Automated camera-based ergonomics assessment of workplaces

Theme Artificial Intelligence, Industry 4.0, Digitalisation
Project title Automated camera-based ergonomics assessment of workplaces (AkEvAp)
Project duration 01.10.2022 – 30.09.2024

In order to improve ergonomics at the workplace, the AkEvAp project is developing a novel ergonomics assessment method (EBM) based on real-time camera data.

In contrast to previous research approaches, such as in the WorkCam project, this method will not only optically record whole-body movements, but will also additionally take into account the forces that occur. The challenge lies in the indirect optical force detection using artificial intelligence (AI) methods as well as the real-time capable design of the data processing chain.

By using real-time camera data, ergonomics evaluations can be performed in the future without work interruptions, without post-processing and with the highest possible objectivity. For manufacturing companies – especially SMEs – this represents enormous added value.

When companies improve workplace ergonomics, employees stay healthy and motivated longer and skilled workers are less likely to miss work due to illness. This also increases productivity and competitiveness. The novel EBM thus has both a health and an economic benefit.

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The IGF project 22422 N / 2 of the research association BVL is funded via the German Federation of Industrial Research Associations (AiF) in the programme of Industrial Collective Research (IGF) by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) based on a decision of the German Bundestag.

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