About us

Fraunhofer Austria Research GmbH, an independent foreign subsidiary of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, was founded in November 2008 as a non-profit research organization. The facility brings together the two project groups of Fraunhofer IPA Stuttgart and IGD Darmstadt. The project group for production and logistics management was founded in 2004 by Fraunhofer IPA from Stuttgart in cooperation with the Vienna University of Technology and since then has been working on practical solutions for industrial and service companies under the main theme "Value chain optimization in production networks".
The project group for visual computing was founded in 2008 by Fraunhofer IGD from Darmstadt in cooperation with Graz University of Technology, with the main theme of developing targeted solutions in the field of graphic data processing, computer vision and augmented reality.

This resulted in the successful business areas “Production and Logistics Management” (Vienna) and “Visual Computing” (Graz). In 2016, another location was added with the innovation center “Digital Transformation of Industry” in Tyrol, which deals in particular with the challenges and applications of digital transformation, and in 2019 Fraunhofer Austria founded a new division “Advanced Industrial Management” in Vienna and Another Fraunhofer innovation center for "Digitization and Artificial Intelligence - KI4LIFE" in Carinthia.

Due to the increased order volume and a variety of diverse projects, since July 2020 the previous division “Production and Logistics Management” from Vienna has been split into two divisions: “Factory Planning and Production Management” and “Logistics and Supply Chain Management”.

The three business areas from Vienna and the innovation center in Wattens are combined in the Fraunhofer Austria Center for Sustainable Production and Logistics. The Fraunhofer Austria Center for Data Driven Design comprises the Graz division and the innovation center in Klagenfurt.

Today Fraunhofer Austria is one of the most important and established players in applied research in Austria.

CEO

Wilfried Sihn

Since 2008, Univ.-Prof. Dr. Wilfried Sihn is the CEO of Fraunhofer Austria Research GmbH.
Additionally, he is the head of the research unit Industrial and System Engineering & Facility Management at the Institute of Management Science of the Vienna University of Technology.

Dieter W. Fellner

Since 2008, Univ.-Prof. Dr. techn. Dieter Fellner is the CEO of Fraunhofer Austria Research GmbH. Additionally, he is the head of the Institute of Computer Graphics and Knowledge Visualization of the TU Graz, as well as the director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research in Darmstadt and Professor for Interactive Graphics Systems at the Department of Computer Science of TU Darmstadt.

Business Unit Management

Eva Eggeling

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Dr. Eva Eggeling

Head of Center for Data Driven Design

Fraunhofer Austria Research GmbH
Inffeldgasse 16c
8010  Graz, Austria

Phone +43 676 888 61 801

Lukas Lingitz

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Dipl.-Ing. Lukas Lingitz

Head of Business Unit Factory Planning and Production Management

Fraunhofer Austria Research GmbH
Theresianumgasse 7
1040 Vienna, Austria

Mobile +43 676 888 616 15

Martin Riester

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Dr. techn. Martin Riester

Head of Business Unit Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Fraunhofer Austria Research GmbH
Theresianumgasse 7
1040 Vienna, Austria

Mobile +43 676 888 61 628

Sebastian Schlund

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Univ.Prof. Dr.-Ing. Sebastian Schlund

Bereichsleitung

Fraunhofer Austria Research GmbH
Theresianumgasse 27
1040 Wien, Austria

Phone +43 1 58801-33054

Mobile +43 664 605882401

Research Coordination

Sandra Stein

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Dr. Sandra Stein

Coordinator of Research

Fraunhofer Austria Research GmbH
Theresianumgasse 7
1040 Vienna, Austria

Mobile +43 676 888 616 27

Torsten Ullrich

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Dr. techn. Torsten Ullrich

Research Coordinator

Fraunhofer Austria Research GmbH
Inffeldgasse 16c
8010 Graz, Österreich

Phone +43 676 888 61 802

Arko Steinwender

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Dr. techn. Arko Steinwender

Research Coordinator

Fraunhofer Austria Research GmbH
Theresianumgasse 7
1040 Vienna, Austria

Mobile +43 676 888 616 11

Administration

Ulrike Gruber-Mikulcik

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Ulrike Gruber-Mikulcik

CFO

Fraunhofer Austria Research GmbH
Theresianumgasse 7
1040 Vienna, Austria

Phone +43 676 88861670

Manoela Bodiroza

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Mag. Manoela Bodiroza

CTO / Head of Corporate Services

Fraunhofer Austria Research GmbH
Theresianumgasse 7
1040 Wien, Austria

Phone +43 676 88861661

Supervisory Board

The supervisory board monitors and supports the management of Fraunhofer Austria Research GmbH, relying on trustful cooperation. It performs auditing and reporting duties, appoints and dismisses members of the Management Board and represents the company to the Management Board.

Chairman of the Supervisory Board

Mathias Rauch

Director of Research Strategy and Policy, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft

 

Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing.
Thomas Bauernhansl

Head of the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA

Dr. Andreas Tostmann

Former Chairman of the Management Board of MAN SE and MAN Truck & Bus SE as well as member of the Management Board of TRATON SE

Dr. Simon Harst

Scientific advisor to the President as well as Deputy Head of Corporate Think Tank, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft

Advisory Board

In 2010, the sole shareholder, the Fraunhofer Society in Munich, set up an advisory board. Its role is, among other things, to advise the management of Fraunhofer Austria Research GmbH in the preparation of the work program and the implementation of the work, as well as to support the brokerage of research contracts and the acquisition of grants and donations.

