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Human Factors Prize: Recognizing Excellence in Human Factors/Ergonomics Research

Submission information for the 2015 Human Factors Prize will be posted soon. Please bookmark this page for updates.

The Human Factors Prize was established in 2010 by Editor-in-Chief William S. Marras. The prize recognizes excellence in HF/E research through an annual competition in which authors are invited to submit papers on a specific topic for that year. The topic is selected by the editor in chief in consultation with a Board of Referees chaired by the immediate past Human Factors editor. See below for the current year's topic.

The prize carries a $10,000 cash award and publication of the winning paper in the Society's flagship journal, Human Factors. The award will be formally conferred at a special session at the HFES International Annual Meeting, where the recipient will present his or her work.

2014 Prize Winner
HFES congratulates Bastiaan Petermeijer, David Abbink, and Joost de Winter on receiving the 2014 Human Factors Prize for their article, "Should Drivers Be Operating Within an Automation-Free Bandwidth? Evaluating Haptic Steering Support Systems With Different Levels of Authority." The authors will be awarded the $10,000 cash prize and publication of their paper in the Society's flagship journal, Human Factors.

View a list of all past winners.

About the 2014 Prize Topic
The topic for the 2014 Human Factors Prize is human-automation interaction/autonomy. We seek articles that describe human factors/ergonomics (HF/E) research that pertains to effective and satisfying interaction between humans and automation.

Automation is broadly defined to include intelligent technology that supports one or more components of a task that is shared with one or more humans. Autonomy represents automation capable of largely self-governing operation, requiring limited human supervision.

Examples of systems in which humans and automation interact include the following:

  • robotics
  • remotely operated vehicles
  • intelligent agents as teammates
  • navigation systems

Suitable sample topics include:

  • research on human trust in automation and how trust affects interactions
  • how team interactions are affected by automation
  • models of effective human-automation interaction/autonomy

The focus is not on the automation itself but the human interaction with the automation. We are interested in human interaction with special-purpose automation more than human-computer interaction in a general sense.

We are not seeking examples that apply HF/E or usability to the design of such technology, which may be more suitable for a venue such as Ergonomics in Design.

The list below includes a sampling of previously published Human Factors articles on subject matter similar to the 2014 Prize topic.

If you are not certain your topic relates to the theme of the 2014 Human Factors Prize, please contact Lois Smith.

Submissions (research articles or extended multi-phase studies are welcome) must adhere to the policies of general submissions of Human Factors. This includes length restrictions, originality, and formatting.

Submissions must cover original (unpublished) research in the topical area and comply with the requirements in the Human Factors Instructions for Authors.

Review articles or brief reports are not eligible for the Prize.

Any researcher is eligible to submit relevant work; membership in HFES is not required.

The winning submission, along with other acceptable submissions, will be published in Human Factors.

2014 Board of Referees

  • William S. Marras (Chair), Ohio State University
  • Julie A. Adams, Vanderbilt University
  • Gloria Lynn Calhoun, U.S. Air Force
  • Nancy J. Cooke, Arizona State University
  • Michael A. Goodrich, Brigham Young University
  • David M. Rempel, University of California, Berkeley

Topics Selected for Future Years
The topic for the Human Factors Prize in 2016 will be Human Factors and Big Data/Analytics.

Additional Information
Read the FAQ page for additional details about the Human Factors Prize.

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