Information at the Core of Science, Society and Economy

In all areas of economy and society information plays a central role: We are surrounded by an increasing number of intelligent technical information systems which are equipped with capabilities like interaction, environmental awareness and self-adaptation.

The KIT Center Information · Systems · Technologies  (KCIST) investigates and designs complex adaptive technical systems for a secure and efficient handling of information, based on competences like algorithmics, software engineering, cloud computing and scientific computing, secure communication systems and big data technologies as well as intuitive human-machine interfaces, human centered robotics, industrial robotics and automation. Hence, it bundles interdisciplinary competences across KIT-divisions, in particular from informatics, economics, electrical and mechanical engineering, information technology as well as social science. The major objective of the center is to promote research and innovation as well as technology transfer between KIT and its partners in academia and industry both at a national and an international level.


6 - 8 October 2021

Within the last years, machine learning has proved to be a technological game changer in various domains, ranging from medicine to robotics. Despite many advances and outstanding exhibitions of various systems endowed with artificial intelligence (AI), current approaches often lack flexibility, adaptability, robustness, and explainability: in contrast to humans, these systems are neither able to adapt a-priori knowledge to master new tasks, nor able to reflect on their own experience to actively explain and improve their performance.

The KIT Science Week 2021 focuses on bringing the human back into the center of learning systems, by discussing the development of human-inspired, trustable, understandable, and adaptable AI technologies.

The scientific conference consists of lectures by world-renowned keynote speakers as well as multiple sessions of the DGR Days from 7 - 8 October 2021 where the interdisciplinary German robotics community consisting of (young) scientists and research institutions in robotics, artificial intelligence, and cognitive science will come together.

PhD students and postdoctoral researchers from robotics labs in Germany are cordially invited to present their recent work at the DGR-Days 2021.
For further information on how to contribute please visit the DGR Days webpage.

The scientific conference will be held online in English. Participation is free of charge.


KIT Science Week 2021


Three trucks are driving down a winding road
New start-up company Camideos

In times of climate change and energy transition, sustainable propulsion technologies for vehicles are becoming increasingly important. The four founders of the start-up Camideos, three of them KIT alumni, have developed software that determines energy and cost potentials for trucks. With the help of Big Data and AI methods, it calculates which consumption occurs in which driving situations. In addition, the spin-off from the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (ISI) is examining which sustainable drives can replace diesel fuel.

To the Camideos website (German only)
Simultaneous language translation bridges language barriers (Photo: Markus Breig, KIT)Markus Breig, KIT
Zoom takes over the spin-off company kites from KIT

The US company Zoom Video Communications acquires kites GmbH, a KIT spin-off specializing in the development of real-time machine translation solutions. This was announced by Zoom on 29.06.2021. Zoom will also invest in further research at the Karlsruhe site.
KIT computer scientists are experts in real-time speech recognition and translation - the team of kites will help to improve Zoom's machine translation.

To the press release
2021_06_Supercomputer_HoreKa_NewsAmadeus Bramsiepe, KIT
New KIT Supercomputer "HoreKa" achieves international top rankings in energy efficiency and speed

The new high-performance computer of the KIT is among the 15 fastest computers in Europe. The „Hochleistungsrechner Karlsruhe“ (short „HoreKa“) ranks 53rd on the biannual Top 500 list of the world's fastest computers. In terms of energy efficiency, it even makes the 13th place in the international supercomputer ranking.

To the press release

No. 03-2021 July 2021 (PDF, 569 KB)


(German, PDF, 730 KB)