About the Alliance

Solutions and Impulses for Big Data

Big data is more than a hype. Big Data is essentially defined as very large amounts of diverse data being generated at exceptionally high speed as is increasingly happening anywhere and everywhere throughout the world – in companies, in urban infrastructures and in private households. Big data is a key technology and as such is of great importance to the economy, science and society as a whole.

Access to big data is particularly important in business as it can give companies a significant knowledge-based and value creation head start. This is one of the key findings of a Fraunhofer study analyzing big data and its potential to innovate in the corporate environment. Companies are increasingly looking to reap benefits from big data in terms of competitive advantages, increased turnover and higher levels of productivity. This goes hand in hand with a growing demand for big data expertise and tailored technical support solutions. 

The Fraunhofer Big Data Alliance sees itself as an independent big data  process chain adviser providing technological support to partner businesses from the initial roadmap to the effective roll-out of specific solutions – in business processes, in production and logistics and research and development.

Our experts can provide support in every significant sector. We use powerful IT infrastructures and are able to control core technologies including data management and real-time processing of data, machine learning, visual analytics and data protection and safety.

We support young talented »big data experts« and managerial staff by offering extensive training programmes to help expand their big data skills. Our programmes not only cover big data basics but also sector-specific big data strategies, technology and applications.


Stefan Wrobel

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Prof. Dr. Stefan Wrobel

Spokesman of the Fraunhofer Big Data and Artificial Intelligence Alliance

Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems IAIS
Schloss Birlinghoven
53757 Sankt Augustin, Germany

Phone +49 2241 14-3015

Fax +49 2241 14-2436

Matthias Jarke

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Prof. Dr. Matthias Jarke

Deputy Spokesman of the Fraunhofer Big Data and Artificial Intelligence Alliance

Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology
Schloss Birlinghoven
53757 Sankt Augustin, Germany

Phone +49 2241 14-2925

Steering Committee

  • Prof. Dr. Jürgen Beyerer
    Fraunhofer Institute of Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation IOSB
  • Prof. Dr. Boris Otto
    Fraunhofer Institute for Software and Systems Engineering ISST
  • Prof. Dr. Michael Schenk
    Fraunhofer Institute for Factory Operation and Automation IFF
  • Prof. Dr. Marion A. Weissenberger-Eibl
    Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI