Dr.rer.pol. Anuja Hariharan

  • Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
    Fakultät für Wirtschaftswissenschaften
    Institut für Wirtschaftsinformatik und Marketing
    Kaiserstraße 89, 76133 Karlsruhe

Research Focus

My research work focusses on hybrid adaptive systems – with a goal of creating research frameworks to design adaptive digital systems suited for the hybrid combination of work & life balance in the post-pandemic remote work contexts that organizations are increasingly moving towards. Particularly, I will focus on aspects of team collobration, and what fosters team performance in remote contexts. I am also a proponent of Open Science & Open Data research methodologies, with the goal of making the as many aspects of the research process accessible to the public as possible, from idea generation to opinion collection, to making the results publicly accessible. I am also interested in understanding and helping verifying standards for establishing trust in data and exploring the potential of Open Data frameworks for industrial uses.



A NeuroIS tool for conducting economic experiments was developed with several researchers at KIT, and used by several groups to conduct both NeuroIS & Web experiments in Economic decision-making contexts as well as Information System design & usage. It was published under the "Path-breaking & interdisciplinary” track of the Journal of the Association for Information Systems (link).

Take Part
A mixed-reality platform aimed at improving civic participation in construction projects

The project was published & demonstrated in several public forums, demonstrating the possibility of involvement of public in shaping as well as including them as stakeholders in shaping participatory systems.

Other industrial projects

Associate Editor @ ECIS 2024 for the Design Research & Design Methods in Information Systems track

  • WS 2023: Seminar Platform Economy
  • Lehrbeauftragte @ DHBW Karlruhe, Technisches Wissenschaftliche Arbeit, SS 2023


Curriculum Vitae

ab 11.2023 Postdoctoral Researcher @ IISM, KIT
01.2023 - 10.2023  Senior Data Consultant & Scientist, Gesselschaft für Innovative Markt Forschung, Wiesbaden
01.2019 - 12.2022 Head of Devices Lab, Future Labs, CAS Software AG, Karlsruhe (including 6 months maternity leave)
03.2017 - 12.2018     Professional Consultant, Opitz Consulting (including 6 months maternity leave)
03.2017 - 12.2018   Postdoc, IISM, KIT
2012 - 2016  Thesis topic “Emotions & Cognitive workload in Economic Decision Processes”, Summa cum laude.
2010 - 2012 Associate Consultant, Oracle, Singapore
2005 - 2009    Bachelors in Computer Science, Singapure



