2018 April



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Congressional Interest in Artificial Intelligence Grows
By Lewis-Burke Associates, LLC

Philadelphia Highlights Continued

Submit for $10,000 Liberty Mutual Medal by May 31

IEA 2018 in Florence – Register Now and Save!

APRIL 19, 2018


Executive Council Strategic Planning Day
By Kermit G. Davis, President-Elect

Call for Student Volunteers

Grayson Wins Mobile Health App Student Design Contest

FPE Ergonomics Practitioner of the Year Award – Don’t Miss Out! Deadline Extended
By H. Harvey Cohen and Waldemar Karwowski, Board of Directors, Foundation for Professional Ergonomics

APRIL 12, 2018


Students: Apply for Annual Meeting Support Awards by May 15

View the 2018 Annual Meeting Registration Rates

View the Registration Rates for the 2018 ErgoX Symposium

UCLA Ergo Online Webinar Series 2018


HFES at the USA Science and Engineering Festival

NSF Workshop on Effect of Autonomous Truck on the U.S. Economy Call for Participation

Students and Professors: Don't Miss out on Award and Cash Prizes!
By Robert J. Smillie, President, Foundation for Professional Ergonomics

APRIL 5, 2018


HFES Awards Submission Deadline Extended to April 30

DOT Hosts Public Meetings on Autonomous Vehicles
By Lewis-Burke Associates, LLC

Save the Date! Find the Right Match at the On-Site Career Center

More Philadelphia Highlights

Feedback and Next Steps for the HFE WOMAN Group
By Jamie Rodica and Ashley M. Hughes, University of Illinois at Chicago, HFE WOMAN

Stay Up to Date With BOHSI

Congressional Interest in Artificial Intelligence Grows

By Lewis-Burke Associates, LLC


Congress has continued to express interest in artificial intelligence (AI) and its impact on the country’s economy and national security. This growing interest comes as a number of nations, ranging from allies such as the United Kingdom to peer competitors such as China, have unveiled strategies to become the global leader in developing AI. Congress’ efforts to understand AI also follow a number of recent reports, such as the Harvard Belfer Center’s study, Artificial Intelligence and National Security, that forecast how AI might have a transformative impact on U.S. national security and the future of warfare.

The Congressional AI Caucus has become active recently in holding briefings and working on legislation to address issues in AI. In December 2017, Representatives John Delaney (D-MD) and Pete Olson (R-TX), who cochair the AI Caucus, joined Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Ed Markey (D-MA), and Todd Young (R-IN) in introducing the Fundamentally Understanding the Usability and Realistic Evolution of Artificial Intelligence Actof 2017 – or FUTURE of AI Act. The bill would direct the Secretary of Commerce to establish an Advisory Committee on the Development of AI.

The Advisory Committee would submit recommendations on how government and industry could work together to address key issues:

  • Potential growth, restructuring, and other changes for the U.S. workforce that result from adoption of AI, including potential actions to train and skill workers for an AI workplace

  • Protecting the privacy rights of individuals as AI continues to grow

  • Promoting a climate of innovation to ensure global competitiveness for American companies developing AI technologies

  • Supporting the development and application of unbiased AI.

Although the Future of AI Act focuses on AI’s impact on the economy, Congress has also begun to examine how the development of AI technology will impact U.S. national security. On March 20, Representative Elise Stefanik (R-NY), Chairwoman of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, introduced H.R. 5356, the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence Act of 2018, to create an independent National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (AI). The bill was cosponsored by Representatives James Langevin (D-RI), Ranking Member of the HASC Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, and Austin Scott (R-GA).

The proposed commission would focus on competitiveness, technological advantages, cooperation and competition, investments and research, workforce and education, international law and ethics, and data and privacy. The commission would be tasked with the following:

  • Conducting a comprehensive and national-level review of advances in AI, machine learning, and associated technologies for the president and Congress

  • Addressing and identifying the national security needs of the nation with respect to AI, including economic risk, and other needs for the common defense of the United States

  • Providing near-term actionable recommendations to the president and Congress, including ways to more effectively organize the federal government for AI

  • Providing annual and actionable recommendations to the government through 2020.

These efforts reflect Congress’ push to better understand policy implications for AI and how policy can effectively support and regulate new AI technologies as it considers future legislation.

