Dipl.-Phys. Torsten Fleischer

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

Current positions

  • Deputy head of institute
  • Head of the research group “Mobility Futures”

Fields of work

  • Technology assessments on digitalization, informatization and automation of mobility and traffic
  • Attitudes towards mobility technologies and patterns of mobility behavior
  • Empirical and conceptual research on interactions between technological and social change
  • Governance of innovation processes

Completed projects (after 2000)

  • “Feasibility conditions and implications of Automated Driving” as part of Tech Center a-drive
  • PAKoS: „Personalisierte, adaptive kooperative Systeme für automatisierte Fahrzeuge“ (Personalized, adaptive and cooperative Systems for Automated Vehicles)
  • WP6 “Behaviour in the context of changes in values and lifestyles” within Kopernikus-Project ENavi
  • 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
  • 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

Professional background

1990 German university degree „Diplom“ after University studies of physics in Berlin
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)

Recent publications

Book Chapters
Driel, C. Van; Abendroth, B.; Fleischer, T.; Schippl, J. (2024). Entwicklung des automatisierten Fahrens – ein Überblick. Automatisierter ÖPNV - Hintergründe und praktische Anleitung zur Umsetzung in kleineren Städten und ländlichen Regionen. Hrsg.: R. Yen, 15–32, Springer-Verlag. 
Journal Articles
Book Chapters
Fleischer, T.; Schippl, J. (2023). Gesellschaftliche Aspekte des automatisierten Fahrens. Yen, Robert; Braun Binder, Nadja; Pitzen, Constantin; Schippl, Jens (Hg.): Automatisierter ÖPNV: Hintergründe und praktische Anleitung zur Umsetzung in kleineren Städten und ländlichen Regionen, 128–152, Springer-Verlag. Full textFull text of the publication as PDF document
Reichenbach, M.; Fleischer, T. (2023). Zwischen Ambition und Umsetzung : Institutionalisierungsprozesse als Kernherausforderung der Mobilitätswende?. Renaissance der Verkehrspolitik. Hrsg.: D. Sack, 293–322, Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden. doi:10.1007/978-3-658-38832-4_12
Conference Papers
Fleischer, T.; Puhe, M.; Schippl, J.; Yamasaki, Y. (2022). Public Expectations Regarding the Longer-term Implications of and Regulatory Changes for Autonomous Driving: A Contribution to the Debate on its Social Acceptance. 2022 IEEE Intelligent Vehicles Symposium (IV): 4–9 June 2022, Aachen, Germany, 1268–1273, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). doi:10.1109/IV51971.2022.9827210
Schippl, J.; Czech, A.; Puhe, M.; Fleischer, T. (2022). Wer möchte automatisierte Fahrzeuge und aus welchen Gründen? Ergebnisse einer Interviewstudie mit Bürger/-innen in Karlsruhe. 14. Wissenschaftsforum Mobilität "Towards the New Normal in Mobility" (2022), Duisburg, Germany, June 23, 2022. 

List of publications at ITAS