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Research Topics and Projects



Challenges for Companies

In the future, companies will increasingly have to demonstrate their ability to cooperate and change. The essential potential for this lies in the people working in the company and their work. Both the design of the individual workplace and the integrated and holistic design of work processes play a role in this.

The focus of our research is the human-compatible design and optimization of work systems in development, production and service. Based on innovative, ergonomically optimized forms of human-technology interaction, we promote the competence, knowledge, skills and abilities of employees in complex socio-technical work systems and thus support companies in the implementation of a human-friendly digital transformation. Research into the effects of AI systems on individual expertise, work organization and the human-compatible use of these systems in the workplace with a view to human strain and long-term productivity will become an important task of the IAW – Institut für Arbeitswissenschaft (Institute of Industrial Engineering and Ergonomics) – in the coming years.

Together with public research institutions and our partners from industry, we put our research into practice. Large companies benefit from this just as much as small and medium-sized enterprises.


Scientific Tradition and Excellence


As one of the oldest work science research institutions in Germany, our research excellence has a long tradition. Among many other things, the IAW conducted research on self-optimising, socio-technical production networks as part of the DFG Excellence Initiative “Integrative Production Technology for High-Wage Countries”, focusing in particular on the human-friendly system design of cooperative and collaborative robots. Since 2019, the IAW has been dedicated to the upcoming work science-related challenges of increasingly global, agile and networked production in the DFG Cluster of Excellence “Internet of Production”. Our research work is documented in numerous publications and is regularly incorporated into the education of our students.

Get in touch with us if you are interested in our research topics and projects.