  • Dr. Josef Affenzeller, National and International Research Coordinator, AVL List GmbH
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Prof. e. h. Wilhelm Bauer, Managing Director, Fraunhofer IAO
  • KR Ing. Johann Bock, Managing Director, BECOM Electronics GmbH
  • Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Dr.h.c. Knut Consemüller, former Chairman of the Council for Research and Technology Development
  • DI Gerhard Greiner, Managing Director, ALP.Lab GmbH
  • Ing. Karl Christian Handl, MBA, Managing Director, HANDL TYROL GmbH
  • DI Dr. Kurt Hofstädter, Siemens AG Österreich
  • Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn. Dr.h.c. Harald Kainz, Rector TU Graz
  • DI Hans Kostwein, Managing Director, Kostwein Maschinenbau GmbH
  • Markus Langes-Swarovski, Chairman of the Swarovski Board of Directors
  • Dr. Gerhard Matschnig, Chairman of the Board of Management of Zurich Insurance AG
  • DI Joachim Metzmacher, Managing Director Technology and Production ENGEL AUSTRIA GmbH and ENGEL HOLDING GmbH
  • Dr. Mag-pharm. Karin Schaupp, Managing Director International Innovation and Business Consulting
  • Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Prof. E. h. Dr.h.c.mult. Michael Schenk, former director of the Fraunhofer IFF
  • KR Veit Schmid-Schmidsfelden, Managing Director, Rupert Fertinger GmbH
  • DI Helmut Schwarzl, Managing Director Production, Geberit
  • O. Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Sabine Seidler, Rector TU Wien
  • DI Martin Zehnder, MBA, CEO, PALFINGER AG

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, based in Germany is the world’s leading applied research organization. Prioritizing key future-relevant technologies and commercializing its findings in business and industry, it plays a major role in the innovation process. A trailblazer and trendsetter in innovative developments and research excellence, it is helping shape our society and our future. Founded in 1949, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft currently operates 76 institutes and research units throughout Germany. Over 30,000 employees, predominantly scientists and engineers, work with an annual research budget of €2.9 billion. Fraunhofer generates €2.5 billion of this from contract research.

The Vienna University of Technology is a cooperation partner of Fraunhofer Austria Research GmbH in Vienna. With more than 29,000 students, it is Austria's largest research and educational institution in the natural and engineering sciences.

The managing director of Fraunhofer Austria Research GmbH Prof. Dr. Wilfried Sihn is also a professor at the Institute for Management Sciences and head of the field of industrial engineering and system planning.

In addition to close spatial collaboration, the cooperation includes joint research and use of the infrastructure, project management and the practical addition to teaching.

The Graz University of Technology is a cooperation partner of Fraunhofer Austria Research GmbH in Graz. Founded in 1811, Graz University of Technology is today an important university in the international technical and scientific research and education network.

Univ.-Prof. Dr. techn. Dieter W. Fellner is - in addition to his work as managing director of Fraunhofer Austria Research GmbH - director of the Institute for Computer Graphics and Knowledge Visualization at Graz University of Technology.

In addition to close spatial collaboration, the cooperation includes joint research and use of the infrastructure, project management and the practical addition to teaching.

The University of Klagenfurt is a cooperation partner of the Fraunhofer Innovation Center "Digitization and Artificial Intelligence - KI4LIFE". The computer science department, founded in 1985, is particularly active in the field of artificial intelligence.

The Faculty of Technical Sciences comprises the departments of computer science, information technology, mathematics and statistics. Together with the inter-faculty Digital Age Research Center (D! ARC) and the Lakeside Labs, more than 12 research groups are active in the field of autonomous and networked systems, artificial intelligence and robotics. The high quality of the scientific work by international comparison is documented by very good ranking results.

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Fraunhofer IPA – one of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft’s largest institutes – was founded in 1959 and employs nearly 1000 workers. The focus of our research and development work is on organizational and technological issues related to the manufacturing industry. We develop, test and implement methods, components and devices right up to entire machines and production lines. Fraunhofer IPA’s 15 specialist departments cover the entire field of manufacturing engineering. They are coordinated by six business units and work on an interdisciplinary basis with industrial enterprises from the following sectors: automotive, machinery & equipment, electronics & microsystems, energy, medical engineering & biotechnology, and the process industry.

Animation and visualization, e-learning and digital security technologies, virtual and augmented reality are among the areas that the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research IGD has been working successfully for 30 years. The institute's focus is on the human potential to quickly grasp complex issues visually. With its numerous innovations, Fraunhofer IGD raises the interaction between humans and machines to a new level, with humans being the focus and should be supported and accompanied by the machine. Being able to use new technologies easily and intuitively is one of the core tasks that the individual departments carry out in their research and development projects. Fraunhofer IGD is a direct sister of the Visual Computing division. The institute currently employs 240 people at its four locations in Darmstadt, Rostock, Graz and Singapore. The 13 specialist departments deal with the research areas of computer graphics, computer vision, human-machine interaction, (interactive) simulation and modeling.

Professor Dr. techn. Dieter W. Fellner, who also holds the chair for Interactive Graphics Systems at the TU Darmstadt, has headed Fraunhofer IGD since 2006.

 

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The SZTAKI is a research institute, governed by the Eötvös Loránd Research Network. SZTAKI is the acronym of the Hungarian name of the institute, while its full English name is "Institute for Computer Science and Control".

Fraunhofer Austria Research GmbH and MTA Sztaki have been working together for many years, particularly in the field of "Information systems in production". Together we run the Virtual Institute for Production and Business Management to bundle research and consulting activities.