laboratory for work, people and technology  Ludmilla Parsyak © Fraunhofer IAO

    Innovation laboratory for work, people and technology opens at Fraunhofer Campus in Stuttgart

    What is work becoming? In what directions is it developing? How can we best harness the potential of new technologies for our work? As digitalization transforms processes and services as well as factory floors, many new questions arise. The Future Work Lab, which was officially opened today, offers answers and innovative approaches to these issues.

  • More transparency in Engineering IT

     © Foto Alex - Fotolia / ProSTEP iViP e.V.

    CPO certification helps evaluate openness of IT systems

    Digitalization is making openness in the linking of IT solutions increasingly important. The Code of PLM Openness (CPO), developed by the ProSTEP iViP Association, supplies a concrete approach for achieving precisely that. Fraunhofer IAO has now developed an effective certification for companies, which helps them comply with the CPO criteria.

  • NIT Startup NÜWIEL in Finals of Food+City Challenge

    nuwiel logo Copyright Nüwiel

    A swift ascent: As the only European startup company to do so the startup company NÜWIEL - which belongs to the two NIT graduates, Natalia Tomiyama and Sandro Rabbiosi - qualified for the Food+City Challenge in Austin, Texas and in fact made it to the finals. The competition awards prizes to startups that aim to improve the food supply in large cities. With the electrically operated trailer NÜWIEL bicyclists can easily transport loads, such as food, even when faced with upward slopes. On February 4th Tomiyama, Rabbiosi and cofounder Fahad Khan will find out whether they won both the competition and the prize money in the amount of USD 50,000.

  • Opening of the Fraunhofer Project Center at University of Twente

    Top: Maurice Herben, Geert Dewulf, Thom Palstra, Eddy van Hijum, Thomas Bergs, Fred van Houten; Bottom: Wim Boomkamp, Fritz Klocke, Victor van der Chijs  Source: Gijs van Ouwerkerk

    On Monday, 23 January 2017, the Fraunhofer Project Center for Design and Production Engineering for Complex High-Tech Systems at the University of Twente (FPC@UT) was officially opened by the Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs, Henk Kamp. The Center is an in-house unit at the campus of the University of Twente (UT) and has a starting phase of five years. The Campus is also home to Kennispark Twente, Netherlands’ largest innovation campus, where more than 380 high-tech companies combine engineering and entrepreneurship to develop cutting-edge products used around the world.

  • Operating in the operating theatre of the future

    Modern imaging technologies inside the operating theatre, Inselspital, Berne

    Inselspital is the first hospital in Switzerland to have a highly modern surgical area that can be used in an interdisciplinary way by all surgical specialties. Modern imaging technologies inside the operating theatre allow for quality checks during complicated operations.

    Beginning in the middle of February, 2017, in the Intensive Treatment, Emergency and Operation Centre (IEO) at Inselspital, Bern University Hospital, all operative specialities will have three new operation theatres available that have integrated computer tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Together with the hybrid operating theatre, which allows for intra-operative angiography, they create an operating area that is one of a kind in Switzerland.

  • Saarland University computer scientists work to prevent hackers from remotely controlling cars

    Saarland scientists explain the dangerous situation: The growing interconnection of the individual components opens security holes.

    A luxury vehicle today contains multiple computers. During an hour's drive, it thus produces multiple gigabytes of data. Even less expensive vehicles are now brimming with information technology. The growing interconnection of the individual components opens dangerous security holes. One of these has now been closed by computer scientists at the Center for IT Security and Privacy (CISPA) and the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) — with the help of software that manufacturers can retrofit into any car.

  • VR experience at Berlinale 2017 – on the red carpet with the OmniCam-360 from Fraunhofer HHI


    The Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute HHI in cooperation with ARRI has produced a 360-degree video on the red carpet outside the Berlinale Palast on the occasion of the 67th Berlinale. Visitors of the Audi Lounge on Potsdamer Platz not only had the opportunity to sit in the driver’s seat of the Audi Q7 afterwards but, with the help of virtual reality glasses, could drive themselves to the movie premiere over the red carpet. This gave the user the feeling of driving past rows of fans like a movie star. The high-resolution, 360-degree recordings were taken with the OmniCam-360 from Fraunhofer HHI.