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HFES invites university labs conducting research and application on human factors/ergonomics to display a poster at the our 63rd International Annual Meeting in Seattle. The purpose of this showcase is to demonstrate the variety of HF/E educational and research programs, not to describe specific research projects. Space is limited! For more information, visit the meeting web site
Special editors: Francesco Biondi, Joel Cort, University of Windsor; William J. Horrey, AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety; Joel M. Cooper, and David L. Strayer, University of Utah Measuring operator cognitive workload has become an important topic in human factors. Being able to accurately understand how cognitive workload is influenced by the task at hand, and how, in turn, it dynamically modulates human-machine interaction is paramount in determining the efficiency and safety of systems and workplaces. Likewise, stakeholders in various fields of human factors have addressed the need for developing and validating tools to measure cognitive workload, and ...
The 2019 Interservice/Industry Training Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) is hosting a NATO-sponsored Special Event titled "New and Emerging Augmentation Technologies for Training and Operations within the NATO Alliance Nations"! The Special Event has an open CALL FOR PARTICIPATION  targeting demonstrations on the latest advancements in Augmentation Technologies that Impact Human Performance. They invite government, academic, and industry labs to participate in this technology showcase. They are looking for military relevant demonstrations across two themes: (1) Training and (2) Job/Performance Aids. The official Call for Participation and ...
By Lewis-Burke Associates, LLC   On May 8, the House Appropriations Committee amended and approved its fiscal year (FY) 2020 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (Labor-HHS-ED) Appropriations bill.  This action followed the Labor-HHS-ED Subcommittee’s advancement of the bill on April 30.  The bill, approved by the full Committee, would provide $189.9 billion in discretionary funding for programs at the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and other related agencies.  This is an $11.8 billion increase above the FY 2019 enacted level. The bill would provide a total of $41.1 billion for the National Institutes of Health ...
By Lewis-Burke Associates LLC The White House released an updated budget request to provide an additional $1.6 billion for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to support the Administration’s goal of accelerated human exploration of the Moon. The mission, named Project Artemis, would aim to land male and female astronauts on the lunar surface by 2024. While primarily benefiting non-science programs, the outcomes could have profound indirect implications for NASA’s portfolio of research and engineering programs. The proposal also includes increases to other agencies for programs unrelated to space exploration along with budgetary ...
Guest editors, Phil Kortum (Rice University) and Barbara Chaparro (Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University), welcome submissions to a Human Factors special issue titled “The Science Behind Usability and User Experience. The field of usability helps us understand if people will be able to successfully complete a task without error, in a reasonable amount of time, and to their satisfaction. In simple everyday tasks, failures in usability can seem more like minor inconveniences, unworthy of serious scientific study. However, in today’s increasingly complicated and interconnected technologically driven world, usability failures can have real and serious consequences. ...
In order to better fit members’ needs, the Test and Evaluation Technical Group members recently approved changing the name of this group to the Usability and System Evaluation Technical Group.  The  Usability and System Evaluation Technical Group  focuses on the quantitative and qualitative methods that human factors and ergonomics professionals apply when evaluating the usability, usefulness, and utility of interface designs and concepts for hardware, software, products, and services. Test design and evaluation are core skills for human factors and user experience professionals who are dedicated to rigorously and defensibly measuring human-system performance, ...
It’s time for members of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society to submit nominations for the 2019 elections.  We are seeking names of qualified individuals to run for President-Elect, Secretary-Treasurer-Elect, and two At-Large members of the Executive Council. Full Members and Fellows of the Society, including Emeritus Members and Emeritus Fellows, are eligible for nomination and election.  Nominations must be submitted via the online submission site no later than 5:00 PM EDT on Wednesday, May 15. An email with a link to the online nomination form was sent to eligible voting members by email on Monday, April 8.  The Society bylaws state that the eligible ...
IEA Invites Applications for the IEA/Liberty Mutual Medal Through this prestigious medal, the IEA seeks to recognize outstanding original research leading to the reduction or mitigation of work-related injuries. The main criteria include significant advancement of theory and understanding, innovation and development of new directions or approaches. The award recipient will receive a monetary award of $10,000. The monetary award is inclusive of funding for recipients to present their research in a special IEA/Liberty Mutual Lecture at the next IEA Triennial Congress. Applicants need not belong to the IEA or any of its constituent groups. Relevant disciplines ...
By G. M. Hancock As part of their on-going efforts to promote leadership among future service officers across different fields, and particularly within HFES national, the HFES Leadership Development Committee continues to endorse and encourage the Emerging Leaders Program. As part of this professional development opportunity, selected individuals will be able to interact with Executive Council members over the course of the mid-year and annual meetings. This program therefore provides valuable insight into the vision, structure, and formal workings of service positions within the wider organization. Two emerging leaders were selected to take part in the program ...
