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At the SZS works together an interdisciplinary team of academic and administrative staff as well as student assistants, all lead by Prof. Dr. Rainer Stiefelhagen. The SZS is part of the Faculty of Computer Science.

Title First Name Surname Function Phone E-mail
Director +49 721 608 42760 rainer stiefelhagenRyn8∂kit edu
Deputy director +49 721 608 46951 karin e muellerJgs3∂kit edu

Title First Name Surname Function Phone E-mail
Academic staff +49 721 608 46156 angela constantinescuZmo3∂kit edu
Academic staff +49 721 608 44301 gerhard jaworekXts9∂kit edu
Academic staff +49 421 608 41936 giuseppe melfiVpi7∂kit edu
Academic staff +49 721 608 46156 vanessa petrauschRtr9∂kit edu
Academic staff +49 721 608 44832 angelika scherwitzVkb8∂kit edu
Techn. Staff + 49 721 608 46889 ann-christin schmidtRtn8∂kit edu
Academic staff +49 721 608 41937 susanne schneiderVgj6∂kit edu
Academic staff +49 721 608 46888 thorsten schwarzKjj6∂kit edu
Secretary +49 721 608 42760 christina szautnerVjz7∂kit edu
Secretary (on leave) +49 721 608 42760 stephanie wolfViu2∂kit edu

Mission Statement

  • The SZS supports and advises visually impaired students and prospective students in all study courses offered at KIT.
  • Our cross-disciplinary team continuously develops innovative and individual solutions for accessible studies, especially in STEM (science, technologies, engineering and informatics) fields.
  • At the SZS, KIT students have access to comprehensive state-of-the-art equipment and Assistive Technology.
  • We create opportunities in order to exchange experience and provide access to our existing networks.
  • Thereby, students with blindness or low vision get the opportunity to study in a self-determined and inclusive way at KIT and to find access to professional life.
  • Together with the Chair of Computer Systems for Visually Impaired Students we do research on Assistive Technologies and on new ways of getting access to STEM fields.
  • It is important to us to pass on our know-how to external institutions by offering regular events, via our homepage and selected projects.