Research

We promote outstanding interdisciplinary research

Scientists from different colleges and institutions throughout Bavaria are working on socially relevant questions. By this means, the Bavarian Research Institute for Digital Transformation (bidt) advances the networking and international visibility of Bavaria’s digitalisation research. In addition, the bidt is involved in its own internal research projects.

With its focus on active project management in regard to its research agenda, the bidt receives regular feed-back reports on progress from teams being promoted by way of ‘sprint reviews’ and workshops. In this way, researchers are able to network within bidt’s research community and gain insights into internal research projects.

The key research topics at the bidt are ‘Germany and Europe in the digital competition’, ‘ethics and law in digitalisation’, ‘power of opinion in a changing digital world’, ‘digital economies’ along with ‘human-machine-collaboration and digital work environments’.

Digital Competition
Ethics & Law in Digitalisation
Power of Opinion
Digital Economies
Digital Work Environments

Germany and Europe in the digital competition

Germany and Europe are in global digital competition, especially with US-American and Chinese digitalisation models. Public discussion often calls for a European way of digitalisation that reconciles innovation and contestability with basic rights and freedoms. Such a ‘third way’ should build on Europe’s achievements, such as for instance digital self-determination and an orientation of economic activities towards the common good.

Ethics and law in digitalisation

Digitalisation permeates all areas of life, changing each individual’s style of existence and sense of social togetherness. Considering the vast amount technological progress, ethical principles and procedures are required to act as crash barriers for digital innovations, from conception, through research and development, right up to production and application. These crash barriers do not stifle innovation, but rather provide protection, safety and trust even in the fastest developing conditions.

Power of opinion in the digital change

Digital media have radically changed the way that public opinion is formed. Whilst on the one hand everyone should have the right to freedom of expression, on the other hand digital spaces are vulnerable to manipulations and hoaxes. For a democratic communication also to function effectively in a digital society, rules are required, that take into account the increasingly important role of intermediaries such as social networks or search engines.

Digital economies

Digitalisation facilitates new forms of economic activity. Digital business models are based on the use of data and hence often have a disruptive innovation potential. However, they also involve the danger that pioneers tend dominate their specifics fields. Rules adapted for the social market economy can control for prospective advancement and ensure that markets function, even as the digital economy and innovation potentials are being developed.

Human-machine-collaboration and digital work environments

Digitalisation sets up new possibilities for the interaction between humans and machines, which can feature in the work environment, in health care and in everyday life. New technologies can reduce workloads and expand the scope of human action and skills. Digital innovations should always be oriented towards the good of people and social cohesion so as to exploit such potential in the best possible way.

PROMOTED PROJECTS

Current projects

Three internal projects on digitalisation’s consequences

With their interdisciplinary approach, scientists at the bidt undertake research on digitalisation strategies as well as questions of software development and legal policy.

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bidt is promoting nine research projects regarding digitalisation

How are plurality and the power of opinions changing on the internet? What consequences for Germany are held within China’s social credit system? How will humans and robots work together in the future? Nine research projects at Bavarian colleges and research institutions examine the consequences of digital transformation.

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Promotion programmes for junior scientists

The junior research groups, established as part of the Centre for Digitalisation in Bavaria (ZD.B), the doctoral programme and innovation laboratories for students have been coordinated by the bidt since April 2020. Existing formats will continue to be advanced and adapted as required. Promotion programmes are tailored to junior scientists at all stages of their development: students (innovation laboratories), graduates (doctoral programme) and post-docs (junior research groups).

Doctoral programme

The bidt’s doctoral programme offered throughout Bavaria promotes outstanding graduates in digitally relevant subjects. This programme features the promotion of 20 Fellows together with a broad range of courses that address the needs of all graduates associated with the bidt. 

Junior research groups

The junior research groups’ goal is to promote young scientists who have completed their doctorates in relevant topics of digitalisation. The focus is firstly on scientific exchanges within the groups being promoted and secondly on efficient entrances into academic careers. 

Innovation laboratories

Through our innovation laboratories at various college locations, students’ practice and project experience is being promoted. Thus, for students with entrepreneurial ambitions, opportunities are created to develop and try out prototype innovations within a manageable environment.