Information and Intelligence (I+I)

In the age of digitisation and globalisation, dealing with information, data and knowledge in a smart and responsible way is of utmost importance. We carry out research on artificial intelligence, for instance. We also carry out research on data transfer in intelligent, resilient networks and on using information in new kinds of services, production and working. We place particular emphasis on handling data and information responsibly and transparently and to protect their privacy status.

Our research provides the basis for fast, flexible and reliable data communication that meets the requirements placed on the next-generation Internet of Things and for new kinds of digital services.

Our discoveries result in a more robust digital infrastructure of cities, thus, keeping their information and communication technologies safe and operating even in times of crisis.

We study the adaptive and intelligent behaviour of humans and machines. Our discoveries drive the economy from automation and Industry 4.0 right through to the production of tomorrow.

Profile Topics

All our Research Fields live and breathe scientific excellence. Top scientists and their teams propel research forward by way of highly focussed and highly relevant research topics. These Profile Topics shape the academic reputation of Technical University of Darmstadt. They are characterised by highly attractive and successful collaborative projects.

Cognitive Science

What makes human agency so intelligent and adaptive has become one of the key research questions of our time. Possible answers will change what we know about human beings and are likely to revolutionise how new technologies will be developed.

While artificial intelligence aims to build intelligent computer programs and machines, cognitive science aims to understand how humans process information and to describe this with the aid of computer programs. Within the high-profile research topic Cognitive Science, fundamental research on how humans perceive, think and act is conducted and intelligent machines are developed that respond in a way humans can understand.

Centre for Cognitive Science

Complex Interconnected Systems

Closing the gap between humans, physical and digital world offers unprecedented opportunities across society. However, we still lack the basic understanding of the ensuing complex interconnected systems (CICS).

Our research mission is to analyse systems, design and build novel paradigms and mechanisms to increase the performance and resilience of CICS. To foster adoption in our future society, we follow an interdiciplinary approach from the beginning.

Cybersecurity & Privacy

Cybersecurity and privacy are key technologies for the rapidly advancing digitisation of government, economy and society. With future-oriented fields, such as the Internet of Things, quantum technology or artificial intelligence, increasingly complex areas of application for cybersecurity technologies emerge. At the same time, the number and complexity of cyberattacks are rising. Within the high-profile research topic Cybersecurity and Privacy, a holistic approach ranging from theoretical fundamentals to applied research is pursued to sustainably address the challenges of digitisation.

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence (AI) deals with automating intelligent behaviour. After 70 years of shadowy existence, the field of AI has finally experienced a major breakthrough due to fundamental progress in many of its branches, particularly in machine learning, computer vision and natural language processing.

The high-profile research topic Artificial Intelligence at TU Darmstadt links fundamental AI research with applications in technology. AI research at TU Darmstadt is regarded as excellent (as can be seen in relevant European rankings) and is highly recognised on an international level. Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel summarised the strength of the AI location Darmstadt in the following sentence: “TU Darmstadt is a jewel in terms of artificial intelligence.”

The high-profile research topic Artificial Intelligence derives its strength from new research institutions (such as the new Hessian.AI centre and the ELLIS Unit Darmstadt), group projects applied for and approved (such as WhiteBox, AICO, 3AI, KOMPAKI, PlexPlain), early-career research groups (such as the AI Emmy Noether group iROSA and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research AI group IKIDA) in addition to numerous grants of the European Research Council.