Stuttgart Research Focus

Interchange Forum for Reflecting on Intelligent Systems - IRIS

Welcome! The SRF IRIS is an interdisciplinary research focus expanding 9 faculties and 26 institutes at the University of Stuttgart.

Purpose and Goal of IRIS

According to the SRF IRIS bylaws, the newly founded Interchange Forum for Reflecting on Intelligent Systems (IRIS) at the University of Stuttgart has set itself the goal to critically reflect and promote critical reflection on intelligent systems. This means that we want to examine the foundations, mechanisms, implications, and effects of artificial intelligence (AI) in research, teaching, and with regard to society as a whole.

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?

Where to find out more about the Interchange Forum for Reflecting on Intelligent Systems

We provide the platform for encouraging, developing, and instigating critical reflection on intelligent systems and their effects on society.

Founded in February 2021, SRF IRIS offers a space for exchange across interdisciplinary and university boundaries. IRIS addresses sensitive topics such as skepticism about science, machine ethics, and privacy protection, and integrates them into the university's research landscape.

In alignment with the "Stuttgarter Weg" and the University's vision of “Intelligent systems for a sustainable society”, we have the perfect environment for providing exchange opportunities to discuss current ethical and societal challenges of intelligent systems, ranging from data ethics to informational self-determination to trustworthy AI, with partners from society and industry both within and outside the university.

About IRIS

IRIS is an interdisciplinary research focus. Here you can see the faculties that are involved in IRIS, meet the coordination team, and the Executive Board. An extensive group of people with diverse backgrounds and expertise are involved in IRIS in various ways; ranging from research and education to getting the public involved through events and talks.

IRIS Members

The International Advisory Board is a vital element of IRIS because of the diverse areas of specialization and international backgrounds. The IAB members provide a different perspective that is conducive to IRIS's success.

International Advisory Board

Education - teaching and learning - is one of the main focus areas of IRIS. The forum "Reflecting Intelligent Systems in the Next Generation" (RISING) is one of the three pillars of IRIS. Here, students, as well as teachers, of all subjects will be taught how to critically reflect on intelligent systems.


The focus of the new Junior Research Group will be on reflecting on societal impacts of intelligent systems in the broadest sense. The focus of the research is still to be determined, however, it will not be limited to simply making intelligent systems more “acceptable” in society.

IRIS Research

IRIS Public Engagement

Here is where you can interact with IRIS. Please, give us feedback or help us tackle a problem! Did you find an example of algorithmic bias somewhere and want to share it with us? Would you like to open up a discussion about intelligent systems? Or would you just like to share your opinion or thoughts?

Interchange Forum

In the media library you will find both audio and video files.
Some lectures are recorded and are then available for you to listen to in the media library.

Media Library

IRIS Coordination Team

This image shows Tabea Berberena

Tabea Berberena

Scientific Coordinator of the Teaching and Learning Forum RISING

This image shows Sierra Kaiser

Sierra Kaiser

Scientific Coordinator of the SRF IRIS

This image shows Félicie Kohlrausch

Félicie Kohlrausch

Scientific Coordinator

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