Network and Cooperation

Fraunhofer alliances and groups

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is comprized of individual member institutes who work together and cooperate on key topics within the organization. We commission interdisciplinary research and develop innovative solutions through the excellence of our networking.

The Fraunhofer Information and Communication Technology Group (ICT)

As a member of Europe’s largest IT research organization we enjoy direct access to technological know-how, wide ranging expertise and state of the art information and communication technology.

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Fraunhofer Big Data and Artificial Intelligence Alliance

As coordinators of the Fraunhofer Big Data and Artificial Intelligence Alliance we bring together the cross-sector expertise of 31 Fraunhofer institutes. We not only provide businesses with Big Data solutions tailored to their specific requirements but we also manage the training and qualification of young talents wanting to become data scientists.

Visit the Fraunhofer Big Data and Artificial Intelligence Alliance website

The Fraunhofer Vision Alliance

The Fraunhofer Vision Alliance institutes specialize in research into automatic image processing and machine vision and the developments required to make them practical tools for industry.

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Working closely with universities

The links we have with the research and teaching departments of a number of leading universities is vitally important to the Fraunhofer institutes. Our latest research is consistently put into practice through close working relationships with the University of Bonn, the Bonn-Aachen International Center for Information Technology (b-it) and the Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg. We are also actively involved in several national and European research programs.


Prof. Dr. Stefan Wrobel, Institute Director of Fraunhofer IAIS, is professor of Computer Science at the University of Bonn and chair of the department of »Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems«. Many other members of our scientific staff are also working and lecturing at university level and are increasingly visible within the international scientific community and publishing highly regarded papers and dissertations.


In 2002 the Bonn-Aachen International Center for Information Technology (b-it) was founded by us in conjunction with the RWTH Aachen University and the University of Bonn. Its international Master programs in Applied Computer Science help attract top executives from all over the world into this increasingly specialized area.

Visit the University of Bonn website

Visit the Bonn-Aachen International Center for Information Technology (b-it) website

Visit the Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg website

Big Data Network

Data is the »fuel« that drives our digital era. To ensure industry and society use it as efficiently and safely as possible the Fraunhofer IAIS is actively involved in a number of national and international projects, initiatives, scientific organizations and industry associations.

  • Industry association BITKOM
  • Smart Data Innovation Lab
  • Networked European Software and Services Initiative NESSI
  • Big Data Value Association BDVA
  • European Data Science Academy EDSA