Facilitating Mixed Reality Public Participation for Modern Construction Projects: Guiding Project Planners with a Configurator
Schramm, L. T.; Hariharan, A.; Götz, T.; Fegert, J.; Schmidt, A. P.
2022. ArtsIT, Interactivity and Game Creation - Creative Heritage. New Perspectives from Media Arts and Artificial Intelligence. 10th EAI International Conference, ArtsIT 2021, Virtual Event, December 2-3, 2021, Proceedings. Ed.: M. Wölfel, 275–291, Springer International Publishing. doi:10.1007/978-3-030-95531-1_19
Ich sehe was, was du auch siehst. Über die Möglichkeiten von Augmented und Virtual Reality für die digitale Beteiligung von Bürger:innen in der Bau- und Stadtplanung
Fegert, J.; Pfeiffer, J.; Reitzer, P.; Götz, T.; Hariharan, A.; Pfeiffer-Leßmann, N.; Renner, P.; Pfeiffer, T.; Weinhardt, C.
2021. HMD, 58, 1180–1195. doi:10.1365/s40702-021-00772-6
Take Part Prototype: Creating New Ways of Participation Through Augmented and Virtual Reality [in press]
Fegert, J.; Pfeiffer, J.; Golubyeva, A.; Pfeiffer-Leßmann, N.; Hariharan, A.; Renner, P.; Pfeiffer, T.; Hefke, M.; Straub, T.; Weinhardt, C.
2019. 29th Workshop an Information Technologies and Systems (WITS), Munich Germany, December 18-20 2019. Ed.: Y. Lu
Exploring Flow Psychophysiology in Knowledge Work
Knierim, M. T.; Rissler, R.; Hariharan, A.; Nadj, M.; Weinhardt, C.
2018. Information systems and neuroscience : NeuroIS Retreat 2018, [Wien, 19.-21.06.2018]. Ed.: Fred D. Davis, 239–249, Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-030-01087-4_29
Flow Neurophysiology in Knowledge Work: Electroencephalographic Observations from Two Cognitive Tasks
Knierim, M. T.; Nadj, M.; Hariharan, A.; Weinhardt, C.
2018. Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Physiological Computing Systems (PhyCS 2018), Seville, E, September 19-21, 2018. Ed.: J.M. Belda Lois, 42–53, SciTePress
Emotion Feedback in Small Group Collaboration: A Research Agenda for Group Emotion Management Support Systems
Knierim, M. T.; Hariharan, A.; Dorner, V.; Weinhardt, C.
2017. GDN 2017, the 17th International Conference on Group Decision and Negotiation, which will take place at the University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany, 14th -18th August 2017, 191–202, Univ. Hohenheim
A Practical Guide for Human Lab Experiments in Information Systems Research : A Tutorial with Brownie
Jung, D.; Adam, M.; Dorner, V.; Hariharan, A.
2017. Journal of systems and information technology, 19 (3/4), 228–256. doi:10.1108/JSIT-06-2017-0049
Brownie: A Platform for Conducting NeuroIS Experiments
Hariharan, A.; Adam, M. T. P.; Dorner, V.; Lux, E.; Mueller, M. B.; Pfeiffer, J.; Weinhardt, C.
2017. Journal of the Association for Information Systems, 18 (4), 264–296
Live Biofeedback for Digital Collaboration
Knierim, M. T.; Hariharan, A.; Lux, E.; Dorner, V.; Weinhardt, C.
2016. 37th International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS), Workshop on the Digitization of the Individual (DOTI), Dublin, Ireland, December 11, 2016
Emotion Regulation and Behavior in an Individual Decision Trading Experiment: Insights From Psychophysiology
Hariharan, A.; Adam, M. T. P.; Astor, P. J.; Weinhardt, C.
2015. Journal of neuroscience, psychology, and economics, 8 (3), 186–202. doi:10.1037/npe0000040
A randomized tabu search-based approach for perfect stranger matching in economic experiments
Both, F.; Adamb, M. T. P.; Hariharan, A.; Dorner, V.; Lux, E.; Weinhardt, C.
2016. Economics letters, 145, 235–238. doi:10.1016/j.econlet.2016.06.028
Emotions and cognitive workload in economic decision processes - A NeuroIS Approach. PhD dissertation
Hariharan, A.
2016. Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT). doi:10.5445/IR/1000057095
Investigating Emotional Influences in a Single-Decision Trading Experiment
Hariharan, A.; Astor, P. J.; Adam, M. T. P.
2013. NeuroPsychoEconomics Conference, Bonn, Germany, June 6 - 7, 2013
Examining Behavioral Biases Through a Single-decision trading experiment
Hariharan, A.; Astor, P. J.; Adam, M. T. P.
2013. 24th Subjective Probability, Utility, and Decision Making Conference, SPUDM 2013, Barcelona, Spain, 18. - 22. August 2013
Towards understanding the interplay of cognitive demand and arousal in auction bidding
Hariharan, A.; Adam, M. T. P.; Fuong, K.
2014. ECIS 2014 proceedings : 22th European Conference on Information Systems ; Tel Aviv, Israel, June 9-11, 2014. Ed.: M. Avital, Track 10/2, AIS eLibrary (AISeL)
Blended Emotion Detection for Decision Support
Hariharan, A.; Adam, M. T. P.
2015. IEEE Transactions on Human-Machine Systems, 45 (4), 510–517. doi:10.1109/THMS.2015.2418231
Leveraging the Potential of NeuroIS for Business Analytics
Hariharan, A.; Kunze, J.; Adam, M. T. P.
2015. Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Group Decision & Negotiation, GDN 2015, Warsaw, June 22 - 26, 2015. Ed.: B. Kamiński, 375–380, Warsaw School of Economics Pr
Impact of cognitive workload and emotional arousal on performance in cooperative and competitive interactions
Hariharan, A.; Dorner, V.; Adam, M. T. P.
2016. Information Systems and Neuroscience : Proceedingso of Gmunden Retreat on NeuroIS 2016, Gmunden, June 6-8, 2016. Ed.: F. Davis, 35–42, Springer Verlag
Happy Birthday! Emotions and Cues to Trust on Consumer‑to‑consumer Market Platforms
Lux, E.; Hawlitschek, F.; Hariharan, A.; Adam, M. T. P.
2015. Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Group Decision & Negotiation (GDN), Warsaw, Poland, June 22-26. Ed.: B. Kamiński, 369–373, Warsaw School of Economics Press
A NeuroIS Platform for Lab Experiments
Müller, M. B.; Hariharan, A.; Adam, M. T. P.
2014. Proceedings Gmunden Retreat on NeuroIS 2014, Gmunden, Austria, June 5-7, 2014. Ed.: F. Davis, 15–17