KIT Center Information ˑ Systems ˑ Technologies  (KCIST)

For a sustainable digitalization of economy and society, information systems (IS) must be understood and designed from a technical and socio-economic perspective. Information Systems research at KIT follows the mission “we create value from information”. The KIT scientists in the KCIST topic "Information Systems and Digital Ecosystems" focus from an interdisciplinary perspective at the interface between computer science, economics, and social sciences on a scientifically grounded understanding and design-oriented construction of information systems. Traditionally, the core focus of the IS field is the digitalization of organizations and business processes following a socio-technical approach. Both new, innovative IT artefacts are developed and their effects on individuals, groups, organizations, and society are investigated using empirical methods from the social sciences. IS research is increasingly focusing on digital ecosystems as a whole. This covers the analysis and design of the digitalization of customer interactions, business networks, of products and services, of business models as well as societal processes. Closely connected to this KCIST topic is the DFG-funded Karlsruhe Decision & Design Lab (KD2Lab,, one of the largest and best equipped experimental laboratories in Europe.

Second Level Research Topics
Blockchain Technologies

Computer science methods and tools for secure deployment of interoperable distributed ledger technologies in socially relevant use contexts (eg, sustainability, healthcare).

Business Intelligence & Business Analytics

Methods and tools to support data-driven decisions as well as the engineering of data marketplaces and data-based services and business models

Business Process Management

Development and evaluation of methods, modeling languages, and software tools for design and model based management of business processes.

Cloud Computing

Design of interoperable and innovative cloud and data ecosystems and development of mechanisms to establish trust in services offered there.

Digital Participation & Digital Citizen Science

Design of participatory information systems for the active participation of employees and citizens in public and corporate decisions, as well as new methods and tools for digital citizen science

Digital Health

Design and real-world piloting of innovative, user-centric applications in healthcare. Analysis of digitization processes (including personalized medicine, AI-assisted medicine) and their effects

Electronic Markets and User Behavior

Analysis and design of digital platforms as well as investigating and understanding the behavior of their users.

Interactive Systems Engineering

AI-based methods and tools for the development of interactive (intelligent) information systems with a strong focus on human-computer interaction

Neuro-Adaptive Information Systems

Using modern sensors (including EEG, ECG, eye tracking), we process signals from humans and their environment and provide adaptive information systems on this basis.

Privacy & Security of Information Systems

Design of sociotechnical artifacts for improved and (continuously) tested security of information systems in alignment with users' privacy expectations.

Digital Service Innovation

Designing and evaluating novel digital services and service business models using digital technologies

Smart Grids & Energy Markets

Research with a focus on a decentralized, citizen-friendly and efficient implementation of the energy transition on the basis of future-oriented information systems with methods of energy informatics

Usability & User Experience

Methods, techniques and tools (e.g. AR, VR, conversational agents) for a human-computer interaction with a high usability and positive user experiences

Trustworthy AI-based Information Systems

Design and piloting of socio-technical measures to increase and (continuously) test the trustworthiness of information systems and modern Internet technologies.

Future of Work

Empirical studies and design of future-oriented digital workplaces (e.g. Computer-supported Cooperative Work) and working conditions, taking into account the well-being and productivity of employees

Digitalisierung im Dialog is another interdisciplinary project that we are involved in. For more information on the project got to the website of the project.

Smart Microgrids as a Services. One of our projects that we are also very proud of. Watch the video to know what it is about and for more information you can go to the website of the project.