about ARIZ

Work in the industry of the future, short ARIZ, is a project that addresses the entirely new cooperative relationship between man and technology in the industry 4.0 and their impact on opportunities for the work force.


Developement of new approaches to work organization and description of novel design potential of cooperative hybrid work systems

Perception and impact analysis of industrie 4.0

Analysis of acceptance and security of cooperative work systems

Investigation of learning and competence development processes in hybrid work systems

Development of two demonstrators

Work Packages

The joint project is divided into seven work packages:

Scientific and experimental demonstrator, pilot like industrial demonstration plant at Festo AG & Co. KG, organizational architectures and decision-making processes for hybrid systems of work, learning and skills development in hybrid work systems, multi-level survey “work in industry 4.0”, composite coordination and transfer communication.

Setting data

Project Duration
September 2016 – December 2019

Funding Volume
~3 Million Euro

5 project partners from science and industry

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The project is funded by

ARIZ in detail

Further information about the project

The joint project ARIZ (Work in the Industry of the Future) is part of the BMBF research program „Innovation für die Produktion, Dienstleistung und Arbeit von morgen“, with funding for three years. Since August 2016, it focuses on applicable solutions and scenarios for human-robot collaboration for the industry of the future. As part of the fourth industrial revolution, smart work environments with humans, heterogeneous robots and virtual agents, understood as independent entities that learn through artificial intelligence and that can capture their environment autonomously, are arising. Intelligent information and communication technologies closely interlink these agents. They act together as part of a hybrid, learning work system. For the work of the future, this means that traditional control mechanisms and the static setting of targets omit. Therefore, new ways of cooperation and decision relationships for the hybrid cooperation between humans, robots and virtual agents have to be developed. The analysis of these entirely new cooperative relationships between man and technology in the industry 4.0 and their impact on and opportunities for the world of work are addressed in the joint project ARIZ based on two demonstrators. The Cybernetics Lab IMA & IfU (consortium leader) develops these demonstrators together with the Festo AG, the Festo Didactic GmbH, the robomotion GmbH, and the Human-Computer Interaction Center at RWTH Aachen University. Both demonstrators also serve as a basis for ergonomic studies.

Project partners

This team is working on ARIZ
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Festo AG & Co. KG

Festo is a world leader in automation technology and world market leader in technical education and training. The objective: maximum productivity and competitiveness of customers in factory and process automation.
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The IMA & IfU is an interdisciplinary institute cluster (Cybernetics Lab) at the RWTH Aachen University assigned to the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering.
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Robomotion GmbH

Since its founding in 2003 robomotion develops automation solutions from a single source.
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Human-Computer Interaction Center

The Human-Computer Interaction Center (HCI Center, or HCIC for short) is a central institute of RWTH Aachen University that focuses on usability and the research, design, development and evaluation of new user interfaces.
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Festo Didactic SE

Festo Didactic is the world-leading provider of equipment and solutions for technical education – your global partner for competence development.
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Institute for Mangangement Cybernetics e.V.

The Institute for Mangangement Cybernetics e.V. is an associated institute at the RWTH Aachen University. We explore and develop solutions for economic and technological questions in interdisciplinary teams. Generally, we attach great importance to industrial proximity and cooperation.



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