About us

Since 1971, the Institute of Applied Informatics and Formal Description Methods (AIFB) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) has been doing what its name says: Applied Informatics.


Research at Institute AIFB focuses on the development and practical application of informatics concepts and methods in all areas of business, administration and society in which innovation is decisively influenced by the intelligent use of information and communication technologies.

The main fields of work of the research groups are

The aim of all research and development is to create reliable, permanently controllable and trustworthy IT systems that adapt flexibly to the tasks they are supposed to perform

Our research and development projects have a direct impact on teaching. As a result, students are introduced to current research, and our research assistants and PhD students can apply and test their knowledge in practice.


With its teaching, the Institute AIFB qualifies young people for management positions in science and business - through a basic computer science education that is tailored to the chosen course of study.

Students learn to understand highly complex informatics applications, to design them professionally, to evaluate them technically and economically correctly and to use the resulting opportunities for innovation. The training we offer is tailored to the business and engineering degree programs at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), which we support with our teaching. Their multiple qualifications open up excellent opportunities on the job market.

In addition to the regular courses, seminars and practical courses on current research topics at the institute are offered every semester. This enables students to gain an insight into current research and to learn how to apply the knowledge they have acquired during their studies in practice. We support extra-occupational continuing education with courses on informatics topics that are important for the economy, in particular with informatics courses in the Master's programs of the HECTOR School of Engineering and Management at the International Department of KIT.


The close cooperation between the research groups and companies of all sizes actively supports the transfer of knowledge and technology.

Several of the institute's professors are also involved in the FZI Research Center for Information Technology in Karlsruhe. There they lead research groups that translate scientific findings into methods and procedures for designing new products, processes and services as well as the software and software/hardware systems required for this.