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Robots are machines or automated technologies that are capable of performing a series of actions to do everything from drive cars to perform surgery. Robots have existed in the workplace for years, but their presence on jobsites is increasing, as are their capabilities. Today’s robots are designed to work alongside, move amongst, and be worn by human workers.

NIOSH’s Role in Robotics

Given NIOSH’s mission to develop new knowledge, the Institute is uniquely positioned to evaluate potential benefits and risks of robots in the workplace, conduct workplace interventions to prevent robot-related worker injuries, and develop guidance for safe interactions between humans and robots. To do this, NIOSH created the Center for Occupational Robotics Research (CORR) in September 2017.

A new publication, Proceedings of the 2018 Ergo-X Symposium: Exoskeletons in the Workplace — Assessing Safety, Usability, and Productivity, includes speakers’ presentations and summaries of the question and answer/discussion periods.

A new commentary by Dr. Howard reviews the origins of AI, the use of machine learning methods, and emerging AI applications. Read more in the NIOSH Science Blog.

Newly published Program Performance One-Pagerpdf icon describes the relevance and impact of the Center for Occupational Robotics Research.

The 2019 ErgoX Symposiumexternal icon, will take place October 28 in Seattle; NIOSH Director John Howard, MD to give keynote address, “The Human-Machine Relationship in the 21st Century.”

CORR Mission: Provide scientific leadership to guide the development and use of occupational robots that enhance worker safety, health, and wellbeing.

Page last reviewed: September 10, 2019