Competence Centre Arbeitswelt.Plus

How will Artificial Intelligence (AI) change the world of work? How can companies use new technologies to relieve their employees and increase their competitiveness? And how can employees be prepared for the change? 24 universities and companies from Ostwestfalen-Lippe are working on the answers to these questions together with IG Metall. The Institute Industrial IT (inIT) of TH OWL is also involved and is investigating the possibilities of how AI can be used, for example, with regard to the design of workplaces and the qualification of employees.

The participants of the 2nd milestone meeting on 04.11.2022 in Paderborn.

On 4 November 2022, the project participants came together for a milestone meeting in Paderborn. In the morning, the results of the lighthouse projects were presented and discussed. The lighthouse projects focus on transferring AI methods into specific use cases of companies in a participatory and human-centred way. The topics worked on by inIT employees Anton Pfeifer and Alexander Kuhn will be incorporated into two lighthouse projects: On the one hand, research is being conducted together with Dr Oetker on AI-supported sales planning, and on the other hand, concrete use cases of AI are being developed in cooperation with Lenze and Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences and examined for their effects on work design.

This was followed in the afternoon by a Gallery Walk, where the central research topics of the project participants were discussed. "It is important to us that we do not lose focus on people in a constantly changing world of work. The lighthouse projects enable us to evaluate participatory AI approaches and to investigate AI-induced changes, especially in planning processes," reports inIT employee Anton Pfeifer.

You can find out more about the Arbeitswelt.Plus competence platform, its lighthouse projects and the various support services along the so-called enabling chain (inform - network - qualify - implement) on the project homepage at

About Arbeitswelt.Plus

The Competence Centre Arbeitswelt.Plus is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) in the programme "Future of Value Creation - Research on Production, Services and Work" and supervised by the Project Management Agency Karlsruhe (PTKA).