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Institute for Automation and Applied Informatics
Prof. Dr. Veit Hagenmeyer

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1
76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen

Phone: +49 (0)721 / 608 25753

e-Mail: sekretariat∂iai kit edu

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Welcome to the Institute for Automation and Applied Informatics

The Institute for Automation and Applied Informatics (IAI) is a research institute of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) that is member of the Helmholtz Association (HGF). IAI conducts research and development in the area of innovative, application-oriented information, automation, and systems technologies for futureproof energy systems and complex industrial and laboratory processes. Interdisciplinary working groups conceive integrated systems solutions, with all development phases being covered from conceptual design to modeling and simulation, to prototyping, to practical testing, also under industrial conditions. Our work also gives rise to novel, reusable methods and tools for system building.

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 Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and the Helmholtz Association of National Research Centres.

The Institute carries out projects 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. Members of staff of the Institute work in standardization bodies, specialized, expert, and program committees.


apl. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Lutz Gröll
apl. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Lutz Gröll

We congratulate PD Dr.-Ing. Lutz Gröll on his appointment as Extraordinary Professor of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. Mr. Lutz Gröll is head of the working group System Theory and Control in the Research Area of Advanced Automation Technologies at the Institute for Automation and Applied Informatics. He received the Venia Legendi in 2014 after submitting his habilitation thesis “Methodik zur Integration von Vorwissen in die Modellbildung”.

Coronavirus: Reproduktionszahl genauer geschätzt
Coronavirus: Reproduction number more accurately estimated

KIT researchers are developing a new method with akausalem seven-day filter for the determination of the R-value in infectious diseases.

A method for estimating the reproduction number was presented that avoids time delays and compensates for weekday-related fluctuations. For this purpose, the scientists use an acausal filter with a filter length of seven days, which uses not only past and present values, but also future values.

Logo DaNa4.0
DaNa2.0 becomes DaNa4.0

After a successful closing of the DaNa2.0 project in December 2019 DaNa4.0 will start on 01.03.2020: Data on new, innovative and safe application related materials

DaNa4.0 is a scientific communication project dealing with the safety of advanced materials. The project addresses questions of if certain materials could be harmful to humans and/or the environment or if and how humans and the environment could come into contact with these materials. Complex, toxicological questions from current materials research will be prepared in a way that is comprehensible to the general public and presented for non-scientists (interested consumers, journalists, politicians, NGOs, etc.).

Publication in Optics Express
Publication in Optics Express

Title: Assessment of high-resolution 3D printed optics for the use case of rotation optics; cooperation between IAI and IMT

Using the example of a highly compact, varifocal, free-form optical system, an evaluation of the high-resolution 3D inkjet printing process was carried out. The design of the varifocal optics was carried out at IAI, manufactured by LuxImprint (NL) and measured at IMT using a tactile method. The geometric and optical characterization was again performed at IAI. Furthermore, the extension of the optical model was investigated in order to derive information about the manufacturing process and thus to be able to use the model as a digital twin for process control.

IAI-PIA Group supports “Maker vs. Virus” Initiative
IAI-PIA Group supports “Maker vs. Virus” Initiative

All over Germany, 3D printers are running at full speed to produce urgently needed protective equipment in the fight against Covid-19. The IAI and the PIA group are also participating in the emergency services and are supporting the “Maker vs. Virus” initiative in the production of urgently needed protective visors. With a total of 15 3D printers, around 650 headbands (status 30.04.2020 more than 1000) for visors have so far been printed and delivered mainly to the hubs in Karlsruhe and Ulm.

Top Performance at the Cell Tracking Challenge

The IAI team KIT-Sch-GE with Tim Scherr (BioInterfaces in Technology and Medicine) and Katharina Löffler (Helmholtz Information and Data Science School for Health) achieved several top positions on the all-time leaderboard during the 5th edition of the IEEE ISBI Cell Tracking Challenge. The methodology used by the Team KIT-Sch-GE is described in the manuscript “Cell Segmentation and Tracking using Distance Transform Predictions and Movement Estimation with Graph-Based Matching” (arXiv:2004.01486).

FlexKälte – KickOff-Workshop am IAI
FlexCold - Kickoff workshop at IAI

On 29.01.2020, the formal start of the FlexKälte/FlexColdness project funded by the BMWi took place with a kickoff workshop at IAI. In this real-laboratory project the flexibility of decentralized existing refrigeration systems shall be made usable.

Lehrveranstaltung „Übungen zu Energieinformatik I“ ausgezeichnet
Course “Exercises in Energy Informatics I” awarded

The course Exercises on Energy Informatics I was awarded as the best elective exercise in the winter semester 2018/2019 and the lecturers Marian Turowski, M.Sc. and Prof. Dr. Veit Hagenmeyer were honoured for their particularly successful involvement in teaching.