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Business Law Professor Awarded National Science Foundation Grant

September 24, 2021

Business Law Professor Awarded National Science Foundation Grant

Business Law Professor Farshad Ghodoosi has been awarded a grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) as part of its program on Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier (FW-HTF). FW-HTF is one of the 10 big ideas for future NSF investments. As part of a convergent research with scholars from various engineering discipline, Prof. Ghodoosi focuses on the legal aspects of automation and its impacts on workers using Los Angeles organic waste industry as its test case. This aspect of this project will advance our knowledge in the human-technology frontier in at least two ways: (1) it investigates a new conceptual framework which departs from the status quo's reliance on hiring temporary workers to a more durable and bi-directionally robust relationship between workers and firms utilizing automation. (2) It offers a more efficient compliance regime to the evolving changing rules as opposed to status quo of manual compliance checking.  This is a prestigious and highly competitive grant which has been previously awarded to various scholars including those affiliated with leading universities such as Carnegie-Mellon University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Case Western Reserve University, University of Florida and Temple University. The grant amount will be used in conjunction with his project for surveys, data collection, and research assistant among others. For more information about FW-HTF, seehttps://www.nsf.gov/eng/futureofwork.jsp