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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 ...
Join wearable robotics professionals and entrepreneurs from industry, academia, and government at   WearRAcon 19 . The annual event brings together more than 200 attendees from across the globe, to hear cutting-edge presentations, see robotics demonstrations, participate in the Innovation Competition and network with those creating and using wearable robotic devices. Visit http://www.wearablerobotics.com/ or contact   conference@wearablerobotics.com   for more infor
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine has announced a request for applications for the Safer Offshore Energy Systems Grants 4 on the topic: Advancing Safety Culture in the Offshore Oil and Gas Industry. The Gulf Research Program is an independent, science-based program founded in 2013 as part of legal settlements with the companies involved in the 2010  Deepwater Horizon  disaster. It seeks to enhance offshore energy system safety and protect human health and the environment by catalyzing advances in science, practice, and capacity to generate long-term benefits for the Gulf of Mexico region and the nation.  Up to $10M will be available ...
The community of HF/E professionals is invited to comment on the next draft of the ANSI/HFES 100 standard  Human Factors Engineering of Computer Workstations .  This  standard is to provide specific guidance for the design and installation of computer workstations, including displays, input devices, and furniture that will accommodate a wide variety of users. Visit this web page for the draft and comment form
​The HFES 2019 Technical Program Committee welcomes your proposals for the 63rd International Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.   S ubmit a proposal for the opportunity to present your latest research, practice, or theoretical findings to a diverse, international audience at the 2019 Annual Meeting, to be held October 28 - November 1, 2019 in Seattle, Washington.    Proposals for lectures, invited symposia, discussion panels, posters, debates, demonstrations, alternative-format sessions, and workshops are due  Monday, March 4, 2019, 6:00 p.m. EST.   Notification regarding decisions will be sent at the end of April.   ...
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 to the public ...
Want to Learn about the Leadership of HFES and Attend the HFES Executive Council Mid-Year Meeting? The HFES Executive Council has developed a new program where three members are invited to participate in the Executive Council meeting at the Society's mid-year and annual meetings. The next opportunity is at the mid-year meeting at the 2019 Health Care Symposium in Chicago, IL. This is part of a large effort led by the HFES Leadership Development Committee to promote professional development of potential leaders in HFES. The new Leadership Development Committee is driving the effort to support individuals in their journeys to become leaders within their profession and, ...
Chicago, IL----December 14, 2018---The AAOHN (American Association of Occupational Health Nurses) Foundation received $15,000 from The UPS Foundation, which drives global corporate citizenship and philanthropic programs for UPS (NYSE: UPS). The grant will be used to offer six (6) $2,500 grants to American Occupational Health Nurses in pursuit of post-secondary education in nursing or other relevant academic degrees. The AAOHN Foundation is committed to ensuring that occupational and environmental health nurses are seen as the authority on health, safety, productivity and disability management for worker populations by providing them the opportunity to ...
by Robert J. Smillie, PhD , CPE, CIEHF Congratulations to Paul Schlosser, a student at the Institute Human-Computer-Media, Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg, Germany for winning the 2018 Dieter W. Jahns Student Practitioner Award.  Paul is a Master of Science Candidate Human-Computer-Interaction.  This marks the second time that students from the Würzburg Institute won the award.  The award was presented to Paul by Professor Tobias Grundgeiger at the Institute in Germany.  The award included a $1,000 to Paul and another $1,000 to Dr. Grundgeiger’s discretionary fund.   Paul Schlosser receives the 2018 award from his mentor on the project, ...
The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) is seeking interested individuals to participate in a consensus review committee for the revised American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and Human Factors and Ergonomics Society ANSI/HFES 100 committee. The committee will be asked to review the draft standard and to vote on acceptance. The committee will be asked to complete their review and vote within 60 days of formation of the committee. A 60-day public review and comment period will run concurrently with the consensus committee review. The standard is being developed to provide guidance for the design of fixed, or desktop, computer workstations. Research ...
