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Robots, Automation, and the Future of Human Work

  • Thursday, April 02, 2020
  • 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Virtual Delivery


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Robots, Automation, and the Future of Human Work

The future vision for robots is one in which robots will act as teammates, partners, and companions for people. This is especially true in domains where robots are expected to fill significant resource and manning needs in the near future (e.g., military, space, healthcare). For instance, in healthcare, robots are expected to provide a major manpower supplement for healthcare professionals who will not be able to meet staffing demands for older adult care. In the New England area of the US alone, the retirement of the baby boom generation is expected to increase the number of older adults needing care by as much as 30% in the next decade, while the number of healthcare professionals entering into that workforce is only expected to increase by as much as 8%. In this talk, I will present how roboticists and other automation scientists are thinking about how to make robots better teammates, companions, and partners for people and invite discussion of how this will change the future of human work.

ATD Capabilities covered in session:

  • Future Readiness 
  • Change Management
  • Technology Application
  • Learning Sciences

Presenter Information

Elizabeth Phillips

Dr. Elizabeth “Beth” Phillips is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership and the Warfighter Effectiveness Research Center at the United States Air Force Academy. She completed her Ph.D. in Applied Experimental and Human Factors Psychology at the University of Central Florida in 2016, and her Post-Doctoral training in the Humanity Centered Robotics Initiative at Brown University in 2018. Broadly, her expertise is in human interactions with robots, autonomous systems, and related technologies like augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR). She studies how we can design these systems and leverage technologies like AR/VR to make robots better teammates, partners, and companions for people in the near future.


Thursday, April 2, 4:30pm - 5:30pm




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