Welcome to the Institute for Automation and Applied Informatics

The Institute for Automation and Applied Informatics (IAI) is a research institute of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in the Helmholtz Association (HGF). It conducts research and development in the field of innovative, application-oriented information, automation, and systems technology for sustainable energy systems and complex industrial and laboratory processes. Interdisciplinary working groups are working on integrated systems solutions, whereby all development phases being covered from conceptual design to modeling and simulation, prototyping and practical testing, also under industrial conditions. Novel, reusable methods and tools, which are developed and applied in the context of system design, are further results.

The work of IAI is embedded in the programs “BioInterfaces in Technology and Medicine”, “Energy Efficiency, Materials and Resources”, “Renewable Energies”, “Supercomputing & Big Data”, “Storage Systems and Cross-linked Infrastructures”, “Science and Technology of Nanosystems”, and “Technology, Innovation, and Society” of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and the Helmholtz Association of National Research Centres.

The projects at the institute are carried out in cooperation with partners from industry, administration and other research institutions in Germany and abroad. Among others, the institute is involved in projects of the EU, various federal and state ministries, the DFG (German Research Foundation), AiF (German Federation of Industrial Research Associations), and German industry. The institute's staff members are active in a wide range of standardization committees, expert and review committees and programme committees.

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Virtual Girls'Day 2021 at SCC and IAI
Virtual Girls'Day 2021 at SCC and IAI

The Girls’Day 2021 took place purely virtually. On April 22, 2021, 25 young interested schoolgirls from grades 6 to 10 from all over Germany met with researchers and their colleagues of the IT at the Institute for Automation and Applied Informatics (IAI) and the Steinbuch Centre for Computing (SCC).

In the virtual room, the girls were able to test strategies in small groups interactively and playfully in a workshop in order to recognize structures such as organs and bones in a CT image—the so-called segmentation, as it is used for example in cancer research to recognize tumors, serves here as a vivid example.

Erfolg bei der Cell Tracking Challenge
Successful Participation at the Cell Tracking Challenge

The IAI team KIT-Sch-GE with Katharina Löffler and Tim Scherr has won the Primary Track (segmentation, only qualified methods) and the Secondary Track (tracking) at the 6th IEEE ISBI Cell Tracking Challenge 2021.

The segmentation is described in the publication “Cell segmentation and tracking using CNN-based distance predictions and a graph-based matching strategy”, whereas a description of the tracking algorithm is available as preprint “A graph-based cell tracking algorithm with few manually tunable parameters and automated segmentation error correction”.

Professur von Dr. Tom Brownprivat
Professorship of Dr. Tom Brown

We congratulate our former institute colleague Dr. Tom Brown for becoming a professor at the Technical University of Berlin at the Institute of Energy Technology. Until March 2021 he headed the Energy System Modelling (ESM) Helmholtz Junior Research Group within the research area Energy System Integration (ESI) at the IAI.

Dr. Brown accepted the call to the TU Berlin and since April 2021 he has occupied the professorship for Digital Transformation in Energy Systems. We congratulate Mr. Brown and are happy with him.

Interview mit Dr. Tom Brown zu „Open Science“privat
Interview with Dr. Tom Brown on “Open Science”

In the interview with the Open Science Magazine Dr. Tom Brown reports about his experiences on “Open Science”:

“I realised that we need a fully open system: energy grid data must be just as freely accessible as the model codes who use these data to compute the results.”



He headed the Energy System Modelling (ESM) group within the research area Energy System Integration (ESI) at the IAI until March 2021 (until he was appointed to the TU Berlin).

NanoFabNet concludes 2nd Development Workshop
NanoFabNet concludes 2nd Development Workshop

On January 20-21, 2021, the NanoFabNet consortium hosted an interactive online workshop, which attracted more than 170 participants from the research, industrial, and academic sectors working in the fields of nanotechnology and sustainability, gathering valuable insights into the needs and solutions for the development of this important sector.


