Developing AI competences at BAuA
The application of artificial Intelligence (AI) is one of the major scientific and technological challenges of our time. AI is expected to bring about far-reaching, even revolutionary transformations in many domains of life – especially in the world of work.
Like other technological innovations, the application of AI offers opportunities and poses risks for the ways work is designed. Competence building is therefore particularly significant as a basis for the treatment of AI systems at the levels of academic research, regulation, and workplace practice.
With the establishment of its Junior Research Group on Artificial Intelligence (AI) in a Safe and Healthy World of Work, the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (Bundesanstalt für Arbeitsschutz und Arbeitsmedizin, BAuA) has started laying the academic foundations for the competences that will be needed. The Junior Research Group is being funded by the AI Observatory of the Policy Lab Digital, Work and Society, part of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (Bundesministerium für Arbeit und Soziales, BMAS). The Group’s research activities in the AI field are focussed on safety and health at work, with attention being paid to various aspects of two main topics - Machinery Safety and AI, and AI and its Sociotechnical Effects. The issues addressed include:
The Junior Research Group on AI is embedded in several of BAuA’s cooperative networks, such as the Research Alliance Ruhr with the Research Center Trustworthy Data Science and Security, as well as a range of collaborative arrangements with university institutes and professorial chairs. It seeks to define concrete research questions connected with the issues listed above, which are then examined in doctoral projects.