DWIH Symposium: Future of Work 2019


Date: 19th - 20th March 2019
Venue: India habitat Centre, New Delhi

Driven by technological developments, but also by social, economic and cultural shifts, the world of work is evolving. Gradually moving towards an era where man and machine shall co-work by deploying technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, big data, robotics, IoT at the site of work and otherwise, the challenge of the future will be to extract the best out of this co-working relationship. Human societies have little choice but to brace themselves for the changes to come and find intelligent ways of managing and steering them.

One of the sites of massive change will be the labour market. Less complex and routine tasks are widely expected to be increasingly automated. At the same time, however, tasks which are complex, creative and demand analytical skill will rise in significance. The challenge will be to achieve an inclusive future of work in which everyone finds their place. On the one hand, this calls for massive efforts at up-skilling and re-skilling through innovative forms of training delivery and new kinds of job discovery for all section of the work force. On the other hand, it will be a matter of prime significance to ensure that those excluded from the opportunities will find support and justice.

As the labour markets change, so will the workplaces and working environments of the future. Reorganized structures of working and technological tools such as teleconferencing, remote-working etc. have the potential of empowering individuals and of unleashing creative energies. However, they may also have adverse psychological and social effects. An important challenge of the future will be to find equitable, healthy and safe ways of developing work spaces.

Shifting trends towards increasing dependency on technology and automation will have tangible and intangible effects on business, economy, society and on individuals. In order, to help us understand them, we need to reject facile generalizations, but must look at the complex realities and consider topics from migration via data-privacy and security to social equality.

With an aim to encourage an exchange of views, to deepen our understanding of the issues and to start deliberating on possible responses to the changing world of work, the DWIH symposium "Future of Work" will bring together eminent Indian and German academicians, scientists, researchers, policymakers, representatives of international organisations. The event will be structured around five broad themes.

Professor Dr. rer. pol. Carsten Dreher
Professorship for Innovation Management, School of Business and Economics, Freie Universität Berlin

Since 2009, Prof. Dr. Carsten Dreher is at Freie Universität Berlin. He studied Industrial Engineering and Occupational Training at the Technical University of Karlsruhe. He started his career at the European Commission's Directorate General Research as junior research fellow at the unit Forecasting and Assessment in Science and Technology (FAST). From 1989 to 2006 he worked at the Fraunhofer Institute for System and Innovation Research (ISI) in Karlsruhe analysing industrial innovation behaviour. After finishing his PhD in 1996 at TU Karlsruhe, being visiting scholar at MIT's Industrial Performance Center, in 2006, he was appointed Joint Professor for Innovation Research and Innovation Management at the University of Flensburg and at the Mads Claussen Institute for Product Innovation of the University of Southern Denmark. His research interests are analysing technology dynamics, routines for innovation processes and mechanisms and impact of public innovation policies.

Prof. Dr. Gregor Engels
Chair, Database and Information Systems, Paderborn University

Prof. Dr. Gregor Engels received his PhD in Computer Science in 1986 from the University of Osnabrück, Germany. Between 1991 and 1997 he held the position of Chair of Software Engineering and Information Systems at the University of Leiden, The Netherlands.

Since 1997, he is Professor of Informatics at Paderborn University, Germany.

He is chairperson of the Software Innovation Lab; the university part of the technology transfer institute Software Innovation Campus Paderborn (SICP). He is chair of two interdisciplinary graduate schools on the topics "Design of flexible working environments- human-centred use of Cyber-Physical Systems in industry 4.0", and "Digital Future", where around 20 PhD students from different disciplines research on the impact of digital transformations on working environments. He is board member of Informatics Europe, a European organization representing informatics departments from universities all over Europe.

Since 1997, he is Professor of Informatics at Paderborn University, Germany.

More information at: https://bit.ly/2BwERXV

Dr. Moritz Hämmerle
Managing Director, Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO

Dr. Moritz Hämmerle is the head of the research department "Cognitive Engineering and Production" at Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO. Since 2008, he and his teams have been researching and consulting innovative companies on issues relating to digitized production, industry 4.0 and the future of production work. His focus is on production assessment 4.0, I4.0 and lean production, smart flexibilization of working hours in the factory and integration of employees into digital transformation. He is a member of the winning team of the German Industry 4.0 Award 2014 and has, since 2017, been setting up the Future Work Lab in Stuttgart, the largest German innovation laboratory for work, people and technology.

