ITeG Ring­vor­le­sung 2021/2022

The Research Center for Information Technology Design (ITeG) at the University of Kassel in cooperation with the German Society for Computer Science (GI) is organizing a lecture series on the manyfold design dimensions of the digital society. In these lectures renowned representatives from different disciplines present their research and conclusions with an explicit sociotechnical focus. This year, the lecture series is part of the celebrations for the anniversary "50 Jahre Universität Kassel”.

The lectures are open to the public and external online participation is very welcome.

Wednesday, 17:00 CET
Meeting-ID: 990 8997 8096  
Identification code: itegkassel

27. Ok­to­ber 2021

Prof. Dr. Irene Bertschek,
ZEW - Leibniz-Centre for European Economic Research, Mannheim

"Digitalisation – A Vaccine for the Economy"

27. Oktober 2021: Mehr lesen

15. De­zem­ber 2021

Dr. Juliane Jarke,
Institute for Information Management Bremen,
University of Bremen

"Cui bono, Data Science?"

15. Dezember 2021: Mehr lesen

9. Fe­bru­ar 2022

Prof. Dr. Antonio de la Oliva Delgado,
Telematic Engineering Department,
UC3M Madrid

"Use cases for 6G wireless communications - the case of AI and Digital Twins"

9. Februar 2022: Mehr lesen

24. No­vem­ber 2021

Prof. Mark Coeckelbergh, Ph.D.,
Department of Philosophy, University of Vienna

"AI Ethics: Responsibility in Digital Times"

24. November 2021: Mehr lesen

19. Ja­nu­ar 2022

Prof. Dr. Christoph Becker,
Digital Curation Institute,
University of Toronto

"The Design of Just Sustainability: IT and The Sustainable Development Goals"

19. Januar 2022: Mehr lesen

Nä­he­re In­for­ma­tio­nen zu den ein­zel­nen Vor­trä­gen:

"Digitalisation – A Vaccine for the Economy"



Prof. Dr. Irene Bertschek is head of the ZEW Research Department “Digital Economy” and professor of economics of digitalisation at Justus Liebig University Giessen. In May 2019, she was appointed as a member of the Commission of Experts for Research and Innovation (EFI), advising the Federal German government.
Irene Bertschek studied economics at the University of Mannheim and at the Université catholique de LouvainLouvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, focusing on industrial economics and econometrics. She attended the European Doctoral Program and obtained a doctoral degree in economics from the Université catholique de Louvain. In her research, she investigates how digitalisation changes economic processes and how it affects firms’ labour productivity and innovation activity. Her methodological expertise lies in the field of microeconometrics and the analysis of firm-level data.


"AI Ethics: Responsibility in Digital Times"

Artificial intelligence raises many ethical issues. One of them is responsibility: how to deal with the question of responsibility when (previously) human activities are automated? This talk gives an overview of ethical issues raised by AI and discusses the question of responsibility in the light of automation. It is argued that we need a relational and global approach to responsibility.


Mark Coeckelbergh, (Ph.D., University of Birmingham) is Professor of Philosophy of Media and Technology at the Department of Philosophy, University of Vienna since 2015. From 2014 to 2019 he was also (part-time) Professor of Technology and Social Responsibility at the Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility, De Montfort University, UK. He is former President of the Society for Philosophy and Technology (SPT) and a member of the steering committee of ETHICOMP. Coeckelbergh is member of the High Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence for the European Commission, the  Rat für Robotik, inaugurated by the Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology, the Advisory Council on Automated Mobility (Beirat Automatisierte Mobilität), as well as member of the Technical Expert Committee (TEC) for the Foundation for Responsible Robotics.Currently, he is involved in European research projects in the area of robotics (DREAM, INBOTS, The SIENNA Project).

Previously, Prof. Coeckelbergh was Managing Director of the 3TU Centre for Ethics and Technology (2012 - 2014) and Assistant Professor at the Philosophy Department of the University of Twente, The Netherlands (2007 - 2014). He has been involved in interdisciplinary collaborations in the context of the European research projects INBOTS,  SATORI (ethical impact assessment of research and innovation), and has been co‐chair of the Technical Committee ‘Robot Ethics’ of the IEEE Robotics & Automation Society (2013-2015). 

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"Cui bono, Data Science?"

In the introduction to Ecologies of Knowledge: Work and Politics in Science and Technology (1995), Susan Leigh Star asks: “Cui bono? Who is doing the dishes? Where is the garbage going? What is the material basis for practice? Who owns the means of knowledge production?” These questions sum up an approach to the social studies of science and technology (STS) that takes science and technology “off the pedestal” (Chubin and Chu 1989) – by treating both as something that people do together, that understands science as practice and technology as socio-political.

Taking Leigh Star’s questions as a starting point, I will engage with some of the critical work on data science that has emerged in STS over the past decade. This includes questions about the invisible human labour required to run our AI-based infrastructures, questions about social justice and racial bias in AI-based systems as well as proposals for community-led design practices and socio-technical innovation. Overall, the talk provides a glimpse into the rich conceptual and methodological toolbox that STS scholars have developed to critically examine technology design and use.


Dr. Juliane Jarke is a senior researcher at the Institute for Information Management (ifib) and the Centre for Media, Communication and Information Research (ZeMKI) at the University of Bremen. She is co-founder of the Data Science Center at the University of Bremen. Her research focusses on the increasing relevance of digital data for society, related implications and design opportunities. Prior to Bremen, she worked as a research associate at the Centre for the Study of Technology and Organisation at Lancaster University. In 2014, she completed her PhD in Organisation, Work and Technology at Lancaster University Management School. Prior to her PhD studies, she earned degrees in MSc Information Technology, Management and Organisational Change (Lancaster University); MA Philosophy (Hamburg University) and BSc Informatics (Hamburg University). Since 2009, Juliane serves as an independent expert to the European Commission within the areas eInfrastructures, Data Infrastructures and Digital Science.

"The Design of Just Sustainability: IT and The Sustainable Development Goals"


Prof. Dr. Christoph Becker, t.b.a.

"Use cases for 6G wireless communications - the case of AI and Digital Twins"



Prof. Dr. Antonio de la Oliva Delgado,t.b.a.