Sensor and Data Systems for Safety, Sustainability, and Efficiency

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 and data 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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“PASAWIS“ – Mobile manual testing system for wheelsets


Press Release, 27.6.2022

Bernd Valeske appointed executive director of Fraunhofer IZFP and professor of cognitive sensor systems at Saarland University


Press Release, 3.6.2022

50 years of Fraunhofer IZFP – 50 years of Fraunhofer top research in Saarland

In the attendance of numerous high-ranking guests, the 50th anniversary of Fraunhofer IZFP was celebrated yesterday with a large ceremony in the auditorium of Saarland University. Around 130 guests from politics, business, industry and research accepted the invitation.


Press Release, 9.3.2022

The “LuFo VI-2” research project receives 2.3 million euros in funding

Innovative artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms to shorten aircraft development times


Press Release, 23.2.2022

New Fraunhofer Center for Sensor Intelligence in Saarland

Saarland’s Minister President Tobias Hans and the President of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Prof. Reimund Neugebauer, signed an agreement today to establish the Fraunhofer Center for Sensor Intelligence.

Fraunhofer IZFP Research Groups


Fraunhofer Center for Sensor Intelligence ZSI

The initiative is supported by the Fraunhofer IBMT and the Fraunhofer IZFP.



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


Overview Fairs and Conferences

Fraunhofer IZFP is represented at numerous fairs and conferences.