Mobility, Urban Systems Engineering and Innovation Systems

The cities we inhabit will radically be transformed throughout the upcoming decades: Not only will they have to deal with a constantly increasing population, but also with climate change, resource scarcity, demographic change, and people’s increasing wealth.

Urban Systems Engineering

In the scope of diverse research projects, the teams of scientists in Urban Systems Engineering establish methods of analysis and design with respect to the cities and towns in which people will live and work in the generations ahead.

Envisioning the life and urban settings of tomorrow, developing future-oriented urban infrastructures, creating space and shaping society in a sustainable manner


Our key areas of research:

•    Municipal digitalization strategies and processes

•    Urban utilities and logistics solutions

•    Intelligent urban districts and surroundings

•    Co-creative innovation partnerships and strategies

•    Data-based business models and processes in urban systems

•    Shaping user behavior and preferences

•    Resilient infrastructures and public safety


Mobility and Innovation Systems

During our research projects, we establish real-world solutions and methods to generate, design, introduce and assess new product, process and service innovations as part of the transition to future mobility.

Understanding markets and customers, identifying and using technologies purposefully, envisioning organizational and value-creation models


Our key areas of research:

•    Trend research and big-data analyses for the development of strategic and business models

•    Identification and evaluation of technological and market developments

•    Development of mobility concepts and guiding principles for mobility

•    Assessment and conceptual formulation of business and operation models as well as mobility services

•    Planning and dimensioning of integrated energy solutions and charging infrastructure for electric vehicles

•    Ideation and prototyping of innovative technologies for the vehicles of tomorrow

•    Scientific guidance on transformation processes

•    Development of cooperative formats for research, participation and workshops

•    Research on user acceptance of mobility innovations 

Latest News


Virtual reality can assist with the evaluation of future transport concepts

In a multimedia project – “2049: Zeitreise Mobilität” – conducted together with the German regional broadcaster Hessischer Rundfunk, Fraunhofer IAO has used virtual reality to send test persons on a journey through time to German and U.S. cities in the year 2049. The concluding study shows which future transport concepts meet with acceptance and are regarded as realistic. When it comes to tomorrow’s transport, however, different generations do not always agree on which attributes are most desirable.
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Catalyst for sustainable cities and regions

Cities are some of the biggest emitters of CO2 – and that makes them a powerful lever in the fight against global warming. The team behind the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft’s Morgenstadt initiative recently published a position paper that aims to help German municipalities fast-track the implementation of sustainable urban development and digitalization. The goal of this new publication is to pool existing solutions, make them accessible and financially viable for municipalities and cities everywhere, and create new capacities.
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Contactless measurement method detects infections

An innovative measurement method is helping to detect people infected with coronavirus from a safe distance. It detects fever, increased pulse rates and fast breathing without endangering the person conducting the testing. Fraunhofer IPA and Fraunhofer IAO are currently testing the procedure at the Robert Bosch Hospital in Stuttgart.
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Smart and sustainable: shining beacons for future urban living

How can today’s urban centers be transformed into smart cities that leverage digital technology and provide a good quality of life for their citizens while also – increasingly an essential criterion – meeting sustainability targets? Fraunhofer IAO has now teamed up with 31 partners from ten EU member states in order to develop pioneering solutions for a new smart city initiative by the name of SPARCS. The aim of this project is to create a network of Sustainable energy Positive and zero cARbon CommunitieS.
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Makeathon in Ludwigsburg

Stresstests for bicyclists and video tours through Ludwigsburg - How digitization leads to more traffic safety and brings us closer to the past. The second Makeathon in Ludwigsburg took place on October 5 & 6, 2017. 



Finance in the Smart City

In collaboration with the British embassy of Germany, Fraunhofer Morgenstadt Initiative, and LSE Enterprise, Fraunhofer IAO has successfully hosted last week’s “Finance in the Smart City” Conference on the Fraunhofer campus in Stuttgart. As one of the first events focusing on this specific topic, the conference brought together German and British Smart City experts, representatives of municipalities, financial service providers and insurance professionals as well as a wide range of private companies.


Smart data analysis for transport in Stuttgart

The overburdening of city transport systems is becoming an increasing challenge. But before cities can take concrete action, they need to gather precise traffic data.

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