Descriptions of all Technical Groups
Under the auspices of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society are 23 technical
groups that are concerned with the human factors aspects of specific
application areas. These TGs oversee the technical review of proposals in their
respective areas, described below.
The AEROSPACE SYSTEMS group is concerned with the application
of human factors to the development, design, certification, operation, and
maintenance of human-machine systems in aviation and space environments. The
group addresses issues for civilian and military systems in the realms of
performance and safety. View a pdf with additional information.
The technical group on AGING is concerned with human factors
appropriate to meeting the emerging needs of older people and special
populations in a wide variety of life settings. View a pdf with additional information.
The AUGMENTED COGNITION Technical Group is concerned with fostering the development and application of real-time physiological and neurophysiological sensing technologies that can ascertain a human's cognitive state while interacting with computing-based systems; data classification and integration architectures that enable closed-loop system applications; mitigation (adaptive) strategies that enable efficient and effective system adaptation based on a user's dynamically changing cognitive state; individually tailored training systems; and roadmaps for future directions concerning augmented cognition science and technology and guidelines of use for the technology and the user information that may be garnered from it. View a pdf with additional information.
The COGNITIVE ENGINEERING AND DECISION MAKING TECHNICAL GROUP encourages
research on human cognition and decision making and the application of this
knowledge to the design of systems and training programs. Emphasis is on
considerations of descriptive models, processes, and characteristics of human
decision making, alone or in conjunction with other individuals or intelligent
systems; factors that affect decision making and cognition in naturalistic task
settings; technologies for assisting, modifying, or supplementing human
decision making; and training strategies for assisting or influencing decision
making. View a pdf with additional information.
The COMMUNICATIONS TECHNICAL GROUP is concerned with all
aspects of human-to-human communication, with special emphasis on communication
mediated by technology. Includes telephone services, multimedia communications
(e.g., Internet services, Internet telephony, interactive TV, desktop
videoconferencing, collaborative communications, and multimedia information
services). Includes the design and evaluation of user interfaces of products,
systems, and services; enabling technologies such as speech and pen input,
telephone, and TV input devices; and infrastructure technologies such as
operations software, product documentation, and training. View a pdf with additional information.
The COMPUTER SYSTEMS TECHNICAL GROUP is concerned with human
factors in the design of computer systems. This includes the user-centered
design of hardware, software, applications, documentation, work activities, and
the work environment. Practitioners and researchers in the CSTG community take
a holistic, systems approach to the design and evaluation of all aspects of
user-computer interactions. Some goals are to ensure that computer systems are
useful, usable, safe, and, where possible, fun; and to enhance the quality of
work life and recreational/educational computer use by ensuring that computer
interface, function, and job design are interesting and provide opportunities
for personal and professional growth. View a pdf with additional information.
The EDUCATION GROUP is concerned with the education and
training of human factors and ergonomics specialists. This includes
undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education needs, issues, techniques,
curricula, and resources. In addition, a forum is provided to discuss and
resolve issues involving professional registration and accreditation. View a pdf with additional information.
The ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN TECHNICAL GROUP is concerned with the
relationship between human behavior and the designed environment. Common areas
of research and interest include ergonomic and macroergonomic aspects of design
within home, office, and industrial settings. An overall objective of this
group is to foster and encourage the integration of ergonomics principles into
the design of environments. View a pdf with additional information.
The FORENSICS PROFESSIONAL GROUP is concerned with the
application of human factors knowledge and techniques to "standards of
care" and accountability established within the legislative, regulatory,
and judicial systems. The emphasis is on providing a scientific basis to human
factors/ergonomics issues raised within these systems. View a pdf with additional information.
The HEALTH CARE TECHNICAL GROUP (Formerly Medical Systems and
Rehabilitation) The Health Care Technical Group is interested in maximizing the
contributions of human factors and ergonomics to medical systems effectiveness
and the quality of life of people who are functionally impaired. View a pdf with additional information.
The HUMAN PERFORMANCE MODELING TECHNICAL GROUP The Human
Performance Modeling Technical Group focuses on the development and application
of predictive, reliable, and executable quantitative models of human
performance. It considers the human, engaged in some goal-directed behavior, in
the context of a specific task environment. View a pdf with additional information.
The INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES IN PERFORMANCE TECHNICAL GROUP serves
those who share an interest in any of the wide range of personality and
individual difference variables that are believed to mediate performance. View a pdf with additional information.
