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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, 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 ...
Written by G.M. Hancock, P.M. Salmon, & P.A. Hancock During the final week of August 2018, the world’s leading scientists in the field of Human Factors and Ergonomics (HF/E) found themselves under the Tuscan sun for the 20 th Triennial Congress of the International Ergonomics Association (IEA). The event was held in the legendary city of Florence, home to the Uffizi Gallery and Michelangelo’s ‘David,’ to name only two of many Florentine cultural highlights. The five-day conference was held at the Firenze Fiera Congress and Exhibition Center, a wonderful and historic setting in which to imbibe research and progress; among other things (see Figure 1). ...
In today’s information age, the sharing of misinformation is rampant. Social media has made it easy for misinformation to spread and affect people’s perceptions and understanding of facts. Mica R. Endsley, of SA Technologies Inc., explores this problem in a newly published Human Factors article, “ Combating Information Attacks in the Age of the Internet: New Challenges for Cognitive Engineering .” White it seems like an impossible task, Endsley argues a better framework for understanding information can help combat this issue. Information attacks are a significant threat, as they capitalize on human cognitive characteristics and weaknesses. But developing ...
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Dear HFES Members, Over the summer, I shared the exciting news that the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society selected SmithBucklin as our association management company. This decision came as part of a forward-thinking strategic move for the Society as we look to expand our reach and achieve greater impact for our members and advance the field. I am pleased to announce that as of today, October 29, the HFES Headquarters office is officially located in Washington, DC. When you telephone our new office (see the number below), you will be speaking with our new HFES staff­ members. They are very excited and eager to assist you and begin to advance the Society! ...

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HFES has moved to a new website platform that provides better functionality, faster response, a more robust membership database, and an infrastructure that allows for continued enhancements to the site.  This new platform requires all members to reset their passwords before logging into the site for the first time. Reset your HFES.org Password Go to the login support page Enter your email address in the box Click the button to send a new temporary password to your email Follow the link in the email you receive to login and change your temporary password Once you have changed your temporary password, you will have access to all of your membership ...

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HFES 2018 memberships expire on December 31, 2018 . As a member of the Society you have access to a range of tools and resources meant to help foster collaboration and expand your knowledge in the HF/E field. As a member, you receive: Access to more than 20,000 articles and abstracts from the industry’s leading publications, volumes of Reviews and meeting proceedings. The ability to stay connected with HF/E professionals in your area of interest through our 24 Technical Groups. Free registration for HFES’ Webinar Series. Discounted registration to HFES’ conferences. More ways to expand your professional network and your career . ...
Caroline Cao (Wright State University), Carisa Harris-Adamson (University of Berkeley/University of San Francisco), and Holly Handley (Old Dominion University) have been named the 2018-2019 Science Policy Fellows for the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.  The Science Policy Fellows will be involved in working with the HFES Government Relations Committee and Lewis-Burke Associates to develop policy statements and perform outreach activities to Government decision makers on Capital Hill and within government agencies. The Science Policy Fellowship is a 3-year program that provides recipients with training in government affairs, opportunities to impact the policy ...
As the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Congress press for removing safety regulations in order to fast-track the introduction of highly automated vehicles, human factors/ergonomics experts recommend requiring important testing and driver support. A newly released statement from the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) shows how to make autonomous vehicles safer. Extensive research shows that people often perform more poorly when using automated systems. People are not good at monitoring automation, which leads to increases in distracted driving. Instead of making drivers safer, autonomous vehicles can actually decrease safety by lowering ...
On Tuesday, October 2, at the opening plenary of its 2018 Annual Meeting, the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society recognized a number of individuals for distinguished contributions to HFES and to the human factors/ergonomics profession.   Four individuals were recognized as Fellows. Election to Fellow status is an honor conferred by distinguished colleagues to full members of the Society in recognition of outstanding achievement, consistently superior professional performance, exceptional contributions, service to the Society, and other meritorious accomplishments. Caroline Cao,  Wright State University Sean Gallagher,  Auburn University ...
HFES is pleased to announce the results of the 2018 election and congratulates the following newly elected Executive Council members. Their terms will begin at the 2018 HFES Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.   President-Elect M. Susan Hallbeck, Mayo Clinic   Secretary-Treasurer-Elect Caroline G. L. Cao, Wright State University   At-Large Executive Council Thomas J. Albin, High Plains Engineering Services, LLC Nancy L. J. Larson, Nancy LJ Larson Consulting, LLC   The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society is the world’s largest scientific association for human factors/ergonomics professionals, with more than 4,500 members globally. ...
Although passphrases, or phrase-based passwords, have been found to be more secure than traditional passwords, human factors issues such as typographical errors and memorability have slowed their wider adoption. Kevin Juang and Joel Greenstein, in their recently published   Human Factors   article, “ Integrating Visual Mnemonics and Input Feedback With Passphrases to Improve the Usability and Security of Digital Authentication ,” developed and tested two new passphrase systems that seek to address these shortcomings and improve the usability and security of existing passphrase authentication systems.   The authors' first passphrase system incorporated, in ...