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We are pleased to announce that HFES has extended the proposal submission deadline to Tuesday, March 3, 2020 The 64th International Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society will take place at the Hyatt Regency Chicago from October 5 - 9, 2020. Save the date and make plans to attend this outstanding educational activity. Information regarding registration, tours, workshops, registration and more will be available late spring 2020.  We hope you will join us in Chicago in Octobe
Ergonomics in Design Special Issue Proposal: Human Readiness Levels (HRL) The HRL Scale is being developed as an adjunct to current Technology Readiness Level (TRL) scales widely used across government agencies and industry.  The Special Issue will be guest edited by Holly Handley, Judi See, and Mica Endsley. The HRL Special Issue will build on current industry wide efforts, and an HFES led ANSI standards program, to develop an HRL scale. The HRL scale provides organization and program management with an easy to understand rating of the level of maturity of the technology with respect to its readiness for human use. The goal of the HRL ...
Special editors: Eduardo Salas, Rice University; Eric Thomas, UT Health, UT Health-Memorial Hermann Center for Healthcare Quality and Safety, McGovern Medical School; Joseph Keebler, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; Michael Rosen, Johns Hopkins University; Dean F. Sittig, UT Health School of Biomedical Informatics There has been an increasing trend of applying human factors and ergonomics principles to healthcare contexts. Understanding how healthcare personnel contribute and influence the larger system is paramount in order to improve the overall safety of that system. Relevant stakeholders have emphasized the need for furthering our understanding ...
Julia L. Wright, HFE WOMAN Awards Committee Chair Human Factors and Ergonomics Women’s Organization for Mentorship and Networking (HFE WOMAN) would like to announce the nomination period is now open for their 2020 awards. Nomination packets will be accepted through June 5, 2020. HFE WOMAN sponsors three awards each year, HFE WOMAN Woman of the Year and HFE WOMAN Mentor of the Year .  These awards are presented annually during the HFE WOMAN luncheon. Details on these awards can be found at http://hfwomensgroup.com/awards . The HFE WOMAN Woman of the Year Award recognizes the outstanding contribution made by an individual woman (or team of women, ...
Call for Nominations for Society Awards Submission Deadline March 31, 2020 HFES Full Members and Fellows are invited to submit nominations for eight prestigious Society awards to be presented at the 64 th International Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois - October 5 – 8, 2020. Award nominations are invited for individuals whose contributions merit special recognition. The eight awards for which nominations 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 ...
By Lewis-Burke Associates, LLC After five months of contentious, painstaking negotiations, Congress passed, and the President signed into law, the conference agreement for the fiscal year (FY) 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) .  The House passed the final bill in a 377-48 vote on December 11 and the Senate passed the final bill in an 86-8 vote on December 17.  President Trump signed the NDAA into law on December 20 at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. The NDAA, which authorizes funding and policies at the Department of Defense (DOD), has been passed before the end of the fiscal year in a bipartisan manner for the last 58 years. However, with ...
By Lewis-Burke Associates LLC Congress and President Trump reached a last-minute agreement in mid-December on a $1.37 trillion fiscal year (FY) 2020 appropriations spending package before current government funding expired on December 20.  Two Continuing Resolutions were needed to avoid a government shutdown and maintain FY 2019 funding levels for government agencies for the first three months of the fiscal year, but Congress and the Trump Administration finally reached an agreement on a final spending package for FY 2020. The spending package abides to the funding levels in the two year budget agreement reached in July with $738 billion for defense spending—an ...
As part of their on-going efforts to promote leadership among HFES members, the HFES Leadership Development Committee continues to endorse and encourage the   Emerging Leaders Program . As part of this professional development opportunity, selected individuals will interact with Executive Council members at their business meetings during the mid-year and annual meetings. This program provides valuable insights into the vision, structure, and formal workings of the Society.  This special opportunity will provide connections with members of the Executive Council and other HF/E leaders. Selected attendees will have the opportunity to be involved in all discussions, ...
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) Testifies at U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Hearing Dr. Mica Endsley serves as an expert witness on the Boeing 737 MAX 8 accidents earlier this year Washington, DC (December 12, 2019) – Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) Government Relations Committee Chair, Dr. Mica Endsley, testified yesterday on behalf of the Society during a U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure hearing entitled “The Boeing 737 MAX: Examining the Federal Aviation Administration’s Oversight of the Aircraft’s Certification.” The hearing examined the Boeing 737 ...
