2019 Research Report: Cutting-edge research at Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences

The latest annual research report reveals impressive results and projects of applied research on a wide variety of topics

April 10, 2019

Under the title "Forschung aktuell 2019", Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences has published its latest annual research report. On a total of 100 pages covering 23 contributions, professors of Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences (HsKA) provide insights into their current research work. HsKA counts among Baden-Württemberg’s most research intensive universities. In 2018, the university attracted an annual research income of approx. € 7.8 million.

Many contributions listed in the 2019 Research Report are dedicated to the growing expectations of mobility and social challenges in our rapidly changing world. The articles in the "Digital Mobility" section, for example, illustrate the extent to which the immediate availability of information through digital technology is changing our social, economic and working lives. In this light, social, linguistic and socio-scientific research become particularly important. Consequently, research in these fields is also carried out at Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences, as the contributions in the section "Society in Motion" impressively demonstrate. Further contributions offer interesting insights into "Car and Traffic Mobility", to which Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences has dedicated itself in various research projects.

Of course, this year’s edition of the research report also contains a large number of highly innovative research contributions from the engineering sciences, especially on the subject of energy efficiency and sustainability. Ultimately, these efforts serve one purpose: to preserve the life resources threatened by climate change, environmental degradation and resource consumption. Contributions on these topics can be found in the "Environmental Technology and Environmental Analysis" section.

The final section, "Highlights", contains contributions on highly topical research results from a wide variety of disciplines. It underlines the enormous spectrum of research activities at Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences.

"Forschung aktuell 2019” impressively highlights the broad range and international networking of applied research promoted at Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences. The university also makes important contributions to technology transfer by putting its research and development projects into practice," says Prof. Dr.-Ing. Franz Quint, Vice President for Research, Cooperation and Quality Management at Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences. "Applied research is a major contribution to the university's profile; after all, it helps us provide high-quality university education, particularly when it comes to our master's degree courses.”

Due to the enormous development potential in this area and the ever-increasing competition between universities, Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences has realigned its research structure and organization. Key issues were the structure of the institute, the participation of researchers, the promotion of young scientists and research support. Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences now has ten central, quality-assured institutes. The Scientific Advisory Board serves as a forum for ideas and advises the Senate and Rectorate on the strategic development of research at the university. A doctoral convention was established in accordance with the State University Law in order to promote young scientists. The research support facilities were merged into a central administrative unit, the so-called Center of Applied Research (CAR), which is independent of the institutes.

By the end of 2018, researchers at the university included 58 professors, supported by 161 employees and 98 student assistants. Last year, a total of 99 doctoral dissertations were supervised cooperatively at Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences as individual or structured doctorates, and 11 doctoral students completed their doctoral dissertation in 2018.

The "Forschung aktuell 2019” edition of 3,000 copies is primarily aimed at introducing small and medium-sized companies to the range of services offered by Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences in applied research, making the university a recommended cooperation partner for innovative projects.

The photo on the title page shows the laboratory of the Institute of Ubiquitous Mobility Systems at Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences, which was officially inaugurated in late 2018. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Schlegel’s team is working on the SmartMMI project. Their objective is to develop a concept that improves information flow to passengers during their journey. By combining various data sources into an intelligent data platform, this data is made available to passengers of public transportation on additional touchscreen windows in trains and light rail vehicles, on so-called SmartWindows, or on smartphones.

For a free copy of "Forschung aktuell 2019", contact the Public Relations & Marketing Office at Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences by phone (+49 0721 925-1008) or by e-mail (sekretariat.goemspam prevention@hs-karlsruhe.de ) or download a copy from the university’s website.