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Thomas Ashton Institute

Digitalisation of work

How the digital revolution impacting society can be harnessed to continuously improve safety and health and be best employed to assure a resilient working world.

It includes artificial intelligence, “Industry 4.0”, autonomous operation, embedded computing, big data and communication networks, and our interface to the digital systems. It will investigate how autonomous systems can be harnessed to forge resilience in the workplace, in a wide variety of ways. It will also consider the new challenges that such changes may pose: for example, how trust or lack thereof between autonomous systems and operators may influence safety; the legal or ethical issues with the continuous monitoring of the workforce to improve health or safety outcomes; or new risks to safety introduced by such systems.

It links with The University of Manchester's expertise in computing, data and manufacturing as well as social science; and with HSE’s science programme on Future Evidence.