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Michael Decker

Prof. Dr. Michael Decker

Head of institute
Professor of Technology Assessment at the Institute of Philosophy of the KIT
Currently suspending his activities at ITAS; Head of division II "Informatics, Economics, and Society".
Phone: +49 721 608-41050
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Kaiserstraße 12
D-76131 Karlsruhe

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Studies in physics (minor subject economics) at Heidelberg University, German university degree "Diplom" in physics 1992; graduation 1995, doctor's degree in natural sciences at Heidelberg University (spectroscopy of oxygen in the high pressure combustion); habilitation at the University of Freiburg (interdisciplinary research for technology assessment) in 2006.

Current positions

  • Since October 2015 Head of division (division II)
  • Since November 2009 professor for Technology Assessment at the Institute of Philosophy at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
  • Spokesperson for the "Topic Key Technologies and Innovation Processes" in the Helmholtz Program "Technology, Innovation and Society" (TIS)
  • Chairman of the Advisory Board "Technik und Gesellschaft" (Technology and Society) of the VDI
  • Head of the Advisory Board "Innovation- and Technology Analysis" of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research
  • Spokesperson of the Netzwerk Technikfolgenabschätzung (NTA)
  • Member of the supervisory board of the Nationales Institut für Wissenschaftskommunikation (NaWik)

Fields of work

  • Concepts of Technology Assessment
  • Methodology of interdisciplinary research
  • TA of Robotics and Nanotechnology

Professional background

1991 - 1995

Member of scientific staff at the Institute for Physical Chemistry at Heidelberg University

1995 - 1997

Member of scientific staff at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Stuttgart

1997 - 2002

Member of scientific staff at the Europäische Akademie zur Erforschung von Folgen wissenschaftlich-technischer Entwicklungen Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler GmbH

2003 - 2004

Member of scientific staff at ITAS

2004 - 2014

Deputy head of institute

2014 - 2015

Head of institute

Selected publications

Decker, M.
The next generation of robots for the next generation of humans? Robotics and Autonomous Systems 88(2017), S. 154-156, DOI: 10.1016/j.robot.2016.11.005

Decker, M.; Weinberger, N.; Krings, B.-J.; Hirsch, J.
Imagined technology futures in demand-oriented technology assessment. Journal of Responsible Innovation 4(2017)2, S. 177-196, DOI: 10.1080/23299460.2017.1360720

Decker, M.; Fischer, M.; Ott, I.
Service robotics and human labor: A first technology assessment of substitution and cooperation. Robotics and Autonomous Systems 87(2017), S. 348-354, open access

Decker, M.
Roboterethik. In: Heesen, J. (Hrsg.): Handbuch Medien- und Informationsethik. Stuttgart: Metzler 2016, S. 351-357


Decker, M.; Gutmann, M.; Knifka, J. (Hrsg.)
Evolutionary robotics, organic computing and adaptive ambience. Epistemological and ethical implications of technomorphic descriptions of technologies. Wien: LIT 2015
(Hermeneutik und Anthropologie, Bd. 6)
mehr zum Buch

Weinberger, N.; Krings, B.-J.; Decker, M.
Enabling a mobile and independent way of life for people with dementia - Needs-oriented technology development. In: Dominguez-Rué, E.; Nierling, L. (Hrsg.): Ageing and technology. Perspectives from the social sciences. Bielefeld: transcript 2016, S. 183-204


Bogner, A.; Decker, M.; Sotoudeh, M. (Hrsg.)
Responsible innovation - Neue Impulse für die Technikfolgenabschätzung? Baden-Baden: Nomos - edition sigma 2015
(Gesellschaft - Technik - Umwelt, Neue Folge 18)
mehr zum Buch

Decker, M.
Robotik. In: Sturma, D.; Heinrichs, B. (Hrsg.): Handbuch Bioethik. Stuttgart Weimar: J.B. Metzler 2015, S. 373-378

Böhle, K.; Coenen, Chr.; Decker, M.; Rader, M.
Biocybernetic adaptation and privacy. In: Friedewald, M.; Pohoryles, R. (Hrsg.): Privacy and security in the digital age. Taylor & Francis 2014, S. 71-80

Weinberger, N.; Decker, M.; Fleischer, T.; Schippl, J.
A new monitoring process of future topics for innovation and technological analysis: informing Germanys' innovation policy. European Journal of Futures Research (2013), S. 15-23, DOI: 10.1007/s40309-013-0023-4, open access

List of publications at ITAS