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Productive Teaming


3D behavioral analysis, cyberphysical systems, real-time, human factors, industry, computer science, cognitive science, cognitive modeling, complex problem solving, artificial intelligence, mechanical engineering, human-technology interaction, multimodal, production systems, sensor technology


OVGU Magdeburg, TU Chemnitz, TU Ilmenau


Since 2022

Current technological developments are enabling highly complex, intelligent, adaptive, and autonomous cyber-technical systems that can support, complement, and surpass human cognitive abilities and skills in solving tomorrow’s new challenges. This constant development of increasingly powerful and intelligent technologies is currently leading to equally new and complex challenges in dynamic production systems, which must be mastered quickly and consistently. A key challenge in the field of production systems in the future will be to solve highly complex problems with myriad parameters that far exceed the capacities of individuals and conventional, human teams. Therefore, to solve these problems and increase productivity, it is ultimately necessary to create teams of people and production systems that specialize in such “teaming” between people and production systems.

Productive Teaming” is a joint research initiative of the Chemnitz University of Technology, the Ilmenau University of Technology and the OVGU Magdeburg, which has developed out of the already existing research and innovation network Chemnitz-Ilmenau-Magdeburg (“CHIM”). The goal of this initiative is to better understand teaming between human and artificial agents with the help of overarching themes and to find an answer to the following research question, among others:

Can intelligent systems be cognitively augmented to be able to dynamically anticipate the capabilities and needs of the team partner within that process?


Chemnitz University of Technology
Prof. Dr. Dr. Marco Ragni
Thüringer Way 11, 09126 Chemnitz
Phone: +49 371 531-38284

Ilmenau University of Technology
Prof. Dr. Gunter Notni
Gustav-Kirchhoff-Platz 2, 98693 Ilmenau
Phone: +49 3677 69-3820

Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg
Prof. Dr. Frank Ortmeier
University Square 2, 39106 Magdeburg
Phone: +49 391-67-52804

Project duration: since 2022

Events & News

TV studio at the Ilmenau University of Technology
TV-Studio der TU Ilmenau (Foto: TU Ilmenau)

In the new episode of “Researchers in Conversation,” everything revolves around Productive Teaming: Artificial Intelligence, Software, and Sensor Technology on one side, and humans on the other work together as a team. Read more

Group photo of the research initiative 'Productive Teaming'
Group photo of the research initiative ‘Productive Teaming’

As part of the 60th Ilmenau Scientific Colloquium, a session on “Productive teaming – Human-machine collaboration in the production environment” took place. The discussion focused on the role of highly complex cyber-physical systems in addressing future challenges in human-centered production. The researchers in the CHIM network emphasized the relevance of inter-university collaboration to advance innovations in this promising research field. Read the news article

Chemnitz University of Technology is planning a digital lecture series in cooperation with the CHIM research and innovation network from mid-September 2023. Initially, 10 dates are planned every 14 days, during which experts will share and discuss their knowledge and experience as well as current research results and trends in the field of “Productive Teaming” with interested scientists from the three locations. Further information on the dates and registration will be announced shortly.

How can humans and machines collaborate as a team? These and other questions about “Productive Teaming” were discussed on April 21 by scientists from TU Chemnitz, OVGU Magdeburg, TU Ilmenau, Fraunhofer IFF, and the Digital Agency Saxony at the Hannover Messe 2023. For the news article, click here

The panel's group photo features (from left to right): Prof. Dr. Marco Ragni, Prof. Dr. Frank Ortmeier, Frauke Greven, Prof. Dr. Tina Haase, Prof. Dr. Stephan Husung, Prof. Dr. Gunter Notni Panel group photo (from left to right): Prof. Dr. Marco Ragni, Prof. Dr. Frank Ortmeier, Frauke Greven, Prof. Dr. Tina Haase, Prof. Dr. Stephan Husung, Prof. Dr. Gunter Notni

The tri-university research initiative “Productive Teaming” brought together over 40 scientists from various institutions to discuss exchanges and cooperation opportunities on the topic of “Teaming between human and artificial agents” and to develop solutions for productivity enhancement. Read more

A group of scientists in front of the Central Lecture Hall Building of Chemnitz University of Technology
Participating scientists at the symposium of the research initiative “Productive Teaming” on March 17, 2023, at Chemnitz University of Technology (Photo: TU Chemnitz/Nithin Kashyap Venkatesha)