We conduct research on the intersection between digital entrepeneurship, digital ecosystems, and organizing data and knowldedge. We will provide multiple courses that help to explain changes on firm- and ecosystem levels using multiple theories and methodologies. Our teaching is usually highly interactive and builds upon concepts of blended learning, oftentimes 'flipping the classroom'. It is important to us to not only reflect latest findings of information systems research with our students but also to work together on applying that knowledge. 

Our teaching extends to Bachelor, Master, PhD and Postdocs. Offers for PhD and PostDocs will be more clearly defined in the following months.

Winter 23/24

Sustainability with Machine Learning

Lecture and Tutorial

Sustainability with Machine Learning (Sust-ml)

  • Prof. Dr. Hannes Rothe
  • Mahnoor Shahid, M.Sc.
Winter Semester 2023/2024
Each Winter semester
Lecture: Thursdays, 10:00 - 12:00; Tutorial: Mondays, 10:00 - 12:00
Lectures: R12 T02 E12; Tutorials: S05 T00 B83


Sustainability with Machine Learning explores the integration of machine learning techniques into sustainability domains to address environmental and social challenges. This course covers the foundations of machine learning, deep neural networks, and sustainable development applications. Students will gain knowledge of how machine learning may increase sustainability in decision-making, facilitate environmental monitoring, better supply chain management, and optimize energy efficiency. This course also reflects on using AI fairly and with ethical considerations in order to promote sustainable practices.

Learning Targets:

  • Develop an understanding of sustainability principles and their application in technological advancements.
  • Learn about data preparation procedures, machine learning algorithms, and methodologies for training and evaluating models.
  • Explore deep learning architectures, including Vision and NLP models.
  • Discover how supply chain management, environmental monitoring, energy efficiency can be improved with the help of machine learning.
  • Recognise the ethical issues involved and how AI should be applied fairly in sustainability applications.

This course allows you to collect credits for the Sustainable Education Certificate (BNE)


  • Introduction to Sustainable Development
  • Fundamentals of Machine Learning
  • Deep Learning Architectures
  • Sustainable Supply Chain Management
  • Predictive Analytics for Energy Efficiency
  • Environmental Monitoring and Conservation
  • Ethical and Fair AI for Sustainability


  • Sustainability: A Comprehensive Foundation (2015) by Tom Theis and Jonathan Tomkin (eds.)
  • Introduction to Sustainable Development (2012) by Jennifer A. Elliott 2012
  • Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning (2006) by Christopher M. Bishop
  • Machine Learning Yearning (2018) by Andrew Ng
  • Deep Learning (2016) by Ian Goodfellow, Yoshua Bengio, and Aaron Courville
  • Sustainable Supply Chains: A Research-Based Textbook on Operations and Strategy (2017) by Yann Bouchery, Charles J. Corbett, and Jan C. Fransoo
  • Predictive Analytics for Energy Efficiency Improvement (2019) by Sime Curkovic and Amir S. Gandomi
  • Environmental Monitoring Handbook (2002) by Frank R. Burden and Robert A. McDonnell
  • Artificial Intelligence for Good: How Technologies Can Save Our World by Rajiv Malhotra

Methods of Assessment:

Written Exam (40%) and Project (60%)