Institute for Technology Assessment and  Systems Analysis (ITAS)
Karsten Wendland

Prof. Dr. Karsten Wendland

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

Current positions

Fields of work

  • Artificial Intelligence and Machine / AI consciousness
  • AI Ethics in Business Innovation Processes
  • Corporate intranets, portals and corporate platforms
  • Blockchain and cryptocurrencies
  • Digital Farming / projects in Latin America

On the internet

Professional background

Karsten Wendland studied computer science with minors in vocational education and human computer interaction. Computer Science Diploma 1999. Doctor philosophiae at Technische Universität Darmstadt 2006.

For over 20 years, Karsten Wendland has been involved in the analysis, conception and human-oriented design of digital networked applications for industry, SMEs, public agencies and international institutions. He brings IT ethics into business practice and supports the development of forward thinking strategies for applying innovative technology approaches and artificial intelligence (AI).

Through his exclusive consultancy, lectures, workshops and process support, he has helped countless senior executives, computer scientists, engineers, and employees of innovation-leading companies and international universities in Europe and the Middle East to redesign and successfully deploy digital collaboration systems, problematic and deadlocked IT systems, to Re-adjust and improve processes in industry, SMEs and public administration, to develop digital information systems for non-educational groups and for people seeking advice and help, to introduce new approaches and approaches to analysis and system design in companies and public authorities, to build bridges between departments and to find common solutions, to develop and control digital projects, to accompany tenders, to review supplier performance and to review disputes.

Wendland is co-founder and promoter of several companies, institutes and spin-offs that deal with networked applications, digital collaboration, leap innovations and non-blocking information flows in business life.

Karsten Wendland has been Professor of Media Informatics at Aalen University since 2008. There, he lectures in the degree programs Digital Content Creation and User Experience and carries out industry-related projects in the field of applied research.

Karsten Wendland has been working at ITAS at KIT since 2019 in the field of foundational research as the head of the BMBF project “Clarification of suspicion of consciousness in artificial intelligence (AI consciousness)”.

Selected publications

Wendland, K.; Embacher, L; Straub, S. (2016)
Expectations and Apprehensions on Transhumanism. Interview with James J. Hughes, Zoltan Istvan, Stefan Lorenz Sorgner. In: FifF-Kommunikation, 2/2016: 19-23
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Wendland, K.
Mitarbeiterbeteiligung lebensnah umgesetzt im „Dark Intranet“
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Wendland, K. (2011)
Kultur- und Technikgestaltung in Social-Intranet-Projekten. In: Wolf, F. (Hrsg.), Social Intranet. Kommunikation fördern, Wissen teilen, effizient zusammenarbeiten. München, 2011: 122-141. Hanser.

Wendland, K.; Planz, C. and Oldorf, P. (2006)
Optimal Solutions for Hospital Websites. Requirements Engineering, 14th IEEE International Conference, pp. 233 - 238


Book Chapters
Wendland, K.
Wird die Krone der Schöpfung auf ein neues Haupt gesetzt? Bewusste KI-Systeme im Fokus technischer Entwicklungen.
2020. Digitale Bildung und Künstliche Intelligenz in Deutschland : nachhaltige Wettbewerbsfähigkeit und Zukunftsagenda. Hrsg.: Ronny Alexander Fürst, 221–240, Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden. doi:10.1007/978-3-658-30525-3_9
Conference Papers
Heier, J.; Willmann, J.; Wendland, K.
Design Intelligence - Pitfalls and Challenges : When Designing AI Algorithms in B2B Factory Automation.
2020. Artificial Intelligence in HCI : First International Conference, AI-HCI 2020, Held as Part of the 22nd HCI International Conference, HCII 2020, Copenhagen, Denmark, July 19–24, 2020, Proceedings. Ed.: H. Degen, 288–297, Springer Nature. doi:10.1007/978-3-030-50334-5_19
Audio & Video
Wendland, K.; Wadephul, C.
The Magic of Blockchain: A Look behind the Scences of three Smart Contract based Flagship Projects.
2018. Workshop "We are on a mission" (2018), Berlin, Germany, April 27, 2018