Latest News

Here we will inform you about the latest research topics, upcoming events and other news of the department.

Virtual Conference / 30.9.2021

Innovation Excellence Days 2021

[only available in German]

Smarte Technologien unterstützen täglich die Infrastruktur. Das Internet der Dinge (IoT) verbindet physische Objekte mit der virtuellen Welt und ermöglicht dadurch Anwendungen wie Condition Monitoring und Predictive Maintenance, Künstliche Intelligenz übernimmt Steuerungsfunktionen etc.. Bei der diesjährigen Innovationskonferenz werden insbesondere Projekte und Use Cases aus diesen Bereichen vorgestellt. 

Wir sind mit einem Team aus Experten der Abteilungen »Systemanalyse, Prognose und Regelung« und »Bildverarbeitung« digital vor Ort und sprechen zum Thema »Predictive Maintenance«.

Wood Species Identification Using AI

In the research project, we are developing automatic image recognition systems for determining wood species using artificial intelligence in cooperation with the Thünen Institute for Wood Research in Hamburg.

Quantum Computing

In co-operation with IBM Germany, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is establishing a national competence network in the research field of quantum computing. Our institute now also has a regional competence centre.

Annual Report 2018/19

Highlight projects from our department in the current annual report as PDF download.

Press Release / 24.4.2019

Fraunhofer ITWM Supports STEM Games 2019

Two of our experts from the department »Image Processing« are represented in the jury and as mentors at the Games.

ITWM Group Researches on Virtual Machine Vision

Online inspection systems have proven themselves in many production environments. But what happens when the components get more complicated? How can your testing be automated despite the increasing individualization of industrially produced products? Answers are provided by virtual image processing, which completely simulates and optimizes the inspection process.


Member of European Machine Vision Association


Our department is together with the department »Materials Characterization and Testing« a member of the European Machine Vision Association (EMVA) since January 2018.


The main goal of the non-for-profit and non-commercial association is representing the Machine Vision industry in Europe. The association has been founded in 2003 in Barcelona by industry representatives from all over Europe as a network to promote the development and use of machine vision technology.

ToolIP 2018 available!

ToolIP version 2018 is now released. ToolIP is an image proccessing tool for developing algorithms by simply drag-and-drop. The new version resolves several bugs, includes new plug-ins, and supports several new features.



For working at industrial and research projects, the department Image Processing is always looking for


  • We offer internships to students and apprentices in technical or natural scientific area
  • As your work requires a period of vocational adjustment, we can only offer internships of one month or longer


BSc/MSc and Diploma Students

  • in mathematically motivated image processing, stochastical geometry and spatial statistic
  • Your field of study is not restricted to mathematics or computer science, but students of physics, engineering or related areas are also invited to apply. We supervise your thesis in cooperation with your university or university of applied sciences (German "Hochschule")


PhD Students

  • We are permanently looking for PhD students. PhD students will gain scholarships according to the DFG guidance.


Current Events#

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Control Virtual 2021 – International Trade Fair for Quality Assurance

Running since 2021/05/05 

Also this year, Control 2021 will take place virtually. In the digital showroom, our department will inform about the new developments in the field of automated view planning for complex surface inspection.

You can find more information here.