A Short Interview with Head of Department Markus Rauhut

Markus Rauhut has been at the Fraunhofer ITWM since the year 2000 and is head of the department »Image Processing« since 2014.


What Does Your Area Deal With and What Constitutes Its Research Work?

Our department develops image analysis algorithms and converts them into industrial-grade software in production. Application areas include sophisticated surface inspection and analysis of microstructures. We develop both new methods and domain-specific Machine Learning algorithms.


What Potential Does Your Unit’s Research Have for a Better Future?

Many methods, especially AI processes, enable savings of resources and energy in production. These topics are becoming increasingly important. But also tasks related to nature conservation and sustainability can be solved by our algorithms.


Where Do You See Your Department in Five Years?

In five years, AI algorithms will be used in all industrial projects of our department, but also linked to model-based approaches. Many complex quality tests will only become possible in the next few years due to developments in AI and hardware. Sustainability issues will become just as important as other industrial goals, such as cost savings, higher production speed or less waste.

Which Three Keywords Describe Your Department Best?

  • industry-oriented
  • pragmatic
  • goal-oriented