In July, 2015, Furtwangen University founded the following 8 new research institutes within the Institute for Applied Research (IAF). The IAF Institutes aim to increase the visibility of research in certain fields and the networking of research both within and outside the university, as well as to improve research activities through the support of large working groups. At the same time the institutes should demonstrate to the outside world the high quality of research at HFU.

Institute for Applied Public Health and Exercise Medicine - IfAG

The scientific work of the IfAG will deal with the following:

  • the evaluation and development of diagnostic process in the promotion of health and movement
  • application concepts and the management of health promotion measures and diagnostics

Institute Management

Prof. Dr. med. Kai Röcker
Faculty of Health, Safety, Society
Institute for Applied Public Health and Exercise Medicine (IfAG)
07723 920-2954
Furtwangen Campus, O-Building, Room O 0.06

Prof. Dr. Kirsten Steinhausen
Faculty of Health, Safety, Society
Dean of Studies AGW
International Coordinator AGW
07723 920 2953
Furtwangen Campus, Room O 0.06

Members of Staff

Juliana Dlugosch, B.Sc.
Faculty of Health, Safety, Society
(Currently on maternity leave)
Member of Academic staff
07723 920-2972
Furtwangen Campus, Room O 0.16

Tanja Schick, M.A.
Faculty of Health, Safety, Society
Member of Academic staff
07723 920-2974
Furtwangen Campus, Room O 0.17

Institute for Cloud Computing and IT Security - IfCCITS

Cloud Computing, the provision of IT services over the World Wide Web, is a huge step in the direction of the automation of computing centres. Cloud customers can simply book themselves the cloud services they need and only pay for the resources actually used.

One of the most important research areas is security and data protection in clouds. Central to this is the development of innovative, secure and legally-acceptable cloud infrastructures for SMEs.

Other research will examine the quality of cloud services (e.g. backup restore time), the integration of external cloud infrastructures in SMEs and the verifiable operation of the cloud when complying with standards/guidelines such as  ITIL.

Further information can be found on the IfCCITS website.

Prof. Dr. Christoph Reich

Institute for Human and Technology Interaction - IMTT

The research focus of  IMTT is the development and evaluation of assistive technologies and technology- supported care processes. New approaches to man-technology interaction will be examined in areas which promote social interaction, support involvement for the disabled, and support nursing and medical care processes.

The distinguishing characteristic of this type of research is the combination of technical and healthcare skills.

Prof. Dr. Christophe Kunze
Prof. Dr. Peter König

Institute for Microsystems Technology - iMST

At iMST research is carried out in the areas of new microsystems and their relevant modelling and manufacturing processes, and characterization methods. Appropriate to the nature of microsystems engineering as a cross-sector technology, various research areas will be covered:

  • Miniaturized sensors and actuators and micro and nanotechnology (production processes)
  • Smart implant systems
  • Microfluid systems

Prof. Dr. Volker Bucher
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Mescheder

Institute of Precision Medicine - IPM

Precision Medicine is an area of medicine which aims to link medical decisions with individualized treatment and products, enabling healthcare professionals to provide the "right treatment, for the right person at the right time." Other terms used are personalized, individualized or stratified medicine.

In the IPM institute various aspects of Precision Medicine will be addressed:

  • Biomarker research
  • Modeling, characterization and application of DNA nanoparticles for molecular diagnostics
  • Human-Microbe-Interactions

Prof. Dr. Hans-Peter Deigner
Prof. Dr. Matthias Kohl

Institute for Technical Medicine - ITeM

The ITeM deals with the use of technology in medicine in all its forms. This ranges from diagnostic processes and decision-making assistance for doctors, to enabling patients who have to rely on technical support, to control their treatment largely without assistance.

Technology and skills range from electrical engineering, signal analysis and image processing, to physiological modeling, complex optimation methods and industrial process and control.

Applications are developed to solve hospital, industrial or society-based problems. The focus lies on usability in daily life or in hospitals and feasibility with standard financial means.

Prof. Dr. Katja Kumle
Prof. Dr. Knut Möller
Prof. Dr. Kai Röcker

Institute for Precision Machining - KSF

The new Institute for Precision Machining (KSF), previously known as the Institute of Grinding and Precision Technology, will cover the whole area of machining operations.

Information regarding current research, research areas and equipment available can be found on the KSF website.

Prof. Dr. Bahman Azarhoushang
Heike Kitzig

Institute for Materials & Applications Technology Tuttlingen - IWAT

The orientation and focus of the institute is on materials science generally, including topics such as materials development and optimization, materials analysis and testing, damage assessment, optimization of manufacturing processes involving raw materials, (e.g. heat treatment, deburring, coating, metal working, etc.), and the planning of materials appropriate manufacturing process chains. 

Research will be conducted in the following areas:

  • Metal raw materials
  • Rapid prototyping
  • Plastics and plastics production
  • Surface technology

Prof. Dr. Kurt Greinwald
Prof. Dr. Hadi Mozaffari