Cognitive Sensor Systems. Efficient Processes.

Fraunhofer IZFP is an internationally networked research and development institute in the field of applied research. Its activities are focused on the development of "cognitive sensor systems" for the nondestructive monitoring of industrial processes and value chains. The Institute's technical understanding of inspection and sensor physics is supplemented by technologies and concepts from AI research, which are used to develop sensor systems for the NDT of tomorrow. In addition to pure production processes, the activities cover equally processes from materials and product development, maintenance, repair, and recycling of materials.

The current research focus relates to the development of sensors that are suited to capture production-related microstructural patterns and to merge them in the sense of an individual fingerprint, a so-called "product DNA". In the future, these "digital product files" will open up completely new approaches for the optimization of the individual sectors of a material and product lifecycle.


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Press Release / Vechta, Saarbrücken, November 2021

Intelligent pig games: The “SmartPigHome” research project receives 1.6 million euros in funding

Development of an interactive sensor system focused on animal welfare


Special Issue “Non-Destructive Characterization of Welded Joints“ in the MDPI open access journal ”Crystals” is now open for submission.

Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited.

All submissions will be peer-reviewed and if accepted, published “open access”

Submission deadline: 31 July 2022


Press Release / 7.9.2021

SWO Netz installs smart wall anchors

Fraunhofer IZFP research project in Osnabrück, Germany



Implemented thermography, thickness, eddy current, and ultrasonic testing

Multimodal sensor systems integrated into the network via ontology and DICONDE standard

Fraunhofer IZFP Research Groups


Fraunhofer IZFP Research Group ”MatBeyoNDT ”

Characterization methods for future materials



Fraunhofer IZFP Research Group ”SigMaSense”

Signal processing for materials data generation by intelligent sensor technology


Research Group ”AutomaTiQ”

”AutomaTiQ” is a joint research group of htw saar and Fraunhofer IZFP, founded in 2016 and located in Saarbrücken.

Upcoming Fairs, Conferences

International Conference, 12.-15.12.2021, Athens, Greece

2nd International Conference TMM-CH

Transdisciplinary Multispectral Modelling and Cooperation for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage

Virtual Conference, 15.-17.12.2021

EFC21 - European Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Conference

Annual Conference, 23.-25.5.2022, Kassel, Germany

DGZfP-Annual Conference 2022

Nondestructive material inspection

International Conference, 30.5.-3.6.2022, Songdo Convensia, Incheon, Korea

20th WCNDT

20th World Conference on Non-Destructive Testing (WCNDT 2020)