Fields of Research

Cross-departmental fields of research at Fraunhofer HHI

The Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute HHI pursues applied research in the broad spectrum of communication technologies. In this context, interdisciplinary approaches are becoming increasingly important. As a result, the Institute’s researchers are increasing their efforts in interdepartmental projects - from Artificial Intelligence, medical applications, 5G and beyond and sensor technology to applications in the security sector.

For details on the different research fields, you can browse through the topics here.

5G, Fiber and Beyond

5G will enable many new applications. In addition to mobile broadband, 5G will support extremely reliable low latency communications and a massive Internet of Things (IoT). To make this a reality, 5G combines a new air interface, backhaul and fronthaul transport network with advanced components designed specifically for 5G to enable future maximum data rates of more than 10 Gbps and latencies of less than 1 ms. Researchers at Fraunhofer HHI are working on all these aspects, creating a center of excellence for 5G.

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Artificial Intelligence

We are bridging the gap between academic research and practical applications of Artificial Intelligence (AI) by addressing fundamentals, quality assurance, and approaches to overcome practical limitations. Our activities enable AI to be standardized and implemented in multiple sectors.

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Medical Technology

Whether in the operating, laboratory or treatment room, modern medicine without digital assistance systems and signal processing is barely imaginable anymore. Imaging procedures, computer-assisted surgical systems and new diagnostic options support the doctor and enable new forms of treatment. The Fraunhofer HHI offers a wide range of technological expertise and combines them in the field of medical technology.

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Sensors technology

Whether in space telescopes, in the detection of natural gases, in non-destructive measurement technology or in the analysis of two- or three-dimensional camera images: Sensors technology of the real world is always at the beginning of a digital processing chain. Fraunhofer HHI offers solutions based on its diverse technological expertise and combines them in the sensor technology area.

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Protecting intellectual and material property is a task in which information and communication technologies play a key role. Security at the workplace or in the urban infrastructure, in transportation by land, air or water, whether functional security or attack and hazard identification: Fraunhofer HHI offers solutions with its wide range of technological competencies and bundles them in the security business unit.

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Quantum Technologies

Second-generation quantum technologies are the key to innovative applications in the area of imaging, communication, sensor technology and information processing. In the field of quantum communication, Fraunhofer HHI develops deployable systems for tap-proof communication via fiber optic networks and free beam connections using quantum key distribution (QKD).

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