KATI – One group, one system

How can we generate information and knowledge from the vast stock of data out there, integrate it into a foresight or innovation process in a profitable manner, and then use it in this context? That’s the key question underpinning data-driven foresight.

To provide an answer, we have been using the KATI-system – a data-driven foresight tool – for several years now, and two central tasks of the KATI Lab group include developing and marketing it. We also support the KATI-system’s development through our research, providing a scientific basis for the concept of data-driven foresight. Finally, in various projects led by the other Fraunhofer INT business units, we help address issues and use cases using data-driven methods.  You can find an overview of several use cases that have emerged in the context of these projects here.


The three pillars of the KATI Lab’s work involve:


Data  the raw material which we develop, maintain, make available and cleanse in order to form our basic tools.

Analyses – essential for generating information and knowledge from hard-drive data, which is initially meaningless. For this purpose, we utilize and develop methods from the fields of statistics, machine learning, data mining and text mining.

Use cases – concrete applications produce specific questions and issues, which the KATI Lab identifies through involvement in Fraunhofer INT work; that is, through foresight and innovation processes. This results in use cases that are addressed using pertinent data and methods.

Our expertise – our services

The KATI Lab’s expertise spans three areas, starting with IT, focusing particularly on programming and software development using Java, JavaScript, R and Python. This is accompanied by our expertise in databases, data modeling and UX design. Additionally, we are highly skilled in the fields of data science and foresight. As a result, we can support our colleagues in developing, analyzing and visualizing data in the context of foresight and innovation management projects.


What motivated our research into the KATI-system? How was it developed? What are typical use cases or KATI analyses?

Data Driven Foresight

Everything about the scientific principles of KATI and the topic of Data Driven Foresight.

KATI products

How can the KATI Lab contribute to your foresight process?