Research Projects at IUMS


Visualisierung der Energiewende in Baden-Württemberg
(Visualization of the energy transition in  Baden-Württemberg)

The energy revolution changes the focus of consumption from wastage to more production-oriented methods. In the course of this, citizens themselves take on the role of energy producers. Therefore a profound understanding of complex interrelations within a future energy system is not only necessary for decision-makers but for the general public as well. 

The main vision of this project lies in the interactive inclusion of citizens into the transformation process of the energy system by creating an intuitive grasp of the complexity concerning energy systems of the future. For this reason, either augmented or virtual reality are supposed to help building an intuitive insight into the energy revolution. A playful and lifelike interaction which exceeds mere visualization enables even people who are non-professionals on the topic to get vivid access into the relationship between the components of the energy system, the environment and the lasting effects connected to it. This will amend the already existing Energieatlas by the Ministry of Environment BW by an additional component.


Wissenschaftliche Bibliotheken gestalten den digitalen Wandel
(Scientific Libraries shape the Digital Change)

Despite the increased use of media and virtual content, which enables learning regardless of location, the need for spaces specially provided for learning is increasing.
One symptom of this are overcrowded learning spaces in universities during the exam phase. For a long time now, learners have not only been looking for suitable learning facilities at their own educational institution, but also at other locations.

In the project "Learning Libraries Karlsruhe - Creative working and learning" not only more learning spaces should be created, but these also should be tailored to the needs of the learners. For this purpose concepts for new types of learning spaces are being devised and implemented by the project participants. An important aspect is not only to offer more learning spaces to individuals, but also to promote group work through the space and equipment provided for this purpose. In order to inform learnesr about available learning spaces an app is being developed which presents current offers from the Karlsruhe libraries and educational institutions in a manageable manner.


Modell- und kontextbasierte Mobilitätsinformationen auf Smart Public Displays und Mobilgeräten im Öffentlichen Verkehr
(Model- and Context-Based Mobility Information on Smart Public Displays and Mobile Devices in Public Transport)

The research project RESPOND (resilient socio-technical processes in the industrial internet of things) deals with the question of how intelligent factories can be improved to recognize and fix errors autonomously. The results should make manufacturing more autonomous, flexible and dynamic. The aim is to manufacture individual products automatically and reliably.

Project Website: RESPOND


Modell- und kontextbasierte Mobilitätsinformationen auf Smart Public Displays und Mobilgeräten im Öffentlichen Verkehr
(Model- and Context-Based Mobility Information on Smart Public Displays and Mobile Devices in Public Transport)

In public transport, many passengers travel to different destinations every day. In order to transform public transport from a necessity into a mobility experience, the SmartMMI project focuses on improving the information supply of passengers along their mobility chain. The industry and research partners combine a wide variety of data sources to form a smart public transport data platform and research ways to present the information to the passenger on semi-transparent displays (SmartWindows) and on personal mobile devices (Smartphones or Smartwatches).

Proeject Website:


Verlässlichkeit in Smart und Big Data für den öffentlichen Personenverkehr
(Reliability of Smart und Big Data in Public Transport)

The goal of VSB-ÖP is to improve the reliability of data in public transport. VSB-ÖP is conducted in cooperation with init, one of the leaders of its solutions in public transport and the local transport association KVV including the transport companies AVG and VBK. Together we identify causes for bad data quality, develop strategies to visualize quality issues and build data quality solutions. This will help decision-makers in planning, enhance operational effectivity and ultimately improve public transport service.

Closed Research Projects


Algorithmic media select information for media users. The project AlgStrOeff evaluates how the use of algorithmic selection mechanisms affects users' political information competency. For this purpose, the IUMS develops a survey-environment embedded in digital media in order to automate media research and make processes of opinion forming comprehensible.


Go Karlsruhe

The purpose of "GO Karlsruhe!" is to increase the knowledge of the demands and challenges of pedestrian traffic, the valuation of infrastructure and the development of measures for improvement. In order to conduct this research, digital participatory instruments are designed and evaluated. These instruments enable the pedestrians to be involved on-site and continuously in the analysis, design and implementation of the field test.



The goal of the project “CyProAssist“ is the creation of a production assistance system and its application under real production conditions. This system focuses on humans as the key problem solvers in the production process. For this purpose, the IUMS is developing new semantic models for human-machine interaction and (context) adaptation.


Postal address:
Hochschule Karlsruhe – Technik und Wirtschaft
Institut für Ubiquitäre Mobilitätssysteme (IUMS)
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Schlegel
Moltkestr. 30
76133 Karlsruhe

Hoffstraße 3
76133 Karlsruhe

Phone: +49 (0)721 925-2569
Fax: +49 (0)721 925-2597
E-Mail: Thomas.Schlegelspam