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GOErgo, the Global Organization of Ergonomics, presents the 18th Annual Applied Ergonomics Conference!
GOErgo supports the Annual Applied Ergonomics Conference and Expo, a conference where attendees gather from around the world to share best practices with other professionals in ergonomics, healthcare, safety, human resources and risk management. GOErgo is a community within IIE, an international, nonprofit association that provides leadership for the application, education, training, research, and development of industrial engineers, human factors/ergonomics professionals, healthcare providers and related professions.
You will leave this conference rejuvenated and filled with fresh ideas you can put to use immediately. Take the best and re-energize your career with new ways to address your most challenging issues. The conference program is sure to provide you with countless ideas and solutions.
The educational program is comprised of several types of sessions – Concurrent Session, Featured Speaker, Poster Session, Roundtable Session, Master Track Session and Master Track Roundtable.
Oral and Poster presentations will be presented in the following areas (click on the track for additional information):
Hear from speakers from top organizations such as:
AMEC Oil and Gas Americas
Applied Safety and Ergonomics Inc.
Board of Certification in Professional Ergonomics
Cornerstone Specialty Wood
Eastern Washington University
EWI Works International Inc.
FIT for WORK LLC
Ford Motor Company
Gulfstream Aerospace Corp.
Hamilton Caster & Mfg. Co.
Harvard School of Public Health
imk automotive Inc.
J&J Medical Ltd
L'Université du Québec à
Michigan Technological University
Mission Linen Supply
Motorola Solutions Inc.
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
North Carolina A & T State University
Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation
Pacific Gas and Electric Co.
Pitman Creek Physical Therapy, P.C.
Pratt & Whitney
Sandalwood of Canada
Meet the 2015 AEC Conference Committee
Bring your expertise to the international ergonomics community at AEC 2015!
Mark your calendar and plan to join and take advantage of the opportunity to improve your ergonomics skills, gain insight and connect with global professionals within the healthcare, human factors, government, manufacturing and safety and energy industries at this year’s conference.
Learn from those who have been through the process. This conference will provide you with an opportunity to:
- Attend multidisciplinary educational sessions for all experience levels.
- Expand your knowledge of crucial topics affecting the ergonomics community.
- Join in on the roundtable discussions and share opinions, strategies, new initiatives and brainstorm on various topics.
- Come early and attend one or two of the interactive pre-conference workshops.
- Earn Continuing education Units (CEUs) and Professional Development Hours (PDHs).
The educational program is comprised of several types of sessions.
Concurrent sessions are multidisciplinary education sessions for all experience levels that run parallel throughout the day Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday morning. These sessions provide attendees with information on variety of crucial topics ranging from ergonomic programs to material handling to flexible workforce and are presented by practitioners from the field of ergonomics. Attendees will hear real-world examples from companies that have implemented ergonomics programs showcasing reduced risk of injury, improved productivity and significant return on investments. Presentations run for 20 minutes with 5-minutes for Q&As. They are open sessions and no advance registration is required.
Presenters with accomplished background, experience and expertise in the selected area as well as the field of ergonomics are invited by the Applied Ergonomics Conference Chairs to present on a specific topic that is of interest to attendees. Featured speakers for each of 2014 conference focus areas are highlighted in the program. During these sessions, participants will hear about the strategies, tactics, successes, challenges and results from the speakers. These presentations run for 45-minutes with 10-minutes for Q&A’s; no advance registration is required.
Information on variety of topics will be displayed in a poster format in the exhibit hall through the duration of the conference. Presenters from poster session will provide attendees with an overview of their topic in a one-on-one conversation. Attendees can walk to each poster presentation on their schedule. Similar to concurrent sessions, poster sessions will also have information on variety of topics.
Round Table Session
Round Table sessions provide an interactive format for attendees to share problems and success with each other around a particular topic. Participants may be asked to bring questions or examples, which will then be shared with the group-at-large for discussions. In some cases, participants may be divided into small groups for a more focused discussion. Roundtable session attendees should plan on attending the entire 90-minute session. Advanced registration may be required, and once full, the session will be closed.
Master Track Session
A Master Track session is usually geared towards a more advanced attendee level and/or topic. For the first half of the session, a panel of three to four experts typically give short 8- to 10-minute presentations on their company’s experience regarding the chosen topic. During the second half of the session, the floor is open for audience participants to ask questions of the panelists. Master Track session attendees should plan on attending the entire 90-minute session, which will be closed once full.
Master Track Round Table
Participants will separate into round table groups to discuss various types of ergonomics analysis tools currently used for industrial applications and the gaps that exist. Following the round table discussions, a panel of experts who have developed and used analysis tools will address some of the issues brought up during the round tables and speak to analysis tool needs and potential directions for future research. This session’s discussion will be documented and provided to all of the session participants. Attendees of this combined Master Track Round Table should plan on attending the entire 2-hour session. Advanced registration is required, and once full, the session will be closed.
