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Dipl.-Phys. Torsten Fleischer

Head of research group
Research group “Mobility Futures”
Room: 318
Phone: +49 721 608-24571
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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

Fleischer, T.
Mission: Impossible? Auf der Suche nach Gründen für die Distanz der TA(ler) zu den Folgen ihres Erfolges.... Vortrag auf der Internationalen Konferenz TA19 "Mission Control? Missionsorientierte Innovation als Herausforderung für die TA", Wien, Österreich, 27.05.2019

Fleischer, T.; Meyer-Soylu, S.; Schippl, J.; Decker, M.
Personal aerial transportation systems (PATS) - A potential solution for the urban mobility challenges? Futures 109(2019), S. 50-62

Fleischer, T.; Givoni, M.; Schippl, J.
"Self-driving cars are completely the wrong tool for me!" Moshe Givoni, Torsten Fleischer and Jens Schippl discuss automated road vehicles. TATuP - Zeitschrift für Technikfolgenabschätzung in Theorie und Praxis 27(2018)2, S. 68-71, DOI: 10.14512/tatup.27.2.68

Fleischer, T.; Schippl, J.
Automatisiertes Fahren - Fluch oder Segen für nachhaltige Mobilität? TATuP - Zeitschrift für Technikfolgenabschätzung in Theorie und Praxis 27(2018)2, S. 11-15, DOI: 10.14512/tatup.28.2.11

Woll, S.; Fleischer, T.
Automatisiertes Fahren: Möglichkeitsbedingungen und Folgen. Vortrag auf dem Tech-Center a-drive Workshop am KIT-FZI, Karlsruhe, 14.11.2018

Brändle, C.; Lis, A.; Fleischer, T.; Evensen, D.; Mastop, J.
Prerequisites for a social licence to operate in the (shale) gas industries (Project report - SP4 Public perceptions). European Union Horizon 2020 programme 2017, publ. online

Fleischer, T.
Automatisiertes Fahren ist mehr als automatisiert zu fahren. Vortrag auf dem talKIT Technologieforum "Connected Mobility", Karlsruhe, 10.-11.05.2017

Fleischer, T.
Individueller Luftverkehr in Städten? Vortrag beim BBSR Werkstattgespräch "Smart City und Stadtverkehr: Welchen Zukunftstyp streben wird an?", Berlin, 05.04.2017

Fleischer, T.
Möglichkeitsbedingungen und Folgen automatisierten Fahrens. Vortrag beim TechCenter a-Drive Workshop "Deep Learning on the Road", Universität Ulm, 15.11.2017

Fleischer, T.
Self-driving cars: TA questions along their way from a promise to a solution. Vortrag bei der European Parliamentary Assessment Conference 2017 "Shaping the Future of Mobility", Verkehrshaus Luzern, Schweiz, 08.11.2017

List of publications at ITAS