Fraunhofer IAO awards the Technology Management Innovation Prize to recognize outstanding research work conducted within its own ranks. The qualities that set the 2012 prize-winning projects and designs apart included the customer value they offer, their practical applicability and methodical scientific approaches.
Every two years Fraunhofer IAO awards three innovation prizes for successful projects in industry or research. Research results are recognized for their high innovative potential and clear orientation toward direct practical application. Institute director Prof. Dieter Spath sees the competition as an opportunity to honor and showcase the excellent work being carried out by the IAO’s research scientists. Three very different projects impressed the jury this year:
First prize: Arcane – automatic collection and evaluation of data from the internet
The overall winner of the institute’s internal competition is a new Fraunhofer methodology for automatically collecting and analyzing data found online. Team leader Thomas Renner developed the software in collaboration with his scientific colleagues Claudia Dukino and Andrea Horch as a way to gather any kind of structured data from the internet, such as information relating to events, service offerings, product descriptions or prices. This makes the technology useful for carrying out quick and easy market analysis, for example. For Prof. Dieter Spath, Arcane represents the perfect example of how research can be put directly into practice, and provides a basis for diverse areas of application.
http://wiki.iao.fraunhofer.de/index.php/ArcaneSecond prize: Erlebnis Automat – new approaches to self-service equipment
www.erlebnis-automat.deThird prize: ELAB – study on electromobility and employment
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