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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B.Sc. Lecture: Foundations of Interactive Systems with Design Capstone Project on Sustainability with SAP SE
B.Sc. Lecture: Foundations of Interactive Systems with Design Capstone Project on Sustainability with SAP SE

The lecture “Foundations of Interactive Systems” is targeted at bachelor students who are interested in the design of successful human-computer interaction in business and private life. It introduces key concepts and principles of interactive systems from a human and computer perspective. It also teaches core human-centered design processes for interactive systems and provides insights into the use & contexts of interactive systems in business and society.  The course is complemented by a design capstone project, where students work in teams and apply design methods & techniques to create an interactive prototype for a given challenge.

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STAMMTISCH mensch.digital at Triangel | On the way to emotion-adaptive smartwatches
STAMMTISCH mensch.digital at Triangel | On the way to emotion-adaptive smartwatches

Emotions accompany us every day on our journey through life. However, each of us experiences them in a very individual way and in different situations. Developing a deep understanding of our own emotions and at the same time recognizing the emotions of other people is a valuable asset. This knowledge helps us to have successful and fulfilling interpersonal interactions. With good emotional awareness, we can also learn to regulate our emotions more easily, which helps us in various life situations. 

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New Job Opportunity:  Doctoral Student Position (f/m/d) “AI for Sustainability PhD Project” in cooperation with SAP SE 
New Job Opportunity: Doctoral Student Position (f/m/d) “AI for Sustainability PhD Project” in cooperation with SAP SE

Climate change is one of the greatest threats of our time. There is an urgent need for organizations to transform towards sustainable business. Artificial Intelligence technologies embedded into enterprise systems such as ERP or Business Intelligence & Analytics systems offer huge potential to support making businesses more sustainable. However, there is a lack of actionable design knowledge in the field of “AI for Sustainability” in information systems.  

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New Publication in BISE: Open Science – Towards Greater Transparency and Openness in Science
New Publication in BISE: Open Science – Towards Greater Transparency and Openness in Science

The Business & Information Systems Engineering (BISE) journal has published a new discussion article titled “Open Science”. Open Science is a movement for greater transparency and openness in science, which is increasingly having an impact on everyday scientific work and life in all scientific disciplines. With this BISE discussion we hope to stimulate a fruitful debate and intensify an exchange within the BISE community on the increasingly important topic of Open Science. 

 

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Open Position: Public Relations & Communications for “wir-forschen.digital”

The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is looking for a committed and creative personality for the position of project coordination and marketing for the wir-forschen.digital platform. The platform offers the opportunity for citizens to participate in empirical studies.  

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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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