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Strategy, consultation, lectures, research, innovation, network, talents, internationalization, digital responsibility, entrepreneurship

Prof. Dr. habil. Christoph Igel

Scientific Director | Principal Researcher
Professor Christoph Igel is the Scientific Director of the Educational Technology Lab at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI). He is responsible for the scientific-technological management of the laboratory. He is Principal Researcher, Spokesperson DFKI Berlin and member of the DFKI Steering Committee. After studies in history, sport science, political science and educational science, he completed a doctorate at Saarland University on the importance of cognitions for technology-based motor learning. He then wrote a postdoctoral thesis at the University of Münster on the potential and added value of technology enhanced learning for the strategic development of universities and academic disciplines in Europe. He holds the post of Professor of Educational Technology i

Professor Christoph Igel is the Scientific Director of the Educational Technology Lab at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI). He is responsible for the scientific-technological management of the laboratory. He is Principal Researcher, Spokesperson DFKI Berlin and member of the DFKI Steering Committee. After studies in history, sport science, political science and educational science, he completed a doctorate at Saarland University on the importance of cognitions for technology-based motor learning. He then wrote a postdoctoral thesis at the University of Münster on the potential and added value of technology enhanced learning for the strategic development of universities and academic disciplines in Europe. He holds the post of Professor of Educational Technology in the Faculty of Computer Science at Technical University of Chemnitz and is a Visiting Professor at the Research Focus Digitization, Diversity and Lifelong Learning as well as a Visiting Professor at the Continuing Education School in Shanghai Jiao Tong University (China).

Thus far, Professor Igel has been responsible for over 100 national and international research, development and transfer projects in digital transformation in education as well as on how qualification and work are being changed by cutting edge technologies and artificial intelligence. He has written numerous monographs and articles in national and international journals, edited collected editions, and been a regular keynote speaker and driving force at national and international conferences for industry, science, associations and politics. He advises Dax companies on staff and work development issues in the era of digitisation, the internet of things and assistance services, and is an expert reviewer for funding programmes run by institutions such as the German Federal Ministries of Economics and Technology and of Education and Research and the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Industry.

Professor Igel is the chairman of the ‘Intelligent Education Networks’ expert group for the federal government’s National Digital Summit. He is a member of board of the ddn network that is part of the ‘New Quality of Work’ initiative by the German Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, a member of the board of the Digital Networking charter under the auspices of the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, and an ambassador for the National MINT Forum to promote education in the fields of mathematics, informatics, natural sciences and technology. He is co-chair of the ‘Technology-Enhanced Teaching and Learning in Medicine’ working group for the German Society of Medical Informatics, Biometry and Epidemiology and the German Society for Computer Science. Professor Igel’s personal activities in research, development and transfer and his work as a foundation trustee have received repeated recognition from representatives of the business, science, political and social worlds.

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Research management, human resources, partner management, change management, leadership

Dr. Sylke Piéch

Senior Research Manager
Dr. Sylke Piéch is a Senior Research Manager at the DFKI’s EdTec Lab. Her work focuses on the interaction between humans and artificial intelligence, and on trend developments: digitalisation in the context of HR, work and qualification.  The core topics of her work are the impact of innovation technologies on human interaction and coexistence, and the use of AI-based systems to improve life, education and work processes. This involves a dialogue with partners from the worlds of politics, industry, science and civil society. Dr. Piéch also assists the EdTec Lab management at DFKI Berlin with change management and business development. She is an expert and author of numerous publications in the fields of human resources management, international talent development, digital leadership, and s

Dr. Sylke Piéch is a Senior Research Manager at the DFKI’s EdTec Lab. Her work focuses on the interaction between humans and artificial intelligence, and on trend developments: digitalisation in the context of HR, work and qualification.  The core topics of her work are the impact of innovation technologies on human interaction and coexistence, and the use of AI-based systems to improve life, education and work processes. This involves a dialogue with partners from the worlds of politics, industry, science and civil society. Dr. Piéch also assists the EdTec Lab management at DFKI Berlin with change management and business development. She is an expert and author of numerous publications in the fields of human resources management, international talent development, digital leadership, and shaping the future of work and education processes in digital transformation.

Dr. Piéch completed a doctorate in intercultural business communications at the Freie Universität Berlin and Friedrich Schiller University Jena. Her position as the Director of the Institute of Leadership & Human Resources Management and Vice President of the International Academy means that she is responsible for the practical and scientific implementation of the company’s business object and for promoting interdisciplinary discourse on research and development strategy both within and outside of the institution. Dr. Piéch is also a senator and director of the ‘development and skilled personnel recruitment’ expert committee in the German Federal Association for Economic Development and Foreign Trade (BWA), where she is particularly involved in the correlation between talent and skilled personnel retention versus qualification and further development.

