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

  • Project team:

    Krings, Bettina-Johanna (Project leader); António Moniz, Philipp Frey

  • Funding:

    Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

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  • End date:


  • 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.


Frey, P.; Krings, B.-J.
KI in der Arbeitswelt
2024, June 6. Künstliche Intelligenz zwischen Innovation und Verantwortung, Fachtagung, St. Virgil (2024), Salzburg, Austria, June 5–6, 2024 
Conference Papers
Alpers, S.; Krings, B.-J.
Ethische, rechtliche und soziale Aspekte (ELSA) der Gestaltung von KI-Systemen und Integration der verschiedenen Akteuren in den Prozess
2023. Nachhaltig Arbeiten und Lernen - Analyse und Gestaltung lernförderlicher und nachhaltiger Arbeitssysteme und Arbeits- und Lernprozesse, GfA-Press Full textFull text of the publication as PDF document
Alpers, S.; Krings, B.-J.
KI-Gestalung und ELSA
2023. Wissensdurst: Schöne neue Welt? Wie KI unsere Arbeitswelt verändert (2023), Karlsruhe, Germany, June 19, 2023 Full textFull text of the publication as PDF document
Krings, B.-J.
Künstliche Intelligenz in Arbeitsfeldern: Welchen Beitrag leistet die Ethik?
2023. Studium Generale der Hochschule Furtwangen (2023), Furtwangen im Schwarzwald, Germany, May 25, 2023 
Sanz Miguel, P., De; Serra, J. A.; Caballero, M.; Barrientos, D.; Peliz, M.; Boavida, N.; Moniz, A. B.; Pańków, M.; Pandis, P.; Karoulas, G.; Papageorgiou, I.; Betziou, N.
Social partners’ involvement in dual vocational education and training (VET): a comparison of Greece, Spain, Poland and Portugal
2022. Notus. doi:10.5281/zenodo.6669891Full textFull text of the publication as PDF document
Alpers, S.; Frey, P.; Krings, B.-J.; Dreher, A.-K.; Vugrincic, A.; Wagner, M.; Schröter, W.
Ethische, rechtliche und soziale Fragen im Kontext von KARL
2022. Connect & Collect: KI-gestützte Cloud für die interdisziplinäre vernetzte Forschung und Innovation für die Zukunftsarbeit (CoCo 2022), Online, July 21, 2022 
Candeias, M.; Moniz, A. B.
Impact assessment of Artificial Intelligence in the work environment of automotive sector: the Portuguese case
2022. International Interdisciplinary Graduate Summer School “Open science” (2022), San Sebastian, Spain, July 18–22, 2022 
Moniz, A. B.; Boavida, N.; Candeias, M.
Interaction of AI with human work: TA issues around Industry 4.0
2022. 5th European Technology Assessment Conference (ETAC5 2022), Karlsruhe, Germany, July 25–27, 2022 
Moniz, A. B.; Boavida, N.; Candeias , M.
The mechatronic training strategies to enable new skills for industry realignment towards industry 4.0: the case of Portugal
2022. International Colloquium of Gerpisa "The Automotive Industry Entering a Post-Pandemic World" (2022), Detroit, MI, USA, June 13–17, 2022 
Boavida, N.; Moniz, A. B.; Candeias, M.
Changes in productivity and labour relations: AI in the automotive sector in Portugal
2021, June 18. 29th International Colloquium of Gerpisa (GERPISA 2021), Online, June 14–18, 2021 
Boavida, N.; Moniz, A. B.; Naumann, R.; Roque, I.
How is labour organised in Portuguese digital platforms?
2021, July 29. Final International Conference of the Project Crowdwork: Platform work – Finding new strategies to organize in Europe (2021), Online, July 29, 2021 
Candeias, M.; Moniz, A. B.; Boavida, N.
Digital Transformation in the Automotive Sector in Portugal: Data Analysis on Industrial R&D Projects
2021, September 30. Beyond 4.0 Scientific Conference: Inclusive Futures For Europe Beyond Industrie 4.0 And Digital Disruption (2021), Sofia, Bulgaria, September 30–October 1, 2021 
Moniz, A. B.
Automatização do trabalho: velhas questões e novos problemas (Automation of labour: old questions and new problems)
2021, September 15. Multiple dimensions of work ubernization in Portugal, University of Brasilia, Brasilien (2021), Online, September 15, 2021 
Moniz, A. B.
Robótica e trabalho: O futuro hoje = Robotics and work: The future today
2021. International Meeting of Sociology : Work, (In)equalities and Social Relations in the Digital Economy (ISSOW 2021), Online, May 24–25, 2021 
Peliz, M.; Boavida, N.; Moniz, A. B.
Portuguese Field Work on the Involvement of Social Partner at the Education and Training Systems
2021. 2nd Scientific meeting of the project INVOLVE -Involving social partners in dual VET governance: exploring the contribution of social partners in the design, renewal and implementation of dual VET (INVOLVE 2021), Online, July 16, 2021 


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