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Digital Workplaces in Research and Development. New interdisciplinary research project at EA European Academy 

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Interdisciplinary research project at EA European Academy explores chances and challenges of self-learning systems

How will we and how do we want to work in research and development in future? What are the chances and challenges behind the increasing use of “intelligent” applications in scientific workplaces? In how far might self-learning systems – for instance speech and text recognition software or data-mining approaches employed in empirical sciences – be supportive? The EA project “DiA – Digitale Arbeitswelten in Forschung und Entwicklung. Neue Möglichkeiten und Herausforderungen für die Wissenschaft” (Digital worlds of work in research and development. New options and challenges for science) addresses these and further questions. It is being funded by the German Aerospace Center / DLR.

The constitutive meeting of the core-working group took place at EA European Academy in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler on Monday, 28 May 2018. EA Deputy Director Dr Stephan Lingner and EA Researcher Julia Thelen are the co-ordinators of this project. Lingner: “I am delighted to welcome top-tier researchers to our first working group meeting in course of the project.” The meeting was attended by Dr Mark Azzam, Head of DLR Think Tank, Professor Dr Dr h.c. Carl Friedrich Gethmann of Siegen University, Professor Dr Jan Cornelius Schmidt of Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences, and Dr Claudio Zettel of DLR Project Management Agency.

“I am convinced that our interdisciplinary perspective will play an important part in order to explore and assess the potentials and limitations of self-learning systems in scientific work contexts,” Thelen says. The attendees discussed first disciplinary approaches to this topic from the respective vantage points of science of technology studies, philosophy of science, ethics of technology, and work science. The follow-up meeting is scheduled for the end of July 2018.


Further information:

  • DiA: Digital Worlds of Work in Research and Development. New Options and Challenges for Science
  • Funding: German Aerospace Center (DLR)
  • Duration: January 2018–December 2020
  • Co-ordination: Dr. Stephan Lingner; Julia Thelen