Research Cooperation with the MIT

Simon Schumacher will work from February-June 2020 for a research stay at the renowned Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Simon Schumacher is project leader of the Future Work Lab at Fraunhofer IPA and will work in this capacity at the MIT Industrial Performance Center with the MIT Task Force Work of the Future. The bilateral cooperation was established last year through several meetings in Germany and will include activities with the MIT Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Lab. The research stay is an important contribution to the development of a framework for cognitive production work at the Future Work Lab.

The goal of the stay is to consolidate the joint cooperation in the field of Future of Work and to enable the future exchange of scientists.



Network Meeting

On December 12, 2019, the network meeting "Artificial Intelligence in Production" of the Alliance Industry 4.0 Baden-Württemberg took place at Fraunhofer IPA. The network meeting was opened with over 40 multipliers by Ministerialdirigent Günther Leßnerkraus. The Future Work Lab participated with a lecture by AI Professor Marco Huber and a practice-oriented tour in the demo world.


Delegation trip to Silicon Valley

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The Future Work Lab was part of a BMBF delegation to Silicon Valley from 26.10.-2.11.2019. The FutureWork360 project is a flagship initiative for research in Germany and the "Future of Work" campaign with the target countries USA, Japan and France. The delegation trip included a presentation at the Transatlantic Sync Conference organized by Stanford scientists as well as visits to the Universities of Stanford and Berkeley, the company NVIDIA and the German Honorary Consulate in San Francisco. In March 2020, the second delegation trip to an AI conference will take place in Tokyo, Japan.


Future Work Lab brings Work 4.0 to life

News | 2/2/2017

Kollaboration mit dem Großroboter
© Rainer Bez, Fraunhofer IPA
Demonstrator im Future Work Lab

Where is our work headed? How can we optimize the potential of new technologies in our work? As digitalization spreads from the production hall to encompass processes and services, we face an array of new questions. The Future Work Lab provides answers and innovative approaches to these and other questions; it was officially opened today by Prof. Dr. Johanna Wanka, German Federal Minister for Education and Research, the Fraunhofer Executive Board, the institute directors and some 150 high-profile guests from politics, research and business. The innovation laboratory for work, people and technology pools the expertise of Fraunhofer IAO and IPA as well as the University of Stuttgart’s IAT and IFF, providing a shared wealth of expertise in all aspects of Industrie 4.0.

The Future Work Lab at the Digitising European Industries Stakeholder Forum

News | 2/1/2017

© Thilo Zimmermann

The Future Work Lab was represented at the Digitising European Industries Stakeholder Forum in Essen and took part in the “Skills for the digital age” discussion panel workshop.

Future Work Lab presentation at LEARNTEC

News | 1/25/2017

On January 25, 2017, Thilo Zimmermann presented the first findings to come out of the work of the Future Work Lab.

Each year, the LEARNTEC trade fair and congress draws more than 7,250 HR decision makers and IT managers from all around the world to Karlsruhe, where they learn about the potential of digital learning and look for specific solutions to their problems in knowledge transfer and management.

Foreign delegations visit the Future Work Lab

News | Nov and Dez 2016

Chinese delegation from Jinan University
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Chinese delegation from Jinan University

In addition to several German manufacturing companies, the Future Work Lab has also attracted the attention of colleagues abroad, with several delegations visiting the lab as it got up and running in the months of November and December.

Delegations from China (Jinan University), Singapore and the United Kingdom discussed the production work of the future with representatives of Fraunhofer IPA and Fraunhofer IAO, as well as broaching various Industrie 4.0 topics. 

Future Work Lab at the fourth Industrie 4.0 congress: Practice, practice, practice

Event | 11/30 - 12/1/2016

4. Fachkongress Industrie 4.0: Praxis, Praxis, Praxis
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From November 30 to December 1, 2016, the Future Work Lab presented itself at the fourth Industrie 4.0 congress: Practice, practice, practice in Ulm. Prof. Dr. Thomas Bauernhansl, Director of Fraunhofer IPA, moderated the first day of the event.

Future Work Lab at the Arbeitswelt 4.0 conference

Event | 9/19/2016

© Ludmilla Parsyak, Fraunhofer IAO

On September 19, 2016, the Future Work Lab was in attendance at the “Zukunftsprojekt Arbeitswelt 4.0” specialist conference. The event took place at the Haus der Wirtschaft in Stuttgart. Visitors were able to see our Exo-Jacket in action.

Future Work Lab at the Swiss Industry 4.0 conference

Event | 8/30/2016

Logo Swiss Industry 4.0 Award

On August 30, 2016, the Future Work Lab attended the Swiss Industry 4.0 conference. The half-day event took place on the afternoon of August 30 in Trafo Baden (Aargau, Switzerland).

Future Work Lab brings the future to life

News | 6/2/2016

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With the Future Work Lab, Fraunhofer IAO and IPA are providing a center that brings the future of production work to life. The lab offers live demonstrations, skills development and training services as well as a platform for scientific dialog. Last but not least, the Future Work Lab is geared towards industry, employee associations, politics and research – and, of course, the production employees of tomorrow.