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The International Ergonomics Association (IEA) recently bestowed Fellow status on two HFES members:   Daryle J. Gardner Bonneau. Daryle is Principal at human factors engineering consultants, Bonneau and Associates.  She is additionally Adjunct Associate Professor, Speech Pathology and Audiology, Western Michigan University.  Daryle serves as a technical expert in several ISO working groups, and has been the Chair of the U.S. TAG to ISO TC159 – Ergonomics for several years. Mica Endsley is President of SA Technologies, a cognitive engineering firm specializing in the development of operator interfaces   for advanced systems, including the next generation ...
We are proud to announce a new annual award to students’ work that is submitted to Ergonomics in Design The purpose of the award is to recognize excellence in contributions by graduate or undergraduate students in the area of ergonomics in design. The award provides a certificate and a total monetary award of $1000 to a student (or students). The award will be presented at each Annual Meeting during the journal awards session. The paper must be the result of work accomplished by the students(s) while enrolled in an appropriate academic curriculum. If the manuscript has multiple recipients, in recognition of joint authorship or group accomplishment, ...
ErgoX is designed to showcase and apply the latest ergonomics science to workplace health, safety, wellness, and injury-prevention issues across a variety of domains and settings.   ErgoX delivers practical, usable, and evidence-based solutions to the challenges faced by ergonomists, risk managers, and health and safety specialists.  ErgoX is a practical, solutions-based event that offers unique opportunities for collaboration and guidance. View the Program Here With two distinct educational tracks, Exoskeletons and Augmented Reality, you will: Gain the latest insights on procedures, tools, and approaches for on-the-job safety and wellness ...
The International Dimension: perspectives from the US and the UK on the health of the discipline on the global stage From CIEFH How do bodies like the International Ergonomics Association (IEA) and the Federation of European Ergonomics Societies (FEES) continue to play a part in an increasingly changing world? Do these organisations support collaboration between societies? Can the visibility of individual societies best be raised – as the CIEHF Royal Charter obligates – by collective or individual action? And how real is the threat to the lifeblood income of many ergonomics societies posed by current developments in the world of open access academic ...
In the Society's continuing commitment to support mentoring as a vital and valuable professional service, a series of mentor-mentee luncheons will be held during the Annual Meeting to assist students, early-career professionals, and those in career transition to develop mentoring relationships with established professionals in the field. The luncheons will be held during the lunch breaks on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, October 29-31. Complimentary lunch will be provided to attendees. Celebrating its 15th year, this luncheon series has provided mentoring opportunities for more than 1000 HFES members. Previous participants have included some of the Society's ...
CEDM TG is seeking nominations for the following officer positions:CEDM TG is seeking nominations for the following officer positions: • TG  Chair Elect – serves 4 year term (2 years as TG chair elect, 2 years as TG chair); represents TC and makes sure all activities of TC are carried out effectively • Program Chair Elect – serves 4 year term (2 years as program chair elect, 2 years as program chair); responsible for the TC sessions at the annual meeting including recruiting, reviewing,  and selecting papers for each session as well as running sessions during the meeting.  Includes money for student support. • Secretary Treasurer – serves 2 year term; responsible ...
Are you a student with an interest in UX? We are seeking the top emerging student leaders in our Society who have an interest in UX to participate in our Leadership Development Workshop as part of the UX Day activities at this year’s HFES 2019 International Annual Meeting in Seattle, Washington, USA. Students should demonstrate the following criteria: A strong dedication to and participation in their student chapter, local chapter, or national chapter. A reputation of a sound academic record. A proclivity for insightful research and creative inquiry. A passion for applying human factors principles to create and evaluate high quality user experiences. ...
Want to understand the leadership of HFES and attend the HFES Executive Council Annual meeting?  The Executive Council has developed a new program where three members are invited to participate in the executive council meeting at the annual and mid-year meetings. The next opportunity is during the HFES 63rd International Annual Meeting in Seattle, Washington, USA. This is part of a large effort lead by the HFES Leadership Development Committee to promote professional development of potential leaders in HFES. The Leadership Development Committee is leading the effort to support individuals in their efforts to become leaders within their profession and, ...
HFES wants to help you develop a strong justification for attending the 63rd International Annual Meeting and  ErgoX Symposium .   Use the HFES Meeting Attendance Justification Toolkit to outline the cost of your attendance and participation and the benefits you will receive and build a case for a smart investment in you by your organization.    The toolkit includes a  writable worksheet to help you determine the full cost of your attendance.  The supplemental information and the justification letter outlines will help you identify the benefits that you and your organization will gain.   Customize the letters to draft a formal (and persuasive) request ...
The Council of Technical Groups is excited to announce and congratulate the following students as the winners of this year’s Council of Technical Groups Travel Award for First Year Graduate Students  and the Council of Technical Groups Student Presenter Award . Each awardee will receive an award of $599 and a complimentary registration to attend the 2019 Annual Meeting in Seattle. 2019 Student Presenter Award Winners Monica Connelly: Wichita State University Spencer Kohn: George Mason University Nade Liang: Purdue University Christopher Lilburne: The University of Queensland Ruikun Luo: University of Michigan Ann Arbor Daniel Smith: Wichita ...
The Board on Human Systems Integration (BOHSI) of the National Academies hosted a plenary session on June 24, 2019 in Washington DC where board members and invited expert guests explored how to advance the science related to explainable artificial intelligence from a human factors perspective. Panelists discussed the state of the art and research and design frontiers for intelligent systems that support effective human machine teaming, in particular, trust between the person and the automated software. A Q&A with audience members, both in person and online, followed. The plenary began with a presentation on Explainable Artificial Intelligence (XAI) from ...
Journal of Cognitive Engineering and  Decision Making Special Issue Call for Papers Smart Thinking: Macrocognitive models, skills, and support Submissions are invited for a special issue of the Journal of Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making (JCEDM) on Smart Thinking: Macrocognitive models, skills, and support. The first Naturalistic Decision Making (NDM) conference was held in 1989, bringing together a diverse set of researchers working on related problems. From that small group, the NDM community of practice has grown worldwide. NDM methods and models have extended well beyond the 1988 study of firefighters to a broad range ...
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 ...
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 ...