RFID chip for battery-free operation of commercial sensors, developed by IMMS in the ADMONT project. The chip is embedded as an RFID inlay on a flexible substrate from SMARTRAC (an Avery Dennison Company). More on this RFID transponder chip can be found in the 2019 Annual Report. Photographs and composition: IMMS.
We connect the digital to the analog world. Photograph: IMMS.

Research fields

We conduct research to harness cutting-edge results from science for industry. Through application-oriented developments we strengthen industry's competitiveness with innovations. Developments with industry in turn reveal the need and challenges for novel approaches, which we address in our research fields:

  • Target markets

    Our specific research foci are societal challenges in application fields and target industries in which miniaturisation and the integration of electronics, mechatronics and software into intelligent and energy-efficient system solutions bear high innovation and growth potential. These are especially the target industries:

    • Life Sciences
    • Automation technology and Industry 4.0
    • Environmental monitoring and smart city applications
    • Research institutions and ultra-precision mechanical engineering
  • Application fields

    Based on our research, we are developing, for example, sensor systems for in-vitro diagnostics that enable individual, decentralised health monitoring for all with electronic rapid tests.

    We are researching energy-efficient solutions for RFID sensor technology and for IoT systems in order to open up new applications in environmental monitoring and to make processes in industry more resource-efficient.

    We are researching solutions for adaptive edge AI systems to enable AI on low-consumption embedded systems in industry and to network them in real time.

    For highly complex and secure integrated systems, we conduct research to automate their design and testing with AI algorithms and machine learning.

    In order to be able to handle the ever-increasing complexity of these integrated systems on ever-smaller semiconductor surfaces, we are researching increasingly precise drives for the nanometre measurement and structuring of objects.

To achieve this, we work in interdisciplinary teams and with research partners such as the Ilmenau TU and with local, national and international research organisations and technology providers. Thereby, compliance with our rules for ensuring good scientific practice is a matter of course.