Teaching and Learning Forum

RISING: Reflecting on Intelligent Systems In the Next Generation

Critical reflection as a tool to prepare and empower tomorrow's generation. Opening new perspectives and improving the world piece by piece.
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The benefit is that when students go into their profession, they are sensitized to this issue [stereotypes in technology development].

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Maria Wirzberger

About us

Artificial intelligence accompanies our everyday life, it drives technical innovations and is increasingly becoming part of the educational world. Intelligent systems are often ascribed the competence of objective decision-making, however, numerous examples prove that these systems are created with the influence of our conscious and unconscious biases, among other things. The goal of the teaching and learning forum RISING is therefore to initiate reflection processes in all courses of study and to sensitize students to the social implications of prejudiced intelligent systems.

The teaching and learning forum RISING is part of the SRF IRIS (Excellence Initiative).

Child playing with a robot

The major goal to be achieved by RISING is a holistic implementation of the critical reflection of intelligent systems and their societal implications. In plain language, what impact can intelligent systems have on our society and where do they come from? How are they influenced? What makes them tick? What role do unconscious biases play in artificial intelligence and what does that mean for us?

Through digitalization, this topic now affects everyone and has become an unavoidable aspect of our everyday lives. That is why we, at the University of Stuttgart, want to sensitize our students to this and prepare them for a new future. Not only should their horizons be broadened but they should also gain new perspectives through reflection. This will ultimately bring about goal-oriented progress in their later (professional) environment and enable a new, inclusive and welcoming culture of togetherness, mindfulness and respect. 

These goals are to be achieved, for example, through various (teaching) offers on relevant topics. Here you can find the already offered events, seminars, lectures, etc. at a glance. Individual needs and new offers will also be covered and designed.

For the continuous development of reflective teaching methods, specific workshops for teachers are also planned, in which internationally renowned experts will be involved.

It is not only important for us to initiate and enable the reflection of intelligent systems for all, but of course the quality must also be ensured. Therefore, there will always be opportunities for feedback in the form of surveys on the different offerings.


IRIS and RISING go together hand in hand. If you want to learn more about IRIS, please visit the IRIS homepage.


Girl looking at something artificial and technial

In cooperation with the IZKT and ZIRIUS, IRIS will be offering different events (NextGen Workshops, Summer Schools, etc.), in which not only the critical reflection of intelligent systems shall be initiated, but also current research topics in the different subject areas shall be discussed. Areas such as critical reflection of disciplinary methods and processes, the reflection of ethical dimensions and societal implications of intelligent systems as well as a holistic reflection of intelligent systems with examples of socially, ethically, economically, and ecologically responsible development and use of intelligent systems in dialogue with society and business partners. 


Whether students, teachers, researchers, or employees - critical reflection on intelligent systems concerns everyone. Therefore, here you will find many different offers to initiate and enable this reflection and to cover individual needs. Continuous exchange - in various forms - is also a crucial component for critical reflection and change. 

Offerings include, but are not limited to, events, lectures, seminars, workshops, conferences, and more. We are very pleased that there are already some interdisciplinary opportunities in the different subjects, which can be found under the corresponding tabs. 

If you know of any other events (or if you are leading one yourself), we would be very happy to hear about them and to get into a conversation about them.

Have fun discovering the exciting offers - and several good impulses for reflecting on intelligent systems and their implications for society.


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Tabea Berberena

Scientific Coordinator of the Teaching and Learning Forum RISING

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