The INDUSTRIAL ERGONOMICS TECHNICAL GROUP is concerned with
the application of ergonomics data and principles for improving safety,
productivity, and quality of work in industry. It concentrates on service and
manufacturing processes, operations, and environments, including the design of
products that form the basis of industrial employment. View a pdf with additional information.
The INTERNET TECHNICAL GROUP seeks to create a community for
professionals from industry, academia, and government who share a common
interest in Internet technologies and related behavioral phenomena. Areas of
interest include user interface design of Web content, Web-based applications,
Web browsers, Webtops, Web-based user assistance, and Internet devices;
behavioral and sociological phenomena associated with distributed network
communication; human reliability in administration and maintenance of data
networks; and accessibility of Web-based products.
The MACROERGONOMICS TECHNICAL GROUP (formerly the
Organizational Design and Management Technical Group) focuses on organizational
design and management issues in human factors and ergonomics as well as work
system design and human-organization interface technology. The TG is committed
to improving work system performance (e.g., productivity, quality, health and
safety, quality of work life) by promoting work system analysis and design
practice and the supporting empirical science concerned with the technological
subsystem, personnel subsystem, external environment, organizational design,
and their interactions. View a pdf with additional information.
The PERCEPTION AND PERFORMANCE TECHNICAL GROUP promotes the
exchange of information concerning perception and its relation to human
performance. Areas of concern include the nature, content, and quantification
of sensory information and the context in which it is displayed; the physics
and psychophysics of information display; perceptual and cognitive
representation and interpretation of displayed information; assessment of
workload using tasks having a significant perceptual component; and actions and
behaviors that are consequences of information presented to the various sensory
systems. View a pdf with additional information.
The PRODUCT DESIGN TECHNICAL GROUP is dedicated to developing
consumer products that are useful, usable, safe, and desirable. By applying the
principles and methods of human factors, consumer research, and industrial
design, the group works to ensure the success of products sold in the
marketplace. View a pdf with additional information.
The SAFETY TECHNICAL GROUP is concerned with the development
and application of human factors technology as it relates to safety in all
settings and attendant populations. These include, but are not limited to,
aviation, transportation, industry, military, office, public building,
recreation, and home environments. View a pdf with additional information.
The SURFACE TRANSPORTATION TECHNICAL GROUP provides a forum
for individuals involved or interested in human factors to exchange
information, methodologies, and ideas related to the international surface
transportation field. Surface transportation encompasses numerous
mechanisms for conveying humans and resources: passenger, commercial, and
military vehicles, on- and off-road; mass transit; maritime transportation;
rail transit, including Vessel Traffic Services (VTS); pedestrian and bicycle
traffic; and highway and infrastructure systems, including Intelligent
Transportation Systems (ITS). View a pdf with additional information.
The SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT TECHNICAL GROUP offers a forum for
fostering research and exchanging information on the integration
of human factors and ergonomics into the development of systems. Members are
concerned with defining human factors/ergonomics activities and integrating
them into the system development process in order to enable systems that meet
user requirements. Specific topics of interest include the system development
process itself; developing tools and methods for predicting and assessing human capabilities and limitations, notably modeling and simulation;
creating principles that identify the role of humans in the use, operation, maintenance, and control of systems;applying human factors and ergonomics data and principles to the design of human-system interfaces; and the full integration of human requirements into system and product design through the application of Human Systems Integration (HSI) methods to ensure technical and programmatic integration of human considerations into systems acquisition and product development processes.
the impact of increasing computerization, and stress and workload effects on
performance. View a pdf with additional information.
The TEST AND EVALUATION TECHNICAL GROUP consists of people
interested in all aspects of human factors and ergonomics as applied to the
evaluation of systems. Evaluation is a core skill for all human factors
professionals and includes measuring performance, workload, situational
awareness, safety, and acceptance of personnel engaged in operating and
maintaining systems. Evaluation is conducted during system development when
prototype equipment and systems are being introduced to operational usage and
at intervals thereafter during the operational life of these systems. View a pdf with additional information.
The TRAINING TECHNICAL GROUP provides a mechanism for
information and interchange among people interested in training and training
research. View a pdf with additional information.
The VIRTUAL ENVIRONMENTS TECHNICAL GROUP is concerned with
human factors issues associated with human-virtual environment interaction.
These issues include maximizing human performance efficiency in virtual
environments, ensuring health and safety, and circumventing potential social
problems through proactive assessment. For VE/VR systems to be effective and
well received by their users, researchers need to focus significant efforts on
addressing human factors issues.
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