In 2018, the Heinrich Hertz Institute celebrated its 90th anniversary

January 30, 2018


The Heinrich-Hertz-Institut was founded in the 1920s over a period of several months.
Prof. Karl Willy Wagner took over the management of the newly founded Heinrich-Hertz Institut for Oscilliation Research on August 1, 1927.  However, the Institute‘s foundation was formally completed only on February 23, 1928, with the awarding of the official seal by the Prussian Minister for Science, Art and Popular Education.

On the occasion of its anniversary in February, Fraunhofer HHI launched a collection of highlights from the 90-year history of the Heinrich-Hertz-Institut. Weekly news articles introduced not only Karl Willy Wagner, Fritz Sennheiser, Heinrich Hertz and the current directors of the institute Martin Schell and Thomas Wiegand, but also important stations of the institute such as the reconstruction after the Second World War, the transformation into a limited liability company (GmbH) or the integration into the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. In addition, the articles provided an overview of outstanding technologies from 90 years of research history, such as automatic image recognition, the next mobile phone standard 5G, the world premiere of the OmniCam-360, VLC/Li-Fi, 3D Human Body Reconstruction, HEVC and many more. An overview of these and other topics can be found here.

The Technology Innovation Science Match on February 22, 2018, marked the highlight of the festivities: In cooperation with the Tagesspiegel, the institute celebrated under the slogan "90 years of excellent research for the digital society of the future" with over 700 guests at the KOSMOS in Berlin. During the event, 24 international scientists presented their current research projects and their results to the guests. The ten-minute presentations focused on the research work of Fraunhofer HHI and thus on the collection, transmission and processing of data as well as video technology.

Next year, Fraunhofer HHI will again celebrate its birthday with a Technology Innovation Day . The event on February 22, 2019, is primarily aimed at students and focuses on short lectures and laboratory tours in the areas of optical transmission, optical components, optical sensors, mobile networks (5G), immersive video technologies (e.g. AR & VR), video compression and Machine Learning.