Oral and Poster presentations will be presented in the following areas:
Accessibility Through Ergonomics
This track explores ways in which ergonomics can help in meeting ADA accommodations, work restrictions and other special needs in the workplace. Sub-topics include identification of workplace issues and methods used to adapt the work environment for the aging, obese, deaf, blind and other special needs. Case studies are encouraged.
Applied (Translational) Research
This track aims to inform participants about the latest applied research conducted in laboratory and field settings. Researchers from academia (including graduate students), industry, insurance, and R&D firms are all invited to present findings from completed research that was designed to be applied in a field environment. Common types of applied studies include innovative interventions, testing of new methods, validations of analysis procedures, new applications of established methods or tools, user interface research, cost/benefit modeling, and development of job analysis tools. Tests and comparative analysis of integrated approaches to ergonomics and wellness are also welcome.
Design, Product Design and Evaluation and Modeling
This track focuses on the application of ergonomic principles to the design of work areas, equipment, tools, software interfaces and manufactured products throughout the design process. This track includes both the design of the end product and the way humans interact with product during the manufacturing or fabrication process. The topics covered in this track may include user research, ethnography, computer aided design, digital human modeling and usability testing.
Diverse and Global Workforce
This track explores changes such as health and wellness issues in the workforce, and ways employers are dealing with these changes. This track also encompasses the challenges faced by global institutions when dealing with workers and customers around the world with diverse ages, physical attributes and cultural backgrounds. Sub-topics include identification of trends, workplace issues and methods used to address an ever changing workforce.
Ergonomics Programs/Policies/Auditing the Ergonomics Process
This track will provide information on designs, implementations and practical approaches for several different components of a comprehensive ergonomics program. Topics covered in this track may include securing management leadership and employee ownership for your ergonomics program, managing ergonomic injuries and illnesses and return-to-work programs, integrating ergonomics into facility change processes and systems and criteria for identifying and prioritizing ergonomics concerns.
Today’s workforce is more mobile than ever before. This track includes ways to address issues that occur outside of the standard work environment, such as travel, home offices work and using with new technology (Tablets, Smartphones, etc.). Sub-topics include identification of trends, workplace issues and methods used to address the flexible workforce.
Manufacturing Applications and Case Studies
This track focuses on the practical applications of ergonomics in manufacturing settings. Practitioners and ergo cup teams from a diverse range of industries will share case studies and information on how they have successfully used sound ergonomics principles to improve the safety and productivity of their workplaces. Although your industry may differ from those presented, the ergonomics solutions and the application of ergonomic principles shared may be transferred to your operations and address the challenges you face.
Material Handling in the Industrial Workplace
The purpose of this track is to bring detailed information forward about the many problems faced by today’s demanding industrial workplace. Where manufacturing and assembly jobs require workers to do excessive manual material handling these sessions offer a variety of solutions including such equipment as manipulators, advanced flooring technologies, adjustable worker elevation platforms, balancers, containers tilters, lift tables, vacuum assist devices, pallet rotators, powered and manual stackers, platform trucks, industrial carts, workstation cranes and intelligent assist devices. Many of these sessions are supported by case studies in industrial manufacturing, assembly and warehouse operations.
Master Track sessions are a forum for expert level ergonomics professionals to share their knowledge and experience on selected topics with participants. The format consists of 3-4 panelists, typically from different organizations or disciplines, who each give short 10-minute overviews of their experiences on a single topic followed by an open Q&A panel discussion with session attendees. Topics should be focused on advanced ergonomics related subjects of interest to practicing ergonomics professionals. Previous Master Track topics have included: Global Ergonomics Programs, Ergonomics Regulations, Ergonomics and Lean Manufacturing, BIFMA Chair Design Standards, and Ergonomic Simulation Tools.
Office Ergonomics Programs and Applications
This track will explore the implementation of ergonomics programs and ergonomic solutions in all types of office environments, from standard office buildings, to home offices and call centers. This track will explore how to overcome the challenges faced when implementing office ergonomic programs and processes, and examine case studies illustrating how office ergonomic programs may prevent injury and increase productivity in the workplace. Marketing and securing support from both management and employees for office ergonomics programs may also be discussed.
Educators, students, professionals, researchers and others are urged to submit original contributions related to the fields of ergonomics, healthcare, safety, human resources and risk management that can be displayed in an educational poster format.
This track highlights a virtual cornucopia of subjects and applications that you can take back to your company. Topics included in this track are ergonomic issues associated with non-traditional workforces, such as construction, maintenance workers, and field service workers; healthcare, including patient handling, facilities design, and other allied health care challenges; and issues encountered in the retail industry.
Tools and Technology for Practitioners
This track will focus on the tools available to practitioners for evaluating the risks associated with development of a musculoskeletal injury. Topics in this track include strengths, weakness and proper applications of current analysis tools (e.g. NIOSH Lifting Equation, RULA, Strain Index, etc.), case studies and new or emerging tools and analysis technologies (e.g. international tools, mobile applications, and online platforms). Uses and applications of measurement tools such as force gauges, fNIRS, accellerometers, EMG and wearable technologies (e.g. Fitbit, ActivPal, Sensewear, LumoBack etc) are also included in this track.