KSRI Director Dr. Carsten Holtmann

We warmly welcome our new KSRI director Dr. Carsten Holtmann

  • On January 1, 2023, Dr. Carsten Holtmann has been joining the KSRI leadership team as a director. 

    Carsten is living in Karlsruhe since 1999. He has always been closely connected to the local IT and Science community. He has been working as a researcher, and lecturer at KIT, as business unit leader at FZI, and acting as a strong promotor of networking initiatives amongst local SMEs, industry, and science.

    We are happy to welcome Dr. Carsten Holtmann as a director and are looking forward to IBM’s continued commitment to the close partnership with KIT and its industry-on-campus engagements.

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XMAS Wishes and Ornaments from KSRI

KSRI Wishes You Happy Holidays

  • We would like to thank everyone for this successful and inspiring year 2022. We are grateful for our growing network and especially all the great people and minds within. We wish you happiness and good health for this holiday season and we are very much looking forward to see each other again next year!

Speaker Series with Prof. Hilde Kühne on December 8th

KSRI Speaker Series with Prof. Hilde Kühne on December 8th

  • Date: 01.12.2022
  • We warmly welcome Prof. Hilde Kühne from Goethe University Frankfurt for our KSRI Speaker Series on December, 8th. We will have the pleasure to hear a talk about "Multimodal Embedding Spaces for Video Understanding".



    Until recently, most methods for action classification and detection relied on supervised learning. But video annotation is very cost and time-consuming as it usually requires not only the label but also corresponding time stamps to capture its relevant content. Hence, relying on hand annotation alone will make it challenging to cover considerable amounts of video data and to develop systems to work on large-scale domains beyond existing datasets.

    This talk will address methods, benchmarks, and evaluations for learning human actions without labels, focussing on the idea of inferring actions within videos without any label via multimodal embedding spaces that allow matching visual sequences to semantic concepts. Once those models are trained or initialized, they can be used to temporally segment an unseen video with or without transcripts. It shows that the learned models are able to align the video data with the related actions as well as to localize and classify actions in videos.


    We are looking forward to welcome Prof. Hilde Kühne and many interested listeners at the KIT KD2Lab (building 01.85) on December 8th, 14:30 h!

Karlsruhe Service Summit 2022 on October 14th

Karlsruhe Service Summit 2022: Services and AI for Sustainability

  • Date: 02.08.2022
  • The rapid digital transformation of businesses and society creates new challenges and opportunities for Service Science. With a focus on 'Digital Service Systems' the Karlsruhe Service Research Institute (KSRI) has become a globally leading service institute and a service innovation hub.

    For the 8th time, KSRI invites international experts from industry and academia to the Service Summit in Karlsruhe on October 14th. Digital service experts and stakeholders from important service domains will give you insights into their visions and showcase industry examples. In addition to keynote speeches, researchers from KSRI and its partners from KIT as well as industrial partners will present their latest research results - via hands-on demonstrations and a poster exhibition.

    With this year's theme, we focus on the the potential of digital services and AI for society and the economy and further sustainable development. Be part of the future, design the digital transformation in an inspiring atmosphere and connect with peers and thought leaders!

Speaker Series Announcement Anudar

KSRI Speaker Series with Anudar Hanibal on July 14th

  • This week, we warmly welcome Anudar Hanibal from Carve8 / 1886Ventures as a guest speaker at KIT. We are looking forward to her talk "Innovation Rollercoaster: From Corporate Lab to a Startup" and invite you to join on July, 14th at 09:45 am (KIT building 11.10, Kleiner ETI). 


    Being managing director of a startup and looking back at an exciting career at Daimler AG, Anudar will provide first-hand insights into the challenges of driving innovation in dynamic environments. 


    We are looking forward to seeing you, Anudar Hanibal, and other interested listeners on campus!

Announcement KSRI Speaker Series with Dr. Lisa Precht

KSRI Speaker Series with Dr. Lisa Precht

  • Date: 27.06.2022
  • We warmly welcome Dr. Lisa Precht for our KSRI Speaker Series on July, 5th when she speaks about why "We need to talk... Voice control and chat bots in 2022 - best practices and exciting applications".