Registration has opened for the  2020 International Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care convening March 8 - 11 , 2020 at the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel in downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Advantage pricing is in effect!  Register by January 31 and save.   Visit this link to register:   https://www.hcs2020.org/registe

Happy Thanksgiving from HFES

Happy Thanksgiving from HFES! The HFES office will be closed for the holiday Thursday, November 28 through Friday, November 29, 2019 If you have any questions, please email at info@hfes.org and we will be available to assist upon our return on Monday, December 2, 2019 . Our best wishes for a very happy and safe holida
By Lewis-Burke Associates, LLC   The Defense Innovation Board (DIB), an independent advisory committee tasked with considering how to improve the internal operations and culture of the Department of Defense (DOD), released a draft report of its long-anticipated recommendations for principles of artificial intelligence (AI) at DOD.  The Board’s principles and subsequent recommendations are generally aligned with and reflect the issues and recommendations highlighted in HFES’s public comments that were submitted for DIB’s consideration in September.   DIB states that achieving technological and military advantage over adversaries is central, but not ...
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Comments on AI Principles for the Department of Defens
The Human Factors Prize was established in 2010 by then Editor-in-Chief William S. Marras. The prize recognizes excellence in HF/E research through an annual competition in which authors are invited to submit papers on a specific topic for that year.  The 2019 topics was HF/E Research and Applications of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Human-Machine Interaction. The prize carries a $10,000 cash award and publication of the winning paper in the Society's flagship journal, Human Factors .  The 2019 winners are Anthony McDonald, Nilesh Ade, and Camille Peres for their paper entitled,  Using Human Factors and Machine Learning to Design Procedures . The award was ...
Photos from the recent annual meeting are available for your review here .  Enjoy
By Lewis-Burke Associates, LLC Over two days and nine hours of hearings, Boeing leadership testified before both the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee (CST) and the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee (T&I) regarding the Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines crashes, as well as the oversight failures by Boeing and the FAA during the design and certification of the Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft.  House and Senate committee members were particularly concerned about not only the failures of Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS), an automated system to help guide the aircraft, and angle of attack (AOA) sensors but ...
The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society is pleased to announce the 2019-2020 Science Policy Fellows: Michael Clamman (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Highway Safety Research Center), Jessica Howe (MedStar Health National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare), Sarah Parker (Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, Center for Simulation, Research and Patient Safety), Kelly Steelman (Michigan Technological University), and Neal Wiggermann (Hill-Rom). 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 ...
HFES is pleased to recognize the following recipients of the Student Member with Honors award, presented annually to acknowledge students who have made an outstanding contribution to the HF/E discipline or to the Society. Azadeh Dinparast Jadid, University of Wisconsin Madison Eric Weston, The Ohio State University Jackie Cha, Purdue University Natalie Lodinger, Texas Tech University Tenchi Smith, Auburn University The following student chapters have received Student Chapter Awards in recognition of their contributions and achievements which have been judged on the number and quality of activities engaged in across several categories with the ...
All member societies are encouraged to nominate qualified applicants for: (1) the IEA/Kingfar Award for Student Research in Human Factors and Ergonomics Issues in Industrially Developing Countries, and (2) the IEA/Tsinghua Award for Collaborative Human Factors and Ergonomics Education for Industrially Developing Countries. Please note that applicants from all countries including both developed and developing countries are eligible. For details on both awards, please visit: IEA/Tsinghua Award IEA/Kingfar Award For 2019, the deadline for nominations has been extended to November 30, 2019. Thank you, Yushi Fujita, Chair IEA Awards Committee
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)  has announced that the Proceedings of the 2018 Ergo-X Symposium: Exoskeletons in the Workplace have been assembled to disseminate the speakers’ presentations and to summarize the question and answer/discussion periods that followed the presentations within each session. The proceedings appear by session and include summary points with links to presentation slides from speakers who agreed to provide them.  Visit the link below to review the publication: Proceedings of the 2018 Ergo-X Symposium: Exoskeletons in the Workplace pdf i