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Facts and staff

  • founded in April 1995 as Fraunhofer Application Center Systems Engineering (AST) of the Fraunhofer Institute for Information and Data Processing IITB Karlsruhe
  • Director: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Rauschenbach
  • Deputy Director: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Bretschneider
  • Staff: 62 employees, 24 student assistants and interns
  • Status of a division of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft

Main areas of work

  • Industry-related basic and application projects in the R&D area
  • Design, layout, operation and analysis of energy systems
  • Computer-aided acquisition, selection and processing of information
  • Creation of models of signals and systems
  • Development of decision strategies and proposals for the design, control and prediction of complex dynamic processes for technical and non-technical processes.

Fraunhofer Energy Alliance

The Fraunhofer Energy Alliance is the portal to the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft's range of research and services in the fields of energy technology and the energy industry.
Together with industry, we aim to further expand Germany's technological leadership in the efficient use of energy and in the development of renewable energies. The Fraunhofer Energy Alliance provides simplified access to the expertise of the Fraunhofer Institutes, particularly for small and medium-sized enterprises, but also for policymakers and the energy industry.

Fraunhofer SysWater Alliance

The aim of the alliance is, taking into account the

  • social,
  • Economica nd
  • Ecological

consequences and using the latest technologies to create sustainable system solutions for

  • Water extraction
  • Infrastructure and
  • Wastewater treatment

in practice-oriented, national and international applications. A systems engineering network on energy, waste and agriculture contributes to a more efficient and environmentally compatible use of the vital resource water.

Fraunhofer-Alliance Big Data and Artificial Intelligence

In the Fraunhofer Big Data and Artificial Intelligence Alliance, 25 institutes pool their cross-industry expertise. The Fraunhofer experts support companies in the implementation of Big Data strategies, develop software and data protection-compliant systems for Big Data, and train specialists and managers to become "Data Scientists".

Fraunhofer Embedded Alliance

Successful applied research and consulting on embedded systems must take into account the disciplines of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and computer science in an interdisciplinary manner.

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft has outstanding competencies in these engineering disciplines. The Fraunhofer Embedded Systems Alliance aims to bundle the necessary competencies from the fields of mechanical engineering, electronics and computer science Fraunhofer-wide in order to provide solutions for problems in the individual disciplines as well as for the overall system and the interactions between the individual disciplines contained therein.

Science Cooperation

Since its foundation in 1995, the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Systems Engineering (AST) has been working closely with the local Ilmenau University of Technology. In particular, the Faculty of Computer Science and Automation and the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology cooperate with Fraunhofer AST in various research projects. The following are the contact addresses of the scientific supervisors of the university cooperation.

New building at the Ilmenau site

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft has been expanding its Ilmenau research site in the "Am Vogelherd" industrial park since summer 2016. The Fraunhofer Institute of Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation IOSB, Institute Division Applied Systems Technology AST and the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS, Department Electronic Measurement and Signal Processing EMS are erecting a joint institute building. The result will be an openly designed building that blends unobtrusively into its surroundings and presents the urban area in an inviting way to residents and guests from business, tourism and politics.

The new building will intensify the cooperation between the two research institutes and allow for joint developments that will open up new markets and enable special unique selling points in the network. A total of 3,400 square meters of offices, laboratories and training rooms will be created on four levels, providing space for up to 212 employees. The site, with a total area of 18,000 square meters, will also allow the building to be extended if necessary.

The estimated construction costs are €25 million, of which 40% (€10 million) will be covered by the European Regional Development Fund ERDF 2014 - 2020, 30% (€7.5 million) by the Free State of Thuringia from the Operational Program "Investments in Growth and Employment Thuringia", and 30% (€7.5 million) by basic funding from the federal government.

How to find us

 Advanced System Technology AST Branch of Fraunhofer IOSB


Am Vogelherd 90
98693 Ilmenau, Germany

Phone +49 (0) 3677 / 461 0

By Train

From Erfurt main station to Ilmenau, get off at the "Pörlitzer Höhe" stop, then walk approx. 10 minutes to the industrial park "Am Vogelherd" DB timetable information


By taxi from Ilmenau central station

For this, stay on train for one further station (Ilmenau Busbahnhof).

Taxi 6x6
Bahndamm 10
98693 Ilmenau
Phone +49 3677 66 66 66

Taxi am Bahnhof
Bahndamm 11
98693 Ilmenau
Phone +49 3677 66 77 88

By bus

From the bus station (at the main train station) take bus line A in the direction of NPI to the "IGI" stop. From here, walk another 200 m to the Fraunhofer Institute Applied Systems Technology AST.
 Ilm-district transport association


By plane
Arrive at Erfurt airport (Flughafen), drive 45 minutes or take tram/taxi to Erfurt Hauptbahnhof (central station) and complete journey by train. Airport Erfurt


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