Smart Mobility Research Group (SMRG)

The Smart Mobility Research Group (SMRG) is an interdisciplinary research team which draws from the fields of business information systems, economics, statistics, and data science to investigate topics related to intelligent and sustainable mobility. Additional members of the team include Prof. Dr. Johann Kranz of Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich, Prof. Dr. Norbert Mundorf from the University of Rhode Island, Dr. Mauricio Marrone and Dr. Ilja Nastjuk of Macquire University in Sydney, and Prof. Dr. Simon Trang, Chair of Information Security and Compliance from University of Goettingen. Headed by Tim-Benjamin Lembcke, the team forms a center of competence focused on developing innovative solutions to help guide the rapidly evolving transportation industry toward a smart and sustainable future. The SMRG collaborates with several private industry and governmental partners, including its status as a research partner in a funded pioneer project for the Information and Communication Technology for Electromobility II Program (IKT für Elektromobilität II). The SMRG was also involved with two projects within the Lower Saxony Electromobility Trade Show (Schaufenster Elektromobilität in Niedersachsen).

The core competence of the SMRG is its focus on the practitioner-oriented evaluation of new technologies and concepts in the domain of mobility. Thus, our primary objectives include the development and testing of innovations, and the creation of business models and information systems regarding intelligent and sustainable solutions for mobility. This is achieved through the analysis of electrical vehicle acceptance (e.g. e-cars and e-bikes) for use in current and future energy systems (e.g. Smart Grids). We pursue the collaborative development of scientific publications by working in an interdisciplinary research environment within these areas of research and application in order to exchange knowledge within both the scientific and economic communities.

Core competences and fields of application of the SMRG

  • Development and experimental testing of alternative mobility and business model concepts.
  • Acceptance research regarding new or alternative means of transportation (via user surveys or methodical analysis, e.g. structural equation modeling).
  • Fleet and potential analysis to reduce emissions and optimize profitability
  • Development of information systems in the context of innovative mobility platforms (such as online platforms and mobile applications).
  • Application of data mining, machine learning and artificial intelligence to derive action plans from data.

Current research projects

Since 2020

Since 2019

Since 2018

Excerpt of current research papers

  • Herrenkind, B.; Nastjuk, I.; Brendel, A.B.; Trang, S.; Kolbe, L.M. (2019): Young People’s Travel Behavior – Using the Life-Oriented Approach to Understand the Acceptance of Autonomous Driving, Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment - Special Issue “Young People’s Behavior”. [VHB: B]
  • Lembcke, T.B.; Engelbrecht, N.; Brendel, A.B.; Herrenkind, B.; Kolbe, L.M. (2019): Towards a Unified Understanding of Digital Nudging by Addressing its Analog Roots, Proceedings of Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems (PACIS), China. [VHB: C]
  • Diederich, S.; Brendel, A.B.; Lichtenberg, S.; Kolbe, L.M. (2019): Design for Fast Request Fulfillment or Natural Interaction? Insights from an Experiment with a Conversational Agent, Proceedings of European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS), Stockholm and Uppsala, Sweden. [VHB: B]
  • Greve, M.; Harnischmacher, C.; Lichtenberg, S.; Kolbe, L.M. (2019): Smart Grid in Container Terminals – Systematization of Cost Drivers for Using Battery Capacities of Electric Transport Vehicles for Grid Stability, Proceedings of Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS), Mexico.[VHB 3: D]
  • Diederich, S., Brendel, A.B., & Kolbe, L.M. (2019). On Conversational Agents in Information Systems Research: Analyzing the Past to Guide Future Work. In Proceedings of Internationale Tagung Wirtschaftsinformatik. [VHB: C]
  • Brendel, A.B.; Brennecke, J.T.; Nastjuk, I. (2018): Applying Econophysics in the Context of Carsharing - Development of a Vehicle Relocation Algorithm and Decision Support System, Proceedings of International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS), San Francisco, pp. 1-17.
  • Brendel, A. B.; Zapadka, P.; Kolbe, L. M. (2018): Design Science Research in Green IS - Analyzing the Past to Guide Future Research, Proceedings of European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS), Portsmouth. [VHB: A]
  • Brendel, A. B.; Brennecke, J. T.; Zapadka, P.; Kolbe, L. M. (2017): A Decision Support System for Computation of Carsharing Pricing Areas and its Influence on Vehicle Distribution, Proceedings of International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS), South Korea [VHB: A]


Universität Göttingen
Professur für Informationsmanagement
Smart Mobility Research Group
Tim-Benjamin Lembcke
Humboldtallee 3
37073 Göttingen

+49 (0)551 / 39-21173