More information at: https://www.iao.fraunhofer.de/lang-en/

Dr. Maximilian Goethner
Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Jena, Germany

Dr. Maximilian Goethner is a research fellow at the DFG Graduate School "Economics of Innovative Change" (DFG-GRK 1411), funded by the German Research Foundation. He received his PhD in Economics from the University of Jena, Germany in 2012, studying determinants and effects of technology entrepreneurship. His research interests include digital innovation, labor mobility, and economic inequality. His current research focuses on determinants of the fear of automation as well as the diffusion of robot technology as driver of labor mobility.

More information at: https://www.microtheory.uni-jena.de/

Prof. Dr. Sabrina Schneider
Assistant Professor for Technology Management, University of Kassel, Germany

Prof. Dr. Sabrina Schneider holds a PhD from EBS University for Business and Law, Germany. Her research centres on the strategic implications of digital technologies on business and society. She leads the research group, the Department of Managerial Technology Management, founded in Oct 2016. The research group is part of the Institute of Management and Business Studies (IBWL) of FB 07 (Faculty of Economics and Management) Its main emphasis lies on providing teaching on technology management, business model innovation and management of digitization and to conduct research on the management of disruptive technological developments, in particular digitization.

More information at: https://bit.ly/2BwERXV

Dr. Thomas Lange
Head, Programme Area Economics, Education and Employment, acatech - National Academy of Science and Engineering (Germany)

Acatech provides top-level expertise from science and business for political decision-making processes based on a double mandate from the federal as well as the regional governments in Germany. Dr. Lange has more than eight years of experience with a wide range of projects on innovation policy and committees of experts. He also lectures on political consulting at the University of Freiburg.

Before joining acatech, he worked as a Junior Economist at ifo Institute for Economic Research in Munich and as a Research Associate at the University of Konstanz. He was also a Visiting Scholar at Queen's University in Kingston/Ontario, Canada.

Thomas earned a Master of Science in Economics and a doctorate in Economics from the University of Konstanz. You can reach him at lange@acatech.de.

More information at: https://en.acatech.de/

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Barbara Deml
Director, Institute of Human and Industrial Engineering (IFAB)
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Prof. Barbara Deml studied psychology and speech communication at the University of Regensburg, Germany. In her doctoral studies she did research in the field of tele-robotics and telepresence with a major concern on the design of haptic human machine interaction. Her dissertation thesis in doctoral engineering was honoured with a research award by the University of the Armed Forces, Germany. After postdoctoral studies at TU München and Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA) she joined the University of the Armed Forces as Assistant Professor for Cognitive Ergonomics. In 2009 she became a Full Professor at Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg and in 2012 she joined Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Since this time, Prof. Deml is director of the Institute of Human and Industrial Engineering. Her major research focus is on the design of human-robot-interfaces, user state and intention prediction as well as on the impact of automation on human users.

More information at: www.ifab.kit.edu

Dr. Tanja Carstensen
Sociologist and Postdoc Researcher
Department of Sociology, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Germany.

Dr. Carstensen received her doctoral degree in Sociology from the University of Hamburg and worked at University of Hohenheim, Hamburg University of Technology and Leuphana University of Lueneburg. Currently, she is the head of the project 'Transformations of Gender Relations through Digitalization,' funded by the Hans-Böckler-Foundation. Her research interests include: digitalization of work, gender relations in technology, social media at workplaces, digital culture, transformations of agency, and human-technology-interactions.

More information at: https://www.en.gender.soziologie.uni-muenchen.de/index.html

Christos Chantzaras
(Dipl.-Ing. Architekt, Dipl.-Kfm.)
TUM Department of Architecture - ARI Architect Research Incubator / Architectural Entrepreneurship + Innovation Network / Co-Director
TUM Chair for Architectural Informatics, Prof. Dr. Frank Petzold / Lecturer & Research Associate

Christos Chantzaras has a 10-year-experience as architect and consultant for large scale national and international projects. Since 2007 he held different positions as project manager and project director. He was responsible for office, R&D and production buildings as well as consulting projects within various industries. From 2015 to 2017 he set up an architectural branch in Berlin as interdisciplinary strategy team. End of 2016, he started as lecturer at TUM Department for Architecture to open the profession towards fields ahead of building design. Since March 2017 he is research associate with focus on architectural entrepreneurship and how thinking of architecture can be applied to innovation processes and new ways of working. Related to this, Christos is setting up an Architecture Research Incubator (ARI), developing new educational formats in architecture and mentoring start-ups on the future of work.

More information at: https://www.en.gender.soziologie.uni-muenchen.de/index.html

DWIH Symposium: Future of Work 2019

Monday, March 18, 2019