NIOSH Future of Work Webinar Series

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NIOSH is pleased to launch a new webinar series on the future of work. With the participation of NIOSH researchers and external experts, this series aims to inform and engage audiences on fundamental future of work priority topics and sub-topics. We hope that you will join us as we explore subjects and critical questions vital for the safety, health, and well-being of tomorrow’s workforce.

Upcoming Webinars

The Role of Artificial Intelligence in the Future of Work

Thursday, June 17, 2021
1-2pm EST

You’re invited to join the second webinar in the new NIOSH series on the future of work. This event is presented by the NIOSH Future of Work Initiative, Emerging Technologies Branch, and Artificial Intelligence Interest Group. The webinar will focus on the role of artificial intelligence (AI) in the future of work, and how its application, such as through deep learning, machine learning, and neural networks, impacts worker safety, health, and well-being.

Understanding how AI works can maximize occupational safety and health (OSH) advantages as well as minimize potential setbacks. Although the application of AI in the workplace is still emerging, OSH professionals, practitioners, researchers, employers, and workers can benefit from developing a greater understanding of workplace AI applications. Featured speakers will highlight select sub-topics and discuss safety, health, and well-being opportunities and challenges facing tomorrow’s workforce.

Featured Speakers

Jay Vietas PhD, MS, CIH, CSP, is Chief of the Emerging Technologies Branch, in the Division of Science Integration, at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. He leads a team of scientists in the study of emerging technologies on worker health and practical application of this knowledge. This includes research on the use of advanced materials, synthetic biology and biomanufacturing, and artificial intelligence. Prior to joining NIOSH in 2020, Dr. Vietas served as a senior medical leader in the United States Air Force, developing policy in support of operations for 2,400 allied health officers delivering care in 75 treatment facilities. Dr. Vietas obtained his PhD from the University of Cincinnati in Environmental Health, graduate degrees in environmental health and engineering from Colorado State University, and an undergraduate degree in Chemistry from the United States Air Force Academy. Dr. Vietas is also a Certified Industrial Hygienist, a Certified Safety Professional, and a member of the American Industrial Hygiene Association.

Houshang Darabi received his Ph.D. degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Rutgers University in 2000. He is currently a Professor of Industrial Engineering and a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Darabi is also the Codirector of the Occupational Safety Program at the Great Lakes Center for Occupational Health and Safety at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His research focuses on the theoretical foundation of artificial intelligence (AI) and its applications in healthcare, education, and occupational safety. Dr. Darabi’s research has been published in more than 100 articles with more than 6,000 citations, and has been supported by several government agencies and companies, including the National Science Foundation, the National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health, and Anthem, Inc. Dr. Darabi is a senior member of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

The Role of Demographics in the Future of Work

Planned for Fall 2021

Past Webinars

The Role of Organizational Design in the Future of Work

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During the first webinar in the new NIOSH Future of Work Webinar Series, this event focused on the role of organizational design, including the basic, foundational physical and functional infrastructures influencing where, when, and how work is conducted. The organization of work refers to psychosocial and physical aspects of the workplace that greatly impact worker safety and health issues, such as: autonomy, burnout and stress prevention, healthy leadership, job flexibility, leave policies, scheduling, social and corporate responsibility, built environment, workspace, and work-life fit.

The featured speakers discussed various organizational design sub-topics and safety, health, and well-being opportunities and challenges facing tomorrow’s workforce.

Featured Speakers

Jessica MK Streit, PhD, MS, CHES®

Research Psychologist and Deputy Director of the Office of Research Integration at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

Leslie B. Hammer, PhD

Professor at the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences, at Oregon Health & Science University

Co-Director of the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center

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