Research Projects

Kompetenzzentrum KARL

Artificial Intelligence for Work and Learning in the Karlsruhe Region

Start: 07/2021

End: 03/2025

The application of artificial intelligence (AI) will have far-reaching effects on the work organization and processes of many employees. The goal of the Kompetenzzentrum KARL – Künstliche Intelligenz für Arbeiten und Lernen in der Region Karlsruhe (Competence Center KARL – Artificial Intelligence for Work and Learning in the Karlsruhe Region) is to systematically design human-centric, transparent, and learning-friendly AI-supported work and learning systems for demonstrating the practical applications of AI. The tools, methods and best practices developed in KARL are intended to enable companies to implement attractive AI-supported work environments. KARL focuses on hybrid systems that combine the advantages of human and artificial intelligence. In addition to the overall coordination of the research on different aspects of AI, the FZI is also involved in the process-oriented introduction of AI in work processes as well as the ethical, legal, and social design of AI-supported work systems.

The FZI develops guidelines to facilitate legally compliant (liability, data protection, labor and copyright) implementation for companies and to identify potential conflicts with the legal framework. These findings are used to further develop agile development processes. Furthermore, the FZI contributes to a use case in KARL. Through systematic observation and questioning, the mental stress and satisfaction of safety drivers during shuttle operations will be examined.


Christoph Becker

Department Manager
Division: Software Engineering

Research focus

Applied Artificial Intelligence

In this research focus, the FZI prioritizes the topics of Artificial Intelligence (AI) as well as human and AI engineering. In addition, the FZI deals with questions on dedicated AI hardware and predictive AI.

Safety, Security and the Law

The FZI focuses in this research area on the topics of resilience for critical infrastructures, managing security, legal tech and (post-)quantum cryptography, and also deals with the mutual influence of artificial intelligence on safety and security.

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