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.



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Kathrin Gerling receives Starting Grant from the European Research Council (ERC)

Kathrin Gerling, Professor of Human-Computer Interaction at the Institute of Anthropomatics and Robotics (IAR), aims to make virtual reality accessible to people with physical disabilities with her project "AccessVR".

Virtual reality holds enormous potential for leisure, education and work. But currently most VR systems are designed for non-disabled people. Prof. Gerling's goal is to remove physical, digital and experiential barriers.

The European Research Council supports outstanding young researchers with Starting Grants.

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Talk by Prof. Michael Grossniklaus:
"Advances in Cardinality Estimation for Database Systems "

Professor Michael Grossniklaus from the University of Konstanz will give a talk about "Advances in Cardinality Estimation for Database Systems" on Wednesday, July 26, 2023 at 13:15 in Room -102, Bldg. 50.34.

Michael Grossniklaus is a Full Professor at the Department of Computer and Information Science at the University of Konstanz since 2017. His research area is database and information systems, focusing on query optimization. Apart from relational database systems, Prof. Grossniklaus and his team are also interested in non-relational database systems, particularly graph database systems.

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Professor Spetzger receives Order of Merit of the State of Baden-Württemberg

We are proud to announce, that our dear colleague, Honorary Professor Dr. med. Dr. h.c.  Uwe Spetzger has been awarded with the Order of Merit of the State of Baden-Württemberg by Minister President Winfried Kretschmann for his efforts during the COVID pandemic. On this occasion Minister Kretschmann pointed out, that the core of Professor Spetzger’s tireless commitment in research and in everyday clinical practice is the humanitarian obligation of a medical doctor to place his life in the service of humanity.

We congratulate Professor Spetzger for this great honor.

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KCIST Colloquium: Networks and Epidemics

Clara Stegehuis, Associate Professor at the University of Twente will give a talk on "Networks and epidemics" on Monday, June 26, 2023 at 9:45 (Bldg. 50.31, Room 107).
The research of Stegehuis is located in the areas of probability theory and stochastic networks. Her scientific investigations are inspired by applications in network science, physics and computer science.


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KCIST Colloquium: Mastering New Visual Understanding Tasks in 3D Scenes with Efficient Learning

Ziad Al-Halah, Assistant Professor of Computer Science in The University of Utah, gave a talk on "Mastering New Visual Understanding Tasks in 3D Scenes with Efficient Learning" on Tuesday, May 25, 2023 at 10:00 in bldg. 50.20 room 148.

His work has been recognized with a best paper award (ICPR’14) and as the first place winner of the Habitat Challenge (PointNav) at CVPR'20 and the Textbook Question Answering Challenge (TQA) at CVPR'17.

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