Program Overview

For more detailed session information, please visit the Program Track pages below:

Cybersecurity    Exoskeletons    Extended Reality    Robotics

ErgoX Program Guide

Keynote Speaker    

John Howard, MD, MPH, JD, LLM, MBA, serves as the Director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the Administrator of the World Trade Center Health Program in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C. He first served as Director of NIOSH from 2002 through 2008, and again from 2009 to 2015. He was re-appointed to a third six-year term in 2015 and a fourth six-year term in 2021.

Prior to his appointment as Director of NIOSH, Dr. Howard served as Chief of the Division of Occupational Safety and Health in the California Department of Industrial Relations, Labor and Workforce Development Agency, from 1991 through 2002.

Dr. Howard received his Doctor of Medicine from Loyola University of Chicago, his Master of Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health, his Doctor of Law from the University of California at Los Angeles, and his Master of Law in Administrative Law and his Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Management from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Howard is board-certified in internal medicine and occupational medicine. He is admitted to the practice of medicine and law in the State of California and in the District of Columbia, and he is a member U.S. Supreme Court bar. He has written numerous articles on occupational health law and policy and serves as a professorial lecturer in environmental and occupational health in the Milken Institute School of Public Health at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.


Closing Keynote Speaker    

Dr. Jennifer Cowley earned her PhD in Human Factors Psychology at North Carolina State University. She specializes in the identification and measure of psycho-social factors (cognitive, conative and affective factors) that impact human performance. Dr. Cowley worked at the Army Research Laboratory studying the human vulnerabilities in cybersecurity network defense. Currently, she works in the Chief Digital and AI office as a consultant and liaison to Components and Services for AI adoption.





Monday, October 23, 2023

8:00 AM - 6:00 PM: Registration / Information Desk Open​

9:30 AM - 5:00 PM: Exhibition Hours

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM: Continental Breakfast

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM: Keynote Address Session by Director Dr. John Howard, NIOSH

9:30 AM - 9:40 AM: Sponsored Presentation by South Carolina Research Authority

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM: Coffee Break and Meet with Exhibitors

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM: Education Track Sessions

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM: Lunch and Meet with Exhibitors

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM: Education Track Sessions​

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM: Education Track Sessions

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM: Coffee Break and Meet with Exhibitors

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM: Closing Keynote Session by Dr. Jennifer Cowley, Lead of Market Intelligence, Chief Digital and AI Office, Chief Technology Office (CTO), Department of Defense

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM: Reception and Meet with Exhibitors​​​​​​​​