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

The 2016 Prize topic is Human Factors Research on Big Data.

Submissions must be received between May 1 and June 3, 2016.

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 2016 Prize Topic 
The topic for the 2016 Human Factors Prize is big data, which refers to the use of extremely large databases to analyze and develop computational models and to identify trends, patterns, and associations in the world.

Submissions should provide a theoretical basis, a thorough background, a detailed description of the methods and database, results, and discussion of the practical ramifications of the research. The paper also needs to show the HF/E link and impact.

Manuscripts can report on human factors research related to big data visualization, data mining, and decision aiding as well as research on tasks dealing with big data: sensor data exploitation, intelligence analysis, cyber security, electronic health records, and so on.

Papers are invited that, among other things, cover

  • Methods and activities in national and cyber security;
  • Improvements in systems for the storage of electronic health information;
  • Development of methods and techniques to analyze sensor data;
  • New techniques to understand HF/E in aviation, military operations, and terrorism;
  • Innovative algorithms for analyzing large HF/E data; and
  • Unique uses of large HF/E data sets to solve real-world problems.

Any researcher is eligible to submit relevant work; membership in HFES is not required. Submissions must be uploaded between Monday May 2, and Friday, June 3, 2016. The winning submission, along with other acceptable submissions, will be published in Human Factors.

2016 Board of Referees

  • Kermit G Davis (Chair), University of Cincinnati
  • Ellen Bass, Drexel University
  • Steve Fiore, University of Central Florida
Additional referees to be announced.

View a list of all past winners.

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

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