Interchange Forum for Reflecting on Intelligent Systems - IRIS

Stuttgart Research Focus

IRIS is an interdisciplinary research focus expanding 9 faculties and 26 institutes at the University of Stuttgart

Purpose and Goal of IRIS

The SRF IRIS (Interchange Forum for Reflecting on Intelligent Systems) provides a platform to stimulate, develop and promote critical reflection on intelligent systems and their impact on society.

Founded in February 2021, IRIS works closely with SimTech (Excellence Cluster) and provides a space for exchange across interdisciplinary and university boundaries. IRIS addresses sensitive topics such as responsible human-computer interaction, ethical and societal challenges, and the risks and benefits of automated decision-making in various fields of application, and designs integrative reflection offerings for research, study, teaching, and transfer.

Questions for IRIS to examine:

  • What are the effects of intelligent systems on society?
  • How can we avoid unfair discrimination or stereotyping through the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in automated decision-making in technology development?
  • How can we promote reflection on intelligent systems through education and teaching?
  • How can we make sure that the decisions made by artificial intelligence are comprehensible and fair?

SRF IRIS for Excellence

IRIS stands out from formats at other universities due to the diversity of the target group, the comprehensive range of engagement opportunities, and the collaboration with internationally renowned partners from industry, science and society. Among others, we are connected to the Cyber Valley and the Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach. This transdisciplinary interchange makes IRIS truly unique!


IRIS is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Research Council of the University of Stuttgart.

Project duration: 11/2020 - 12/2025

IRIS Coordination Team

This image shows Tabea Berberena

Tabea Berberena


Scientific Coordinator of the Teaching and Learning Forum RISING | PhD Student in the SC SimTech

This image shows Sierra Kaiser

Sierra Kaiser


Scientific Coordinator of the SRF IRIS

This image shows Félicie Kohlrausch

Félicie Kohlrausch


Wissenschaftliche Koordinatorin

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