The human-centered systems lab (h-lab) headed by Prof. Dr. Alexander Maedche (Research Group “Information Systems I") focuses in research, education, and innovation on designing human-centered systems for better work and life.  

Our mission is to create impactful knowledge for designing human-centered systems for human productivity and well-being through relevant and rigor scientific research. We leverage artificial intelligence (AI) and biosignal sensor technologies in combination with a human-in-the-loop paradigm to continuously involve humans in the design process. We follow a socio-technical research approach for increasing human productivity and well-being through human-centered systems.

We contribute to the fields of human-computer interaction (HCI) (Mensch-Computer Interaktion) and information systems (IS) (Wirtschaftsinformatik). We believe that delivering cutting-edge knowledge and inspiring education, as well as an ongoing dialog with the public need to go hand in hand to maximize the impact of our work in organizations and society.

Our current research topics are:

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Apps for the Future! Design Workshop at Girls’ Day on April 25th 2024
Apps for the Future! Design Workshop at Girls’ Day on April 25th 2024

As part of the Girls‘ Day on April 25th 2024, Kirsten Greiner and Julia Seitz from the h-lab are offering a design workshop. In this workshop, the pupils will learn and practically apply the process to create an interactive prototype for a real-world problem in their school life. 

 

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Roland Berger Foundation honors bachelor's thesis of Johannes Mietz 
Roland Berger Foundation honors bachelor's thesis of Johannes Mietz 

Industrial Engineering and Management) received the prize for the best bachelor's thesis from the Roland Berger Foundation for European Management for his bachelor's thesis titled "Designing a Writing Assistant for Thesis Writing in Microsoft Word Using Large Language Models". The thesis project was executed under the supervision of Moritz Langner at the human-centered systems lab (h-lab). Link to press release.

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Between Risk and Security: Shaping the Digital Transformation: Lectures and Workshop at ZKM on Feb 15th
Between Risk and Security: Shaping the Digital Transformation: Lectures and Workshop at ZKM on Feb 15th

What are the potential risks of digital change, especially artificial intelligence? The ZKM | Center for Art and Media, together with three universities - the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), the University of Mannheim and the University of Tübingen - invites you to join the conversation.

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Stammtisch - mensch.digital at Triangel | AI on the phone - how do voicebots work and where do they make sense? 
Stammtisch - mensch.digital at Triangel | AI on the phone - how do voicebots work and where do they make sense? 

Robotic voices, tape announcements and the annoying pressing of buttons - automation on the telephone has long lagged behind. Learn more about the fascinating world of voicebots from Daniel Schloß, PhD student at h-lab and product manager for chatbots/voicebots in the energy sector. Whether you are interested or a practitioner - anyone who wants to understand and help shape the future of AI, voicebots and digital customer service is very welcome!

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Finalization of BIS Capstone Project with Porsche: AI-Based Demand Forecasting  
Finalization of BIS Capstone Project with Porsche: AI-Based Demand Forecasting  

Finalization of BIS Capstone Project with Porsche: AI-Based Demand Forecasting The BIS capstone project in WS 23/24 was carried out in cooperation with Porsche with a specific focus on sales planning. Students were asked to analyze sales data and develop forecasting models as well as analytical dashboards leveraging visualization and explanations.

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Visit & Talk of Shadan Sadeghian from University of Siegen

Shadan Sadeghian from the Autonomous Interactive Systems Lab of University of Siegen visited on February 1st, 2024 the human-centered systems lab at KITand gave a talk on Human-AI Interaction for the Future of Work.  Her research focuses on designing user experience and interaction with automated systems such as Robots, AI-based systems, and automated vehicles. She investigates approaches that balance pragmatic (performance-oriented) and hedonic (experience-oriented) qualities of interacting with automation. We thank her for the great exchange!    

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Successful Completion of the Engineering Interactive Systems Capstone Project in cooperation with ABB 
Successful Completion of the Engineering Interactive Systems Capstone Project in cooperation with ABB 

The end of the winter semester also marks the successful end of this year’s Engineering Interactive Systems: AI & Wearables (EIS) capstone project, which was conducted as part of the EIS master lecture . The overall goal and topic of this year’s project was to design adaptive operator management systems leveraging biosignal & interaction data. Subsequently, biosignal & interaction data were collected by all participating students by interacting with a simulation environment of ABB in our lab.

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Successful PhD defense by Saskia Haug
Successful PhD defense by Saskia Haug

Successful PhD defense by Saskia Haug Saskia Haug successfully defended on January 29th 2024 her PhD thesis titled “Human-Centered Crowd Feedback for Information Systems Development“. Dr. Julian Thimme, Prof. Dr. Petra Nieken, Prof. Dr. Ingrid Ott, and Prof. Dr. Alexander Mädche with her research.

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Industry Talk: Ulrich Coenen, Co-CEO and Head of Digital Banking at Atruvia AG 
Industry Talk: Ulrich Coenen, Co-CEO and Head of Digital Banking at Atruvia AG 

Ulrich Coenen is spokesman of the board of Atruvia AG and responsible for the digital banking unit. Atruvia AG is the IT service provider of the German Cooperative Financial Group with approx. 900 Volksbanken und Raiffeisenbanken in Germany. The company based in Karlsruhe and Münster with further offices in Munich, Frankfurt and Berlin employs currently more than 5,100 staff, generating an annual turnover of around 1,37 billion Euros.

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Stammtisch - mensch.digital at Triangel | Adaptive ChatGPT-based Assistants  
Stammtisch - mensch.digital at Triangel | Adaptive ChatGPT-based Assistants  

Over the next 6 months, the two topic blocks 1) Personalization and Adaptive Systems and 2) Human and AI will be discussed alternately. In addition to all the advantages that the use of such AI assistants brings, there are also some negative effects on us humans, including on our cognitive processes and abilities. In a recent experimental study by h-lab, the effects of AI assistants on our cognition were examined using eye tracking technology.

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Industry Talk: Thomas Kusterer, CFO & Member of the Board of Management EnBW AG 

We are happy to welcome Thomas Kusterer to give a talk on digitalization at EnBW as part of our bachelor course “Information Systems” on January 29th, 2024, 11.30-1 AM at Gerthsen lecture hall (50.35). 

 

Thomas Kusterer is Chief Financial Officer and Member of the Board of Management of EnBW AG. EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG is one of the largest energy supply companies in Germany and Europe with a workforce of more than 27,000 employees and supplies electricity, gas, water and energy solutions and energy industry services to around 5.5 million customers. 

 

Interested KIT students and staff members are invited to join the talk! 

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Science Lounge at experimenta on Citizen Science 
Science Lounge at experimenta on Citizen Science 

The Science Lounge offers the opportunity to discuss ideas and suggestions for improving the platform in an interactive exchange. The experimenta science center in Heilbronn offers a unique world of knowledge and experience for inquiring minds. In the 25,000 m² facility, everyone can experiment, be amazed and creative and discover the world with all the senses.

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