As Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering, Prof. Dr. Bauer is leading a research organization with about 650 employees. He is in charge of research and implementation projects in the fields of innovation research, technology management, live and work in the future, Smarter Cities. As a member of various committees, he advises government and industry. As an author, he has over 350 scientific and technical publications to his name. He is an associate lecturer at the Universities of Stuttgart and Hanover. In 2012, Prof. Dr. Bauer received the honour of the State of Baden-Württemberg as "Tomorrow Makers".