Cooperations and Networks


Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg

The cooperation with the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg started in 2008 includes close collaboration with the research group in the Department of Medical Physics under Prof. Dr. Dr. Birger Kollmeier and the Department of Signal Processing under Prof. Dr. Simon Doclo. At the University of Oldenburg, research is conducted into the fundamental principles of hearing and speech as well as the processes for auditory signal processing in the human brain with the focus on psychoacoustics, neurosensorics and clinical hearing diagnosis.


Jade University of Applied Sciences Wilhelmshaven/Oldenburg/Elsfleth

The cooperation that has existed since 2009 with the Institute of Hearing Technology and Audiology and the Institute of Technical Assistance Systems founded in 2011 at the Jade University of Applied Sciences includes the integration of Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jörg Bitzer (audio signal processing) and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Frank Wallhoff (assistive technologies) into the Fraunhofer IDMT's Oldenburg Branch. At the start of 2013, the cooperation was extended by the »Transfer Centre for User-Oriented Assistance Systems«.


University of Applied Sciences Emden/Leer

The cooperation between the department of production technology at University of Applied Sciences Emden/Leer and Fraunhofer IDMT in Oldenburg is intended to offer the participating companies in the »Industrial Working Group Audio Technology for Intelligent Production AiP« efficiency gains in the digitalization of their production. Since 2019 Prof. Dr. Sven Carsten Lange, who teaches production technology at University of Applied Sciences Emden/Leer and accompanies our Fraunhofer Institute in Oldenburg as scientific director, coordinates the cooperation.


Cluster of Excellence Hearing4all

The research cluster »Hearing4all« of the University of Oldenburg, Hannover Medical School and the Leibniz University of Hannover led by Prof. Dr. Dr. Kollmeier has been awarded funding from the German Universities Excellence Initiative for a period of five years. The main areas of research are improvement of individualised hearing diagnosis, treatment with personal hearing aids and fundamental research in the field of assistive audio technologies. Other partners in the cluster of excellence are the German Hearing Centre Hannover, Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg Delmenhorst, HörTech gGmbH, Hörzentrum Oldenburg GmbH, the Jade University of Applied Sciences and Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V..


Collaborative Research Centre SFB 1330 »Hearing Acoustics: Perceptive Principles, Algorithms and Applications« (HAPPAA)

The aim of the SFB from the Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg is to research the challenges of speech communication and to support and promote the communication skills of people with hearing impairments with the help of the improvement of hearing aids. Since 2018 the SFB is funded by the German Research Foundation and has reached the second funding period in 2022. Together with PD Dr. Thomas Brand from the University of Oldenburg, Dr. Jan Rennies-Hochmuth, head of »Personalized Hearing Systems« at Fraunhofer IDMT’s Oldenburg branch, leads a sub-project within HAPPAA on modeling speech perception in complex listening conditions.


Industrial working group »Audio Technology for Intelligent Production«

The industrial working group »Audio Technology for Intelligent Production« (AiP) is supposed to promote the implementation of research results in practice and enable companies to gain a leading position in the market. In regular meetings, the partners work out potential areas of application for hearing, speech and audio technology and thus prepare the way for the introduction of application-oriented and innovative technology concepts. The industrial working group is coordinated by Fraunhofer IDMT in Oldenburg in cooperation with the Department of manufacturing engineering at University of Applied Sciences Emden/Leer.

Fraunhofer Groups

Fraunhofer IDMT works hand in hand with other institutes of the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, collaborating in groups and alliances.

Institutes working in related subject areas cooperate in Fraunhofer Groups and foster a joint presence on the R&D market. Fraunhofer IDMT is member of Fraunhofer Information and Communication Technology Group and a guest member of Fraunhofer Group for Microelectronics VµE.


The Oldenburg Branch for Hearing, Speech and Audio Technology HSA is partner in following networks:

  • Cluster Automotive Nordwest e.V.
  • Auditory Valley Research and Development Network
  • GENiAAL Leben Network
  • PerzPektive