CAPTN draws extensively on jointly usable research and infrastructures and proven scientific preliminary work to implement its vision and goal. In the CAPTN initiative, the three Kiel universities are interdisciplinarily linked in the five fields of competence that are necessary for the development of the integrated mobility chain. The following is an overview of the competence fields of the integrated mobility chain and exemplary value-added elements:


  • Shipbuilding/-design
  • Marine technology
  • AI & big data
  • Communication
  • Networking
  • Software development
  • Monitoring & assistance systems
  • Situational awareness
  • Cyber security
  • Service and maintenance


  • Open innovation
  • Business transformation
  • Innovation management
  • Shared economy
  • Adoption & diffusion
  • Business model development
  • Digital business platform
  • Service development
  • Logistics & supply chain management


  • Process development
  • Human-machine interaction
  • Shipbuilding/design
  • Automation level
  • Security risk management
  • Design (general)
  • Networked intelligence


  • Identification of vulnerable road users
  • Transparency of decision making
  • Conflict, complaint & acceptance management
  • Impact assessment
  • Safety
  • Technology acceptance
  • Action control


  • Organization & legal form
  • Public transport
  • Autonomous driving on land
  • Autonomous driving on water
  • Liability
  • Insurance
  • Legislation

Through four faculties, Kiel University contributes its research in the field of autonomous and integrated mobility and closely related technological research on artificial intelligence, hydrogen utilization, and power electronics, as well as social science and law research on liability issues and innovation networks. Numerous special research areas, successful clusters of excellence, research groups and joint projects document the success of research.

Kiel University of Applied Sciences contributes its knowledge from application-oriented research, especially in the fields of shipbuilding, propulsion development, power electronics, sensor technology and participatory urban and regional planning. The experience gained from close cooperation with practical partners in the maritime industry, regional companies and stakeholders is an important building block for CAPTN development.

This is completed by the inclusion of Muthesius University of Fine Arts and Design. The many years of cooperation experience, e.g. with the university’s excellence clusters, show the importance of new thinking and design formats for practicing new worlds of experience in mobility, especially under prevailing ambiguity and uncertainty.

A current presentation of Kiel’s scientific competencies in the CAPTN competence fields of the integrated mobility chain can be downloaded here:
Directory: Wissenschaftliche Publikationen, Projekte, Wettbewerbsbeiträge, Stand Oktober 2020 (in German only)