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 program Energy System Design (ESD) within the HGF's research field Energy and in the programs “Engineering Digital Futures: Supercomputing, Data Management and Information Security for Knowledge and Action”, Natural, Artificial and Cognitive Information Processing (NACIP) and Material Systems Engineering (MSE) within the HGF's research field Information 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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IAI participates in the Energy Turnaround Days and Sustainability Days 2022

As “The Research University in the Helmholtz Association”, KIT is again pleased to participate in the state-wide organized Energy Turnaround Days Baden-Württemberg in 2022. Energy and energy transition have arrived in the middle of society due to climate change as well as the geopolitical situation and require further concrete shaping and supplementation through research, teaching, innovation, and their transfer to society. The IAI participates in the Energy Turnaround Days and Sustainability Days 2022.

Women@Bosch meets Women@IAI – The networking event of women from IAI and Robert Bosch GmbHprivat
Women@Bosch meets Women@IAI – The networ-king event of women from IAI and Robert Bosch GmbH

On 08.09.2022, a networking event between the women's network of Robert Bosch GmbH Women@Bosch and the women of IAI Women@IAI took place at Energy Lab 2.0. The focus was on the guided tour of the SEnSSiCC building (Smart Energy System Simulation and Control Center) and its control room, as well as on networking and the personal exchange that this enabled.

Energy supply: Better prediction of fluctuations - Publication in Nature CommunicationsMartin Lober, KIT
Energy supply: Better prediction of fluctuations - Publication in Nature Communications

In modern power grids, knowing the required electric power demand and its variations is necessary to balance demand and supply. Dr. Benjamin Schäfer, together with his co-authors, developed a data-driven approach to extract the trend and characterize demand fluctuations.

The team reported on the results in the journal Nature Communications (DOI: 10.1038/s41467-022-31942-9).

MINToring – Sommerveranstaltung 2022privat
MINToring – Summer event 2022

As part of the MINToring mentoring program, IAI invited mentors and mentees to a summer get-to-know-you event on Aug. 22, 2022. A total of four mentors each prepared a short presentation and then presented it to the mentees. Thematically it was about topics of experience abroad, the individual in the foreground of studies, personal hurdles in the curriculum vitae, and a plea against the standard period of study.

After each lecture, there was time to share and discuss personal experiences. Many thanks to all mentors for the great presentations!

Energieinformatik-Lehrveranstaltungen ausgezeichnet
Energy informatics courses awarded

The KIT Department of Informatics awards the following courses on the basis of the KIT teaching evaluation carried out every semester: “Energy Informatics I” as the best elective lecture in the winter semester 2020/2021 and winter semester 2019/2020 as well as “Exercise on Energy Informatics I” as the best elective exercise in the winter semester 2019/2020.

MINToring – Willkommensveranstaltung 2022
MINToring – Welcome Event 2022

IAI welcomes six new female master's students this summer semester as part of the MINToring mentoring program. On June 23, 2022, the new mentees were invited to the institute as part of a welcome event, where a space for exchange and discourse was created for mentors and mentees. This way, everyone was able to collect a lot of new input for the upcoming time in MINToring.

Kick-off for the Smart Energy System Lab
Kick-off for the Smart Energy System Lab

The new Smart Energy System Lab has been launched. The participating students were welcomed to the Energy Lab 2.0 with a kick-off-event on June 27th. The laboratory internship is sponsored as an ExU activity within the University of Excel­lence Project "Research Infra­structures in Research-Oriented Teaching (RIRO)". During this laboratory internship Master's students will work on project topics from the field of energy systems.

Dissertation von Herrn Karl Schwenkprivat, Ralf Mikut
Dissertation by Mr. Karl Schwenk

The IAI congratulates Mr. Karl Schwenk on passing his doctoral examination.


The title of his doctoral thesis is “A Smart Charging Assistant for Electric Vehicles Considering Battery Degradation, Power Grid and User Constraints”. The exam date was on June 22nd, 2022.