On 5 September 2014, a kick-off meeting for this new PEROSH project was held at the Dresden offices of BAuA (Germany).
Ambient intelligent and networked systems are a recent focus of research and development throughout Europe. These technologies offer the potential of increasing efficiency and productivity, at the potential cost of a much more complex working environment.
The aim of the meeting was to discuss the current research activities of participating member organisations in the field of ambient intelligence and cyber-physical systems. Participants presented their research topics and goals in the field of occupational health and safety arising from developments marked by the terms “Ambient Intelligence” and “Industry 4.0”.
The participants agreed that research on occupational risks and hazards posed by the technological development associated with ambient intelligent and cyber-physical systems should be addressed along with the ongoing adoption of these technologies in applications in various industries.
The discussion during the meeting focused on the issue of stress or psychological strain associated with the use of these technologies. The participants also discussed potential approaches for further collaboration on the topic, e.g. in the form of a joint research project. Funding opportunities and deadlines were mentioned, and first steps for developing formal projects discussed. Additional meetings are scheduled to further develop project ideas and project proposals, which could be submitted under the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation “Horizon 2020”.