Qualification module

Qualification 4.0

Adaptive learning environments, vocational training, and Education 4.0 as well as learning and research factories – promising focal points of the second day of the qualification measure centring on the topic "Qualification 4.0". Experts from the application-oriented sciences give insight into current developments. Additionally, Airbus will report on the topic of vocational training 4.0.

9:00-09:30 am │ Introduction 

Jan Balcke, Airbus

9:30-10:30 am │ Industry 4.0 + education = Education 4.0 

Prof. Dr Christoph Igel, DFKI

11:00 am-12:00 noon │What competencies will Industry 4.0 require?

Dr Ulrich Schmid, MMB Institute for Media and Competence Research

01:00-02:30 pm │ Cognitive interface 

Prof. Dr Dr Friedrich Hesse, Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien

02:30-03:00 pm │ Education 4.0 

Timo Richters and Markus Lege, Airbus

03:30-05:00 pm │ Learning and research factories – qualification in a realistic production environment 

Prof. Dr Dieter Kreimeier, Ruhr-Universität Bochum

05:00-05:30 pm │ Closing remarks 

Jan Balcke, Airbus


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Wed, 10.05.2017 –

09:00 to 17:30


Born 1962 in Göppingen. After completing his secondary school education and alternative civilian service, Ulrich Schmid read political sciences at Tübingen, Berlin, and Edinburgh as well as media consulting at the TU Berlin. Afterwards, he worked as a scientific assistant and wrote his doctor’s thesis at the Computer Science faculty of the University of Bremen. For roughly the past four years now, Ulrich Schmid has been working first as a freelancer, then as a partner and managing director of the “MMB Institute for Media and Competence Research”. His responsibilities there include the “Monitor Digitale Bildung” study on digital education, which is performed by MMB for the Bertelsmann Stiftung foundation. Aside from additional studies for foundations, companies, and ministries, Ulrich Schmid also advises companies and public institutions on digital education matters.

Professor Christoph Igel is the Principal Researcher and Scientific Director of the Educational Technology Lab at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) in Berlin. To date, Professor Igel has presided over more than 100 national and international research, development, innovation and consultation projects on technology-based training and qualification in business, education, science and administration. Since 2013 Professor Igel has been the chair of the ‘Intelligent Education Networks’ expert group as part of the federal government’s national Digital Summit, and was in the same year appointed co-chair of the ‘Technology-Enhanced Teaching and Learning in Medicine’ working group for the German Society of Medical Informatics, Biometry and Epidemiology (GMDS) and the German Society for Computer Science (GI). He advices DAX companies and SMEs on staff development issues in the era of digitisation, the internet of things and industry 4.0, and is an expert reviewer for funding programmes run by institutions such as the German Federal Ministries of Economics and Technology (BMWI) and Education and Research (BMBF) and the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Industry (BMWFW).

Professor Dr Dieter Kreimeier read mechanical engineering at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum university. After two years of working in the industry, he returned to his university in 1983 and received his doctorate in 1987 on the topic of “manufacturing precision control adapted for the shop floor”. Since 2007, he has served as academic director at the Chair of Production Systems (LPS) and became extracurricular professor for “Manufacturing Execution Systems” research. Today, he is responsible for many industrial project partnerships within the Industry 4.0 cluster. Starting in 2008, he has been building up a learning factory at the LPS. The focus is on lean production, resource-efficient production, human-robot collaboration, management and organisation of Work and Industry 4.0. The seminars offered in this context are designed not only for students but, since 2011, also for industrial stakeholders as part of the IWEX institute for value creation excellence founded for this purpose.

Friedrich Hesse is the founding director of the IWM Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien and currently head of the Knowledge Exchange Lab at the IWM. He is also vice president of the Leibniz Association and the head of the Applied Cognitive Psychology and Media Psychology department at the University of Tübingen. Additionally, he is the director of the first Leibniz Science Campus for all of Germany.

Friedrich Hesse read psychology at Marburg and Düsseldorf, received his doctorate at Aachen, and was promoted to professor at Göttingen. He was a research fellow at the Learning Research and Development Center (LRDC) and at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, USA. Also, Friedrich Hesse spent two years as director of the Laboratoire Européen de Recherche sur les Apprentissages et les Nouvelles Technologies (LERANT) in France funded by CNRS. Friedrich Hesse has been initiator and speaker for a DFG Research Training Group, a DFG Priority Programme, and a DFG Research Unit.

Timo Richters has been a technical trainer for aeronautical electronics technicians at Airbus since 2012. Before that, his career stops were his apprenticeship as an aeronautical electronics technician at Airbus from 2002 until 2005 and his subsequent mechanical engineering studies (2006 until 2011).

Markus Lege has been a technical trainer for aeronautical mechanics at Airbus since 2011. Markus Lege first got involved with Airbus when he started his vocational training in 1999. Afterwards, he became a skilled worker in 2002/2003 and, after a detour via a teaching course of studies, completed a further training measure to become a state-certified vocational and further training educator.

Video lecture by Dr Schmid: What skills does Industry 4.0 need?

What are the competence requirements in a digitized world of work? The lecture by Dr Schmid answers this question.