Department Prof. Dr.-Ing. Petersen

The starting point for research in the department is the relationship between work and technology in the context of vocational learning. Important fields are the design potential of processes in the world of work and the associated educational processes. The focus of the research work lies in the areas of metal technology and automotive engineering.
Head of department
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Maren Petersen
Vice head of department
N. N.
Iris Haseborg


Technologies in vocational education contexts

Vocational reality and the associated work processes are significantly shaped by the prevailing technologies and are changing as a result of ongoing technical progress. The associated changes within vocational requirement profiles must be taken into account in the context of vocational training. Current topics include digitalization and interaction between humans and machines.

Lifelong learning

Considering the constant changes in society and the world of work, people are required to face up to the associated changes in requirements at various levels. On the one hand, acceptance of these changes and the ability to adapt to new conditions or activities are important. On the other hand, the effort to develop one's own competencies on one's own responsibility is also of increased importance.

Use of media

Digital media offer great potential for use in teaching-learning contexts. However, the targeted design and use of the media in a way that is conducive to learning represents a major challenge for both teachers and learners. In this context, the added value compared to conventional forms of presentation, the effort required to generate content, and usability must considered in particular.

Members of the department


  • WASABI - AI in human-centred manufacturing
    Life span 01. March 2023 to 28. February 2027
    Jan Naumann , Prof. Dr.-Ing. Maren Petersen
    WASABI will create intelligent digital assistance solutions to enable SMEs to hire new employees faster and train and upskill them more efficiently, centred on the employees. The solutions will enable them to interact with complex software via natural language and thus meet skill requirements.
  • WBV-HB – Continuous Education Training Network Automotive Industry Bremen
    Life span 01. May 2022 to 31. December 2024
    Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Michael Gessler , Dr. Susanne Peters , Daniel Weerts
    Against the backdrop of the challenges of the transformation of companies in the vehicle industry in the state of Bremen and its surrounding area, the continuing education network aims to promote and coordinate a regional continuing education programme that meets the qualification needs of companies to shape the transformation and contributes to the strategic development of a demand-oriented skilled labour base.
  • DUBB – Digitalization and Inequality in the Context of Vocational Education and Training in Bremen and Bremerhaven
    Life span 01. January 2022 to 31. December 2023
    Prof. Dr. Alisha M. B. Heinemann , Verena Honkomp-Wilkens , Prof. Dr.-Ing. Maren Petersen
    In the project "Digitalization and Inequality in the Context of Vocational Education and Training", vocational education and training is used as a lens with which inequalities arising from digitalization processes can be identified simultaneously at various levels of society, in order to clarify questions about the origins and formation of precisely these inequalities and to develop recommendations for action.
  • KIM – Artificial intelligence as a mentor for lifelong learning
    Life span 01. September 2021 to 31. August 2024
    Svenja Gmeinder , Prof. Dr.-Ing. Maren Petersen
    In the joint project "KIM – Artificial Intelligence as a Mentor for Lifelong Learning", an AI solution will be developed that offers users of professional training platforms targeted assistance in the selection of training opportunities. The users and their professional and career wishes are the focus of the project. They initially carry out a self-assessment of their competencies and express their current professional and career wishes, as well as their own preferences (e.g. free and paid offers, time restrictions with regard to course offers, etc.).
  • KIWI – Artificial Intelligence for Customized Training and Further Education to Strengthen Employability with Progressive Digital Penetration of Production in the Context of Industry 4.0
    Life span 01. September 2021 to 31. August 2024
    Valerie Ambrosi , Prof. Dr.-Ing. Maren Petersen , Dr.-Ing. Sonun Ulan Kyzy
