The core competence of the ISS is applied signal processing, pattern recognition and embedded systems in the context of Smart Systems. We work on diverse interdisciplinary research projects together with social scientists, microsystems technologists and sensor specialists.

The following graphic shows the 3 research focus areas of the research institute:

The Intelligent Energy Monitoring core area deals with research on methods and algorithms for the disaggregation of electrical consumers using the total energy consumption on the electric meter. What is unusual about this method is the use of the total energy consumption on the meter without measuring  individual instruments. The aim of this area of research is the achievement of a dedicated awareness and thus control of  electrical energy consumption broken down to the individual instruments.

In the interdisciplinary research area of Smart Systems the ISS is working with microsystems specialists and social scientists in researching intelligent miniaturized systems for diverse applications. The research focus of the institute is the integration of signal processing processes in order to increase the intelligence of systems. Additionally, we will develop such systems from the idea to the finished product.

Ambient Assisted Living (AAL), the third research focus of the ISS, is distinctly inter- and transdisciplinary in nature. The research focus lies in the use of secondary information to support elderly people. The basic idea is the integration of secondary sensors such as SmartMeters and/or simple sensor networks in order to gain information which will enable inferences about people's behaviour. In doing so it is important not to infringe directly on their personal privacy, but to operate as unobtrusively as possible to increase the sense of security of the person or the relatives involved.