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


A smart approach to using parking spaces for logistics

The consortium behind the “Park_up” project, namely Fraunhofer IAO, veloCAR-RIER and evopark, has developed a solution for sustainable urban logistics in close cooperation with APCOA Parking Deutschland. Their concept envisages the use of publicly accessible parking spaces as transshipment hubs for cargo bikes. APCOA, Germany’s leading car park operator, is implementing the project in three of its central car parks in Stuttgart. On 24 June 2019, the companies will showcase the project in the Zeppelin-Carrée car park in Stuttgart.
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Food for the city – from the city

Whereas the number of people living in cities worldwide is continually growing, the already scarce area used for growing food and resources has been steadily shrinking. This disparity, however, can be partly bridged by urban farming, the practice of growing food in cities and urban areas. Fraunhofer IAO has published a study investigating how cities could benefit from locally grown food and resources, looking at indoor plant and microalgae cultivation.
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Providing home care in emergency situations

How can it be ensured that people in need of care and help at home still receive this support in a crisis? What happens, for example, if the roads are blocked or their relatives and carers can’t get to them? In its KOPHIS research project, the IAT at the University of Stuttgart is exploring how relevant stakeholder groups can collaborate to ensure such care is provided.
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The car of the future – sleeper cars and travelling offices too?

As part of a survey involving 2500 motorists in five major markets, management consultants Horváth & Partners worked together with the Fraunhofer IAO to determine respondents’ willingness to pay and desired interior configurations for self-driving vehicles. The results are summarized in the “Enabling the Value of Time” study.
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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.