Dr. Bernd Beckert

Deputy Head of the Competence Center Emerging Technologies and Coordinator of the topic Artificial Intelligence

Bernd Beckert studied Political and Communications Science at the University of Konstanz, Germany and the Portland State University in Oregon, USA. 1997-2000 he was a researcher at the Department for Applied Computer Science at the University of Bremen, Germany, where he did empirical research on the different uptake patterns of digital technologies in Germany and the United States of America. He holds a doctoral degree from Technical University Munich with a thesis comparing Internet developments and diffusion patterns in Germany and the U.S. Since 2001 he is a researcher and project coordinator at the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI, since 2008 he is also Deputy Head of the Competence Center “Emerging Technologies”. Moreover, he is coordinating the artificial intelligence group of Fraunhofer ISI which was launched 2020 .  

    • Application and impacts of Artificial Intelligence
    • Analysis of research policy approaches and instruments in Europe and on national level
    • Development patterns, diffusion and use of new media
    • Consequences of the convergence development in the media and IT sector concerning new business opportunities and new usage patterns
    • Market analysis in the IT-industry on regional, national and international level
    • Organizational changes as requirement for successful IT implementation and economic changes as a result of the Internet development
    • Evaluation of government programmes to support the IT and media industry
    • Software-supported scenario analysis and other forecasting and planning instruments
    • Future studies, technology foresights, innovation systems
    • media-economic consequences of the digitalisation, changing functions of new media
    • changing usage patterns, new role of interacitve media in the media mix, new media forms (entertainment, information, communications forms)
    • media sociology, media philosophy (media constructing realities and identities), concepts for the information society
    • Broadband strategies in Europe: Learning from the Leaders. A cross-country comparison of successful FTTH-rollouts.
    • The Way into the Gigabit Society. How Broadband Networks Enable Future Innovations.
    • Analysis of the European software and Internet services sector: How can Europe become the new global software and Internet powerhouse? Policy recommendations for the European Commission.
    • Digitising SMEs in Baden-Wurttemberg - Competence Center Stuttgart.
    • Evaluation of the impacts of the research programme FET Open (FET_TRACES).
    • Beckert, Bernd (2021): The European way of doing Artificial Intelligence: The state of play implementing Trustworthy AI. Paper presented at FITCE/IEEE-Conference “Industrial Data – Cloud, Low Latency and Privacy” September 29-30, 2021, Vienna. Download: https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/9588560.
    • Beckert, Bernd; Eberling, Elisabeth; Feidenheimer, Alexander; Friedewald, Michael; Gotsch, Matthias; Klobasa, Marian; Kroll, Henning, Lerch, Christian; Martin, Nicholas; Schubert, Torben (2021): Die Digitalisierung aus Innovationsperspektive. ISI Policy Brief 1-2021, Karlsruhe: Fraunhofer ISI.
    • Beckert, Bernd; Bollhöfer, Esther (2021): Ready for Industry 4.0. In: Müller-Friemauth, Friederike; Hafkesbrink, Joachim; Schaffner, Michael et al. (Eds.): Fallstudien zur Digitalisierung im Mittelstand. Wiesbaden: Springer, pp. 29-37.
    • Schmoch, Ulrich; Beckert, Bernd; Schaper-Rinkel, Petra (2019): Impact assessment of a support programme of science-based emerging technologies. In: Scientometrics, first online: 19 January 2019. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11192-018-03002-x .
    • Baden-Württemberg Stiftung (Ed.) (2020): Struktur und Dynamik des Forschungs- und Wissenschaftsstandorts Baden-Württemberg. Authors: Rainer Frietsch, Knut Koschatzky, Bernd Beckert et al. Stuttgart: Schriftenreihe der Baden-Württemberg Stiftung Forschung No. 93. http://publica.fraunhofer.de/dokumente/N-593306.html.
    • Beckert, Bernd (2019): Ein Gigabitnetz für Baden-Württemberg - Aktueller Stand und Perspektiven des Glasfaserausbaus. Studie des Fraunhofer ISI mit Unterstützung der Baden-Württemberg Stiftung. Karlsruhe: Fraunhofer ISI.
    • Bauer, W.; Weissenberger-Eibl, M.; Ardilio, A.; Beckert, B.; Bratan, T.; Doll, C.; Frietsch, R.; Herrmann, F.; Krail, M.; Koschatzky, K.; Lerch, C.; Lindner, R.; Miehe, R.; Nägele, R.; Ohlhausen, P.; Rüger, M.; Stahlecker, T.; Wietschel, M. (2018): Vorfahrt für Innovation – Wie Baden-Württemberg seine Spitzenposition behaupten kann. Stuttgart: Wirtschaftsministerium Baden-Württemberg.
    • Beckert, Bernd (2017): Ausbaustrategien für Breitbandnetze in Europa. Was kann Deutschland vom Ausland lernen? Studie für die Bertelsmann Stiftung. Unter Mitarbeit von Wolfgang Schulz und Martin Lose. Karlsruhe; Gütersloh: Bertelsmann Stiftung, Mai, http://publica.fraunhofer.de/documents/N-445787.html
    • Schleife, Katrin; Niemann, Frank; Dupuis, Dominique, Beckert, Bernd, Wydra, Sven (2017): The Economic and Social Impact of Software & Services on Competitiveness and Innovation. Study for the European Commission by Pierre Audoin Consultants – PAC and Fraunhofer ISI. Brussels: European Commission https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/en/news/economic-and-social-impact-software-and-services-competitiveness-and-innovation
    • Van Baal, Sebastian; Beckert, Bernd; Bertenrath, Roman et al. (2016): Der  Weg in die Gigabitgesellschaft. Wie Netzausbau zukünftige Innovationen sichert. Eine Studie der IW Consult unter Mitwirkung des Economica Instituts für Wirtschaftsforschung und des Fraunhofer ISI im Auftrag des Vodafone Instituts für Gesellschaft und Kommunikation. Juni, www.vodafone-institut.de/de/studie/wege-die-gigabit-gesellschaft-neue-studie-des-vodafone-instituts/
    • Beckert, Bernd; Riehm, Ulrich (2013): Breitbandversorgung, Medienkonvergenz, Leitmedien. Strukturwandel der Massenmedien und Herausforderungen für die Medienpolitik. Reihe: Studien des TAB, Bd. 36. Berlin: edition sigma.