The Council of Technical Groups will again offer opportunities for students to apply for funding to assist them in attending the 2019 Annual Meeting. Applications for both awards are due  May 15, 2019. The  Council of Technical Groups Travel Award for First Year Graduate Students  provides $599 for graduate students who are in the first year of their academic program (entered the program no earlier than Fall of 2018). Students must be members of HFES at the time of application. Applicants who submit completed applications will be selected through a process that first randomizes across program/departments (to maximize distribution of awards across programs) ...
Call for Papers for   Human Factors   Special Issue on User Centered Design for Exoskeleton & Exosuit Usage Special Issue Guest Editors Christopher Reid, Kermit Davis, David Rempel, and Delia Treaster, invite submissions for an upcoming special issue of   Human Factors   on   User Centered Design for Exoskeleton and Exosuit Usage . The aim of this special issue is to promote awareness and visibility of research related to important human factors, ergonomics, and safety issues around the design of these systems for their human users. Exoskeletons and exosuits are a class of wearable technology that are becoming more mainstream in accessibility ...
The Computer Systems Technical Group (CSTG) of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society works to ensure that all users of computer systems are able to accomplish their goals while enjoying a satisfying experience. Our professionals and academicians are human-computer interaction experts involved in research, education, consulting, and product design and evaluation. CSTG membership created an Annual Best Paper Award (the Marc Resnick Best Paper Award) to be given to the best Computer Systems Technical Group submission at the 2019 HFES Annual meeting . The Marc Resnick Best Paper Award is presented to authors whose work represents groundbreaking work in the ...
NIOSH Musculoskeletal Health Program Webinar Please join us for a presentation by: Christopher R. Reid, PhD Human Factors & Ergonomics Associate Technical Fellow Boeing’s Environment Health & Safety Organization Charleston, SC   “Crawl, Walk, Run, Fly: Incremental Returns on Investment (ROI) for Boeing Industrial Exoskeletons”   March 4, 2019  |  10:00 - 11:00 a.m. EDT   Webinar presented through Adobe Connect.  Please register using the link below: https://niosh-connect.adobeconnect.com/flyexo/event/registration.html Exoskeleton technology is beginning to inch its way forward into the industrial workforce as noted ...
Meet the 2019 Health Care Symposium Keynote Speaker : Richard Cook is a physician, researcher, and educator. He is a co-author of “Operating at the Sharp End: The Complexity of Human Error.” (in Human Error in Medicine , 1994), “Adapting to New Technology in the Operating Room” ( Human Factors , 1996), A Tale of Two Stories: Contrasting Views of  Patient Safety (NPSF, 1998), “Gaps in the continuity of care and progress on patient safety” ( BMJ , 2000), and “'Going solid’: a model of system dynamics and consequences for patient safety” ( Qual Safety in Health Care , 2005) as well as numerous book chapters and other writings. He is the recipient ...
Submission Deadline:  April 22, 2019 The HFES Product Design Technical Group (PDTG) invites you to submit a nomination for the 18th annual Stanley Caplan User-Centered Product Design award.  No entry fee or other cost is required.  The award emphasizes both product design and the methods used to specify and achieve the design.  The winning product/system will be recognized at the 2019 HFES International Annual Meeting in Seattle, Washington in October, 2019 and the awardees will be asked to present a talk on the product and methodology.  The awardees will also be expected to submit a paper to “Ergonomics in Design,” the Quarterly Journal of Human ...
Boeing goes bionic to roll out more Dreamliners. View the article here.
Call for Awards Nominations Submission Deadline March 31, 2019 HFES Full Members and Fellows are invited to submit nominations for eight Society awards to be presented at the 63 rd International Annual Meeting in Seattle, Washington - October 28 through November 1, 2019. Award nominations are invited for individuals whose contributions merit special recognition. The eight awards for which nominees are sought are: Hal W. Hendrick Distinguished International Colleague Award Paul M. Fitts Education Award R. Lauer Safety Award` Alexander C. Williams, Jr., Design Award Jack A. Kraft Innovator Award Oliver Keith Hansen Outreach Award William ...
Submissions are invited for a special issue in Ergonomics in Design ( EID ) Machine learning (ML) is enabling a new generation of artificial intelligence (AI) and autonomous systems that are changing our personal and the professional lives. In this special issue, we embrace the broad spectrum of research and design efforts that investigate or employ ML for improving Human Factors (HF) and usability of intelligent systems and consumer products. The central objective of this special issue is to provoke an active debate on theory , methods, and practice of designing for interactive AI. The issue seeks to clarify the roles of HF in contributing to a humanist ...
Lewis-Burke Associates LLC The National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) recently released the federal government’s five-year strategic plan for STEM education. The report, Charting A Course For Success: America’s Strategy For STEM Education , represents a plan for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education programs, investments, and activities that are implemented by federal agencies. The 2018 plan is a five-year update of the initial 2013 plan released under the Obama Administration. In addition to guiding federal activities and investments, the strategic plan notes its intention to serve as a ‘North Star” for the broader ...