Fraunhofer Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V. (Fraunhofer Society for the Advancement of Applied Research) is the leading organisation of institutes for applied research and development in Europe. Future-oriented strategic research is carried out with the aim of promoting innovations in key technologies with an economic and social relevance in the next five to ten years.

Working within the framework of the European Union’s research and technological development programmes, Fraunhofer collaborates in industrial consortia on technical issues ultimately destined to improve the competitiveness of European industry. Fraunhofer is a major player in the European Research Area. It is an autonomous organisation with a decentralised organisational structure of 72 institutes, of which 15 institutes are dedicated to research in information and communication technology. The Fraunhofer Institutes network with other centres of excellence, and together help to assure the competitive strength of European research.

Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology (FIT) will participate in the project with an experienced and excellent team of researchers from the “User-Centred Computing” department (FIT- UCC). FIT is currently the most successful Institute within all Fraunhofer institutes in regard to European Projects. FIT-UCC is an interdisciplinary group of scientists, which has gained an internationally acknowledged reputation in the areas of Internet of Things, context-awareness, adaptive and personalized systems, mobile services, and usability engineering. The department has been making significant contributions to energy efficiency and smart grid research in Europe.