Dr.  Sebastian Lins

Dr. Sebastian Lins

  • Kaiserstr. 89
    76133 Karlsruhe

Me, in a nutshell

I’m a postdoctoral researcher (Akademischer Rat) and lecturer at the research group Critical Information Infrastructures but also a dedicated father and husband. I work on research challenges concerned with the design, use, and evaluation of secure and trustworthy information systems. I’m supervising a team of phd students and leading diverse research projects, aiming to create novel knowledge that can be applied in practice.


Let me highlight some of my passions

Doing Research
  • My research focuses on designing and using trustworthy, sociotechnical systems with auspicious value propositions
  • Main areas of work to achieve trust:
    • Performing (continuous) certification and awarding assurance seals
    • Ensuring data protection & information security
    • Fostering trust transfer
    • Achieving digital sovereignty through ecosystems
  • Focus on internet-based technologies, including:
    • Cloud, fog and edge computing
    • Artificial intelligence
    • Distributed ledger technology
  • I received the ACM SIGMIS Doctoral Dissertation Award for my doctoral thesis
  • Holding a visiting professorship in the winter semester 2023/2024, being a substitute for the chair ‘Information Systems and Systems Development’ (W3) at the University of Kassel
Working on Projects
  • Operational lead of the projects AUDITOR (www.auditor-cert.de) and DIRECTIONS (www.directions-cert.de), developing novel data protection certifications funded by the German ministries
  • Co-responsible for the project “Accountable Artificial Intelligence-based Systems” funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG)
  • Taking part in the development of a manufacturing service ecosystem based on Gaia-X
Passionate Teaching
  • Fortunate to supervise a team of eighth phd students
  • Teaching bachelor and master lectures and seminars @ KIT and KIT HECTOR School
  • Acquired the university didactics certification from Baden-Wuerttemberg, requiring diverse training courses and a total workload of 150 hours to improve my teaching skills
Supporting the Community
  • Being reviewer for leading journals (e.g., European Journal of Information Systems; Information Systems Journal; Business & Information Systems Engineering) and conferences (e.g., International Conference on Information Systems)
  • Associate editor for the International Conference on Information Systems, European Conference on Information Systems, and Workshop on Information Security and Privacy
  • Taking part in diverse committees, including the working group Gaia-X Compliance, sector committee data protection of the German Accreditation Body, and expert group of the project eduCheck Digital
Selected Publications
  • Lins, S.; Greulich, M.; Löbbers, J.; Benlian, A.; Sunyaev, A. (2024). “Why So Skeptical? Investigating the Emergence and Consequences of Consumer Skepticism toward Web Seals”, In: Information & Management (forthcoming). doi: 10.1016/j.im.2024.103920
  • Greulich, M; Lins, S.; Pienta, D.; Thatcher, J. B.; Sunyaev, A (2024). Exploring Contrasting Effects of Trust in Organizational Security Practices and Protective Structures on Employees’ Security-Related Precaution Taking. In:  Information Systems Research (ISR), forthcoming. doi:10.1287/isre.2021.0528
  • Adam, M; Lins, S.; Sunyaev, A.; Benlian, A. (2023).The Contingent Effects of IS Certifications on the Trustworthiness of Websites. In: Journal of the Association for Information Systems (JAIS), forthcoming, doi: 10.17705/1jais.00836
  • Lins, S.; Becker, J-M; Lyytinen, K.; Sunyaev, A. (2023). A Design Theory for Certification Presentations. In: ACM SIGMIS Database 54 (3), doi: 10.1145/3614178.3614183
  • Thiebes, S.; Lins, S.; Sunyaev, A. (2021). Trustworthy artificial intelligence. Electronic Markets 31 (2), doi:10.1007/s12525-020-00441-4
  • Lins, S.; Pandl, K.; Teigeler, H.; Thiebes, S.; Bayer, C.; Sunyaev, A. (2021). Artificial Intelligence as a Service – Classification and Research Directions. Business & Information Systems Engineering, 63, 441–456. doi:10.1007/s12599-021-00708-w
  • Kannengießer, N.; Lins, S.; Sander, C.; Winter, K.; Frey, H.; Sunyaev, A. (2021). Challenges and Common Solutions in Smart Contract Development. In IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering 48 (11), 4291–4318. doi:10.1109/TSE.2021.3116808
  • Kannengießer, N., Lins, S., Dehling, T., & Sunyaev, A. (2020). Trade-Offs between Distributed Ledger Technology Characteristics. ACM Computing Surveys, 53 (2), Art. Nr.: 42. doi:10.1145/3379463
  • Lins, S.; Kromat, T.; Löbbers, J.; Benlian, A.; Sunyaev, A. (2020). Why Don’t You Join In? A Typology of Information System Certification Adopters. Decision Sciences 53 (3), 452–485. doi:10.1111/deci.12488
  • Lins, S., Schneider, S., & Sunyaev, A. (2018). Trust is Good, Control is Better: Creating Secure Clouds by Continuous Auditing. IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing, 6 (3), p. 890 - 903. doi: 10.1109/TCC.2016.2522411
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