Human Factors Prize: Recognizing Excellence in Human Factors/Ergonomics Research


The Human Factors Prize was established in 2010 by 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 topic is selected by the editor in chief in consultation with a Board of Referees chaired by the immediate past Human Factors editor.

The prize carries a $10,000 cash award and publication of the winning paper in the Society's flagship journal, Human Factors. The award is formally conferred at a special session at the HFES International Annual Meeting, where the recipient presents his or her work.

View a list of all past winners.

About the 2018 Prize Topic

The topic for the 2018 Human Factors Prize is HF/E research and applications of mixed reality (MR), commonly referred to simply as VR or virtual reality. 

Submissions were accepted between 6:00 a.m. Eastern time on June 15 and 6:00 a.m. Eastern time on July 16, 2018.

We seek articles that describe research pertaining to human factors issues in environments with a mixture of real and virtual elements, and the applications of these environments in various domains. By definition, a mixed-reality environment combines real and virtual objects; the relative degree of each on the virtuality continuum determines whether the environment is considered a real environment, an augmented reality environment, an augmented virtuality environment, or a virtual environment. As a whole, these mixed-reality environments have come to be known, in lay term, as virtual reality or VR.

Submissions for the Human Factors Prize can report on the human factors research related to techniques, tools, or training to develop MR/VR to ensure safety and enhance performance in any domain and application area, including but not limited to

  • Aviation

  • Transportation

  • Oil and gas, power grid, nuclear energy

  • Military operations

  • Education

  • Gaming

  • Health

  • Politics

  • Terrorism

Manuscripts should provide a theoretical basis, a thorough background, and a detailed description of the methods, results, and discussion of the practical applications of the research. The paper also needs to show the human factors and ergonomics link and impact.

Papers may address the following topics, among others:
  • Research activities on HF/E issues related to fidelity, immersion, telepresence, etc. in VR/MR space;

  • Improvements in the systems for the display of information and interactivity in MR/VR space;

  • Design and development of display technologies to support immersion and/or presence;

  • Development of methods and techniques to enhance presence/telepresence;

  • Applications of MR/VR in archeology, commerce, education, games, tourism, performing arts, etc. 

Submissions must cover original (unpublished) research in the topical area and comply with the requirements in the Human Factors Information for Authors. Review articles are not eligible for the Prize.

Any researcher is eligible to submit relevant work; membership in HFES is not required.

Review of submissions will be based on originality, significance, sophistication, and completeness of the work.

The winning submission is published in Human Factors, and finalists are considered for publication.

Additional Information

Read the FAQ page for additional details about the Human Factors Prize