Cooperation Systems

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.

We focus 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

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

  • 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

Digital Energy

  • Planning and operation of cross-sector coupled and automatized energy systems
  • Simulation and development of central and local energy markets
  • Information and communication technologies (e.g. blockchain) for energy systems
  • Cyber-physical development environments for future energy-information-networks
  • IT-security technologies for prevention, detection and reaction

Fraunhofer Blockchain Lab

Experience lab for technologies, their implementation and application

20 Years of BSCW, the Groupware Developed at Fraunhofer FIT