As the head of institute at Fraunhofer IAO, Professor Bauer leads a research organisation with approximately 600 employees. He takes the responsibility for research and implementation projects in the areas of innovation research, technology management, life and work in the future, and smart cities.
As a member of various committees, he consults politics and the economy. Bauer is the author of over 300 scientific and technical publications. He is a lecturer at the University of Stuttgart and the University of Hannover.
In 2002, he received the honour of “Übermorgenmacher” from the State of Baden-Württemburg.