Research for the Digital Age

Since its founding as a college for advanced studies in 2017, CAIS has given numerous fellows from a range of countries, disciplines and academic stages the opportunity to pursue their projects in Bochum and benefit from intensive discussion.

We are now beginning to develop CAIS into an institute for digitalization research that will conduct its own research programs with an interdisciplinary team of scientists. We want with our research to understand the fascinating dynamics of the digital age and help shape it.

Through excellent research in dialog with the public, we want to help shape a digital society that is people-friendly.

Developing the potential of digitalization for human interests, needs and capabilities is one of the central challenges of democratic societies. CAIS is a place of innovative research and a source of ideas for a critical public that is coming to an understanding about a self-determined life in the digital age. Through outstanding research, we want to establish a distinctive profile in the national and international scientific landscape. By proposing evidence-based solutions, we help shape the digital transformation in a way that puts people at the center. In doing so, we foster a culture of open, transformative science and initiate exchange with politics, business and civil society.

We deal with the digital transformation in all its facets, and test our research findings in the real world.

Our research encompasses the social, political, economic, cultural and technical changes that accompany digitalization. We investigate cross-disciplinary issues that cannot be studied in isolation. Our research programs interlink different disciplinary worlds from the social sciences and humanities to computer science. This holistic socio-technical approach encompasses both pure research and application-based questions. Together with actors from different areas of society, we use the results of our research in real-world laboratories to find exemplary solutions to concrete problems.

We use an innovative Research Incubator to identify socially relevant topics and investigate them in interdisciplinary research programs.

We run four interdisciplinary research programs for five years each. These programs, which are limited thematically and temporally, allow us to react in a focused and flexible way to societal and technological developments. As a learning and agile institute, we continuously absorb input from society and science.

In order to identify important issues for research programs, we have designed a Research Incubator that systematically monitors the social and scientific debate on digitalization. In implementing the research programs, we test creative formats of inter- and transdisciplinary cooperation when it comes to dealing with complex topics.

We are a team of experienced and young researchers from different disciplines who are involved in intensive discussions with citizens and experts from the field.

Two scientific directors from the social sciences and computer science lead research at CAIS. Professors from different disciplines coordinate the interdisciplinary research programs. Another professor leads the Research Data & Methods (RDM) department, and the Ethical, Legal & Social Issues (ELSI) department is home to two professorships and one postdoctoral position. CAIS’s own programs for the promotion of young researchers support them in their professional development. Dialogue with groups in society and the public is organized by our science communication team.

External research excellence is integrated through associate researchers and visiting scholars. We also initiate research partnerships and collaborative projects with partners from universities and other research institutions.

We began building CAIS into a central research institute in April 2021, and plan to have our first research program in October 2021.

Starting in October 2021, the first CAIS research program will focus on “digital governance”. In mid-2022, we will launch a research program on educational technologies and the role of artificial intelligence. We will begin research in the areas of sustainability and digitalization, as well as trustworthy artificial intelligence, in the course of 2023. New professorships will be established to coordinate the research programs; they will be appointed at universities from among the CAIS group of partners, and seconded to CAIS.

We conduct research in the heart of North Rhine-Westphalia together with our partners, the universities in Bochum, Duisburg-Essen, Düsseldorf and Münster, as well as the Grimme Institute in Marl and the Leibniz Institutes GESIS and RWI in Cologne and Essen respectively.

CAIS is located in Bochum, halfway between the university and the city center. A move to the former Opel site Mark 51°7 is planned, where a new science campus is being built. With the Horst Görtz Institute for IT Security (HGI), the Cluster of Excellence “CASA: Cyber Security in the Age of Large-Scale Attackers”, and the Max Planck Institute for Security and Privacy (MPI-SP), this offers CAIS an ideal environment for its work. Strong research collaborations exist with CAIS partners, the University of Bochum, the University of Duisburg-Essen, the University of Düsseldorf, the University of Münster, as well as the Grimme Institute in Marl and the Leibniz Institutes for Social Sciences (GESIS) in Cologne and for Economic Research (RWI) in Essen.

Through excellent research in dialog with the public, we want to help shape a digital society that is people-friendly.

Developing the potential of digitalization for human interests, needs and capabilities is one of the central challenges of democratic societies. CAIS is a place of innovative research and a source of ideas for a critical public that is coming to an understanding about a self-determined life in the digital age. Through outstanding research, we want to establish a distinctive profile in the national and international scientific landscape. By proposing evidence-based solutions, we help shape the digital transformation in a way that puts people at the center. In doing so, we foster a culture of open, transformative science and initiate exchange with politics, business and civil society.

We deal with the digital transformation in all its facets, and test our research findings in the real world.

Our research encompasses the social, political, economic, cultural and technical changes that accompany digitalization. We investigate cross-disciplinary issues that cannot be studied in isolation. Our research programs interlink different disciplinary worlds from the social sciences and humanities to computer science. This holistic socio-technical approach encompasses both pure research and application-based questions. Together with actors from different areas of society, we use the results of our research in real-world laboratories to find exemplary solutions to concrete problems.

We use an innovative Research Incubator to identify socially relevant topics and investigate them in interdisciplinary research programs.

We run four interdisciplinary research programs for five years each. These programs, which are limited thematically and temporally, allow us to react in a focused and flexible way to societal and technological developments. As a learning and agile institute, we continuously absorb input from society and science.

In order to identify important issues for research programs, we have designed a Research Incubator that systematically monitors the social and scientific debate on digitalization. In implementing the research programs, we test creative formats of inter- and transdisciplinary cooperation when it comes to dealing with complex topics.

We are a team of experienced and young researchers from different disciplines who are involved in intensive discussions with citizens and experts from the field.

Two scientific directors from the social sciences and computer science lead research at CAIS. Professors from different disciplines coordinate the interdisciplinary research programs. Another professor leads the Research Data & Methods (RDM) department, and the Ethical, Legal & Social Issues (ELSI) department is home to two professorships and one postdoctoral position. CAIS’s own programs for the promotion of young researchers support them in their professional development. Dialogue with groups in society and the public is organized by our science communication team.

External research excellence is integrated through associate researchers and visiting scholars. We also initiate research partnerships and collaborative projects with partners from universities and other research institutions.

We began building CAIS into a central research institute in April 2021, and plan to have our first research program in October 2021.

Starting in October 2021, the first CAIS research program will focus on “digital governance”. In mid-2022, we will launch a research program on educational technologies and the role of artificial intelligence. We will begin research in the areas of sustainability and digitalization, as well as trustworthy artificial intelligence, in the course of 2023. New professorships will be established to coordinate the research programs; they will be appointed at universities from among the CAIS group of partners, and seconded to CAIS.

We conduct research in the heart of North Rhine-Westphalia together with our partners, the universities in Bochum, Duisburg-Essen, Düsseldorf and Münster, as well as the Grimme Institute in Marl and the Leibniz Institutes GESIS and RWI in Cologne and Essen respectively.

CAIS is located in Bochum, halfway between the university and the city center. A move to the former Opel site Mark 51°7 is planned, where a new science campus is being built. With the Horst Görtz Institute for IT Security (HGI), the Cluster of Excellence “CASA: Cyber Security in the Age of Large-Scale Attackers”, and the Max Planck Institute for Security and Privacy (MPI-SP), this offers CAIS an ideal environment for its work. Strong research collaborations exist with CAIS partners, the University of Bochum, the University of Duisburg-Essen, the University of Düsseldorf, the University of Münster, as well as the Grimme Institute in Marl and the Leibniz Institutes for Social Sciences (GESIS) in Cologne and for Economic Research (RWI) in Essen.