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Project Title:

Information Technology, Automation, and the U.S. Workforce
PIN: DEPS-CSTB-14-03        

Major Unit:

Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education

Sub Unit: Computer Science & Telecommuncations Board DEPS
Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences

RSO: Eisenberg, Jon

Subject/Focus Area: Computers and Information Technology; Industry and Labor

Project Scope
A National Research Council study will consider the possible impacts of automation and other applications of information technology on the U.S. workforce.  An ad hoc committee will consider current knowledge and open questions about the drivers of increased automation; the types and scale of jobs that might be affected; the societal implications of these changes; the timeframe for impact; and implications for education, training, and workforce development.  Through testimony, discussions convened by the committee, a literature review, and committee deliberations, the committee will examine currently available sources of information, consider how different disciplines could contribute knowledge, explore where additional data would help, and frame research questions aimed at better understanding the phenomenon.  The committee’s report will set forth a research agenda and describe types and sources of data and analysis that would enhance understanding of the workforce impacts of IT and automation and inform future policymaking.

The Project is sponsored by the National Science Foundation.
The approximate start date for the project is July 9, 2014.
The approximate end date for the project has been extended to July 31, 2016.
The project is expected to last for 12 months.

Project Duration: 12 months    

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Committee Membership

 Meeting 1 - 06/25/2015
 Meeting 2 - 07/07/2015
 Meeting 3 - 07/20/2015
 Meeting 4 - 08/17/2015
 Meeting 5 - 09/14/2015
 Meeting 6 - 10/12/2015
 Meeting 7 - 10/22/2015
 Meeting 8 - 12/23/2015
 Meeting 9 - 01/21/2016
 Meeting 10 - 01/21/2016
 Meeting 11 - 02/04/2016


Reports having no URL can be seen
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Information Technology and the U.S. Workforce: Where Are We and Where Do We Go from Here?