Institute for Automation and Applied Informatics

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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Forschungsausschreibung „MINT-Innovationen“ 2020
Research call for proposals “MINT Innovations” 2020

The research project Energy Package-based Power Grid for the All Electrical Society was selected for funding in the context of the research call for proposals MINT Innovations 2020 of the Vector Foundation. The project aims to make the electricity grid fit for an All Electrical Society, which is emerging in the context of the energy transition, and which is characteristic of an energy system of the future based on 100% renewable energy. The call supports projects with start-up financing of up to 100,000 euros in the fields of mathematics, information technology, natural sciences and technology (MINT).

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 geschätztRalf Mikut
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” InitiativeIAI-PIA, KIT
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.