Cooperation Systems

Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology FIT

Interact, learn and collaborate efficiently and successfully

Building on its long CSCW experience and social computing concepts the Cooperation Systems department develops and evaluates novel groupware, community and knowledge management systems for distributed organizations and teams. We also provide personalized and collaborative learning environments and investigate methods to infer the goals, tasks and preferences of their users, based on precise observations of teachers and learners.

The department enriches work environments with novel forms of interaction that use mixed reality technology. Multi-touch panels, gesture control and Augmented Reality are among the technologies in our idea of the workplace of the future. We investigate pervasive games, exciting new computer-based games that use the players' real vicinity as their playing field. Our scientific and technological expertise in these fields enables us to build custom-tailored systems for the needs of real organizations.

The department focuses on:

Solutions for efficient cooperation support

  • Efficient cross-organizational collaboration
  • Design and optimization of communication and cooperation processes
  • Social computing in business communication
  • Integrated and interoperable cooperation tools

Personalized and collaborative learning environments

  • Enhanced effectiveness and efficiency in vocational education and training on the job
  • Tailor-made learning environments
  • Learning diagnostics and self reflection support

Mixed and Augmented Reality solutions

  • Information presented precisely where it is needed
  • Design and realization of custom-tailored Mixed and Augmented Reality solutions and system components
  • Design and development of mobile and stationary solutions

Self-Organizing Network Architectures

  • Bridging the Digital Divide: "Connecting the Unconnected" – Broadband for rural areas
  • Flexible wireless backhaul architectures for heterogeneous 5G networks
  • Architectural design of integrated terrestrial and satellite networks
  • Emulation and evaluation of hybrid service delivery architectures for future system interoperability
  • Proof of Concept via field trials and prototyping


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