The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der angewandten Forschung e.V. is Europe’s largest independent organization for applied research, consisting of currently 80 structural units with 66 institutes on 40 locations throughout Germany. With a budget of almost 2 billion EURO per year, research project research both for government and the public sector as well as for the industry is to be proposed and performed.


Fraunhofer IDMT, located in Ilmenau, Thuringia, evolved from a subsidiary of Fraunhofer IIS (“Home of MP3”) to an independent institute in 2004. About 75 full-time employees along with about twice as much students are working in various research fields, including e.g. acoustics, bio-inspired computing, integrated learning and knowledge representation environments, data representation and UI design, A/V signal analysis and search, interactive media applications, as well as content aggregation and distribution. In particular, business domains like digital preservation need personalized interfaces for an easy, natural and transparent interaction with the system. Such trends lead to an abundance of new opportunities for handling and using domain-driven content, but also create difficult challenges e.g. with respect to security, privacy and copyright, which need to be tackled.


Data Representation and Interfaces (DRI) has developed strategic R&D competence on user-friendly networked environments including learning to allow managing individual concepts, and structuring digital content as well as building social networks. Such environments consider existent and necessary abilities and skills of the users in order to not only proactively recommendand filter digital content, but also to tailor the system and their user interfaces accordingly. Individual preferences / profiles are a key function within such a framework. DRI develops advanced technologies and procedures to evaluate new developments in web agents, machine learning, multimodal dialog mechanisms, user interfaces. Many of the results in research and development are to be further adapted and used in various business environments like electronic record and knowledge management systems, evaluation, assessment, and eHealth. User interfaceswith adaptive and personalized solutions for those domains are developed and adapted. The grouphas comprehensive R&D competence in various fields including integrated data and sensor fusion, advanced education and training measures, assessment of training, and user-friendly networked environments essential to allow managing individual ethical / social concepts.



Fraunhofer leads WP5 (Design) and contributes to System WP6 (Prototyping) and WP7 (Testing). Finally, Fraunhofer also contributes on validation, exploitation, and dissemination of project results.


Peter Pharow

Peter Pharow is senior researcher with knowledge in portable personal devices, security, safety, privacy as well as evaluation. Various FP5, FP6, and FP7 R&D projects, among them PROTAGE. Organized topic-related workshops and sessions at various events, and he co-chairs EFMI WG “Personal Portable Devices” and is member of EFMI WG “Security, Safety and Ethics”. Peter recently led the evaluation task for ontology, infrastructure, visualization, and machine learning / annotation of the German THESEUS project (2007 – 2012).

Christian Saul

Christian Saul, received diploma in Computer Science from the Technical University Ilmenau, Germany, in 2007. Then with Institute of Integrated Hard- and Software Systems at Technical University of Ilmenau before IDMT as Ph.D. researcher. His research focuses on evaluation, adaptability, and assessment. Christian actively worked for PROTAGE and managed the respective evaluation processes.