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New HFES Cognitive Engineering Journal Launched
Tuesday, May 1, 2007


      SANTA MONICA, CA – The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society is pleased to announce the launch of a new scientific journal, the Journal of Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making (JCEDM). The peer-reviewed journal will be published quarterly, and the Spring 2007 issue is now online. Interested readers may view it free for 30 days.

      JCEDM differs from most journals by supporting research that grapples with the hard-to-define and difficult-to-study realities that confront humans as they attempt to interact effectively with complex environments. It embraces many aspects of human problem solving that have been largely neglected by experimental psychology, including situation awareness, problem definition, planning, attention and uncertainty management, mental projection and simulation, diagnosis, solution validation, adaptation, coordination and shared situation awareness in teams, and metacognition.

      "Cognitive engineering and decision making research has expanded significantly over the past 10 years," says Mica Endsley, JCEDM editor in chief and president of SA Technologies, Inc. "Medical systems, aviation, power systems, command and control, emergency services—all these domains face continuing challenges. A journal was urgently needed that could address the key issues of how people successfully do cognitive work alone and in teams, and how to design systems to support that work. JCEDM fills that gap."

      The journal includes studies in many fields, including but not limited to aviation, air traffic control, process control, transportation, manufacturing systems, maintenance and diagnostic systems, system design, medical and emergency services, teleoperations and supervisory control, command and control, and military systems.

      Submissions are invited for the journal’s three main tracks: Cognition in Context, Studies in Simulations and Synthetic Environments, and Design of Complex and Joint Cognitive Systems. Details about these tracks are available on the JCEDM Web site. Also invited are case studies, advances in theory, developments in research methods, metacognitive modeling, and empirical and experimental work.

      Visit the JCEDM Web site for subscription rates for individuals and institutions, as well as the Editorial Board, guidelines for authors, and the link to the online journal. For more information, please contact HFES Communications Director Lois Smith, 310/394-1811.


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      The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, which celebrates its 50th anniversary in September 2007, is a multidisciplinary professional association of more than 4,500 persons in the United States and throughout the world. Its members include psychologists and other scientists, designers, and engineers, all of whom have a common interest in designing systems and equipment to be safe and effective for the people who operate and maintain them.

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