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Research, development, software, technologies, engineering, project management, publications

Dr. Xia Wang

Senior Researcher
Dr. Xia Wang is a Senior Researcher at EdTec Laboratory. She is dedicated to carrying out AI-based research with innovative applications in industry and education employing deep learning technologies and the most recent platforms for big data analytics. Recently, she developed a full-stack web application system to introduce Industrie 4.0 with SMEs in a project funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, as well as an AI-based support system for adaptive step-by-step instruction of aviation workers in a project of the European Institute for Innovation & Technology (EIT). By studying on-line courses on deep learning and machine learning she trained herself to become a certified data scientist. Dr. Wang's scientific background includes knowledge representation, particula

Dr. Xia Wang is a Senior Researcher at EdTec Laboratory. She is dedicated to carrying out AI-based research with innovative applications in industry and education employing deep learning technologies and the most recent platforms for big data analytics. Recently, she developed a full-stack web application system to introduce Industrie 4.0 with SMEs in a project funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, as well as an AI-based support system for adaptive step-by-step instruction of aviation workers in a project of the European Institute for Innovation & Technology (EIT). By studying on-line courses on deep learning and machine learning she trained herself to become a certified data scientist.

Dr. Wang’s scientific background includes knowledge representation, particularly based on ontologies, semantic reasoning with different logics, linked-data analytics, text mining, and data mining especially of geospatial, sensor and Internet-of-Things data. All along she has accumulated profound experience in EU-funded FP6 and FP7 projects and led work packages of large-scale international collaboration projects. She received her Ph.D. degree from the National University of Ireland, Galway in 2009. Her strong publication record includes journal papers, conference and workshop contributions as well as a book on the discovery and selection of semantic web services published by Springer-Verlag. At Jacobs University Bremen she taught bachelor and master courses. Dr. Wang is also interested in cross-cultural international cooperation.

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Research, project acquisition, project management, publication, teaching, workshops, conferences

Dr. Milos Kravcik

Senior Researcher
The research focuses covered by Dr. Milos Kravcik, Senior Researcher at EdTec Lab, lie in the field of learning technologies and in particular relate to personalised and adaptive solutions, lifelong skills development, mobile and game-based learning, and workplace-integrated training. He has successfully won and directed numerous EU projects at Comenius University in Bratislava, the Fraunhofer FIT Institute in Sankt Augustin, the Open University in the Netherlands and RWTH in Aachen. These include projects focusing on supporting disabled students, developing web-based adaptive learning environments, mobile learning applications, tools for self-managed learning in the workplace, and the standardisation and interoperability of learning systems. Dr. Kravcik has organised and run numerous s

The research focuses covered by Dr. Milos Kravcik, Senior Researcher at EdTec Lab, lie in the field of learning technologies and in particular relate to personalised and adaptive solutions, lifelong skills development, mobile and game-based learning, and workplace-integrated training. He has successfully won and directed numerous EU projects at Comenius University in Bratislava, the Fraunhofer FIT Institute in Sankt Augustin, the Open University in the Netherlands and RWTH in Aachen. These include projects focusing on supporting disabled students, developing web-based adaptive learning environments, mobile learning applications, tools for self-managed learning in the workplace, and the standardisation and interoperability of learning systems.

Dr. Kravcik has organised and run numerous summer and winter schools (e.g. JTEL Summer Schools on Technology Enhanced Learning), workshops (e.g. PALE workshop series, UMAP conference, ARTEL workshop series at the EC-TEL conference), webinars (e.g. as part of the TENCompetence project) and conferences (e.g. International Conference on Smart Learning Environments). He has edited various conference and workshop proceedings and written specialist articles, book chapters and numerous publications. He has also edited several special issues of various journals. In addition, his work includes teaching and supervising student theses at bachelor and master level.

