Institute for Technology Assessment and  Systems Analysis (ITAS)

Dipl.-Phys. Torsten Fleischer

  • Institut für Technikfolgenabschätzung und Systemanalyse (ITAS)
    Postfach 3640
    76021 Karlsruhe


University studies of physics in Berlin; German university degree "Diplom" 1990.

Professional background

1991 - 1995 Scientific staff member in the Department of Applied Systems Analysis (AFAS) that later became the Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS) of Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe (FZK)
1995 - 2000 Scientific staff member at the Office of Technology Assessment at the German Bundestag (TAB) Bonn / Berlin
since 2000 Scientific staff  member at the Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS) of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

Fields of work

  • Technology Assessment on Informatization and Automation of Mobility and Transportation
  • Technology Assessment in the fields Energy and New Materials (Focus Nanomaterials)
  • Interactions between technological and societal changes
  • Governance of innovation processes

Recent projects and responsibilities

  • Head of the research group “Mobility Futures”
  • Project coordination “Feasibility conditions and implications of Automated Driving” as part of Tech Center a-drive
  • Work package leader “Technology Assessment as part of the Development Process” within Project PAKoS: „Personalisierte, adaptive kooperative Systeme für automatisierte Fahrzeuge“ (Personalized, adaptive and cooperative Systems for Automated Vehicles)
  • Focus topic “Mobility in urban contexts – Needs-based Infrastructures in Cities of the Future” as part of the “Profilregion Mobilitätsysteme Karlsruhe” research cluster
  • WP6 “Behaviour in the context of changes in values and lifestyles” within Kopernikus-Project ENavi
  • Project coordinator “M4ShaleGas: Measuring, monitoring, mitigating, managing the environmental impact of shale gas”
  • RITA – Responsible Innovation und Technology Assessment
  • KonsensOP – Context-sensitive assistance in an attentive surgical operating theatre
  • Technology Options in Urban Transport: Changing paradigms and promising innovation strategies

Completed projects (after 2000)

  • TRANSFORuM – Transforming European Transport through an Active Actors Forum
  • FUTRE – FUture prospects on TRansport evolution and innovation challenges for the competitiveness of Europe
  • myCopter - Enabling Technologies for Personal Aerial Vehicles
  • Global Ethics in Science and Technology (GEST)
  • Bürgerdialog Zukunftstechnologien (Citizen’s Dialogue on Future Technologies)
  • Eco-Efficient Transport Futures for Europe
  • Contribution to the risk governance of particulate nanomaterials by evidence mapping of their potential health risks
  • Technology Options in Urban Transport: Changing paradigms and promising innovation strategies
  • AUTOSUPERCAP - Development of High Energy/High Power Density Supercapacitors for Automotive Applications
  • Electrochemical Storage in a systemic perspective – Reliability and Integration
  • Helmholtz-Alliance ENERGY-TRANS
  • Optimal policies for transport in combination (OPTIC)
  • ITA monitoring – identification of new topics for the innovation and technology analysis of the BMBF
  • NanoSafety – Risk Governance of Manufactured Nanoparticless
  • Study about the state of research on the specific use and distribution patterns of sustainable technologies
  • World Wide Views on Global Warming (WWViews) – a World Wide Project on Citizens’ Participation in Climate Policy
  • Knowledge and Technology Transfer in Materials Research – Characteristics and Conditions of Successful Product Innovation (InnoMat)
  • Converging Technologies (CONTECS)
  • Alternative Technology Options for Road and Air Transport
  • Nanotechnology and Health – Technological Options, Risk Assessment and Precautionary Strategies
  • Innovation Strategies for Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) to Reach a “Sustainable Development” in the Transport Sector Comparative Analysis of International Experiences and Interpretation for German Implementation Conditions

Recent publications

Sebastian Hallensleben; Fetic, L.; Fleischer, T.; Grünke; Hagendorff, T.; Hauer, M.; Hauschke, A.; Heesen, J.; Herrmann, M.; Hillerbrand, R.; Hubig, C.; Kaminski, A.; Krafft, T.; Loh, W.; Otto, P.; Puntschuh, M.; Hustedt, C. (2020). From Principles to Practice : An interdisciplinary framework to operationalise AI ethics. Bertelsmann Stiftung, Gütersloh. 

List of publications at ITAS