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“Artificial Intelligence in the working world” focus group

Learning journey to Frankfurt/Main on 9 April 2019

(German subtitles only)

Published on 21 Nov 2020

What does Artificial Intelligence (AI) mean for companies and employees? This is one of the questions that the “Artificial intelligence in the working world” focus group is exploring for the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS).

Since 2006 the Digital Summit (known until 2017 as the National IT Summit) has been the central forum for collaboration between policymakers, business, science, and society in shaping the digital transformation. It is linked to a year-round process. Preparatory work on the agenda is organised in ten thematic platforms that focus on the digital agenda’s fields of activity and formulate specific recommendations. The Digital Working World platform falls within the remit of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs and the Policy Lab Digital, Work & Society coordinates it. The trade union IG Metall is the platform’s co-chair.

In October 2018 the Digital Working World platform established a focus group called “Artificial intelligence in the working world” to approach the topic of AI from multiple perspectives and on a forward-looking basis. The aim of the focus group is to bring together the technological dimension of AI and industrial and social perspectives. At the same time, it is specifically exploring the question as to the form that the development path for AI should take towards achieving human- and user-centric use in the workplace.

The focus group is seeking to leverage the close and interdisciplinary cooperation between policy, science and practice to gain new insights into AI in the working world and to discuss recommendations for the approach to AI in company practice.

This entails matters such as the shaping of relations between social partners, data protection, ethical issues and, not least, the regulation or certification of AI applications. A further item on the focus group’s agenda is sharing international perspectives.

The just under 30 members of the group are high-ranking representatives from research, business, employer and business associations, trade unions, and social partners. The body meets at regular intervals at different venues. The results of recent work are presented at the annual Digital Summits.

Members of the focus group

Prof. Dr Lars Adolph

  • Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAUA)

Vanessa Barth

  • IG Metall

Dr Alexander Barthel

  • German Confederation of Skilled Crafts (ZDH)

Prof. Dr Thomas Beschorner

  • University of St. Gallen

Martin Betz

  • Telekom AG

Dr Marc Bovenschulte

  • Institute for Innovation and Technology – iit VDI/VDE Innovation + Technik GmbH

Stefan Danner

  • BMW Group

Dr Detlef Gerst

  • IG Metall, Executive Board, VB 01 Department for the Future of Work

Steven Haarke

  • German Retail Federation (HDE)

Adél Holdampf-Wendel

  • Head of Labour Law and Work 4.0

Dr Tobias Kämpf

  • Institute for Social Science Research (ISF Munich)

Prof. Dr Martin Kolmar

  • Director of the Institute for Business Ethics (IWE-HSG)

Constanze Kurz

  • Bosch

Dietmar Kuttner

  • Member and spokesperson of the Central Works Council Business Excellence, Lean and SPS Siemens AG

Angela Langner-Thiele

  • Evonik Digital GmbH

Dr Anna Lukasson-Herzig

  • Founder and CEO, nyris GmbH

Johannes Melzer

  • Deutscher Industrie- und Handelskammertag e.V. (Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce, DIHK)

Dr Philip Merten

  • REWE Group

Dr Nadine Müller

  • ver.di – federal administration

Shirley Ogolla

  • Research Assistant at the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG)

Dr Andreas Ogrinz

  • Managing Director for Education, Innovation, and Sustainability, German Federation of Chemical Employers’ Associations

Philipp Otto

  • iRights.Lab think tank

Dr.-Ing. Matthias Peissner

  • Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO

Stefan Pieper

  • Atos Deutschland

Holger Rademacher

  • Federation of German Employers’ Associations in the Metal and Electrical Engineering Industries

Stefanie Sawicki

  • ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems

Michael Schild

  • DN Systems GmbH

Prof. Dr Hilmar Schneider

  • Institute of Labour Economics (IZA)

Alexandra Seemann

  • SAP SE

Prof. Dr Hendrik Send

  • Project Leader for Research, HIIG, Anhalt University of Applied Sciences

Stefan Soltmann

  • IG BCE

Nicola Sommer

  • Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth

Birgit Steinborn

  • Siemens AG

Anja Steinkamp

  • Allianz SE

Denis Suarsana

  • Bundesvereinigung der Deutschen Arbeitgeberverbände (Confederation of German Employers’ Associations, BDA)

Oliver Suchy

  • Head of the Digital Working Worlds and Working World Reporting Department, DGB National Executive Board

Matthias Wendler

  • Allianz Germany

Laura Wirtz

  • ING

Judith Wüllerich

  • Federal Employment Agency

Salah Zayakh

  • REWE Digital GmbH