Dr. Sebastian Hallensleben
Carla Hustedt

AI Ethics Impact Group (AIEI Group)

The AI Ethics Impact Group is an interdisciplinary consortium led by VDE Association for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies and Bertelsmann Stiftung. 

Algorithm Accountability Lab at TU Kaiserslautern

The Algorithm Accountability Lab under the supervision of Prof. Katharina Anna Zweig at the TU Kaiserslautern joins researchers for algorithmic decision-making systems, artificial intelligence, and neural networks. The institute was in a prime position to contribute to this report, primarily in the form of the risk matrix, thus adding context to any AI application and regulation according to the VCIO model. It builds on previous research by Prof. Zweig and Krafft, which included a regulatory proposal for AI systems from a socio-informatics (social informatics) perspective for the Federation of German Consumer Organisations (vzbv).

Bertelsmann Stiftung | Ethics of Algorithms

With its ‚Ethics of Algorithms‘ project, the Bertelsmann Stiftung is examining the societal consequences of algorithmic decision-making to ensure the use of these systems serves society. The research involves work to help inform and advance algorithmic systems that facilitate greater social inclusion and committing to what is best for society rather than what is technically possible.

TU Darmstadt

Professor Christoph Hubig is Professor Emeritus of Practical Philosophy/Philosophy of Scientific Culture at the TU Darmstadt. He continues to head the commission ‘Revision of the ethical principles of the engineering profession/inclusion of AI and the design of autonomous systems’ at the VDI association. The procedure proposed in this report is consistent with the VDI’s approach to develop and offer a model value comparison based on „self-orientation“, i.e. not to anticipate or prescribe solutions through specifications. Professor Hubig is also a member of the commission ‘Philosophy of digitisation and artificial intelligence’ at CAIS Bochum and also partners with the Ethics Centre (IZEW) of the University of Tübingen in the area ‘Ethics of AI/ machine learning’.

High-Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS)

The High-Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS) of the University of Stuttgart provides high-performance computing platforms and technologies, services and support to researchers across Europe. The HLRS is among the most advanced research, development and service facilities in Germany in the field of simulation, visualisation and data analytics applied in the health, environment, energy, and mobility sectors.

International Center for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities (IZEW)

The International Center for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities, Ethics Center for
short, is an interdisciplinary research centre at the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen. Research at the facility concerns ethical questions on science and its effects and builds on experiences from many years in the field. The Uni Tübingen is part of the Cluster of Excellence Machine Learning.


The iRights.Lab is an independent think tank that conducts applied research to develop strategies and solutions for positively shaping changes in the digital world. It supports public institutions, foundations, enterprises, research institutions, and policymakers by bringing together legal, technical, economic and socio-political perspectives on digital issues.

Institute of Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS)

The Institute of Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS) at the KIT is a leading research institute looking at scientific and technical developments that concern systemic interrelations and technology impacts. Research at ITAS focuses on ethical, ecological, economic, social, political-institutional, and cultural issues and the institute aims to provide advice on research and technology policy, on the design of socio-technical systems, and to conduct discursive procedures on open or controversial technology policy issues. ITAS has run the Office of Technology Assessment for the German parliament (Bundestag) for many years.

VDE Association for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies (VDE)

VDE, one of the largest technology organizations in Europe, is regarded as a synoym for innovation and technological progress for more than 125 years. VDE is the only organization in the world that embraces science, standardization, testing, certification, and application consulting under one roof. The VDE mark stands for the highest safety standards and consumer protection for 100 years. Our passion is the advancement of technology, the next generation of engineers and technologists, and lifelong learning and career enhancement. In the VDE network 2,000 employees at over 60 locations worldwide, more than 100,000 honorary experts, and around 1,500 companies are dedicated to ensuring a future worth living: networked, digital, electrical. We shape the e-dialistic future. The headquarters of the VDE (Association for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies) is in Frankfurt am Main.