Competence Centre WIRKsam: Work Design with Artificial Intelligence (AI)


The WIRKsam project kick-off event took place on 29 March 2022. After welcoming addresses by Prof. Dr. Sascha Stowasser, Prof. Dr. Ina Schieferdecker and Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart, a roundtable discussion was held on shaping the working world in the Rhenish textile and lignite region with the help of artificial intelligence. The moderator and futurologist Kai Gondlach and his guests, Prof. Dr. Sascha Stowasser, Prof. Dr. Thomas Gries, Prof. Dr. Alexander Ferrein, Dr. Peter Janßen and Ingo Kufferath, addressed the hopes and fears associated with artificial intelligence.

Please allow us to point out that the event was held in German. Thank you in advance for your kind understanding.

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Work and AI - a future perspective that holds both enormous potentials and fears and uncertainties for the textile industry, for companies as well as for their employees. AI will change human work. It will also create considerable opportunities in the working world of the future, for relief, further training and innovation. Because working with AI is not a technology-driven fate; rather, there is considerable potential for shaping it. This is where WIRKsam comes in. We develop innovative work and process flows with artificial intelligence in three fields of action that regional companies see as significant:

  • Knowledge: secure & transfer
  • Processes: plan & make flexible
  • Quality: secure & increase.

In a participatory approach, we develop customised work systems and strengthen the competitiveness and innovative capacity of regional companies


Dr. phil. Andrea Altepost © Copyright: private


Dr. phil. Andrea Altepost

ITA Project Manager WIRKsam


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Our research partners

  • ifaa – Institut für angewandte Arbeitswissenschaft e. V. (project coordinator)                                                     Contact: Dr.-Ing. Dipl.-Wirt.Ing. Tim Jeske, contacthomepage
  • MASKOR Mobile Autonomous Systems and Cognitive Robotics (Aachen University of Applied Sciences)           Contact: Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Alexander Ferrein, contact, homepage


The WIRKsam competence centre is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research as part of the funding measure "Regional Competence Centres for Labour Research" and is supervised by the Karlsruhe Project Management Agency (PTKA) (funding reference: 02L19C601).


Competence Centre WIRKsam: Work Design with Artificial Intelligence


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