    In the KIWI project, an application for smartphones is being developed for employees in production that enables a cross-platform search for precisely matching training and further education offers with the help of artificial intelligence. Due to digitalization and the associated increase in automation, production is subject to rapid change, which is also going hand in hand with changes in requirement profiles and job profiles.
  • F.IT Women in IT
    Life span 13. August 2021 to 31. January 2024
    Valerie Ambrosi , Peter Kaune , Dr. Kristina Kühn , Prof. Dr.-Ing. Maren Petersen
    More women in IT - but how? Since the end of last year, the project "F.IT Frauen in IT" has been working on an answer to this question. Through targeted training and further education offers, the project wants to create the possibility of a lateral entry into the industry for women. In order to successfully implement this goal, it is crucial to know the needs and requirements of the target group.
  • tekom_LandBauMT – Technical communication in learning and working processes of agricultural and construction machinery mechatronics technicians in the context of Industry 4.0
    Life span 01. November 2020 to 30. June 2023
    Vivian Harberts , Prof. Dr. Falk Howe , Nils Petermann , Prof. Dr.-Ing. Maren Petersen , Michael Sander
    Progressive digitalisation and networking in industry and craft sector are increasingly changing requirements and activities in the occupation of agricultural and construction machinery mechatronics technician. This includes increased use of diagnostic, analysis and design software in agricultural and construction machinery technology, advancing use of high-voltage technology, increasing system networking as well as augmented/virtual and mixed reality technologies. However, inter-company training programmes for trainees in agricultural and construction machinery mechatronics do not take this digital change into account to a sufficient extent yet. The project "tekom_LandBauMT" addresses these challenges by modernising inter-company training measures for agricultural and construction machinery mechatronics technicians.
  • WinATutor – Förderung didaktischer E-Learning Anwendungsszenarien
    Life span 01. October 2019 to 30. September 2020
    Dr. sc. Iva Bačić , Prof. Dr.-Ing. Maren Petersen
    Das Projekt E-learning Einheit zum Thema „Gute wissenschaftliche Praxis“ wird uni-intern im Rahmen von „Win a Tutor – Didaktische E-Learning Anwendungsszenarien“ gefördert. Da im August 2019 die Neuauflage der Leitlinien zur guten Wissenschaftlichen Praxis der DFG veröffentlicht wurden, soll im Rahmen dieses Projekts eine E-Learning Einheit zur „guten wissenschaftlichen Praxis“ erstellt und erprobt werden. Die Einheit wird aus einem interaktiven Kursteil sowie einem Onlinetest bestehen. Der folienbasierte Kursteil soll Erklärvideos zu aktuellen Fallbeispielen enthalten und durch Lernerfolgskontrollen und Übungsbeispiele ergänzt werden.
  • KoRA – Competence development for design of human-robot collaboration using a mixed reality-based teaching-learning concept
    Life span 01. September 2019 to 31. August 2022
    Prof. Dr.-Ing. Maren Petersen ITB , Bianca Schmitt ITB , Torsten Sievers bime , Prof. Dr.-Ing. Kirsten Tracht bime
    In the KoRA project, a teaching-learning concept is designed to develop and promote competencies in field of collaborative robotics and design of human-robot collaboration in vocational education and training. This is implemented with a mixed reality learning software in which complex assembly problems are solved in form of learning and work tasks. In the context of development, necessary haptic feedback for the target groups is being investigated in parallel. Through transfer into virtual reality, work process can be experienced and designed detached from the real operational process. Thus, project-based and action-oriented learning is possible.
  • LaSiDig – Ladungssicherung trifft Medienkompetenz
    Life span 01. April 2017 to 30. June 2020
    Jan Naumann , Nils Petermann , Prof. Dr.-Ing. Maren Petersen , Nils Weinowski
    Die Transport- und Logistikbranche durchläuft aufgrund der Digitalisierung der Arbeit und des Alltages grundlegende Wandlungsprozesse. Vor diesem Hintergrund entwickelt das BMBF-geförderte Projekt LaSiDig eine innovative Lernlösung für das Thema Ladungssicherung, die es Beschäftigten in Transport und Logistik ermöglicht, miteinander vernetzt und im Prozess der Arbeit zu lernen und sich wichtige Kompetenzen im Umgang mit digitalen Medien anzueignen. Ladungssicherung auf der Straße, der Schiene, zur See und in der Luft gilt es dabei zu beachten.