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.


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..


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«.

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.

Fraunhofer Alliances

Institutes and departments of institutes active in related fields join their various competencies in Fraunhofer Alliances to develop and market their field of business. The Oldenburg Branch for Hearing, Speech and Audio Technology HSA is a member of Fraunhofer Ambient Assisted Living Alliance and Fraunhofer Transport Alliance.


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