Hochschule Karlsruhe Hochschule Karlsruhe - University of Applied Sciences
Hochschule Karlsruhe Hochschule Karlsruhe - University of Applied Sciences

Technology transfer

Contract and collaborative research

As a university of applied sciences, we conduct practice-oriented and application-ready research and development. The results flow into the education of our students and enrich our teaching with study projects on current topics. Thus, as a potential future employer of our graduates, you can indirectly benefit from our research activities.

Because of their practical relevance and readiness for application, our researchers have an increased interest in and often already have experience with cooperations both in the private and the public sector. If you would like to benefit directly from such a research cooperation or if you have a research assignment for us, we look forward to hearing from you.


Center of Applied Research
Innovation Manager
Arno Lagaly

Tel.: +49 (0)721 925-2358
arno.lagayspam prevention@h-ka.de

Building LI, Room 118

Research and development results based on academic activities at HKA should fundamentally serve the public good. Through cooperations, spin-offs, patent and trademark applications as well as publications, we promote the implementation and use of the results of research and development in practice as well as free access to scientific information.


As a university of applied sciences, we have a well-developed network with small and medium-sized enterprises, local chambers of industry and commerce and accelerators in the region. We support the structured and scalable development of start-ups. The basis for this is the utilisation and transfer of results from applied research. The goal of various projects at our [X]Lab is the founding of start-ups together with small and medium-sized enterprises as well as start-ups from our university.

Current endowed and splitting professorships

We would like to thank the sponsors of our endowed professorships and cooperation partners of our splitting professorships for this special form of technology transfer. The holder of a splitting professorship works partly in a company or research institution and partly as a professor at the university.

Endowed professorship

for heat pumps

N. N.

sponsored by the companies ait-group, Bosch Thermotechnik GmbH, Danfoss Climate Solutions, Stiebel Eltron GmbH & Co. KG and Vaillant Group

Endowed professorship of the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure

for cycling

N. N.

Profilfoto Prof. Dr.-Ing. Robin Langebach

The Schaufler Foundation Endowed Professorship

for compressor technology

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Robin Langebach

Profilfoto Prof. Dr. Matthias Wölfel

Carl Zeiss Professorship

for Intuitive and Perceptive User Interfaces

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Matthias Wölfel

Profilfoto Prof. Dr. Carsten H. Hahn

SAP Splitting Professorship

for ERP, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Prof. Dr. Carsten H. Hahn

sponsored by theDietmar-Hopp-Stiftung

Profilfoto Prof. Dr.-Ing. Zoltán Nochta

SAP Splitting Professorship

for Innovative IT Applications

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Zoltán Nochta

sponsored by the Dietmar-Hopp-Stiftung

Profilfoto Prof. Dr.-Ing. Karsten Pinkwart

Fraunhofer Splitting Professorship

for Electrochemical Energy Storage

Prof. Dr. Karsten Pinkwart

Member of the National Hydrogen Council of the Federal Government

Steinbeis Transfer Centers

In addition, under the umbrella of the Steinbeis Network, our researchers offer services for you as a partner according to private-sector rules in so-called Steinbeis Transfer Centers: from training and consulting to specific development projects. The Steinbeis Transfer Centers of our researchers cover a wide range of topics: from Construction and Facility Management to Renewable Energy and Storage Systems to Visual Information and Knowledge Transfer.

Steinbeis-Haus Karlsruhe

Steinbeis-Haus Karlsruhe (SHKA) offers you, as a small or medium-sized company, the opportunity to intensify your exchange with our university by renting space on our campus. The innovation center, built in 2015, has 5,000 m² of usable space for offices, laboratories, a conference room and a cafeteria, some of which are used jointly by small and medium-sized companies and our researchers. Alongside Steinbeis Transferzentren GmbH at HKA, Steinbeis-Haus Karlsruhe is a product of the long-standing collaboration between our university and the Steinbeis Network.

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Networks for technology transfer

Das Logo des Digital Hub Karlsruhe Angewandte Künstliche Intelligenz

de:hub Applied AI Karlsruhe

In the hub, SMEs and corporations network with new innovation partners from science and the start-up scene in the field of applied artificial intelligence. In addition to other institutions, our university is available as a competence provider in the network.

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Das Logo von fokus.energie e.V.

Fokus Energie

The initiative links the strong players in research, education, SMEs and large companies with the creativity of committed start-ups. Fokus Energie, together with our university, sets new impulses for a sustainable energy future, brings people together and builds knowledge and competence through continuing education.

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