Dipl.-Phys. Torsten Fleischer

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

Current positions

  • Head of the research group “Mobility Futures”
  • Focus topic “Mobility in urban contexts – Needs-based Infrastructures in Cities of the Future” as part of the “Profilregion Mobilitätsysteme Karlsruhe” research cluster

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

  • 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)
  • 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

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
Zimmer-Merkle, S.; Fleischer, T.; Schippl, J. (2021). Mobilität und Technikfolgenabschätzung: zwischen Mobilitätsermöglichung und Mobilitätsfolgenbewältigung. Technikfolgenabschätzung. Hrsg.: S. Böschen, 97–112, Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft. 
Journal Articles
Conference Papers
Fleischer, T.; Schippl, J.; Yamasaki, Y.; Taniguchi, A. (2021). Social Acceptance of Automated Driving: Some Insights from Comparative Research in Japan and Germany. Proceedings of the 27th ITS World Congress, Hamburg, 11.-15.10.2021. 
Maia, M. J.; Nierling, L.; Coenen, C.; Fleischer, T.; Heil, R.; Jahnel, J.; König, H.; Orwat, C. (2021). Research on AI at ITAS. Helmholtz AI Virtual Conference (2021), Online, April 14–15, 2021. Full textFull text of the publication as PDF document
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. 

List of publications at ITAS