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

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.

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

About the 2017 Prize Topic 
The topic for the 2017 Human Factors Prize is HF/E Research on Cybersecurity. We seek articles that describe research pertaining to human factors/ergonomics (HF/E) issues in cybersecurity. Broadly speaking, cybersecurity, or cyber security, is the protection of computer and information systems and their infrastructure, which encompasses hardware, software, and data.

Submissions should be entered online between Monday, May 8, and Friday, June 2, 2017. See the details below.

With the increasing reliance on data and computer systems in applications, ranging from e-mails to banking to health care, as well as in transportation, military, and political operations, there is a need for improved measures to prevent security breaches. This need has been most urgently illustrated, recently, by the Russian e-mail hacks in the months leading up to the 2016 U.S. presidential election, the release of 200 million Yahoo user account details, the release of 150 GB of patient health data from the Central Ohio Urology Group, and the Bangladesh bank heist of $80 million. HF/E plays an important role in the effort to improve cybersecurity. In fact, "securing cyberspace" is one of the National Academy of Engineering's Grand Challenges, for which HFES can play a central role.

Topics of Interest
Submissions for the 2017 Human Factors Prize can report on HF/E research related to techniques, tools, or training to analyze and develop security measures to ensure safety in any domain and application area. Examples include, but are not limited to, aviation, transportation, oil and gas, power grid, nuclear, military operations, health, politics, and terrorism.

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

Papers may address the following topics, among others:

  • Research activities in national and international cybersecurity
  • Improvements in systems for the collection and storage of personal information (including health information), e-mails, and phishing susceptibility
  • Development of methods and techniques to detect and analyze vulnerability in cyberspace
  • New techniques to address cybersecurity in aviation, military operations, and terrorism
  • Trust, privacy, risk-taking, user-acceptance, etc. of mobile devices, app installation decisions, and personal information entry
  • Security culture effects and cyber situation awareness
  • Cyber warfare, social cyber attack, data breaches
  • Defensive and offensive cybersecurity operations
  • Automation or collaboration in cyberspace

If you are not certain your topic relates to the theme of the 2017 Human Factors Prize, please contact Lois Smith at

Eligibility and Submission Guidelines
Any researcher is eligible to submit relevant work; membership in HFES is not required.

Submissions must cover original (unpublished) research in the topical area and comply with the requirements in the Human Factors Instructions for Authors. Review articles are not eligible for the Prize.

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.

The winning submission, along with other acceptable submissions, will be published in Human Factors, and the authors will be invited to attend the 2017 Annual Meeting to present their work. The meeting will be held October 9–13 at the JW Marriott in Austin, Texas.

REMEMBER: Submissions must be uploaded between Monday, May 8, and Friday, June 2, 2017.

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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