Competence Centre for Work and AI

Due to the potential for change through AI for the world of work, a close interlocking of AI
development and labour research is necessary. Therefore, approaches are needed to ensure that AI applications are designed in a human-friendly way and that these are then incorporated into AI-based work systems.

Companies in the region are in a situation where they are very hesitant to implement AI approaches because, on the one hand, there is a lack of expertise in the use and methods of AI and, on the other hand, they have not yet seen all the potential of AI applications to push for immediate
implementation. KompAKI offers a broad framework of knowledge on the question of how
interaction with AI-based applications can be designed in the best possible way and what changes result from this at the human, technical and organisational levels.


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  • New potentials for human-centred AI applications and AI-based business models are being
  • New approaches to cooperative AI are being developed with which users can use AI more transparently and more easily.
  • In addition, new methods are being developed to evaluate work in AI-supported work systems.

The content-related work in KompAKI is divided into three work areas: Development projects,
pilot projects and transfer


  • Development projects

These comprise research and development activities that are essentially carried out by the
research partners in the consortium, sometimes in cooperation with companies. This is where fundamental findings and developments are made, for example on methods of cooperative AI or on work evaluation procedures.


  • Pilot projects

These are collaborative projects with companies in which concrete AI-based applications in the area of production are developed and implemented at and with companies, as well as validated. Here, in addition to application-oriented research partners, the company partners are essentially involved in the consortium.


  • Transfer

This means all activities to transfer the findings from KompAKI into business practice and the working world, as well as into university teaching. This part is supported by all partners. Transfer partners and associated partners in particular are involved here.

In addition to publications and presentations at events, all research findings are also transferred to university teaching.


  • Samantha Werens: Arbeitskreis KI in der Umformtechnik, lecture title: KI und der Mensch Wie sich KI auf die psychische Gesundheit auswirken kann & auf welche Kompetenzen es jetzt ankommt am 12.01.2023. ProKI Info Point (TU Dresden; TU Darmstadt).
  • Jörg von Garrel : Lecture series Sustainable Development "Future of Technology Technology of the Future". On 12.01.2023 (Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences)
  • Maria Jung: AI acceptance by employees on 28.02.2023, IHK industry committee meeting
  • Jörg von Garrel: Socio-technical design of AI-based work systems. On 02.03.2023 (GfA Congress, Hanover)
  • Maria Jung: Conducting a quantitative study on the acceptance of AI-based
    work systems by employees in Germany, on 02.03.2023
    (GfA Congress, Hanover)
  • Jörg von Garrel: "Employee-friendly implementation of AI systems" on 27.04.2023 at Volkswagen
  • Samantha Werens; Expert conference of the EU project "Digital Coach", lecture title: Artificial
    Intelligence, Acceptance of AI based Work Systems and Manufacturing SMEs Sociotechnical Design of AI based Work Systems on 15-06-2023 (Ruhr-Universität, Bochum)
  • Samantha Werens: Expert Workshop "Career Intelligence", lecture title: Artificial
    Intelligence, Acceptance of AI based Work Systems and Manufacturing SMEs Sociotechnical Design of AI based Work Systems on 19.07.2023 (Technical Institute of Heraklion Chamber, Greece)
  • Maria Jung: Speaker contribution: Employee-friendly AI implementation
    on 22.11.2023 (RKW Hessen, Eschborn)

Events represented by KompAKI (FB GW):

  • Spring Congress of the Society for Ergonomics (GfA) 2022. Magdeburg.
  • Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). 5th European Teachnology Assessment Conference 2022. Karlsruhe.
  • KompAKI Productive Day 2022. Darmstadt.
  • Coffee lecture on acceptance in AI-based work systems as part of the CoCo joint project, 2022. Darmstadt
  • Von Garrel, J., Jung, M. & Werens, S. (2023). Socio-technical design of AI-based work systems.GfA-Press, Sankt Augustin.
  • von Garrel, J., Thomas, S., Jung, M., Werens, S. (2023): Corporate culture - a constant and
    basis in the disruptive age of technological upheaval? In: Journal Leadership and Organization (zfo) 92nd volume, March 2023.
  • Jung, M. & von Garrel, G. (2023). Conducting a quantitative study on the acceptance of AI-based work systems by employees in Germany. GfA-Press, Sankt Augustin.
  • Werens, S. & von Garrel, J (2023): Implementation of artificial intelligence at the workplace,
    considering the work ability of employees. In: TATuP, July 2023. Available from:, DOI: 10.14512/tatup 32.2.43
  • von Garrel, J., Thomas, S., Werens, S. (2023): Corporate culture as a driver of innovation -A competitive catalyst that should not be underestimated. In: IM-io trade magazine. To be published in the September 2023 issue
  • Werens, S. & von Garrel, J. (2023) How Companies and Employees can contribute to the purpose of XAI -A Systematic Literature Review on requirements for adopting AI at work. Submitted to:
    Conference-Paper for HICSS Conference
  • Werens, S. & von Garrel, J. (2023) AI in production -and what about humans? Submitted in: Trade journal wtWerkstattsTechnik, issue "Assembly, handling, automation,
    industrial robots"
  • Thelen, I. & von Garrel, J. (2023). Digitally stressed by superiors? An empirical study on the relationship between the experienced leadership style and the development of technostress among employees of companies in Germany, Zeitschrift für Arbeits-und Organisationspsychologie
  • Jung, M. & von Garrel, J. 2022. A morhology of AI-based work systems. Spring Congress
    Society for Ergonomics, Magdeburg.
  • Werens, S. & von Garrel, J. 2022. Conducting an analysis of the effects of AI work systems on employees' ability to work. Spring Congress
    Society for Ergonomics, Magdeburg.
  • Von Garrel, J., Jahn, C. & Schröter, D. 2022. The use of artificial intelligence in
    manufacturing companies. A morphology of industrial, AI-based work systems. ZWF.
  • Berger, P. & von Garrel, J. 2022. Benefit-based pricing of cooperative AI-based
    software in manufacturing companies - An empirical investigation of AI-based
    business models. Published in: Demmler, D., Krupka, D. & Fedderrath, H. (eds.),
    INFORMATIK 2022. Gesellschaft für Informatik. Bonn. (S.307-321).
  • Geist, J. & von Garrel, J. 2022. technology acceptance of robotic
    process automation. Industrial Management.
  • Von Garrel, J. & Geist, J. 2022. An empirical analysis of technology acceptance of
    robotic process automation. Industry Management.

Status: ongoing

Funding Organisation: Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

Project partners: TU Darmstadt, Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences, IHK Darmstadt, Heller, Jakob Maul, KEBA, Metaphacts, Serviceware, SimPlan, Software AG, Staufen Quality Engineers, TRILUX, WIKA

Participants from the h_da:

Department of Social Sciences: Prof. Dr. Joerg von Garrel, Maria Jung, Samantha Werens

Department of Electrical Engineering & Information Technology: Prof. Dr. Sven Rogalsk, Leon Pfenning, Prof. Dr. Stephan Simons, Heiko Webert

Department of Computer Science: Prof. Dr. Bernhard Humm, Alexander Zender

Project information

Duration: 01.10.2020 - 31.09.2025

Funding by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research