Research Priority Area 4: Social Innovations

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Research Priority Area spokespersons

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Petra Friedrich
Faculty of Electrical Engineering
Tel. +49 (0)831-2523-9256

Prof. Dr. phil. Peter Nick
Faculty of Social and Health Studies
Tel. +49 (0)831 2523-627

Research Priority Area 4: Social Innovations

Rapid social shifts, such as demographic change or threats to social cohesion, coupled with a new degree of obscurity, calls for fundamental social innovations. New information and communication technologies (ICT) and types of artificial intelligence (AI) show what is possible but also reveal limitations. Our intention reflects the mission pursued by Kempten University of Applied Sciences as a whole – “to make a substantial and sustainable contribution towards solving contemporary and future challenges in our society”. The projects in this Research Priority Area investigate, develop and evaluate a broad range of social innovations in the following fields of research:

  • New teaching and learning formats
  • Health, rehabilitation, nursing and medical technology
  • Elderly care, ambient assisted living (AAL)
  • Care work
  • Social cohesion and demographic change
  • Empirical research into youth work and social sciences

Participating professors

Prof. Dr. med. Petra Benzinger

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Christoph Bichlmeier
Game engineering

Prof. Dr. phil. Anneke Bühler
Health sciences and disease prevention

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Arnulf Deinzer
Computer science

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Petra Friedrich
Basic principles of electrical engineering, ambient assisted living

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Ulrich Göhner
Algorithms and data structures, compilers, parallel computers

Prof. Dr. Georg Hagel
Software architecture, requirements engineering and design patterns

Prof. Dr. Markus Jüster
Health tourism

Prof. Dr. Rafael Mayoral Malmström
Business information systems in the health sector, eHealth, basic principles of information technology, computer architecture, operating systems

Prof. Dr. Andreas Müller
Corporate learning

Prof. Ursula Müller
Methods of Social Work

Prof. Dr. Peter Nick
social work

Prof. Dr. Patricia Pfeil
Organisation of the social economy

Prof. Dr. rer. pol. Thomas Schmid
Business studies in health services management

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Jochen Staudacher
Operations research and statistics

Prof. Dr. Katrin Winkler
Business Administration

Prof. Dr. Johannes Zacher
Basic principles of the social economy, managing social facilities, senior economy

Prof. Dr. Marcus Zinsmeister
Prevention, medical care and


Research projects
A list of the projects being conducted in this Research Priority Area can be found here.

You can browse our publications in this Research Priority Area here.