This interdisciplinary network project integrates technological acceptance as a modulating factor into the further development, construction, and extension of complex technological development cycles.

Based on the exemplary development cycle of mobile technologies (radio networks), which spans more than 10 years, it will be tested if and to what degree acceptance barriers, which vary depending on application context, types of usage, and user factors, have to be taken into account.

The overall objective of this project is the creation of development approaches based on different but well-matched methods that collect valuation of complex technological systems.  

Project information:


Exzellenzinitiative des Bundes und der Länder

Funding period:

04/2009 – 03/2012


Dr. Katrin Arning

Team members:

Dr. Katrin Arning
Dipl. Psych Sylvia Gaul
PD Dr. Christoph Schweikhardt
Bianka Trevisan, M.A.
Nadine Witt, M.A.


Prof. Dr. R. Mathar (Koordinator)
Theoretische Informationstechnik

Prof. Dr. G. Ascheid
Integrierte Systeme der Signalverarbeitung

Prof. Dr. Dr. Dr. D. Groß
Theorie und Ethik der Medizin

Prof. H. Hofmeister, Ph.D.
Gender Studies

Prof. Dr. E.-M. Jakobs
Textlinguisitik und Technikkommunikation

Prof. Dr. M. Ziefle
Communication Science


Die Welt 27.08.2012 "Warum gibt es Angst vor neuer Technik?"