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KIDD - AI in the service of diversity


There is great potential – also with regard to discrimination – in human-centered digital systems, particularly artificial intelligence: distortions can openly or invisibly underlie the algorithms we provide or the data we use (garbage in – garbage out). In order to avoid these distortions and potential discriminations it is important to manage and control both the data input and the designing process of applied digital systems. Therefore, it is crucial to approach the task from different perspectives and enable people from diverse backgrounds to be heard and to be actively involved in the design process.

This is what “KIDD – Künstliche Intelligenz im Dienste der Diversität“ (Artificial Intelligence in Service of Diversity), funded by the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS) under the roof of Initiative Neue Quallität der Arbeit (INQA, Initiative for New Quality of Work) is about. In four pilot projects, so-called “Experimental Rooms,” a participative process for the introduction of AI systems and other software considering ethical aspects and diversity is being developed and tested.

The goal is to develop both a standardized process and criteria which allow us to make sure that human-centered digital systems, particularly AI, applied in a certain working environment, are fair, transparent and comprehensible. Quality criteria and the standardized KIDD-Process are being developed in step with actual practices at four companies that are part of the KIDD-consortium. Key to this process is a Panel of Diversity, in which the employees of the company are as diversely represented as possible. The Panel of Diversity consults with IT- and Software engineers and is involved in decisions regarding the acquisition, modeling and introduction of a human-centered digital system or AI in the company.

The partners of the KIDD consortium provide expertise from various economic fields focusing on the application of human-centered digital systems: onboarding of new employees, sales intelligence on customers, rating cleaning services and the application of AI as an HR Management tool. The partners include small and medium-sized enterprises as well as big internationally operating corporations.

Along with the Panel of Diversity, which consists both of employees and experts, each Experimental Room tests a co-creative process introducing a digital system. Based on experiences from these Experimental Rooms a standardized “KIDD-Process“ emerges as well as quality criteria, which both can be applied in different working environments and in answering different questions regarding digital systems. The derivation of a quality control procedure guarantees sustainable stability of the process.

As a partner of the consortium, the TU Berlin (Technical University) is responsible for a work package that provides scientific research on the project as well as coordinates the external evaluation of KIDD. Additionally, the TU provides expertise in the field of the proposed Artificial Intelligence Act of the EU which focusses on trustworthy AI.


Within the KIDD consortium eight companies and partner organizations join forces to execute the research project within three years until October 2023. 

Head of coordination is the Berlin based  nexus Institut for cooperation management and interdisciplinary research with its expertise in cooperation. Non-profit organization female.vision e.V.  is responsible for the relevant ethical and diversity aspects as well as communication and sustainability. The TU Berlin is leading the scientific evaluation of the BMAS-funded research project.

Q_PERIOR AG is an internationally operating consultancy working on the intersection between IT and business located in Munich. 

The Bavarian  msg systems AG is a leading German IT service provider, using AI for data analytics and other purposes.

Also based in Munich is  CHEMISTREE GmbH, specializing in algorithm-based, scientifically sound digital matching within working environments (e.g. matching work tandems within a company) that focuses on the choices, preferences and needs of its customers.

 Heraeus Medical GmbH, seated in Wehrheim, is a globally leading technology corporation and one of the biggest German family-owned companies.

Hamburg-based epsum GmbH focuses on the digitalization of cleaning services.


Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs under the umbrella of the New Quality of Work Initiative (INQA).

Project Period

01.10.2021 - 30.09.2023

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