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Fraunhofer Austria Research GmbH

Fraunhofer Austria


Fraunhofer Austria Research GmbH is a legally independent foreign affiliate of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. It was founded in November 2008 as a non-profit research organization and combined the two then existing project groups in Austria – one in Vienna and one in Graz – to one organization. In 2016 and 2019, Fraunhofer Austria expanded to two new locations: the innovation center “Digital Transformation of Industry” was founded in Tyrol and the innovation center “Digitalization and Artificial Intelligence KI4LIFE” startet its research activitites in Carinthia. As of today, Fraunhofer Austria consists of two centers – the “Center for Sustainable Production and Logistics”, and the “Center for Data Driven Design” with a total of 140 employees. Both centers transfer research results from the university environment into practical applications for industry and business.

Fraunhofer Austria is now one of the most important and established players in applied research in Austria. In the Federal Government’s Pact for Research, Technology and Innovation (FTI Pakt) for the years 2024-2026, Fraunhofer Austria is explicitly named as one of the experienced and competent organizations on whose expertise the ministries rely.


Research topics


  • The Center for Sustainable Production and Logistics designs and optimizes value creation processes in production networks for companies of all sizes – from start-ups to global corporations. Competitiveness, sustainability and digitalization are the main objectives of application-oriented research and development. With a focus on two lighthouse topics that are trend-setting for the Center – “Positive Impact Production” and “Shared Logistics” – the employees combine excellent methodological and application expertise from all areas of the digital transformation of industrial value creation.


  • The Center for Data Driven Design visualizes and analyses data as it arises in companies in all industries and all areas of public life in order to make the best possible use of it. The methods, which are based on artificial intelligence, visual computing or a combination of the two, can be used for all industries, areas and fields of application – regardless of whether they are products, components, processes, structures, environments, buildings or rooms. Using these methods, the researchers at the Center develop concrete proposals for complex data-based decisions, thus increasing the certainty for users when choosing the right alternative.