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2017 Annual Meeting



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HFES Annual Meeting workshops provide in-depth, highly interactive learning opportunities on specific HF/E topics for students and professionals at any experience level. Six workshops are offered for the HFES 2017 Annual Meeting. Attendees automatically earn CEUs. All workshops are on Monday, October 9. Workshops are subject to cancellation if underenrolled by August 28, 2017.

  • WK1 – Survival Analysis and Implementation in R
  • WK2 – Cognitive Skills Training
  • WK3 – Systemic Contributor Investigator Training: Learning to See Production Pressure
  • WK4 – Cognitive Neuroscience for the Human Factors Practitioner
  • WK5 – Usability Testing: A Hands-On Workshop to Improve the User Experience
  • WK6 – Observing and Interviewing in Context: Methods to Fuel Design and Innovation

Workshop registration is not included in Annual Meeting registration fees. The workshop fees are as follows and include a complimentary ticket for the Opening Reception on October 9 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. View registration policies here.

Duration Member Nonmember Student Member Student Nonmember
Half Day $225 $250 $150 $175
Full Day $400 $450 $250 $300

Expertise levels are as follows:

Beginner has no prior knowledge or experience.
Novice is acquainted with the topic but has no detailed knowledge.
Experienced has good working knowledge with hands-on experience.
Expert has extensive knowledge and experience.


WK1 – Survival Analysis and Implementation in R
Yisrael Parmet & Tal Oron-Gilad, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Level: Novice, Experienced
In many studies, participants typically respond to stimuli within an allotted time, and their response times are measured. Response times are non-negative and positively skewed. Hence, the usual statistical techniques that assume normality, such as ANOVA and regression, are not valid. Furthermore, some participants' response times are censored; that is, they are not observed because the time allotted ended before they responded. Failure to take censoring into account produces bias in estimates of the distribution of response time and related quantities. Common practices fail to manage cases in which a participant did not respond to an event, usually doing so by omitting or replacing it with the mean response time or maximum "possible" time. In this workshop, the presenters provide ways to analyze response time correctly by using survival analysis. Survival analysis is a collection of statistical methods that were developed for analysis of time-to-event data and for accommodating censored data. After a short introduction to survival analysis and presentation of several distributions appropriate for survival analysis, attendees will gain hands-on experience in R with nonparametric statistics and nonparametric tests for survival data. They will learn how to fit a regression model within the framework of survival analysis, and how to conduct nonparametric regression analyses. By the end of the workshop, attendees will have basic knowledge of the necessary statistics and the R platform to conduct such analyses independently in the future. To enable hands-on practice, attendees should bring a laptop preferably with R installed (go to

MONDAY, OCTOBER 9, 1:30–5:00 P.M. (HALF DAY)

WK2 – Cognitive Skills Training
Gary Klein, MacroCognition LLC
Level: Novice, Experienced, Expert
This workshop will take a closer look at strategies for describing, developing, presenting, and implementing cognitive skills training. Attendees will gain insights from field experiences from practitioners who are developing cognitive skills training or who plan to do so. The presenter will highlight and discuss discoveries that emerged through the transition from research-based recommendations and pilot projects to developing and delivering fielded cognitive skills training. In a series of group exercises, participants will gain experience with identifying cognitive training objectives from existing training programs, mapping out cognitive issues to explore in cognitive task analysis interviews, developing scenarios that address cognitive issues, and exploring ways to "cognitize" existing training. Klein will present strategies for communicating the value of cognitive skills training to potential clients. He will also introduce a small set of cognitive training strategies. Participants will benefit most from this workshop if they are familiar with concepts related to cognitive skills training, including cognitive task analysis, decision making, expertise, and knowledge management. Participants are not required to bring any special materials to this workshop. This workshop is for professionals who are interested in training programs that go beyond procedures to address cognitive themes such as better mental models, tacit knowledge, mindset shifts, and perceptual discriminations.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 9, 9:00 A.M.–4:30 P.M. (FULL DAY)

WK3 – Systemic Contributor Investigator Training: Learning to See Production Pressure
David D. Woods & Michael F. Rayo, Ohio State University
Level: Beginner, Novice, Experienced
Any assessment of system performance requires a willingness and ability to look past the very visible actions of individual agents and detect the subtle, often invisible system forces at play. Chief among these is increased production pressure, which leads to degraded macrocognitive functions and ultimately contributes to the observed behaviors. But how does the researcher detect the invisible? How does one resist the urge to settle on one or another agent's actions as the central explanation for an unsavory outcome? This workshop will identify the most common ways that production pressure is expressed in the seemingly irrational adaptations of agents throughout the system. Participants will learn how these adaptations can be reconceptualized in terms of the relative health and priority of those agents' macrocognitive functions, which can then be traced back to the more global pressures and constraints. To demonstrate how subtle and invisible production pressures can be, participants will begin the workshop in a role-play simulation inspired by a 2013 NASA incident in which an astronaut risked drowning on a space walk outside the International Space Station. Participants will assume multiple roles in carrying out and directing the space walk amid other goals and constraints. The remainder of the workshop will be a combination of interactive and didactic modules grounded in the shared experience of the simulation. The simulation will be revisited at the end of the workshop to reinforce the concepts. This workshop will be relevant and accessible to participants of all experience levels and will be particularly valuable for anyone associated with system performance, safety, or process improvement. Prior training in human factors engineering is not required. No prior knowledge is required. No materials are required other than a working smartphone, tablet, or personal computer (or willingness to share one with a fellow participant!).

