Current activities at FIR around

Smart Work

Working models for the digitalized company

The design of work and learning processes in an international context is becoming increasingly important with increasing digitisation. The FIR considers these developments by bundling its activities in a new organizational unit. The business development group "Smart Work" deals with the topic "Working and Learning in Industry 4.0" i.e. with the design of teaching and learning processes as well as work processes in the industrial context in order to enable companies and their employees to cope with the change to the working world 4.0.

Based on concepts and methods for the assessment and, in particular, the prognosis of competences required in the future, innovative and practice-oriented teaching and learning concepts are developed together with companies and implemented in practice. The selection and implementation of suitable, needs-based learning solutions goes hand in hand with the design of individualised learning paths for employees. In addition, the subject area also has its own national and international blended-learning further training programme to successfully shape industrial change in the company. Accordingly, the combination of the topics internationalisation and the establishment of work-related learning processes, as in the course "Chief Workplace Innovation Manager" developed within the framework of the BMBF joint project "E-Mas", is a central component of the future FIR strategy.

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  • 21.10.20 – 22.10.20: beyondwork 2020
    The conference experience on the working worlds of tomorrow
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The "Smart Work" business development group supports companies and their employees in the transformation to the world of work 4.0 with intelligent and flexible solutions for business organization and management. The central focus is on designing innovative teaching and learning processes and embedding them in work environments and workflows that promote learning.

Roman Senderek, Leiter der Business-Development-Group Smart Work

The joint project eLLa 4.0 aims to support leaders at different hierarchical levels in their leadership tasks during digital transformation, and to enable them to design good work in the digitized world. For this purpose, qualification modules are developed for different target groups, summarized in a training offering and, furthermore, new learning worlds for leadership development are being tested.


GALA's goal is to develop industry-specific tools and models for work design and competence management, especially for SMEs in the Aachen region, and to disseminate them on a sustainable basis. The focus is on four defined key topics: Human-Machine Interaction, Healthy Working, Digital Collaboration, and Agility/Innovation. In order to sustainably anchor the results and make them available, a "Region Aachen Living Lab Initiative" (RALLI) is being established.


The aim of the research project KI-LIAS is to develop a procedure for acceptance-based application decision-making, development, introduction and use of AI applications in manufacturing companies that promote learning.


The aim of the joint project LidA - Lernen in der digitisierten Arbeitswelt - is to enable employees for the working world of the future and the challenges of digital change in companies in the long term. Within the framework of the joint project, future competence requirements are forecast and prepared in a competence navigator in such a way that individual learning paths can be developed. The individual teaching and learning modules are embedded in a didactic concept tailored to needs and made available on a teaching and learning platform with broad impact.