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Digital Technologies and Social Services

Research Center DiTeS
TH Köln
Campus Südstadt
Ubierring 48, 50678 Cologne


Research Coordination

Anna Schelling

Angewandte Sozialwissenschaften
Institut für die Wissenschaft der Sozialen Arbeit (IRIS)

  • Campus Südstadt
    Ubierring 48
    50678 Köln
  • Phone: +49 221-8275-3170

DiTeS - Research Center Digital Technologies and Social Services

The emphasis of our work is not the development of new technologies as such, but the analyses of already available innovative technologies and their deployment and adoption – according to users‘ needs – in the fields of social work, health and care.

Members of the Research Center DiTeS

Prof. Dr. Carmen Kaminsky (Director DiTeS)
Institute for Research in Social Work (IRIS)
Areas of teaching: ethics; social philosophy; science of social work; research areas: applied ethics; normative theories of social work.

Prof. Dr. Stefan Bente
Institute of Computer Science, Research Area Software Engineering
Research areas include software and enterprise architectures for complex, socio-technical systems, e.g. the field of e-Government; collaborative approaches are especially important here. A further area encompasses slim and agile architecture management for such systems.

Prof. Dr. Amelie Duckwitz
Institute of Information Science
Research Area: Social Media, User Experience and Transcultural Communication

Prof. Dr. Luigi Lo Iacono
Institute of Media and Imaging Technology (IMP)
Areas of teaching and research: data and application security, web-engineering, computer science.

Prof. Dr. Christian Kohls
Institute of Computer Science, Research Area Sociotechnical Systems
Research areas include socio-technical design patterns (e-learning, educational patterns, creative thinking), community design and participatory design methods, as well as application development for group innovation processes (‘extreme collaboration‘).

Prof. Dr. Hans-Günter Lindner
Schmalenbach Institute for Economic Sciences
The main research focus lies on the system-theoretical analysis of human factors in business processes. This so-called “humanBI” encompasses cybernetics, business analytics, human resources und process-simulation to measure intangible values and to structurally shape and design measurable service and software products.

Prof. Birgit Mager
Professorship Service Design, Köln International School of Design (KISD)
Research areas: hybrid value creation (initiation, design and implementation of cross-corporate innovation projects), behavioural change in service design systems via design and taxonomies of co-creation processes.

Prof. Dr. Claus Richter
Professorship Social Law, Institute of Social Law (ISR)
Research focus  lies on social and labour law, data protection law and human rights.

Prof. Dr. Isabel Zorn
Professorship Media Studies and Media Education
Research areas: participatory design of technology, digital technologies in media education and social work, e-learning concepts, technology assessment from a media educational perspective.

Associated Members:

Prof. Dr. Rolf Schwartmann
Media Law, Faculty of Business, Economics and Law
Director Cologne Research Center Media Law; research and teaching notably in the fields of national and international media law, with a specific emphasis on data protection law as well as constitutional frameworks pertaining to intellectual property.

Prof. Dr. Udo Seelmeyer
FH Bielefeld, Department of Social Work,
Founding Member & former Director DiTeS
Research areas: addressee, profession und organisational research; use of information and communication technologies in social work; evaluation studies, implementation of quantitative, qualitative and mixed-method research designs