Prof. Michael Decker studied physics with a minor in business and economics at the University of Heidelberg, where he also earned his doctorate in 1995. He completed his habilitation at the University of Freiburg in 2006 with a research project on the subject of applied interdisciplinary research in the field of technology impact assessment.
Dr. Decker has been a professor of technology impact assessment at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) since November 2009. Before his appointment to his current position as Chairman of the Faculty in Department II – Informatics, Economics and Society – in 2015, he was the Director of the Institute of Technology Impact Assessment and System Research at KIT. Prof. Decker is also the official spokesman for the Department of Key Technologies and Innovation Processes in the Helmholtz “Technology, Innovation and Society” program, Chairman of the Advisory Board “Technology and Society” of the VDI, Head of the Advisory Board “Innovation and Technology Analysis” of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research in Germany, and Spokesperson for the Technology Impact Assessment Network (NTA).
Prof. Michael Decker focuses his expertise on concepts of technology impact assessment, methodologies related to interdisciplinary research and technology impact assessment as they pertain to robotics and nanotechnology.