Press Release 127/2019

KIT Opens Its Doors for the Night of Digitalization

KIT Participates in the City Festival with a Diverse Program at Several Locations
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Karlsruhe is a leading center of digitalization. (Photo: Stadtmarketing Karlsruhe)

Digitalization changes everything. Successful introduction of digitalization for the benefit of humankind and its acceptance by society require a holistic perspective. Visualizing and experiencing digitalization in all its facets is the goal of the “Bunte Nacht der Digitalisierung” (Karlsruhe Night of Digitalization), in which KIT scientists will participate with a diverse program at several locations on October 11, 2019. 




Program at KIT

Location one: Entrance hall of the Mathematics Building on KIT Campus South, building 20.30, Englerstr. 2, 76131 Karlsruhe, from 3 pm.

The SECUSO team will explain how to protect against fraudulent emails. It will provide insight into the strategies of fraudsters and give tips for the daily use of computers.


The Engineers Without Borders University Group digitalizes development aid and helps social workers of an Indian project to provide former child workers with school education document their support, administrate information in a time-saving way, and create resources for direct assistance.


The Steinbuch Centre for Computing is the IT center of KIT and assists students and researchers in the daily use of computers. It will present mathematic modeling projects and digital methods used in the humanities, give tips for the safe handling of the smartphone, and offer guided tours of the high-performance computers of KIT. Three presentations will focus on the use of computer simulations.


KIT’s Competence Center for Applied Security Technology (KASTEL) will provide insight into IT security research and demonstrate copy protection mechanisms of the latest generation for counterfeit protection.


The KIT Department of Informatics offers study programs in informatics, information systems, and informatics for teaching and will provide advice as to how to start studies.


The MaterialDigital Innovation Platform is presently setting up a coordination office to pool digitalization tasks in materials research and to support small and medium-sized enterprises.


Location two: Institut für Informationsmanagement im Ingenieurwesen (Institute for Information Management in Engineering, IMI) of KIT, Kriegsstr. 77, 76133 Karlsruhe:


CAIT (Center for Artificial Intelligence Talents) will focus on artificial intelligence and Industry 4.0. Live demonstrations of augmented and virtual reality, virtual production, machine learning, and computer-aided design will be presented.


Location three: KD2LAB Karlsruhe, Institute of Information Systems and Marketing (IISM) of KIT, Fritz-Erler-Str. 1-3, 76133 Karlsruhe:


Presentations and demonstrations will focus on future working life. The KD2Lab of KIT is one of the largest computer-supported experimental laboratories in the world. Research concentrates on user guidance and individualization during work at and use of the computer, among others.


Location four: Institut für Angewandte Informatik und Formale Beschreibungsverfahren (Institute of Applied Informatics and Formal Description Methods, IAFB) of KIT, Kaiserstr. 89, 76133 Karlsruhe:


What does a robot do when nobody watches? And how does the robot do so? Children aged between 10 and 14 will be answered these questions at the workshop “Der Panda lernt spielen” (The panda learns to play). They will learn what the everyday life of a robot developer is like and how robots can be programmed. Then, they will be given the opportunity to experiment with robots.


More information about the program: (in German)


Night of Digitalization on October 11, 2019

The digital city festival starts at 2 pm in the City Hall on Karlsruhe Marktplatz with a welcome address by Lord Mayor Dr. Frank Mentrup and a panel discussion with representatives of the initiative from science, industry, and administration, including KIT. At 3 pm, the program of the about 100 partners will start at the hotspots of digitalization in the city. Presentations for interested experts, workshops for citizens, an autumn party for staff and their families and friends - every partner will organize his/her own program. In this way, the unique ecosystem of Karlsruhe as a center of digitalization will become visible and can be experienced. In the end, all guests are invited to join the #DigitaleNachtKA at the closing party at 10 pm, ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe. Admission to all programs is cost-free, as are the trips to the venues by bus and tram. The event is initiated by the initiative, an association of science, administration, culture, and industry in Karlsruhe. The organizer and coordinator is Cyberforum e.V.   


More about the KIT Information · Systems · Technologies Center:


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 9,800 employees cooperate in a broad range of disciplines in natural sciences, engineering sciences, economics, and the humanities and social sciences. KIT prepares its 22,300 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.

kes, 02.10.2019


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