    Abstract: Speech – whether written or spoken – is the most natural form of interaction for humans. Voice control and chat bots are therefore becoming increasingly popular. In addition to the growing willingness of customers to try out this still "young" operating modality, however, their associated expectations are also rising. Although many providers have created excellent technical conditions in this area, conversations with voice assistants or bots sometimes still result in disappointing experiences and leave customers frustrated. In this presentation, I will shed light on the psychological perspective on which best practices can be used to create dialogs that not only delight customers, but can even contribute to greater efficiency or security. I will look at possible applications in areas, such as mental health, security and aging, as well as information search in times of fear and new threats.

Speaker Series Kivanc Semen

KSRI Speaker Series with Kıvanç Semen

  • Date: 12.06.2022
  • We are happy to welcome Kivanç Semen for our KSRI Speaker Series on June, 20th, 17:15 h at TRIANGEL OpenSpace. His talk „Die Zukunft ist PIC – Privacy | Information Security | Compliance“ is part of the Community Congress Cyber Security and will be held in German. You can find the complete programm of the Community Congress here and are warmly welcome to join for the full evening. 

    In his talk, Kivanç Semen will share some insights about his founding experience. In summer 2017 - when the DSGVO was about to come into effect, he and his school friend Thomas Regier decide to put their vision into action and build a business that protects the people behind the data.

    Kivanç Semen is founder and CEO of DataGuard. He studied business informatics and industrial engineering at KIT, Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and the Universidad Carlos III in Madrid. During his studies, he set his focus on data privacy and IT-security. He worked as a programmer and IT-consultant since youth and founded his first consulting firm with the age of 17.

News Student Team DigitalChangeMaker Accelerator

KIT student team now part of the DigitalChangeMaker accelerator

  • Lukas Dierolf, Luca Dilger, and Simon Maier, three students of the Faculty of Economics at KIT, observed during the pandemic that many students had difficulties to take advantage of online teaching formats in between face-to-face events. Too few places on campus were accessible for this. They decided to find a solution themselves and applied for the DigitalChangeMaker Accelerator of the Stifterverband and the Reinhard Frank Foundation with support from KSRI/IISM and Innovation and Relations Management (IRM). On 07.03.22 they received the acceptance. Now it's time to get to work. Congratulations to the team!

Guest Lecture with Dr. Markus Pertlwieser on January 25th, 6:00 pm

Guest Lecture with Dr. Markus Pertlwieser

  • Date: 20.01.2022
  • We are happy to welcome Dr. Markus Pertlwieser as a guest lecturer for an inspiring talk on: Digitalization in the Banking Industry and Beyond: Doing Things Right vs. Doing the Right Things?.

    Dr. Markus Pertlwieser is CEO of Penta – a digital platform for business banking solutions – and a proven expert in digital business models and platform economy. He has 20 years of experience in developing corporate strategies and has been responsible for numerous product innovations. Prior to joining Penta, Dr. Markus Pertlwieser worked in various management positions for Deutsche Bank AG, most recently as Chief Digital Officer and as a member of the Executive Board of DB Privat- und Firmenkundenbank. He started his career at McKinsey Company after graduating from KIT.

    Due to the current situation, the event will take place online via Zoom. We offer this as an open guest lecture within our course “Digital Services: Business Models and Transformation” @IISM-DSI. You are cordially invited to sign up (free of charge): info@ksri.kit.edu.

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Apply now for FemaleTalents@KIT and get a picture of your dream job!

  • Date: 20.12.2021
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intro Café facade

intro Café has opened inside TRIANGEL Open Space on May 1st

  • Date: 05.05.2021
  • It gets cosy in TRIANGEL Open Space. Last weekend "intro CAFÉ" has opened its doors within the Innovation location at Kronenplatz. It is operated by a team of KIT students in a café-startup mode. From early in the morning to the evening, guests can purchase coffee specialities, cakes, sandwiches, soups and many more – everything produced sustainably and fair. Dishes are at least vegetarian, if not even vegan.


    The café's concept perfectly matches the spirit of the Triangel Open Space: Open-minded, inspirational, interdisciplinary, sustainable. Situated next to the Kronenplatz tram station, the café not only offers excellent food and beverages. It also allows citizens to enter and explore the adjacent innovation space, meet friends and colleagues or quietly read a book. A stylish interior, exhibitions of local artists, events at the nexus of science and culture invite guests to hang out, immerse themselves into the venue's creative mindset and expand their innovation horizon.


    Try it out yourself ! (... as soon as the pandemic permits)