Research Projects

Innovation through research

Make things not slides - true to our motto, we conduct extensive research ourselves and are involved in various research projects. Together with our project partners we develop new innovative ideas and transfer them into practice.

Read more about our research projects here:

Research and Development Seal 2020


Duration: 01/2020 – 12/2022


Ai.vatar - The virtual intelligent assistant

The goal of the project is to develop an intelligent avatar for credible and efficient interaction and communication in virtual and augmented realities. This will be achieved by combining high-quality scanned human models, state-of-the-art motion and face capturing, and an intelligent bot management system.

Users will be able to immerse themselves in a virtual world with the help of virtual reality glasses, where the avatar guides them in a learning environment. With the help of artificial intelligence, the avatar is to react to the user's impulses. This test version should make it possible to create virtual, intelligent characters in a simple and fast way and to integrate them into virtual environments.

Project partners are HHVision from Cologne and the University of Witten/Herdecke. The funding comes from the European Fund for Regional Development (EFRE) and from the state of NRW within the framework of the lead market competition IKT.NRW.


Duration: 10/2019 - 09/2022


A "smart" table as an application platform to support everyday practices

In the research project PraktikApp, a "smart table" is being developed that makes everyday practices and innovative applications around the table digitally possible. Sensors and actuators are being developed that can be integrated into the table and the things on it. For example, it should be possible for the table to recognise objects and interact with the user via projections, sounds, movements and gestures.

The focus is on emotional requirements in addition to practical ones. As an application platform, the smart table enriches everyday life and home decor and helps to fulfil emotional needs. For example, interaction with a person who is not present during dinner can be made possible.

In this joint project, IOX collaborates in the integration of sensors and communication ("Hardware as a platform"). Further project partners are: Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences, nyris GmbH, tennagels Medientechnik GmbH, spek DESIGN GbR and Häfele GmbH & Co. KG.

PraktikApp is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research as part of the research program on human-technology interaction "Intelligent, networked objects for everyday life". More information: Project website.

Sensor system for monitoring pollutants

Duration: 01/2019 - 06/2021


Development of a cost-efficient modular sensor system for area-wide pollutant monitoring

In order to improve air quality successfully and permanently, precise analysis by a network of pollutant measuring stations is a prerequisite. The aim of the project is to develop a modular high-performance sensor platform, the C RING, as well as cost-effective modules for pollutant and traffic monitoring.

A modulated control of the sensors in combination with a correlation between the sensor data should make it possible to achieve an exact pollutant measurement despite low-cost sensors. Furthermore, a real-time evaluation of traffic data and a network calibration routine shall be developed.

IOX is responsible for the development of the powerful C RING including camera and sound module as well as the corresponding software for the evaluation, which is to check the plausibility of the data by means of machine learning.

The cooperation project with the University of Applied Sciences Düsseldorf and 3S GmbH is funded by the BMWi within the framework of the "Central Innovation Programme for Medium-Sized Enterprises (ZIM)".


Duration: 09/2018 - 09/2021


Customizable stress reduction through multimodal VR environments and empathic user interfaces

The project NOSTRESS is concerned with the development of an overall system to reduce stress by promoting the relaxation technique "imagination" in everyday life. During the development different technologies are combined and applied in a practical way: VR technology, smart wearables and empathic computing.

Specifically, mobile, multimodal VR technologies are combined with automated, harmonious sound generation in immersive 3D sound and massage technology synchronized with the virtual world. A self-developed sensor technology close to the body, which measures stress indicators such as pulse, respiration, blood pressure and skin conductance values, ensures the individual adaptation of the training.

NOSTRESS is a joint project involving IOX GmbH, the Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences, the University of Siegen and the Düsseldorf companies LAVAlabs Moving Images GmbH & Co. KG, Medisana Space Technologies GmbH and tro GmbH are involved.