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Prof. Dr. Gilbert Fridgen

Gilbert Fridgen

Full professor in Digital Financial Services / Paypal-FNR PEARL Chair

Faculty or Centre Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust
Department FINATRAX
Postal Address Université du Luxembourg
29, avenue JF Kennedy
L-1855 Luxembourg
Campus Office JFK Building, E02-226
Telephone (+352) 46 66 44 9827
Fax (+352) 46 66 44 39827

Prof. Dr. Gilbert Fridgen is PayPal-FNR PEARL Chair in Digital Financial Services at the SnT, the Interdisciplinary Center for Security, Reliability and Trust at the University of Luxembourg.

As head of the Financial Services and Interorganizational Digital Transformations Research Group (FINATRAX), he analyzes the transformative effects of digital technologies on individual organizations as well on the relationship between organizations. He thereby especially addresses potentially disruptive technologies like Blockchain/DLT, Artificial Intelligence, Internet-of-Things, or Quantum Computing. His research involves innovative business models, regulatory compliance (RegTech), IT strategy and (risk) management, IT capabilities and performance, as well as the design of innovative solutions. In his projects and partnerships, he collaborates with various industries, like financial services (FinTech), energy, mobility, manufacturing, consulting, as well as with public bodies (LegalTech).

Prof. Fridgen frequently publishes in academic journals and conference proceedings in management, computer science, and engineering, as well in outlets at the intersection of these disciplines. He was nominated and received best paper awards at internationally recognized conferences. He edited conference proceedings of the most important German, European and International Conferences of Information Systems. He is an active reviewer for various academic journals.

He regularly speaks at business-related conferences and gives interviews to media outlets. He served as an expert for multiple governmental bodies, such as the German Bundestag and altogether 6 German Federal Ministries as well as for the European Commission with its European Blockchain Partnership and European Blockchain Services Infrastructure (EBSI) and in the Academic Advisory Board of the International Association for Trusted Blockchain Applications (INATBA).

Prof. Fridgen received his Diploma in Managerial Economics from the University of Augsburg in 2005, with majors in Financial Engineering, Information Systems, and Strategy& Organization. In parallel, he finished a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science and Electronic Commerce. He did his doctoral degree at the Research Center Finance & Information Management and finished in 2010. From 2011 to 2013 he was deputy Professor for Business Engineering, especially Finance, Operations & Information Management at the University of Augsburg.

From 2013 to 2019, he was appointed Associate Professor for Information Systems and Sustainable IT Management at the University of Bayreuth, Deputy Director of the Fraunhofer Project Group Wirtschaftsinformatik, and Deputy Director of the Research Center Finance & Information Management. Today, he is still Adjunct Professor with the Research Center Finance & Information Management and collaborates closely with the Fraunhofer Project Group Wirtschaftsinformatik and its Fraunhofer Blockchain Lab.

Last updated on: Monday, 24 February 2020

Gilbert Fridgen was granted research funds from European, Luxembourgish, and German programs. In terms of fundamental research, he was granted funding from the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR) and from the German Research Foundation (DFG). Through collaborating closely with companies and public institutions, he acquired further third-party funds for applied research projects, i.a. from partners such as Audi, BMW, Hilti, McKinsey, Nord/LB, Senacor, and the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees.

Altogether, he was able to acquire 8-digit research funding, accumulated many years of experience in managing fundamental and applied research projects, as well as in leading people in a project setting.

Research Grants as PI / co-PI: 

● German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, “OMOS - Feasibility Study: Open Mobility System”
● Free State of Bavaria, “BigDAPESI - Big-Data-Analyse und -Prognose von Energieverbrauch und Sanierungskosten bei Immobilien“
● German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, competition Zukunftsstadt, “Digitales Bad Hindelang“
● German Research Foundation (DFG), research grant “Wertorientierte Steuerung von IT-Projekten“ (FR 2987/2 1)
● Free State of Bavaria, project “Mediheld – Mobile Versorgungsakte im ländlichen Raum“ 

Research Grants in a leading role:

● German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Kopernikus-Projects for the Energiewende, “SynErgie - Synchronisierte und energieadaptive Produktionstechnik zur flexiblen Ausrichtung von Industrieprozessen auf eine fluktuierende Energieversorgung“

Further Research Grants:

● European Commission (H2020-NMBP-HUBS-2018), “MDOT – Medical Device Obligations Taskforce“
● European Commission (H2020-FOF-2016), “Composition – Ecosystem for Collaborative Manufacturing Processes – Intra- and Interfactory Integration and Automation” 

Structural Funding:

● Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR), “PayPal-FNR PEARL Chair in Digital Financial Services” (principal investigator, ongoing)
● Free State of Bavaria, “Fraunhofer Blockchain Research in the Context of Artificial Intelligence in Augsburg & Bayreuth” (handed over)
● Free State of Bavaria, “Bavarian Center for Battery Research” in Bayreuth (handed over)
● Free State of Bavaria, “Science Campus E-Commerce“ in Bayreuth (handed over)
● Strategic Investments of the Fraunhofer Society, “Fraunhofer Blockchain Lab“ in Bayreuth (finished)
● European Regional Development Fund, set-up of an 'IT Strategy Lab for Innovation and Sustainability' in Bayreuth (finished)

Last updated on: 19 Mar 2020

Publication list (pdf)

Last updated on: 13 Jan 2020

Gilbert Fridgen is closely collaborating with the following institutions:

Fraunhofer FIT - Project Group Business & Information Systems Engineering
Research Center Finance & Information Management
Fraunhofer BlockchainLab

He furthermore serves in the following boards, committees, and panels:

European Blockchain Partnership (Technical Group)
Boerse Stuttgart Digital Ventures (Advisory Panel)
Share & Charge Foundation (Advisory Board)
qbound.io (Start-up Mentor)


Association for Information Systems (AIS)
German Academic Association for Business Research (VHB)
Gesellschaft für Informatik (GI)
Deutscher Hochschulverband (DHV)

Last updated on: 24 Feb 2020

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See detailThe token’s secret: the two-faced financial incentive of the token economy
Drasch, Benedict J; Fridgen, Gilbert; Manner-Romberg, Tobias; Nolting, Fenja M; Radszuwill, Sven

in Electronic Markets (2020)

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See detailThe search for the perfect match: Aligning power-trading products to the energy transition
Fridgen, Gilbert; Michaelis, Anne; Rinck, Maximilian; Schöpf, Michael; Weibelzahl, Martin

in Energy Policy (2020), 144

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See detailHow to Develop a GDPR-Compliant Blockchain Solution for Cross-Organizational Workflow Management: Evidence from the German Asylum Procedure.
Guggenmos, F; Lockl, J; Rieger, A; Fridgen, Gilbert

in Proceedings of the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences 2020 (2020)

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See detailStrukturierte Analyse von Nachfrageflexibilität im Stromsystem und Ableitung eines generischen Geschäftsmodells für (stromintensive) Unternehmen
Haupt, Leon; Körner, Marc-Fabian; Schoepf, Michael; Schott, Paul; Fridgen, Gilbert

in Zeitschrift für Energiewirtschaft (2020)

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See detailIndustrial demand-side flexibility: A key element of a just energy transition and industrial development
Heffron, Raphael; Körner, Marc-Fabian; Wagner, Jonathan; Weibelzahl, Martin; Fridgen, Gilbert

in Applied Energy (2020)

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