Chances and risks of digitalisation for a human-centred work design
Artificial intelligence, big data, mobile work, industry 4.0 - the world of work is undergoing a change towards digitalisation. With its interdisciplinary focus programme, BAuA is contributing to a human-centred design which addresses these changes.
Digitalisation is no new phenomena: for several decades, digitalisation has been shaping our increasingly connected world and is affecting more and more areas of life. In recent years, however, technological change has disrupted the world of work to such an extent that a significant change in work itself is becoming evident. On the one hand, this concerns specific technologies, such as robots which work together with humans, artificial intelligence (AI) and the use of complex mass data (Big Data). On the other hand, the new technologies also favour developments such as flexibility, mobility and permanent availability - with consequences for the physical and mental health of employees.
In an overarching research focus, BAuA is contributing actively to the key questions that surround the configuration of future working environments. The human-centred design of work is consistently taken into account: the risks for employees as well as new scope for action are both considered equally. The additional requirements resulting from digitalisation for occupational health and safety within companies, but also across companies, will also be analysed.