Human factors/ergonomics is a broad discipline with many applications, and the future of HFES depends on understanding future trends, technologies, and challenges in multiple domains. In order to ensure that HFES has the best and most current possible information when making strategic planning decisions, the Executive Council has authorized a trial program called “Scout the Future." Through the program, HFES members who are involved in cutting-edge technologies, have particularly broad connections in diverse research and engineering domains, and who can spot a trend before it hits the mainstream can share that information with the Executive Council.
The Society will be identifying approximately 30 individuals to participate in the year-long trial version of the program. Specifically, nominations are sought for scouts who:
- Work in rapidly changing technical areas
- Have membership in other professional societies in addition to HFES
- Can identify potential HF/E research needed to support ongoing product development, or social / technical shifts affecting emerging HF/E needs
- Are broadly “tuned in” to changes in fields outside their main work domain; and
- Are willing to communicate with HFES approximately monthly via short tweets and longer comments about what they see ahead
Executive Council will receive summarized information from the scouts, along with trending data from HFES Twitter feeds and LinkedIn blogs, and use that information to chart the near-term and long-term course of the Society.
If you’re interested in becoming a scout, or know someone who would be a good scout, please send relevant information to Barrett Caldwell (Past Secretary-Treasurer), at email@example.com.