08/16/2023: How World Class Ergonomics Programs Are Using Technology

How World Class Ergonomics Programs Are Using Technology

About the webinar:

The field of ergonomics is currently seeing a migration towards the adoption of artificial intelligence (AI), computer-vision, wearable technology, virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR), and advanced data analytics to evaluate workplaces, train the workforce, and make more informed decisions. While vendor options are rapidly growing, concerns remain around the data being collected as well as data accuracy. This webinar will discuss the technologies currently being adopted by world class ergonomics programs in industry, the challenges and opportunities with implementation, and the future potential of these technologies for employers and ergonomics practitioners.

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this activity, the learner will be able to:

  • Cite examples of how technology is being used in world class ergonomics programs

  • Recognize the benefits, challenges, and opportunities with implementing and using various forms of technology in ergonomics

  • Discuss the future potential of technology in ergonomics

Speaker: Julia G. Abate, MSE, CPE

Julia G. Abate is the Executive Director for The Ergonomics Center, housed in the Edward P. Fitts Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at NC State University. She is a Certified Professional Ergonomist (CPE) with over 25 years of experience helping companies develop and grow their ergonomics programs. She has degrees from the University of Michigan in mechanical and industrial and operations engineering. Julia is currently a Program Chair for the Applied Ergonomics Conference and one of the Technical Vice Presidents for the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineering (IISE). She also serves on the advisory boards for the IISE Transactions on Occupational Ergonomics and Human Factors, the North Carolina Occupational Safety and Health Education and Research Center (NC OSHERC) and the National Safety Council’s MSD SolutionsLab.


The Center for Occupational and Environmental Health designates this activity for a maximum of 1.0 Contact Hour. Participants should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation.

Certificates of Completion

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In order to receive your Certificate of Completion, qualified learners must complete the post-webinar evaluation within 7 days of the webinar. A link to the evaluation will be emailed to qualified learners 24 hours after the webinar via no-reply@zoom.us. Qualified learners who submit their evaluation will receive a Certificate of Completion via email, and can also print/save the certificate from their browser after submitting their evaluation.

If you're not able to attend the live presentation, no problem! We record most presentations and will host them on our website provided we have permission to do so. Presentation recordings are not eligible for Certificates of Completion.


If you require an accommodation for effective communication (ASL interpreting/CART captioning, alternative media formats, etc.) to fully participate in this event, please contact Michelle Meyer at (510) 642-8365 or mmeyer@berkeley.edu(link sends e-mail) with as much advance notice as possible and at least 7-10 days in advance of the event.

NC Occupational Safety and Health Education and Research Center

ABOUT North Carolina Occupational Safety and Health Education and Research Center

The mission of the NC OSHERC at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill is to prepare occupational safety and health professionals to promote and protect worker health. This is accomplished through the provision of high-quality interdisciplinary education and training, research and service in occupational safety and health.