Artificial Intelligence for Working and Learning in the Karlsruhe Region (KARL)

  • Project team:

    Krings, Bettina-Johanna (Project leader); António Moniz, N.N.

  • Funding:

    Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

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  • Project partners:

    Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences (Coordination); ADAC Nordbaden e.V.; adesso SE; ArtiMinds Robotics GmbH; BLANC & FISCHER Corporate Services GmbH & Co. KG; CyberForum e.V.; Datalyxt GmbH; EDI GmbH; Fraunhofer Institute of Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation IOSB; Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI; FZI Research Center for Information Technology; INIT GmbH; Kinemic GmbH; ifab – Institut für Arbeitswissenschaft und Betriebsorganisation, KIT; wbk Institute of Production Science, KIT; Neohelden GmbH; Optimum datamanagement solutions; SICK AG

Project description

The goal of the project network KARL (Artificial Intelligence for Working and Learning in the Karlsruhe Region) is to establish a competence center in the Karlsruhe region that develops human-centered, transparent, and learning-friendly AI-supported working and learning systems (KI-WLS) and transfers them into concrete practical applications. AI is expected to play an important role in almost all industries and sectors in the long run, combining the advantages of human and artificial intelligence. This socio-technical synthesis is supposed to be profitably used in a variety of areas. The Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion is characterized by economic strength and scientific expertise in the following application domains: (1) mobility and autonomous driving, (2) knowledge-intensive services and ICT systems, (3) manufacturing, and (4) education.

ITAS will work together with “Forum Soziale Technikgestaltung” (FST) at the DGB Baden-Württemberg as subcontractor of the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences and – coordinated by the FZI – will consider ethical issues of the design and application of AI systems. The overall aim is to establish a competence center in the region that develops knowledge and expertise in order to (a) ensure the successful implementation of AI-related technologies into production, organizational, and learning processes and (b) support the human-centered design of AI-related workplaces that enables people to work in a self-determined manner. The explicit goal here is that the introduction of AI systems does not eliminate jobs, but rather that employees are adequately prepared for possible changes.

The concrete activities of ITAS include:

  • Development of ethical and social premises with regard to the normative orientation “The focus is on people.”
  • Development of a criteria catalog that guides both work processes and content of KARL.
  • Preparation of a method for participatory observation in the context of selected use cases in KARL.


Dr. Bettina-Johanna Krings
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS)
P.O. Box 3640
76021 Karlsruhe

Tel.: +49 721 608-26347