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Center for human-centered artificial intelligence (AI) in production work (ZuKiPro)
Starting situation and aim of the project
With the center of future, ZuKIPro is a practice-oriented format for consulting, qualification, testing and diffusion of digital technologies created. Participatory work and technology design shall enable small and medium-sized companies to better utilize the potential of digital technologies in work and business processes. ZuKIPro is intended to be a contact and transfer point for SMEs, sponsors, technology providers and social partners. Using a platform module, SMEs can get a mobile AI laboratory directly on the company premises and experience and try out prototypical AI applications and consider their applicability in their own company. Planned qualification offers, such as a learning and knowledge platform or massive open online courses (MOOCs), bring the topics of digitization and artificial intelligence to life for employees. Through these formats, the project enables companies and their employees to recognize and analyze the challenges in their own company, to initiate, design and implement learning and solution processes independently, and to evaluate the results.
The overarching goal of the project is to create low-threshold access to the topic of AI for SMEs. SMEs are supported in the participatory, co-creative introduction and human-centered design of AI systems. The future center provides SMEs with information and advice across modules and enables them to implement specific solutions. A total of three offices will be set up for this purpose: North Hesse (Kassel), Central Hesse (Frankfurt a. M.) and South Hesse (Darmstadt).
Regional expertise for Hessian SMEs
The ZuKIPro Future Center creates a practice-oriented format for consulting, qualification, testing and diffusion of digital technologies. It is intended to promote participatory work and technology design and enable SMEs to tap the potential of digital technologies in work and business processes. In addition, ZuKIPro is to act as a neutral contact and transfer point for SMEs, funding agencies, technology providers and social partners.
The aim of the AI introduction module is to create low-threshold access to the topic. To this end, SMEs are supported in the participatory, co-creative introduction and human-centered design of AI systems. Across modules, the Future Center informs and advises small and medium-sized enterprises according to their needs and enables them to implement concrete solutions.
In order to provide a regionally or locally optimized offer, a total of three offices will be established. These provide the range of services and the competencies of the participating project partners in bundled form in the individual parts of the state: Northern Hesse (Kassel), Central Hesse (Frankfurt a. M.) and Southern Hesse (Darmstadt).
- Werkzeugmaschinenlabor WZL der RWTH Aachen – Lehrstuhl für Fertigungsmesstechnik und Qualitätsmanagement und Lehrstuhl für Technologie der Fertigungsverfahren
- Deutsches Forschungsinstitut für Künstliche Intelligenz (DFKI) – Forschungsgruppe Smart Service Engineering
- Universität Kassel – Fachgebiete Wirtschaftsinformatik, Mensch-Maschine-Systemtechnik, Kommunikationstechnik (ComTec)
- Technische Universität Darmstadt – Institut für Arbeitswissenschaft
- Institut für Technologie und Arbeit e.V.
- IHK Kassel-Marburg und IHK Hessen-Innovativ
- Regionalmanagement Nordhessen GmbH
The "ZUKIPRO" project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs and the European Union through the European Social Fund Plus (ESF Plus) as part of the "Future Centers" program.