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Human-Centered Computing

Fraunhofer FIT is an excellent partner for the human-centric design of our digital future.

As a partner for digitization, Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things, the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology FIT has been developing IT solutions tailored to people and seamlessly integrated into business processes for almost 40 years. As a driving force of innovation, FIT not only provides guidance, but also shapes the digital transformation in business, the environment and society.

FIT’s interdisciplinary R&D teams are drawn from our staff of around 250 scientists from computer science, social science, business administration, economics, psychology, and engineering. They bring their expertise in designing and implementing information technology systems to bear on problems and needs from different areas of life.

Our specific strength is our holistic approach to system development – from concept validation to implementation. We strategically evolve our expertise in IT, specific application fields, and our scientific excellence with the aim to be ahead of the market for our customers from industry and administration. We focus on three application domains: Digital Energy, Digital Health, and Digital Sustainability – each of outstanding importance for Europe’s future.

Each of FIT's informatics departments is built around one of our five core competencies:

  • Human-Centered Engineering & Design will pursue the institute's renowned research in this field to support companies in developing user-friendly interactive systems;
  • Cooperation Systems focuses on a research field that has been a mainstay of Fraunhofer FIT: Collaboration and the cooperative use of distributed data or services on different levels – for example, using Mixed Reality or Blockchain technology;
  • Data Science & Artificial Intelligence drives the digital transformation by processing, organizing and analyzing data and knowledge more systematically and flexibly than before. Our senior scientists have internationally renowned expertise in process mining and semantic data integration;
  • Microsimulation & Econometric Data Analysis will continue to provide the German federal government with evidence-based predictions on the impact of political decisions, such as tax revenue forecasts that take demographic change into account;
  • The Business & Information Systems Engineering Project Group studies the challenges for companies posed by digitalization: from future-proofing and transforming business models to disruptive innovations. 

Interdepartmental initiatives

Fraunhofer Center Digital Energy

The Rhenish coal mining region is facing major challenges as a result of the coal phase-out. This is especially true for the energy sector and energy-intensive industries. To help manage this change, the federal government and the state of North Rhine-Westphalia are funding efforts to establish the Fraunhofer Center for Digital Energy. Its mission is to lay the foundations for reliable, secure, and economically attractive digitalized energy infrastructures and to transfer them into routine operation. The center is being set up by Fraunhofer FIT and Fraunhofer FKIE in cooperation with the energy technology institutes IAEW and E.ON ACS at RWTH Aachen University. The present funding covers planning and preparatory activities for a new building with office space for some 100 R&D and support staff, initial procurement of technical equipment, and the development of a professional training program. More

Blockchain Labs

FIT established the Fraunhofer Blockchain Lab, with offices at Sankt Augustin, Augsburg and Bayreuth. The lab helps companies in identifying innovations and potential efficiency improvements through applications of blockchain technology, and supports their implementation.

In Hürth, a coordinating office for the Blockchain-Reallabor Rheinisches Revier is being set up. The project, which is headed by Fraunhofer FIT, will promote information and technology transfer regarding digitization and blockchain applications. Main tasks are to build a demonstration center, to develop a regional network of companies and to initiate and support blockchain application projects. The aim is to establish the Rhenish mining region as a model and center of attraction for disruptive digital innovations.

Fraunhofer Personnel Certification Body

The Fraunhofer Personnel Certification Body, affiliated to Fraunhofer FIT, provides the institutes of Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft with the organizational and personnel resources to develop and administer high-quality examinations and certifications for professional training courses. It certifies the graduates' acquired qualifications in accordance with DIN EN ISO 17024. More

Fraunhofer Application Center SYMILA

The region around Hamm is in the midst of a structural change from coal mining and steel making to new industries. The Fraunhofer Application Center SYMILA in Hamm, in cooperation with Hamm-Lippstadt University of Applied Sciences, is supporting this renewal by providing direct access to extensive expertise in application-oriented research and development to businesses in the region.