Fraunhofer CCIT: Designing cognitive internet technologies


Fraunhofer Cluster of Excellence Cognitive Internet Technologies CCIT

Research for the Industrial Internet of the Future

The Fraunhofer Cluster of Excellence Cognitive Internet Technologies CCIT researches cognitive technologies for the industrial Internet. Researchers in various disciplines are developing key technologies along the value chain, from sensors to intelligent learning methods in data processing to the cloud. CCIT helps companies with the forward-looking design of their business by opening up market access with cognitive solution services and products. These highly intelligent solutions and products are intended to maintain the competitiveness of German companies, boost their inattentiveness, and ensure their digital sovereignty.


The challenge

Industry is in the process of developing and gradually introducing solutions for digital transformation in companies. The digitization and end-to-end networking of, among other things, machines, products, but also logistics processes, ordering, warehousing and accounting, holds huge potential for improving processes and individualizing products tailored to individual requirements. At the same time, this increasingly leads to hardly controllable systems of immense complexity.

Through domain-specific expert knowledge, CCIT offers custom-fit cognitive solutions for each phase of the transformation process and provides support in mastering complexity. The support ranges from analysis and planning of a future-proof corporate strategy to agile technology development and testing in the CCIT's numerous innovation and application centers.


Our contribution

Fraunhofer ISST is responsible for the Data Spaces technology core - one of a total of three technology cores within the cluster. As a data infrastructure layer, the Data Spaces represent the link between physical communication and the application layer (e.g. machine learning).

In the Data Spaces technology core, we are working on trustworthy data spaces for controllable cross-company collaboration. This concerns concepts for complex networking scenarios of industrial data exchange as well as technologies for data sovereignty in value networks. A wide variety of use cases are considered and implemented in cooperation with partners. The focus is on the adaptation and transfer of architectural components of the International Data Spaces.



The long-term goal of the CCIT is to build a new Internet for industry by researching cognitive technologies. Key technologies along the value chain from sensors to intelligent learning methods to the cloud are to lead to highly intelligent solutions and products in companies that preserve their competitiveness, strengthen their innovative power and secure their digital sovereignty.



More than 20 institutes of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft cooperate in the CCIT under the leadership of the Fraunhofer Institutes AISEC, IAIS, IIS and ISST.

You will find the entire consortium here