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Empirical social, media and educational research, media literacy, requirement, trend and foresight studies, monitoring, evaluation

Dr. Berit Blanc

Senior Researcher
Dr. Berit Blanc is a Senior Researcher at the EdTec Laboratory and a member of the research staff at the mmb Institute for Media and Competence Research. She tackles projects, evaluations, and requirement, trend and feasibility analyses in social, media and educational research in the field of ‘teaching and learning with digital media’ at universities, in schools and in professional training. Her role at the EdTecLab is to develop continuous market and research monitoring to explore innovations in the fields of artificial intelligence and assistance and knowledge services. She focuses in particular on the use of hardware, software, and workflows for disabled people. Berit Blanc studied Communication in Social and Economic Contexts at the Berlin University of the Arts and Cinema Studies

Dr. Berit Blanc is a Senior Researcher at the EdTec Laboratory and a member of the research staff at the mmb Institute for Media and Competence Research. She tackles projects, evaluations, and requirement, trend and feasibility analyses in social, media and educational research in the field of ‘teaching and learning with digital media’ at universities, in schools and in professional training. Her role at the EdTecLab is to develop continuous market and research monitoring to explore innovations in the fields of artificial intelligence and assistance and knowledge services. She focuses in particular on the use of hardware, software, and workflows for disabled people.

Berit Blanc studied Communication in Social and Economic Contexts at the Berlin University of the Arts and Cinema Studies at Stockholm University. Her first encounter with ‘digital learning’ came as a research assistant and coordinator for the e-learning project CLIC (Computer-based Learning: Introduction to Communications) where she developed a computer-based self-learning system as an introduction to communication studies, which was used at the University of Erfurt for several years as part of a blended learning concept. As she is also passionate about research into media reception and impact, she completed a doctorate on the topic ‘media individuals as parasocial partners’ in 2007 and subsequently worked as a media research project manager at the forsa Institute for Social Research and Statistical Analysis. She finally rejoined the world of e-learning in 2016 when she was appointed an educational researcher at the mmb Institute, and has now been at DFKI since November 2018.

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Research, development, teaching, publications, internationalisation

Dr. Carsten Ullrich

Senior Researcher
Dr. Carsten Ullrich is Senior Researcher at the Educational Technology Lab and a visiting researcher at Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s E-Learning Laboratory (China). He is responsible for a series of research projects in the field of technology-based learning and work. Within these he examines requirements for learners and staff arising from today’s highly technically complex working environments, as well as the new opportunities for support which these offer. Dr. Ullrich’s research tackles technology-based learning, focusing on adaptivity and learner support in the industry 4.0 workplace, medicine, schools and universities. He has more than 100 publications covering adaptivity, web-based learning and mobile learning. Dr. Ullrich completed his doctorate in computer science at Saarland

Dr. Carsten Ullrich is Senior Researcher at the Educational Technology Lab and a visiting researcher at Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s E-Learning Laboratory (China). He is responsible for a series of research projects in the field of technology-based learning and work. Within these he examines requirements for learners and staff arising from today’s highly technically complex working environments, as well as the new opportunities for support which these offer. Dr. Ullrich’s research tackles technology-based learning, focusing on adaptivity and learner support in the industry 4.0 workplace, medicine, schools and universities. He has more than 100 publications covering adaptivity, web-based learning and mobile learning.

Dr. Ullrich completed his doctorate in computer science at Saarland University in 2008, examining the use of AI technologies to formalise educational knowledge to automatically generate learning materials – his research was published in the ‘Springer Lecture Notes for Artificial Intelligence’ series. In the same year he began a six-year stint as associate professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, where he researched web-based and mobile learning in adult education. From 2009 to 2013 Dr. Ullrich was SJTU’s representative on the EU-IP ‘ROLE – Responsive Open Learning Environments’, and then in 2013 he returned to Germany to take up the role of Deputy Director of the DFKI’s Educational Technology Lab.

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Research, development, software, technologies, engineering, project management, publications

Michael Dietrich

Senior Engineer
Michael Dietrich is a Senior Engineer at the Educational Technology Lab.  He is responsible for technical developments within research projects and helps with their technological management in the field of technology-based learning and work. He plans, coordinates and even personally undertakes the required development work, and is involved in drafting academic publications. Mr. Dietrich studied computer science with a minor in business administration at Saarland University. After graduating he worked as a research assistant on developing a web-based intelligent tutoring system for mathematics. He then moved to the DFKI, where his area of activity shifted to AI-based applications in industry 4.0 and medicine.

Michael Dietrich is a Senior Engineer at the Educational Technology Lab.  He is responsible for technical developments within research projects and helps with their technological management in the field of technology-based learning and work. He plans, coordinates and even personally undertakes the required development work, and is involved in drafting academic publications.

Mr. Dietrich studied computer science with a minor in business administration at Saarland University. After graduating he worked as a research assistant on developing a web-based intelligent tutoring system for mathematics. He then moved to the DFKI, where his area of activity shifted to AI-based applications in industry 4.0 and medicine.

