Kompetenzzentrum KARL: Artificial Intelligence for Work and Learning in the Karlsruhe Region

The use of artificial intelligence (AI) is widely discussed in society, especially with regard to everyday work. However, AI influences our learning, as well. With KARL, one of eight regional competence centers has been created in Karlsruhe to investigate the impact of AI on the topics of work and learning with and about AI.

The aim of KARL is to make these impacts tangible. To achieve this, real places for experiencing, experimenting and learning are being created and interconnected. At the same time, pilot projects of companies, which are scientifically accompanied, serve as an inspiration for interested parties. The results will be presented in demonstration centers, offered in specific further education courses for professionals and integrated into the relevant study programs of the participating universities. The main focus of KARL is on the human being. This is intended to initiate a broad societal discourse. The Karlsruhe region, with the national digital hub for applied AI and the leading IT cluster in Europe, offers the best conditions for this. As part of KARL, nine research or transfer partners and eleven regional companies will receive almost eight million euros in funding from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) by 2025.

  • Developing and testing of a KI-readiness tool to assess the readiness of the company (organization) for implementing KI solutions
  • Developing and testing of a process model for the introduction and initiation (adoption) of KI-based work and learning systems
  • Identification of qualification and competency requirements for the introduction and application of KI solutions
  • Conception of competence development programs for working with KI-based systems
  • Elaboration of a sustainable business model to ensure the sustainable future viability of KARL.


  • Desk research
  • Qualitative and quantitative surveys
  • Workshops
  • Scientifically based development of evaluation tools and systems


  • KARL model for the operational implementation of AI-based work and learning systems
  • AI-Readiness tool for assessing the organizations' readiness for implementing an AI solution
  • Qualification and competency needs for the implementation and application of AI solutions
  • Competence development programs for working with AI-based systems
  • KARL business model




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