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ErgoX Symposium: Exoskeletons in the Workplace - Assessing Safety, Usability, & Productivity

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Monday, October 1, 2018, 8:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.  |  View the flyer.

The ErgoX Symposium will premiere during the Annual Meeting as a full-day event on Monday, October 1. The symposium aims at

  • providing an update on human factors, safety, and ergonomics research methods for exoskeletons;

  • highlighting standards and technology on exoskeletons; and

  • informing and educating stakeholders (designers, users, and researchers) about exoskeleton types, applications, and their potential to reduce injuries and increase human performance (productivity, quality, etc.). 

Organized in cooperation with the ASTM International Committee on Exoskeletons and Exosuits F48, the ErgoX exoskeleton symposium will bring together professionals from three groups to share their knowledge, experience, and goals:

  1. Designers and producers will showcase and demonstrate their products.  

  2. Researchers from universities and government agencies will provide information on approaches to the design of human factors research on exoskeletons to appropriately assess fit, usability, safety, ergonomics, productivity and cost-effectiveness.

  3. Users and workers with experience using exoskeletons in production environments will share their evaluation methods, expectations, and findings, both positive and negative.

Stay tuned to this page for the program agenda.



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Gold Sponsor – Boeing is the world's largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners, defense, space and security systems, and service provider of aftermarket support. Find out what Boeing is doing to advance ergonomics and create wearable machines that protect workers from injuries, while enhancing their performance and capabilities for building and servicing our amazing products.



Morning Refreshment Break SponsorF48 on Exoskeletons and Exosuits is the newest addition to ASTM’s robotics portfolio. F48 will be supporting the industry with robust voluntary consensus standards for human factors and ergonomics, design and manufacturing, maintenance security and more. Hear about its impact here. ASTM is excited to work with HFES to advance this technology in the marketplace!




Morning Refreshment Break SponsorNorthern Illinois University is a premier student-centered public research institution. In the College of Engineering and Engineering Technology, students work side by side with faculty on industry-connected research. Ergonomics and biomedical devices are just two of the many fields in which NIU researchers are creating a brighter tomorrow.