SafeLog -Safe Human-Robot Interaction for Highly Flexible Warehouses

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L4MS - complete digitalization of intralogistics automation in factories

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EMILI – Ergonomic, Mobile, Interactive Carrier for Intralogistics

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Automation and Embedded Systems

Focus on new technologies

The in-plant material flow is the most important part in the warehouse and in production. Efficient transports whether by fork lift, by automated guided transport system or by human workers need the adequate control technology and interfaces.

The department «Automation and Embedded Systems» designs and realizes solutions in the industrial field. Our activities are mainly focused on the research and development of self-organizing systems. Our competencies serve the areas of autonomy, decentralization, MAS (multi-agent systems) and the Internet of Things. We see it as our mission to further promote the quality seal "AI made in Germany" in its significance and to explore the field of human-technology interaction, e.g. using AR technology to make it more natural and adaptive.

As Autonomy is becoming an ever more decisive technology for Germany as an industrial site, we continue to see the greatest potential in the collaboration between humans and technology. We enable easy interaction through using a variety of interfaces. The right involvement of employees is seen as an essential feature of efficient processes. Complex systems can thus be easily controlled via augmented reality (AR) and the required information is displayed to the employee directly in the view field.

In addition, we support our openness towards innovation through participating in research projects, enabling further development of technologies and ensuring sustainability of systems. Recent developments and technologies acquired through industrial research activities are transferred to business appliance in order to benefit the end user.

IoT devices are becoming increasingly important as a result of the digital transformation. The use of the smallest devices in the Internet of Things is essential for any process. With us, you have a partner who can support you throughout the development process - from designing ultra-low power circuits, through energy harvesting, to using efficient communication media like NB-IoT up to 5G for data transfer and evaluation.

Automation and Embedded Systems - at a glance


We assist you from analyse and requirements definition to roll out of your material-flow-system.



Our products are the result of an intensive and research-based work. They offer innovative technologies for industrial applications and pave the way for optimizing operational systems.



In this download-section you can find product brochures and flyers concerning our technologies as well as scientific papers of the automation and embedded systems department.


The focus of our current research projects is on intra-system communication, which imply an increase of efficiency and a higher robustness.


Our services consists of the technology consultancy as well as the concept development and the realization of concept.







Turning joint interests and the combination of various ideas into success!

News & Events


IEEE International Conference on Service Oriented Computing and Applications (SOCA)

From November 18 to 21, 2019, the 12th "IEEE International Conference on Service Oriented Computing and Applications" (SOCA) took place in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. The areas of Service-Oriented Computing include Cloud Computing, Internet-of-Things and CPS...


IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Conference (ITSC)

The 22nd "IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Conference" (ITSC) took place in Auckland, NZ, from October 27 to 30, 2019. The annual conference deals with all areas related to intelligent transport systems...



From 2nd to 6th September 2019, the 17th IFIP International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction took place in Paphos, Cyprus. The conference offers exciting insights into the latest developments in the field of User Experience and Automation...


LogiMat 2019

This year's trade fair LogiMAT 2019 took place from 19.-21.02.2019 and the department Automation and Embedded Systems of the Fraunhofer IML was again represented with current research results.

The department presented several research projects.

As part of the SafeLog research project, a free-navigating vehicle was presented, which independently calculates a route to a destination and bypasses obstacles. Through various sensors and actuators the vehicle is able to communicate with its environment and especially with the human.

In addition, the research project L4MS was shown. In the course of the Rhenus Lab, an innovative way of monitoring the level of waste in containers was presented.



DIH² is a network of 26 DIHs, with a target to reach over 170 DIHs. The sole aim of the network is to spark incremental (cut 50% cost of advance robotics solutions, double the growth of robotics market) and disruptive (maximum productivity & optimum agility) innovations in over 300,000 Manufacturing SMEs and Mid-Caps. It will support SMEs in their Agile Production challenge...

Bitkom netz:regeln 2018

Jana Jost, employee of the Automation and Embedded Systems department, visited the Bitkom on 28.11.2018. As part of the conference "netz:regeln 2018 - smart, smarter, autonomous: Socio-political and economic issues of automated and autonomous decisions", Jana Jost presented on behalf of the Fraunhofer IML topics on decentralized organization, social systems, artificial intelligence and social networked industry.