COALA at AI-Café

Applying Digital Intelligent Assistants in Manufacturing

16th February 2022, 15:00 – 16:00 CET



COgnitive Assisted agile manufacturing for a LAbor force supported by a trustworthy AI (COALA) is a project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme, aiming at developing close collaborations between humans and AI.

COALA will provide a solution for cognitive assistance that consists of a composition of trustworthy AI components with a voice-enabled digital intelligent assistant as an interface. The solution will support workers that need to use analytics tools and new workers that perform on-the-job training.

Complementary to the technology, an education and training concept that focuses on building blue-collar worker competencies in human-AI collaboration will be developed.

The COALA solution will transform how workers perform their jobs and it allows companies to maintain or increase the quality of their production processes and their products.

Speaker Profile

Stefan Wellsandt works as a research scientist for the Institute for Production and Logistics (BIBA) in Bremen, Germany. He has ten years of experience in international, collaborative research on smart cities, the Internet of Things, product development, and data quality management.

Since 2020, Stefan works on conversational AI in manufacturing after winning two EU-funded grants. His main project is COALA, which is a voice-enabled digital intelligent assistant for employees in industrial production. Stefan authored more than 30 academic publications and is an enthusiast of the ethical use of AI.


COALA aims to contribute to the Europe’s AI communities and help build a connected AI community across Europe, by actively participating in related activities of the AI communities.

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