Human Factors Prize:
Recognizing Excellence in Human Factors/Ergonomics Research
|Submissions are invited for the 2015 Human Factors Prize between June 1 and July 1, 2015. See details about the 2015 topic below.
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. We seek articles that describe research pertaining to sustainable development that goes beyond a single human lifespan and instead focuses on future generations. Consideration should be given to the interaction between humans and systems over the course of the next few decades and beyond.
Sustainability/resilience 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.
Papers are invited that, among other things,
- identify the impact of HF/E in sustainable systems and processes;
- develop and test strategies, models, and design protocols that combine HF/E with sustainability/resilience;
- take a global resilience perspective;
- describe innovative and proactive safety in resilience; and/or
- demonstrate HF/E influence on organizational or community resilience.
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
- 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:
- Risk, Human Error, and System Resilience: Fundamental Ideas, Thomas B. Sheridan, June 2008, Volume 50, Number 3, pp. 418-426
- With Eloquence and Humanity? Human Factors/Ergonomics in Sustainable Human Development, Dave Moore and Tim Barnard, December 2012, Volume 54, Number 6, pp. 940-951
- Water and Coffee: A Systems Approach to Improving Coffee Harvesting Work in Nicaragua, Barbara A. Silverstein, Stephen S. Bao, Steven Russell, and Kate Stewart, December 2012, Volume 54, Number 6, pp. 925-939
We are not seeking examples that describe how HF/E research has been applied to the design of sustainable or resilient systems or processes, which may be more suitable for a venue such as Ergonomics in Design.
If you are not certain your topic relates to the theme of the 2015 Human Factors Prize, please contact Lois Smith.
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.
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.
Any researcher is eligible to submit relevant work; membership in HFES is not required.
Where to Submit
All submissions must be uploaded to the Human Factors Manuscripts site.
Deadline for Submissions
Submissions must be received beginning on Monday, June 1, and no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on Wednesday, July 1, 2015.
2015 Board of Referees
Additional referees to be announced.
- 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
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.
Read the FAQ page for additional details about the Human Factors Prize.