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

The submission deadline for the 2015 Human Factors Prize was July 1.

The topic for the Human Factors Prize in 2016 will be Human Factors and Big Data/Analytics. Information regarding submissions for the 2016 Prize will be posted on this page early next year.

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.

About the 2015 Prize Topic 
The topic for the 2015 Human Factors Prize is HF/E Research in Sustainability/Resilience, which is broadly defined as a branch of study that focuses on long-term preservation of vital global resources with the goal of reducing consumption to protect the needs of future generations. It is the ability for a complex system to adapt and thrive in the face of constant change and uncertainty. Current research in this area includes energy, transportation, agriculture, and climate change.

Suitable sample HF/E research topics may include, but are not limited to

  • Automation and robotics
  • Biomechanical systems/tools
  • Building/facility design
  • Climate change
  • Consumer product design
  • Emergency response
  • Energy generation/distribution
  • Environmental design
  • Food production
  • Health care/medicine
  • Information architecture/dissemination
  • Infrastructure resilience
  • Macroergonomics and the environment
  • Manufacturing systems
  • Simulation
  • Surface, sea, and space systems/transportation
  • Software systems/services (e.g., finance, security)
  • Water distribution/use
  • Waste reduction/management

Exemplar articles from previous issues of Human Factors include the following:

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

2015 Board of Referees

  • Kermit G Davis (Chair), University of Cincinnati
  • Nancy J. Cooke, Arizona State University
  • David M. Rempel, University of California, Berkeley
  • Andrew Thatcher, University of the Witwatersrand
  • Robert L. Wears, University of Florida
Additional referees to be announced.

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.

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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