In the "Smart Systems" research focus, interdisciplinary research is carried out on intelligent systems. Intelligent or smart systems have an very important place in future technical developments. In the Institute for Applied Research (IAF) at Furtwangen University various aspects of smart systems are researched.

One focus of the research on Smart Systems is the increase and adaptability of the intelligence of embedded systems in their interaction with their environment and the extraction of information from the sensors. On the one hand in interdisciplinary projects new sensors, which are becoming more powerful through innovative signal processing, are developed. On the other hand, sensor data are analyzed in a completely new way in order to gain new insights. For example, the electricity and voltage values of intelligent electricity meters (Smart Meters) used to develop algorithms which make it possible to trace the connected devices.

Research Projects