WK4 – Cognitive Neuroscience for the Human Factors Practitioner
Chang S. Nam, North Carolina State University
Level: Beginner, Novice, Experienced
This workshop addresses the study of the human brain in relation to performance at work and in everyday settings. It serves as an introduction to the emerging field and subdiscipline of human factors that has been referred to as neuroergonomics, augmented cognition, operational neuroscience, and/or neurotechnology. The presenter offers a synopsis of key findings and theoretical advances from neuroscience that have a direct bearing on human-systems engineering. Participants will gain hands-on experience with EEG measurement systems. Emphasis will be placed on presenting materials in a manner that may be readily understood and applied by the beginner, novice, and experienced researchers and professionals. Topics covered include perception, attention, learning and memory, information processing, multitasking, and individual differences, which can expand the understanding of the neural correlates of operators' physical and cognitive capabilities and limitations when they interact with work systems. Additionally, the workshop offers hands-on training with one of the main neuroimaging technologies, electroencephalography (EEG), including the required hardware and software system setup, design of experiment, brain signal acquisition, signal preprocessing, and feature extraction. Finally, the presenter will summarize developments in operational neuroscience and neuroergonomics, and the use of neuroscience methods and technologies in usability testing and operational systems (e.g., training, neuroadaptive systems). This workshop addresses the interests and needs of professionals who appreciate the relevance of brain science to human factors but find it difficult to sort through the immense volume of publications in brain science to find those nuggets with direct relevance to human-system engineering. This workshop is for those human factors professionals who are concerned with human performance who have had little or no formal training in neuroscience, or have had some training in neuroscience but have been unable to stay current as the field has developed. Participants are encouraged to bring their laptops to the session.

WK5 – Usability Testing: A Hands-On Workshop to Improve the User Experience
Pamela Savage-Knepshield, Diane Quarles, Jeffrey Thomas, Napoleon (Na) Gaither, & Christopher Paulillo, Army Research Laboratory Human Research and Engineering Directorate
Level: Beginner, Novice, Experienced
Usability testing is an important element of the user experience (UX) toolkit. Watching users and talking with them about what they are experiencing as they interact with a system, a product, or an app can provide valuable insight into the UX. Whether they are trying to be fit, have fun, or do work, users expect to be able to pick up a new app or device and to use it right away. This full-day workshop will provide step-by-step procedures for conducting usability testing that will enable participants to provide the UX that users have come to expect. Learn proven, quick, and practical usability testing techniques to identify usability issues, their relative risk, and potential mitigations. Attendees will learn how to develop a usability test plan, set usability objectives, select relevant usability measures and metrics, create a user profile, script a usability scenario that includes critical tasks, create a moderator guide and data collection instruments, moderate a test, collect and analyze data, and present the findings. This workshop will empower attendees to design and run their own tests throughout a project lifecycle, without having to set up an expensive lab. The workshop consists of presentations, individual and group exercises, and hands-on experience in planning, preparing for, and conducting a usability study. Novice UX research professionals, software designers, system engineers, product managers, and consultants new to usability testing will benefit the most from this workshop. Participants should be familiar with software product design and development and bring a laptop, tablet, or smartphone with wireless internet connectivity.

WK6 – Observing and Interviewing in Context: Methods to Fuel Design and Innovation
Keith Karn, Human Factors in Context LLC, & Mark Rogers, Flince Research + Design
Level: Beginner, Novice
Contextual research includes observation and interviewing techniques originally developed by anthropologists. These techniques can help the human factors researcher gain insights about people, the products and systems that they use, the tasks they are trying to accomplish, and the environments (physical, social, and technical aspects) in which they live and work. Although these topics are the pillars of the human factors/ergonomics profession, most professionals in the HF/E field have had little opportunity to learn these techniques through formal education or to practice the skills needed to conduct contextual research successfully. This workshop will help fill this gap by providing participants with an opportunity to learn the techniques and practice the relevant skills. The workshop involves a hands-on, interactive approach to expose participants to all phases of contextual research, from study design and planning through analysis and communicating results. The workshop provides opportunities to practice the interviewing and observation skills critical to conducting contextual research. The presenters will also examine data analysis and presentation techniques specific to this type of data. Participants need no prior knowledge about this approach to benefit from the workshop, only curiosity, a desire to learn, and a willingness to engage in the exercises. Although the target audience for this workshop is professionals in HF/E, students and professionals from other disciplines will also benefit from this hands-on session. At the conclusion of the workshop, participants should feel equipped to apply these techniques in their own work to fuel future system and product innovation and design.

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