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Consulting, technology management, public relations, future lab, living lab, partner management

Patrick Walther

Senior Consultant
Patrick Walther is a Senior Consultant at the Educational Technology Lab. His role is to make the topic of ‘Education, work and artificial intelligence’ accessible to the general public, and thus ensure transparency for society. He therefore coordinates the EdTec Lab’s various partners so as to identify potential exhibits and demonstrators from among their projects and make them available to interested parties from civil society, politics, NGOs, business, industry and science via a Future Living Lab. The lab enables applications of artificial intelligence and future-oriented educational technologies to be tested and experimented with. Mr Walther studied information science with minors in social psychology and business administration at Saarland University. After spending five years workin

Patrick Walther is a Senior Consultant at the Educational Technology Lab. His role is to make the topic of ‘Education, work and artificial intelligence’ accessible to the general public, and thus ensure transparency for society. He therefore coordinates the EdTec Lab’s various partners so as to identify potential exhibits and demonstrators from among their projects and make them available to interested parties from civil society, politics, NGOs, business, industry and science via a Future Living Lab. The lab enables applications of artificial intelligence and future-oriented educational technologies to be tested and experimented with.

Mr Walther studied information science with minors in social psychology and business administration at Saarland University. After spending five years working as a Senior Software Engineer at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), he worked as a consultant for an international provider of learning management systems. He has extensive experience in project management and has also been certified as a Project Management Professional by the Project Management Institute (PMI), and global project management association.

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Forschung, Projektmanagement, Akquisition, Lern- und Experimentierräume, Publikationen

Susan Beudt

Researcher
Susan Beudt ist Researcherin im Educational Technology Lab. Sie beschäftigt sich in Zusammenarbeit mit Partnern aus Wissenschaft, Wirtschaft, Politik und Zivilgesellschaft mit möglichen Einsatz- und Nutzungsszenarien von Künstlicher Intelligenz und Assistenzsystemen für Arbeit und berufliche Bildung. Der Fokus liegt auf der Erkundung innovativer Möglichkeiten, Potenziale und Grenzen zur Gestaltung von Arbeits- und Qualifikationsprozessen. Diese werden in Lern- und Experimentierräumen praxisnah und anwendungsorientiert erprobt. Demographische Aspekte, Veränderung und Transformation sowie kultureller Wandel von Arbeit und Bildung in Unternehmen, deren Wertschöpfungsketten und Ökosystemen finden besondere Beachtung. Sozialpartnerschaftliche Aspekte wie auch Diversität, Inklusion, Teilhabe und

Susan Beudt ist Researcherin im Educational Technology Lab. Sie beschäftigt sich in Zusammenarbeit mit Partnern aus Wissenschaft, Wirtschaft, Politik und Zivilgesellschaft mit möglichen Einsatz- und Nutzungsszenarien von Künstlicher Intelligenz und Assistenzsystemen für Arbeit und berufliche Bildung. Der Fokus liegt auf der Erkundung innovativer Möglichkeiten, Potenziale und Grenzen zur Gestaltung von Arbeits- und Qualifikationsprozessen. Diese werden in Lern- und Experimentierräumen praxisnah und anwendungsorientiert erprobt. Demographische Aspekte, Veränderung und Transformation sowie kultureller Wandel von Arbeit und Bildung in Unternehmen, deren Wertschöpfungsketten und Ökosystemen finden besondere Beachtung. Sozialpartnerschaftliche Aspekte wie auch Diversität, Inklusion, Teilhabe und berufliche Rehabilitation unter Beachtung von KI und Assistenz werden ebenso betrachtet.

Frau Beudt studierte Psychologie an der Universität Leipzig. Zu dieser Zeit arbeitete sie bereits in Forschungsprojekten (u.a. zu Kreativen Kognitionen) am Max-Planck-Institut für Kognitions- und Neurowissenschaften. Ihr Interesse für experimentelle Ästhetik führte sie anschließend als Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin nach Hamburg. Durch ihre Lehrtätigkeit (u.a. zu Kognitionspsychologie und Human Factors) sowie ihre große Affinität für Innovation, Digitale Transformation und Mensch-Maschine-Interaktion beschäftigte sich Frau Beudt zunehmend mit technologiegestützten Lern- und Arbeitsprozessen. Nachdem Sie als Beraterin für Digitalisierungsthemen in einem Weiterbildungsunternehmen wertvolle Einblicke in die Unternehmenspraxis sammelte, fokussiert sich ihre Arbeit am DFKI nun auf die Potenziale Künstlicher Intelligenz und innovativer Softwaretechnologien für Arbeit, Bildung und Teilhabe.

