Fraunhofer FIT works to enhance human abilities through flexible, context-adaptive information and cooperation systems.
Systems designed and built in FIT help decision-makers to evaluate options. They assist the handicapped or elderly to participate more fully in their jobs, in their private lives or as tourists. Our systems support designers and engineers in real and virtual work environments, provide Internet-based platforms for social as well as task-related interaction of learning communities and virtual teams.
Fraunhofer FIT is organized in three departments with about 30 researchers each, plus a service unit with administrative, service and support functions for the institute. An additional smaller unit focusing on engineering applications is being set up in Aachen.
The departments work closely together to bring the most suitable mix of expertise and competences to projects with industrial partners. A strategic cooperation has been established with the Information Systems and Database group at RWTH Aachen, headed by Prof. Matthias Jarke.
The Cooperation Systems group develops and evaluates groupware and community systems for virtual teams and organizations. Our work on hardware and software of Mixed and Augmented Reality systems focuses on support for cooperative planning tasks.
Information in Context
The ICon group focuses on context-aware information and communication systems for learning, analysis, planning and decision-making.
Life Science Informatics
This group is concerned with complex, predominantly image-based biomedical environments. Focal areas are compensating disabilities, supporting minimally invasive surgery, and data analysis in molecular biology.
Fraunhofer-Institut Angewandte Informationstechnik
Further information: http://www.fit.fraunhofer.de