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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Video „Energy Lab 2.0 within the Helmholtz Program Energy System Design“YouTube
Video “Energy Lab 2.0 within the Helmholtz Program Energy System Design”

A new video explains the Energy Lab 2.0 within the Helmholtz program Energy System Design (ESD).

 

Prof. Dr. Veit Hagenmeyer, the director of the Institute for Automation and Applied Informatics (IAI), is the program spokesperson and main contact person.

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Best Paper Award (at – Automatisierungstechnik 2018–2020)
Best Paper Award (at – Automatisierungstechnik 2018–2020)

Dr. Hüseyin Çakmak received a Best Paper Award in the Tools category for the best contribution in volumes 66–68 (2018–2020) of the journal “at – Automatisierungstechnik”. The title is “A new distributed co-simulation architecture for multi-physics based energy systems integration” and as co-authors are involved: Anselm Erdmann, Dr. Michael Kyesswa, Dr. Uwe Kühnapfel und Prof. Dr. Veit Hagenmeyer.

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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.

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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”.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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).

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