Emerging Technologies: The Future of Ergonomics
North Carolina Occupational Safety and Health Education and Research Center
November 18, 2020 | Presented By: Jeffrey Hoyle, MS, CPE
The field of ergonomics is rapidly changing. Emerging technologies such as exoskeletons, wearable sensors, computer-vision, artificial intelligence, and virtual and augmented reality are being integrated into how companies & ergonomists provide services. From design, to training, to assessments, to solution implementation, these new technologies can help companies optimize business performance. This presentation will provide a “high-level” overview of this topic and will provide some insights into the future of our field of ergonomics (from a practitioners perspective).
At the completion of this activity, the learner will be able to:
Review the history and limitations of traditional ergonomics practices and methods
Describe emerging technologies (exoskeletons, wearable sensors, computer-vision, virtual and augmented reality) being developed and used for ergonomics applications
Discuss the future direction of ergonomics
Jeff Hoyle, CPE, is Director of Ergonomics Services for The Ergonomics Center of North Carolina, part of NC State University in Raleigh. He specializes in helping companies optimize business performance through ergonomics services such as comprehensive program development, ergonomics cultural growth & maturity, training at all levels, ergonomics analysis and implementation of practical solutions. He also serves as a research liaison between client companies and NCSU faculty and students on applied research projects.
Special Thanks to Our ERC Partners at North Carolina Occupational Safety and Health Education and Research Center & The Ergonomics Center: