In recent years, great progress has been made in the development of computer-based technologies that support the manufacturing industries. Those concerned with advanced manufacturing technology (AMT) are becoming increasingly aware of the fundamental importance of human organisational issues for the successful development, implementation, operation and maintenance of AMT. The discipline of industrial ergonomics and occupational occupational psychology, therefore, have a significant contribution to make in this field.
This paper introduces the special issue, Ergonomics Matters in AMT1 1 (This Special Issue represents the Proceedings of the Ergonomics Matters in Advanced Manufacturing Technology (AMT) Conference which was organised by The Ergonomics Society in association with the Occupational Psychology Section of the British Psychological Society.), and presents a discussion of some of the future directions of AMT and the likely implications for ergonomics research.