Group: Technology Foresight and University Hub

At a Glance


The group Technology Foresight and University Hub (TFU) combines expertise for developing and implementing methods and tools of three business units -  Defense Technology Foresight (WZA - Wehrtechnische Zukunftsanalyse), Strategic Research Planning and Innovation Management (TIP -Public Technology and Innovation Planning ), and Corporate Technology Foresight (CTF). TM is a group that acts across all three business units, with work focusing on IT and data based methods. The purpose is to support the business units in their project work, to continue developing processes and to increase work effectiveness and efficiency (see Themes & Projects).

Our Approach


The TFU group is geared to giving the business units WZA, TIP and CTF the best tools and methods for processing their projects, making them more efficient and effective. Our approach begins with identifying the most promising methods and tools. In consultation with the business units, we modify existing applications to meet their requirements, or we initiate corresponding in-house developments. In so doing, we take account of the short term requirement for methods and tools for current and pending projects, and carry out proactive research regarding potential medium and long term developments as well. 

To identify and formulate business unit requirements, we involve ourselves actively in their various projects and contribute our expertise and ideas. In addition, we comb related scientific communities for new and further developments in methods relevant for the business units’ work (systematic scanning and monitoring of the methods landscape). The scientific findings are passed on to the business units, e.g. via a methods forum, in order to discuss ideas and needs, and to work out concrete solutions and approaches. We also run training courses and workshops to promote the exchange of knowledge and the methods discourse within the business units, keeping them level with our current state of development. 

Besides our work within the three business units, we also coordinate with the scientific information manager and Fraunhofer INT’s other business units.

Our Services


The TFU group comprises an interdisciplinary team of scientists and specialists from a variety of areas. Their considerable experience is owed to a wide range of research and development projects; their expertise includes the following fields (see also illustration): 

  • Programming, especially in Java, JavaScript, C, Perl

  • Various database management systems and the creation of database models, visualization technologies such as D3.js, and programs such as Origin

  • Maintaining, servicing and extending wikis

  • Using bibliometric methods in technology foresight and research assessment

The TM group's services can be accessed via the three business units referred to.

Themes and Projects


  • Knowledge Management
  • Bibliometrics and Patentometrics
  • Visualization
  • Wikis and Databases
  • Statistics, Research and Optimization Methods
  • Platform for monitoring Technology and Planning
  • Trend Management System