14th International Naturalistic Decision Making Conference, June 18-21, 2019: Call for Papers Dear Colleagues, The 14th NDM meeting will be held in San Francisco, CA, USA, June 18-21, 2019 (Tuesday – Friday). Proposals are sought for presentations, symposiums, panels, posters, and workshops. Proposals may be research or practice-oriented. For information regarding submission guidelines, please visit https://naturalisticdecisionmaking.org/call-for-papers/ . The deadline for proposal submissions is February 1, 2019. In 2019, we will be celebrating 30 years of research studying decision making in complex environments. This event will cover a wide range of ...
By Amy R. Pritchett, Editor in Chief and Jan Maarten Schraagen, Editor in Chief elect JCEDM invites submissions for a new special issue that targets integrative approaches to the design and implementation of human-machine teaming.  With the advent of Artificial Intelligence, machines offer the capability to act as intelligent teammates that can collaborate and cooperate with their human counterparts. It is important to draw a distinction between human-machine interaction and human-machine teaming, not only in terms of how the relationship between human and ma-chine is conceptualized, but also in terms of the way that questions relating to allocation of ...
On November 17th, 2018, the Human Factors Interest Group (HFIG), the HFES student chapter at the University of Toronto, hosted the 19th annual Inter-University Workshop (IUW 2018). This student-run symposium, hosted yearly among the University of Toronto, University of Waterloo and SUNY Buffalo, brings together researchers in human factors and related fields for a day of oral and poster presentations, as well as opportunities to connect with professors and practitioners from a variety of institutions. IUW 2018 welcomed student presenters from five universities in the area and was bookended by two keynote addresses from prominent researchers in their respective ...
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” Background 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 ...
HFES President Kermit Davis delivered a talk recently via webcast on the Future Directions of HFES  for the  Chartered Institute of  Ergonomics & Human Factors (CIEHF).  The CIEHF is a professional membership organization for ergonomists and human factors specialists located in Wootton Park near Birmingham, UK.   Follow this link to hear his presentation
The 2019 International Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care offers cutting-edge presentations, posters, and workshops on emerging issues in health-care human factors and the challenges facing us in the near future. Expand your knowledge of human factors/ergonomics applied to health-care devices, environments, and end-users in a format that allows for interaction and exchange of knowledge among participants and presenters. Get insights on the latest science and best practices Understand innovations in the safety of health-care providers and patients Sharpen the focus of your HF/E initiatives Improve your regulatory approaches ...
About the 2019 Human Factors Prize Topic  The topic for the 2019  Human Factors  Prize is  HF/E Research and Applications of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Human-Machine Interaction.  The Human Factors Prize is $10,000 USD and  includes presentation of the work in a special session at the 2019 Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting that convenes in Seattle, Washington (October 28 - November 1, 2019). Submissions are accepted between June 15 and July 15, 2019. Upload your submission at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/humanfactors . We seek articles that describe research pertaining to human factors issues and human factors implications ...
A series of 21 podcasts from the 2018 Annual International Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania are available for you to listen to and view.  These podcasts share through in-depth interviews interesting perspectives about the industry, the meeting, the Society, the profession and more!  Check out the recordings here and be on the watch for podcasters and Human Factors Practitioners Nicholas Roome and Blake Arnsdorff at future HFES meetings.  Listen here and share this link in your social media posts.  Enjoy!
By Mark Lien, IES Industry Relations Manager The Illuminating Engineering Society (IES,  www.ies.org ) is looking for volunteer committee participation from the HFES community. If you have interest and experience in practice or research concerning the relationship between light and human factors and/or ergonomics, the IES invites you to join by contacting  standards@ies.org .   There are three committees seeking your expertise. The first is the Vision Science committee, which would benefit from expertise in assessing lighting’s impacts on human factors and/or ergonomics. The second committee is a Lighting Economics committee, newly formed to determine ...