Press Release 005/2011

KIT Mobility Systems Focus Presents Itself

KIT at the City Hall: Scientists Present Tomorrow’s Mobility Solutions in the Run-up of the 2011 Automotive Summer
Gründer Fahren: Neue Mobilitätskonzepte stehen auch im Dienst der Umwelt  (Quelle: Photocase)
Green driving: New mobility concepts compatible with the environment. (Source: Photocase)

Innovative mobility concepts are of increasing importance to economy, the environment, and society. Further development of key technologies, such as alternative driving systems, lightweight construction, and energy efficiency, are listed on the scientific agenda. These topics are also covered by the KIT Mobility Systems Focus that will present itself to the public on Thursday, January 20, 2011, 18.30 hrs, at the Bürgersaal of the Karlsruhe City Hall.

KIT has been contributing decisively to mobility research for a long time. Examples are innovative storage systems, traffic routing, or logistics. With the development of future fuels or E-mobility, KIT assumes a leading position in the research community. Apart from purely technical research, attention focuses on the interactions of man, vehicle, and infrastructure.

The Mobility Systems Focus pools the competencies relating to research activities of more than 37 KIT institutes. It is aimed at developing new ideas and stimuli for ground-based mobility and future transportation of persons and goods. Moreover, the Focus is the central contact point for science, industry, politics, and society.

The series “KIT im Rathaus” (KIT at the City Hall) wishes to enhance these synergies. Citizens and in particular pupils as well as representatives of industry and entrepreneurs are invited to come to this event. A subsequent reception will give the audience the opportunity to exchange opinion. Parallel to the event, an exhibition will provide further insight into this topic from January 17 to 21, 2011, in the Oberes Foyer of the city hall. Admission will be free.

Welcome Addresses

Wolfram Jäger, Mayor of the City of Karlsruhe
Joachim Knebel, Chief Science Officer, KIT

Viable Vehicle Driving Systems – Challenge for Science, Society, and Industry
Professor Albert Albers, Head of the Institute of Product Development (IPEK)

How Does Traffic Get into the Computer? – Simulation of Traffic Systems and Their Applications
Professor Peter Vortisch, Head of the Institute for Transport Studies

System Approaches and Interdisciplinary Research into Viable Mobility Systems – Research Approaches and Research Structures at KIT
Sascha Ott, Manager of the KIT Mobility Systems Focus

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Being “The Research University in the Helmholtz Association”, KIT creates and imparts knowledge for the society and the environment. It is the objective to make significant contributions to the global challenges in the fields of energy, mobility, and information. For this, about 9,600 employees cooperate in a broad range of disciplines in natural sciences, engineering sciences, economics, and the humanities and social sciences. KIT prepares its 23,300 students for responsible tasks in society, industry, and science by offering research-based study programs. Innovation efforts at KIT build a bridge between important scientific findings and their application for the benefit of society, economic prosperity, and the preservation of our natural basis of life. KIT is one of the German universities of excellence.

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