AI+Design Lab @ HfG Schwäbisch Gmünd

The AI+D Lab is a research group situated between AI, design education, and technology research

The AI+D Lab is the place at HfG Schwäbisch Gmünd for research and teaching that combines artificial intelligence and design. In the form of generated images and videos, intelligent sensor systems and language-based interfaces, Machine Learning will be increasingly used in design practice. We will explore the possibilities and challenges of artificial intelligence in design: How can AI technologies be integrated into the design process and how does this change the work of designers? What role can designers play in the (co-)design of AI-based applications and how do they need to be prepared for this in their education and how can we design desirable futures with AI technologies?

In order to be able to use AI technologies in the design process, it is important to build up sound knowledge about the possibilities and limitations of this technology. As a physical location, the lab is the first point of contact for students and teachers and provides the technical infrastructure for projects and experiments with different AI models and technologies.

The KITeGG Project

The joint project KITeGG - “Making AI tangible and comprehensible: Connecting technology and society through design” - explores how AI can be integrated into design education. Project partners are the Mainz University of Applied Sciences, the Offenbach University of Art and Design, the Schwäbisch Gmünd University of Applied Design, the Cologne International School of Design and the Trier University of Applied Sciences.

As “designers of the future” students should have knowledge of current and future relevant technologies as well as profound technical knowledge and the ability to systematically consider user contexts and ethical and legal issues. They should be able to use machine learning reflectively as a tool and material for design. To this end, new teaching formats, tools, symposia and publications are to be developed within the framework of the project over four years (2021 - 2025). KITeGG is one of over 50 funded projects within the framework of the funding initiative “Künstliche Intelligenz in der Hochschulbildung”. The project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the respective states of the participating universities.

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