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Background:

The European Commission's 2019 study "The changing nature of work and skills in the digital age" sets out how robotics and artificial intelligence will have a strong and far-reaching impact on the amount, type and organisation of work in the future, as well as on the skills of employees, and on the challenges that arise for the work world. Early competence building for different target and age groups enables early sensitisation with regard to the topics of robotics and artificial intelligence. The European Commission's study "A European strategy for data" published in 2020 likewise illustrates that computer science and data science in combination with robotics and artificial intelligence skills are of central importance for the economic and social development of a region.

Digitalisation and the introduction of newer means of production (robotic systems, AI, Industry 4.0) are of concern to the Alliance for Skilled Workers (Allianz für Fachkräfte) as well as to a large number of companies, associations, chambers of industry and commerce (IHK), chambers of crafts (HWK), supporting institutions (innovation consultants), vocational schools and colleges and, in particular, Leuphana University.
 

Project goals:

This is where the project comes in, by networking students as future employees of the region, employees of the regional companies, as well as young people of the region, and by enabling them to enter robotics or to deepen their knowledge. Five goals can be defined:

  1. Building up a Leuphana "robotics factory" in the "Fachkräftebündnis Nordostniedersachsen" (alliance of skilled workers in north-east Lower Saxony)
  2. Building up and maintaining a regional "Robonatives" network in the north (including schools, vocational schools, universities) and integrating it into the statewide network of the Robokind foundation
  3. Sensitising regional companies to the future topics of AI and robotics
  4. Know-how transfer to regional companies
  5. Identification, research, development and testing of novel curricula and programmes in the robot factory Lüneburg.
     

Implementation:

The project is realised as a cooperation project between the Robokind Foundation (https://robokind.de/) and Leuphana University Lüneburg. The contact persons responsible for the project at Leuphana University are Prof. Dr. Anthimos Georgiadis, Prof. Dr. Lin Xie, Dr. Nicolas Meier and Ms. Andrea Japsen.

 

The project is scheduled to continue until the end of 2022.

Job advertisements for student assistants can be found here.

Team

  • Prof. Dr. Anthimos Georgiadis
  • Nora Heinig-Niemeyer, M. Sc.
  • Andrea Japsen
  • Prof. Dr. Lin Xie
  • Dr. Nicolas Meier