The Institute for Automation and Applied Informatics (IAI) of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) as a partner led the day's discussions on the topic of sustainability and the NanoFabNet Hub Structure.

Auszeichnung für Jonas Hurst (HsKA Awards 2020)HsKA
Award for Jonas Hurst (HsKA Awards 2020)

We congratulate Jonas Hurst on the award as one of the 13 best of the year at Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences (HsKA Awards 2020). The prize winner graduated in Geoinformation Management and dealt with the topic of 3D tree cadastre in his final thesis. Within the working group Semantic Data Models (SDM) he developed a software called "Tree3D", with which tabular data of a tree cadastre can be converted into three-dimensional tree models. Such models can then be used in 3D maps to interactively visualize, for example, the suitability of building parts for photovoltaic systems (solar potential).

MINToring – 2. Ausschreibung des Mentorinnenprogramms am IAI gestartet
MINToring – 2nd call for applications for the mentoring program at IAI launched

The second call for applications for the mentoring programme for female master's students in STEM fields (Computer science, mechanical engineering, elec­trical engineering, chemical engineering, bio engineering, mathematics, physics) at the IAI has started.


Registrations for SS21 are possible until 2021-06-20!

IAI führt 2. regionales Policy Learning Lab durch
IAI conducts second regional Policy Learning Lab

The Institute for Automation and Applied Informatics (IAI) invites you to the regional policy learning lab (PLL) on the 9th of February 2021 (virtually). This event is conducted within the framework of the CE Interreg Project CEUP 2030 (Central Europe Upstreaming for Policy Excellence in Advanced Manufacturing & Industry 4.0 towards 2030).


The KIT is a member of the consortium and heads the ”Trend and Innovation” Network within the thematic area of ”Intelligent Production Systems”.

apl. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jörg Matthesprivat
apl. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jörg Matthes

We congratulate PD Dr.-Ing. Jörg Matthes on his appointment as Extraordinary Professor (apl. Prof.) of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.


Mr. Jörg Matthes is head of the working group ”Advanced Automation Methods for Industrial Processes” in the Research Area ”Advanced Automation Technologies”. He received the Venia Legendi in 2017 after submitting his habili­tation thesis “Ganz­heitliches Konzept zur kamera­basierten Optimierung industrieller Hochtemperatur­prozesse”.

Startschuss für das Kompetenzzentrum Umweltinformatik in der LUBW
Starting signal for the Competence Centre for Environmental Informatics at the LUBW

The Baden-Württemberg Competence Center for Environmental Informatics (KUI), which is located at the LUBW Landesanstalt für Umwelt Baden-Württemberg, was launched at the end of December 2020.


For years, the working group Web-based Information Systems (WebIS) has been significantly involved as a research partner in IT projects in cooperation with the Ministry of the Environment, Climate Protection and the Energy Sector Baden-Wuerttembergas well as the LUBW and other IT partners.

Professur von Dr. Jorge Ángel González Ordianoprivat
Professorship of Dr. Jorge Ángel González Ordiano

We congratulate our former institute colleague Dr. Jorge Ángel González Ordiano for becoming a professor at the Ibero-American University (Universidad Iberoamericana Ciudad de México).


He completed his dissertation at the IAI on the topic “New Data-Driven Probabilistic Forecasting Methods with Applications in Energy Systems” in 2019.


We congratulate Mr. González Ordiano and are happy with him.

Ausschreibung des Exzellenzuniversitätsvorhabens KIT Future Fields: Pilotprojekt „Energiepaketbasiertes Stromnetz für die ‚All Electrical Society‘“
Call for Proposals for KIT Future Fields: Pilot Project “Energy Package-based Power Grid for the ‚All Electrical Society‘“

Within the framework of the KIT-internal funding program “KIT Future Fields” as an excellence university project, the future topic “Energy Package-based Power Grid for the ‚All Electrical Society‘” could be won as a pilot project of stage 2 at the IAI. Prof. Dr.  Veit Hagenmeyer is responsible for the project.