In the spring of 2020, USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy associate professor Shawn Roll and his research collaborators from across USC were two years into developing the next generation of intelligent workstations that can optimize employee productivity in the office. The team has diverse yet complementary expertise in occupational therapy, ergonomics, the built environment and adaptive technology.

So when the pandemic sent almost every desk-based employee home — often to log-in from sofas, spare bedrooms and kitchen tables with less-than-ideal equipment and space — the researchers quickly realized an unprecedented opportunity to enrich their research was unfolding in real-time.

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