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The development of new products and new product generations respectively can be described with the help of an S-shaped graph that is partitioned in to the phases development, realization, and optimization. In the industry, the majority of products are currently stuck in the optimization phase in which existing processes and technologies are merely improved incrementally. In order to remain a successful player in the market, it is necessary to change the incremental approach to a volatile strategy. This requires a close cooperation between industry and science, i.e. active and continuous knowledge transfer between research and industry in order to allow for the identification and development of new technologies.

Institute for Information Management in Engineering (IMI) meets these requirements by working as closely together with the industry as possible. Moreover, fresh ground is broken through the transfer of research results into transfer institutions at KIT.

 

The IMIs main research fields are:

 

  • Lifecycle Engineering
  • Knowledge Management
  • Smart Immersive Environments