Prof. Dr. Christoph Bieber

Head of Reseacrh Incubator


  Maximilian Brenker

Strategy and Organization

CAIS conducts Delphi study on digitalization research in North Rhine-Westphalia

Bochum, 2 August 2019

In a Delphi study, the Center for Advanced Internet Studies (CAIS) is currently interviewing academic experts in North Rhine-Westphalia about the prospects and challenges of digitalization research. The results are designed to help focus and organize future research in the field of digitalization and artificial intelligence.

How will digitalization research develop? What areas should it focus on? How should interdisciplinary research in the field of digitalization and artificial intelligence be designed, so that the opportunities and challenges for people are at the foreground?

The Center for Advanced Internet Studies (CAIS) is currently posing these and other questions in an online study addressed to numerous experts from universities and non-university research institutions in North Rhine-Westphalia. Based on an assessment of the future social significance of digitalization and artificial intelligence, the study aims to identify key issues and priorities for digitalization research. In addition, the experts are confronted with theses on theoretical and methodological challenges.

The survey is designed as a real-time Delphi study. What is unique is that, straight after entering their own answers, the experts receive an overview with the answers of the other participants, which allows them to reconsider and revise their own answers. The Delphi method thus condenses the experts’ assessments and helps to estimate future developments as accurately as possible.

Dr. Matthias Begenat and Maximilian Brenker designed the study, while Prof. Dr. Christoph Bieber is the academic director. Dr. Josephine B. Schmitt is in charge of the field phase, and the IZT – Institute for Future Studies and Technology Assessment (Berlin) are responsible for the technical implementation of the study. The field phase is scheduled to begin on 16 September. Initial results will be published towards the end of the year.