Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology IDMT

Excellent applied research for your success

Monitoring of industrial manufacturing processes, traffic monitoring or identifying manipulations in audio data - at the headquarters in Ilmenau, Thuringia, everything revolves around the safe and efficient AI-based recognition and classification of audio and video data. Another focus is the development of audio technologies for virtual acoustic product experiences as well as customized solutions for the production and reproduction of authentic and spatial sound experiences for the professional audio and entertainment sectors. We serve the current trend towards energy-efficient and miniaturized loudspeakers with intelligent control algorithms.

In the Hearing, Speech and Audio Technology HSA department in Oldenburg, key technologies are developed for "The Hearing Car". Machines are trained to be able to "hear" in order to minimize downtimes. Robust speech recognizers make devices listen and enable contactless control and quality assurance. In the health sector, speech and language analysis systems are being developed for therapeutic applications and, thanks to mobile EEG systems, the sleeping laboratory comes home. Thanks to algorithms for better speech intelligibility and personalized sound quality, hearables are becoming suitable for the work world – and media use a listening pleasure for everyone.

Our Locations


Oldenburg branch

  • Speech recognition and event detection
  • Mobile Neurotechnologies
  • Assistive speech and language analysis
  • Sound quality and speech intelligibility
  • Audio signal enhancement and audio system technology


We are celebrating our 20th anniversary this year!


Press Release / 11.6.2024

Look who’s talking!

Intelligent technologies for analysing speech should detect anomalies even in nursery school children

Press Release / 23.5.2024

Celebrating 20 years of Fraunhofer IDMT!

On May 22, the Fraunhofer IDMT celebrated its 20th anniversary with an anniversary event.

Press Release / 12.4.2024

Advertising monitoring for SWR radio programs

Our audio matching replaces manual checking of broadcast commercials

News / 23.2.2024

Forensic researcher leads working group of ENFSI

Luca Cuccovillo is the new Chair of the ENFSI Expert Working Group on “Forensic Speech and Audio Analysis" (FSAAWG).

Press Release / 15.2.2024

Better hearing through active protection

Hearing protection recommendations for occupational groups on the basis of needs-based characteristics

Call for Papers / 26.1.2024


International Workshop on Multimedia AI against Disinformation (MAD’24) on June 10, 2024, in Phuket, Thailand. Submissions are welcome until March 3, 2024.

News / 3.1.2024

Speech technologies that help us!

The "Assistive speech and language analysis" group introduces itself

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Focus Projects


SpatialSound Wave for Automotive Audio

The audio platform for the car of the future: holistic sound management for creating immersive and interactive audio content


Reliable speech documentation

Automatic speech recognition for contactless documentation, e.g. in maintenance tasks, quality assurance or logistics – efficient and secure



Acoustic inspection of weld seams of safety-critical components as part of quality assurance


Mobile multisensor system for sleep monitoring at home

Development of a multi-sensor system close to the ear that can be conveniently used by patients for sleep monitoring at home


Audiovisual Identity Suite

Unifying Face and Speaker Analysis for Rich Media Metadata.


Hearing for the Car

AI-supported acoustic sensor systems for the automotive sector to ensure greater safety and reliability in road traffic – for example through intelligent siren recognition and localization


High-Performance Center InSignA

Together with companies, we quickly transfer innovations in the area of intelligent signal analysis and assistance systems into applications.


The hearable for the smart industrial workplace

A small, in-ear hearable for better human-machine interaction – a big task for a little earbud.


Fraunhofer IDMT

Ehrenbergstr. 31
98693 Ilmenau
Phone +49 3677 467-0


Oldenburg Branch for Hearing, Speech and Audio Technology

Fraunhofer IDMT
Marie-Curie-Straße 2
26129 Oldenburg
Phone +49 0441 2172400