Presentation: Human-Centered Design of Exoskeletons


The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine are hosting a free, one-hour public session of the Human Systems Integration Council Meeting. The topic of choice will be a discussion of a potential project on human-centered design principles for the development and application of powered and passive exoskeleton technology.

The discussion will focus on what could the future of work look like? How can we continue to improve labor-intensive activities that are known to lead to ergonomic-related worker injury risks?

The event will be led by Christopher Reid, HFES – Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, and Dr. William S. Marras of Spine Research Institute, The Ohio State University for The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Board of Human Systems Integration ( BOHSI). The presentation will be open to the public for virtual participation.

Time: June 2, 2022; 10:40 a.m. to 11:40 a.m. EDT

Registration link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/human-centered-design-of-exoskeletons-tickets-344799573807

Why this presentation might be interesting:

Both presenters have years of experience evaluating exoskeleton technology. There is ample evidence to demonstrate that prior design validation with test users leads to better product results. It’s curious what these two experts have to say on the subject and how they envision both the future of exoskeleton technology and the integration of human evaluation earlier in the design and prototype stages. .

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