The Focus of KD²School

Economic decisions in business and in everyday life are increasingly supported by IT-based systems. As a result, these systems effectively operate as “cast in code” institutions and processes, and their design influences decision makers’ interactions and behaviors. The interplay between economic decision making and system design is at the core of the KD²School as it lays the foundations for the transformation of static systems into dynamic, adaptive systems.

Generally speaking, all decision-making is inherently embedded in a dynamically changing context comprising of personal (e.g., stress), task-related (e.g., complexity), and environmental factors (e.g., incentives). The key challenge then is to utilize this data and design economic institutions and their IT realizations to dynamically adapt to the context of a decision situation with the goal of improving decisions and/or reducing effort without loss of decision quality.

As a publicly sponsored and neutrally coordinated program, the KD²School opens up a research field that is at present primarily “investigated” with profit-oriented or political goals.

What KD²School Offers

As a scholar at KD²School you will be part of a group of over 12+12 PhD students, 3 PostDocs, and 12 Professors that participate in a comprehensive and structured program that strenghtens your academic competences at the intersection of humans, technology and institutions.

  • Faculty

    Christof Weinhardt (Spokesman)
    Tanja Schultz (Vice Spokeswoman)

  • Disciplines

    KD²School integrates researchers from these five disciplines:
    Information Systems
    Computer Science
    Psychology
    Economics
    Management
  • Research Program

    With its main focus on the design of adaptive, IT-based systems for supporting economic decision-making in dynamically changing contexts the research program of KD²School covers six areas at the intersection of humans, IT-technology, and economic institutions:
    1. Fundamentals of Cogn. Systems & Neurosciences
    2. Individuals' Decisions in Everyday Activities
    3. Team Decisions in Work Environments
    4. Group Decisions in Online Participation
    5. Boundaries of Adaptation & Addiction Potentials
    6. Linked Laboratory Infrastructures
  • Cutting-Edge Labs

    Four laboratories provide a strong foundation for highly innovative experimental research:
    KD²Lab (Karlsruhe)

    Over 40 booths for large-scale economic and psychophysiological experiments

    CSLab (Bremen)

    High-resolution sensors and even a camera-fitted room for motion tracking studies

    fMRI Lab (Bremen)

    Cutting-edge neuroimaging methqods including a
    3-Tesla fMRI scanner

    DecIS Lab (Giessen)

    Virtual reality and eye-tracking methodology at its best

Interested?

KD²School will kick-off in October 2021.

While the main virtual assessment event has taken place, some positions are still available.
Please feel free to submit your application.