|MARCH 1, 2016|
YouTube Video Contest Deadline Extension
The deadline for submissions to the YouTube video contest aimed at inspiring and educating others about HF/E has been extended to June 1. Submissions of 2-minute videos that capture the distinct value of HF/E by answering the question, "How does human factors/ergonomics help people?" are welcome. Three winning videos will be shown at the 2016 HFES Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, in September. The winning submitters will also receive the following cash awards:
First Place: $3,000
Second Place: $2,000
Third Place: $1,000
To enter, upload completed videos to Dropbox or another file-sharing service and share the file with Karen Jacobs (firstname.lastname@example.org). Entries must be uploaded and shared by 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on June 1. If you submit a video, you agree to allow it to be posted on the HFES Web site, HFES YouTube channel, and other HFES-sponsored events.
Complete details may be found in the January Bulletin. Contact Lois Smith (email@example.com) for a release form to use in obtaining permission from people who appear in the video.
This contest is open to the public. Winners will be informed in July.
More Seats Added for Health-Care Symposium FDA Workshop
After selling out the initial offering of tickets for the half-day FDA pre-symposium workshop, which takes place on Wednesday, April 13, HFES is pleased to announce that more seats have been made available. Registration for the workshop is on a first-come, first-served basis, and attendees must register for the full symposium to attend the workshop.
The workshop provides a platform for exchange of information between industry professionals and the FDA's Human Factors Premarket Evaluation Team. The workshop is broken down into two segments:
The FDA will discuss HF considerations for several types of high-profile and emergent medical devices such as closed loop systems, endoscopic devices, reprocessing devices, and health-care software, among others. Audience suggestions and concerns will be solicited.
The audience may ask questions of the FDA (nonspecific to any particular application) and provide feedback on the HF process (moderated). This enables the FDA to better understand the pros and cons of the current human factors approval process and to understand future guidance needs.
Not yet registered for the health-care symposium? Online registration is secure, and early-bird discounts end on March 30. If you wish to add the FDA workshop to your existing registration, contact firstname.lastname@example.org to provide payment details.
Bids Requested for Anthropometry Projects
HFES is requesting bids on two projects to develop multivariate anthropometric accommodation models for use in the ANSI/HFES 100 standard. The analyses are to be performed utilizing the CAESAR database. Submit bids to HFES Executive Director Lynn Strother by April 1.
Project 1. Case Model
Develop four key/control dimensions with which to analyze the North American CAESAR data and develop approximately 10 cases each for males and females that characterize the intended user population. Deliverables for this project include the following:
Outline methodology used.
Create a spreadsheet of these 20 cases that provides between 10 and 15 critical dimensions for each case.
Completion of the project is required within three months of its initiation. The total budget for this project is $1,500.
Project 2. Virtual Fit Test (VFT)
Create a spreadsheet utilizing North American CAESAR data normalized to NHANES data and the tools necessary to conduct Virtual Fit Tests. Deliverables for this project are as follows:
Outline of methodology used.
An Excel spreadsheet containing the anthropometric population and an embedded tool for conducting VFT.
Documentation describing the population, its creation, and a primer on VFT.
Completion of the project is required within three months of its initiation. The total budget available for this project is $7,500.
Resilience Week 2016 Registration Discount and Call for Papers
Resilience Week 2016, which takes place August 16–18 in Chicago, offers a $50 registration discount for HFES members. Save an additional $100 by registering before July 15.
The event includes IEEE symposia dedicated to promising research in resilient systems that will protect cyber-physical infrastructures from unexpected and malicious threats. A call for full papers, works in progress, and industry papers is currently being solicited on the following links: Resilient Control Systems, Resilient Cognitive Systems, Resilient Cyber Systems, Resilient Communication Systems, and Resilient Critical Infrastructure.
A call for special sessions is also being solicited. The form should be sent to the governing symposium chair(s) for consideration. Interdisciplinary sessions are of particular interest.
In Memoriam: Dino Piccione
HFES member Dino Piccione passed away at the age of 68 on January 8, 2016, from pancreatic cancer. Dino was born June 11, 1947, in Brooklyn, New York to Salvatore and lride Piccione. He is survived by his wife, Susan Lisk Piccione; three children; and two grandchildren.
After receiving a BS in psychology from Clarkson University in 1969, Dino served as a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. For his service in Vietnam, he was awarded the Bronze Star. He received an MS in industrial engineering from the University of Buffalo in 1973 and began a career of more than 40 years as a human factors engineer in the aviation industry. At the time of his death, he worked for the FAA, Air Traffic Organization in the Human Factors Research and Engineering Group. He twice received the Department of the Army's "Commander's Award for Public Service" while working on programs for the Army Aviation Development Test Activity at Ft. Rucker, Alabama. Passionate about his chosen profession, he strove to make a difference and to encourage others to do the same.
Dino was a man of many talents and hobbies. One of his great joys was flying a Cessna 172 as a private pilot. In 2013, he was included in the prestigious FAA Certified Airmen Database.
A colleague wrote, "While everyone who knew him will miss him terribly, he leaves behind a legacy of having positively touched all those with whom his life's path intersected, something to which we all should aspire." The family is comforted knowing that others loved, appreciated, and respected him as much as they did and that his life will continue to make a difference in the lives of those who knew him.