Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Press Release 02/2008

Heading for the Top of the World

Innovation Forum Focuses on Services

Web-based services are gaining importance. Their development and supply give rise to technical and economic challenges. This is the subject of the event “Sehnsucht nach grenzenloser Information: Das Internet der Dienste und elektronische Märkte als Basis der Innovation mit Dienstleistungen“ (Desire for limitless information: The internet of services and electronic markets as a basis of innovation with services) organized by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research on January 31 at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Local partner of this event is the Institute for IT Industry and Information Management.

Dr. Elisabeth Zuber-Knost
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Universität Karlsruhe
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Klaus Rümmele

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Handelshochschule Leipzig (HHL)
- Project partner of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) -
Antje Sauerland

Phone: +49 341 98 51 664

During the 6th Innovation Forum on “Innovative Services Heading for the Top of the World”, experts will present latest developments for the supply and trade of services on the internet as well as innovative markets for exchanging energy, information, and commercial papers. The program will cover theoretical approaches as well as examples of the practical implementation of innovative service concepts on the internet and in the environment of electronic markets. Guests from industry, science, and politics have been invited to participate. The Forum is divided into two blocks, the first focusing on the “Internet of Services” and the second on the “Market as a Service”.

The event takes place at a time that is characterized by research and teaching in the field of innovative services gaining importance at the KIT. The Universität Karlsruhe and IBM Deutschland GmbH signed an agreement on the foundation of a joint institute for service research in the beginning of this year. With this “Karlsruhe Service Research Institute”, the cooperation partners wish to satisfy the growing demand for university graduates specifically trained for the service sector and to strengthen research in this field.

Program on Thursday, January 31, in the Gartensaal of the Karlsruhe Castle:

12:00 hrs Opening of the Forum, Prof. Dr. Prof. h.c. Dr. h.c. Ralf Reichwald, Technical University of Munich, CLIC, HHL

12:20 hrs Welcome Address to the Participants, Prof. Dr. Christof Weinhardt, Universität Karlsruhe (TH)

12:30 hrs Internet of Services

”Enterprise Services“, Prof. Dr. Lutz Heuser, Head of SAP Research

”Service Science – Interdisciplinarity of Service Research“, Dr. Carsten Holtmann, FZI Information Science Research Center

“Cloud Computing“, Prof. Dr. Frank Leymann, University of Stuttgart

Podium Discussion

presented by: Prof. Dr. Rudi Studer, FZI Information Science Research Center / Universität Karlsruhe (TH)

Short statements of invited podium guests

15:00 hrs Market as a Service

”Energy Markets of the Future – New Services Create Values“, Dr. Wolfram Münch, EnBW AG, Head of the Research Division

Development and Demonstration “Innovative Services in Electronic Stock Trading”, Oliver Hans, Baden-Württembergische Wertpapierbörse GmbH, Director

”The German Entrepreneurial Index – An Innovative Index Concept“, Prof. Dr. Christoph Kaserer, Technical University of Munich

“Prognosis Markets as a Management Instrument in the Export of Services”, Stefan Luckner, Universität Karlsruhe (TH)

Podium Discussion

presented by: Prof. Dr. Christof Weinhardt, Universität Karlsruhe (TH)

Short statements of invited podium guests

17:20 hrs Closing Address, Prof. Dr. Christof Weinhardt, Universität Karlsruhe (TH)

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The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) represents the merger of the Universität Karlsruhe with the Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe. Altogether, it has 8000 employees and an annual budget of 600 million Euros.

The KIT will be an institution of internationally excellent research and teaching in natural and engineering sciences. KIT shall attract the best experts from all over the world, set new standards in teaching and promotion of young scientists, and establish the leading European center in the field of energy research. KIT will assume a leading role in nanosciences worldwide. It is the objective of KIT to be one of the most important cooperation partners of industry.

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Monika Landgraf
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Phone: +49 721 608-41150
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