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Research, Development, Software, Technologies, Engineering, Project Management

Andreas Bertsch

Engineer
Andreas Bertsch is an engineer at the Educational Technology Lab. He uses state-of-the-art web technologies to plan and develop software applications for research projects in the field of technology-based learning and work. He helps to implement innovative online representations for conferences, trade fairs, events and dialogue formats. His area of responsibility ranges from developing demonstrators, to prototypes, to productive systems. Mr. Bertsch studied Computer Science at Darmstadt University. Working as a freelance full stack developer for many years, he operated in a wide range of sectors and was responsible for implementing complex application development. He has extensive experience in the front-end and back-end development of cross-platform solutions, accessibility, usability,

Andreas Bertsch is an engineer at the Educational Technology Lab. He uses state-of-the-art web technologies to plan and develop software applications for research projects in the field of technology-based learning and work. He helps to implement innovative online representations for conferences, trade fairs, events and dialogue formats. His area of responsibility ranges from developing demonstrators, to prototypes, to productive systems.

Mr. Bertsch studied Computer Science at Darmstadt University. Working as a freelance full stack developer for many years, he operated in a wide range of sectors and was responsible for implementing complex application development. He has extensive experience in the front-end and back-end development of cross-platform solutions, accessibility, usability, utility, Linux administration, and application hosting. He is familiar with handling Windows, Linux and MacOS.

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Conferences, events, dialogue formates, communication, social media, public relations, internet

Maren Braubach

Senior Administration Management | Assistant Spokesperson DFKI Berlin
Maren Braubach is assistant of the spokesperson DFKI Berlin, Prof. Dr. habil. Christoph Igel, and responsible for the Administration Management of the Educational Technology Lab. She is well versed in organising academic conferences, trade fairs and events as well as in high-profile dialogue formats with partners from science, business, politics, chambers, associations and foundations. This includes planning, organisation and implementation, as well as all internal and external communication measures. She also aids the EdTec Lab management with social media communications and with internet and web activities for projects and labs. Ms. Braubach previously worked as assistant to the executive of an international medium-sized company, giving her many years of experience in managing complex

Maren Braubach is assistant of the spokesperson DFKI Berlin, Prof. Dr. habil. Christoph Igel, and responsible for the Administration Management of the Educational Technology Lab. She is well versed in organising academic conferences, trade fairs and events as well as in high-profile dialogue formats with partners from science, business, politics, chambers, associations and foundations. This includes planning, organisation and implementation, as well as all internal and external communication measures. She also aids the EdTec Lab management with social media communications and with internet and web activities for projects and labs.

Ms. Braubach previously worked as assistant to the executive of an international medium-sized company, giving her many years of experience in managing complex time-critical processes. Her specialist office communications qualification, her various insights into a variety of fields of application and her experience in human resource management are all key knowledge building blocks which she uses work together with EdTec Lab partners on a national and international level and to support its researchers, developers and consultants.

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Social Engineering, interaction, diversity, interculturalism, multilingualism, social networking

Mads

Junior Social Designer
Mads is the youngest member of the Educational Technology Lab team. He holds the position of Junior Social Designer, which he created himself. His role is to launch, implement and reflect on hybrid interactions between humans and animals. He pays particular attention to a salutogenetic approach, with individual well-being as the focus of his various efforts on a regional, national and international level. Mads gained his initial social management experience as a former member of a small, regionally based family company. He also possesses particular expertise in the fields of diversity, multilingualism and multiculturalism. As a digital native, he is well versed in social media and social networking. He is a member of hybrid sharing communities, and outside of EdTec Lab also has a fondne

Mads is the youngest member of the Educational Technology Lab team. He holds the position of Junior Social Designer, which he created himself. His role is to launch, implement and reflect on hybrid interactions between humans and animals. He pays particular attention to a salutogenetic approach, with individual well-being as the focus of his various efforts on a regional, national and international level.

Mads gained his initial social management experience as a former member of a small, regionally based family company. He also possesses particular expertise in the fields of diversity, multilingualism and multiculturalism. As a digital native, he is well versed in social media and social networking. He is a member of hybrid sharing communities, and outside of EdTec Lab also has a fondness for bugs and tweets.

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Adjunct Researcher and Consultant

Prof. Dr. Norbert Meder

Dr. Ulrich Schmid

Prof. Dr. Ruimin Shen

Research Assistant and Student

Moritz Emmrich

Katharina Schmid

Michael Schmucker

Thomas Schröder

Christoph Sohst

Katja Thalheim-Heinecke

Justus Zürch