HFES Input
On April 24, on behalf of HFES, Lewis-Burke met with Representative Elise Stefanik’s (R-NY) staff to discuss the importance of human factors/ergonomics research on AI. Additionally, Lewis-Burke discussed how HFES can enhance the proposed commission’s work in developing safe and effective AI technology to address U.S. national security issues. The congresswoman’s staff noted that the bill will most likely be incorporated into the fiscal year (FY) 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and expressed support for engaging with HFES and leveraging the Society’s expertise as the NDAA goes through the markup process. Lewis-Burke will continue to advocate for the integration of HF/E in this provision on behalf of HFES.

Sources and additional information:

Lewis-Burke Associates LLC, a leading Washington, DC-based government relations and consulting firm, represents the public policy interests of scientific societies and institutions of higher education. Lewis-Burke's staff of about 20 government relations professionals works to promote the federal research and policy goals of HFES and the HF/E community.

Philadelphia Highlights Continued

Here are a few more reasons to plan your trip to Philadelphia for the 2018 Annual Meeting. The preliminary program will be available in a few weeks.

Vital stats:

  • 106 Posters

  • 6 Workshops

  • 6 Demonstrations

  • 29 Panels

  • 358 Lectures

  • 3 Alternative Format

Human Factors/Ergonomics and Multidisciplinary Collaboration: Challenges and Lessons Learned
(General Sessions)
Immediate Past President Nancy Cooke has assembled a distinguished panel of speakers, who will describe their experience working with individuals from other disciplines and will highlight challenges to multidisciplinary collaboration, as well as lessons learned along the way. Panelists are Ronald L. Boring (Idaho National Lab), Mica R. Endsley (SA Technologies, Inc.), Cleotilde Gonzalez (Carnegie Mellon University), Emilie Roth (Roth Cognitive Engineering), and Eduardo Salas (Rice University). Attendees will have an opportunity to share their challenges and lessons learned as well.

Teaming with Technology at the TSA: Practical Methods for Enhancing Human Performance with Automation in Operational Environments
(Human Performance Modeling TG)
This discussion panel reviews a theoretical framework the TSA can use to guide assessment of multiple drivers of human performance in a consistent and standardized fashion, as well as several TSA projects investigating three categories of human factors known to influence performance with automation – human (i.e., individual differences, cognitive constraints), context (e.g., organizational influence, environment), and system characteristics (e.g., type of automation) – and how those factors can be accounted for in the operational environment.

Machine Learning and Human Factors: Status, Applications, and Future Directions(Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making TG)
As machine learning approaches ubiquity in industrial systems and consumer products,
human factors researchers must attend to machine learning, specifically on how intelligent systems built on machine learning are different from early generations of automated systems, and what these differences mean for human-system interaction, design, evaluation and training. In this panel, five researchers in different domains discuss
how human factors can contribute to machine learning research and applications, as well
as how machine learning presents both challenges and contributions for human factors.

Submit for $10,000 Liberty Mutual Medal by May 31

Submissions for the Liberty Mutual Medal are due May 31.  Through this medal, IEA and Liberty Mutual seek 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, which is inclusive of funding for recipients to present their research in a special IEA/Liberty Mutual Lecture at the IEA Triennial Congress.


Applicants need not belong to the IEA or any of its constituent groups. Relevant disciplines include ergonomics, epidemiology, biomechanics, cognitive and behavioral psychology, design, physiology, medical sciences, economics, and engineering.


To be considered for the Liberty Mutual Medal, the applicant must submit a letter of application and a research paper in the domain of accident prevention, injury reduction and/or early return to work, including rehabilitation. More information can be found here.


IEA 2018 in Florence – Register Now and Save!

IEA 2018, the 20th Congress of the International Ergonomics Association, will be held August 26–30, 2018, in Florence, Italy. For substantial discounts on registration fees, please register by April 30 at http://iea2018.org. The preliminary program is also available at the Congress Web site.

This is the first time that the congress will be held in Italy, and the theme of the event, "Creativity in Practice," reflects how innovation transforms the results of research into concrete actions that improve the quality of life and work.

The IEA Congress represents an unparalleled opportunity to engage with human factors/ergonomics researchers and practitioners from around the world, and the Congress venue is sure to attract a diverse and distinguished group of attendees. IEA looks forward to seeing you in Florence!

APRIL 19, 2018

Executive Council Strategic Planning Day

By Kermit G. Davis, President-Elect

Every year at the midyear Executive Council (EC) meeting, the president-elect holds a planning day at which the Council members discuss strategic plans for the next few years. Each president-elect has free rein in the way planning day is run and the topics that will be discussed. He or she attempts to focus on initiatives that can have a real impact on HFES and that, hopefully, will be able to implement it in the following year during their presidency.

Every president, with the assistance of EC, wants to have a positive impact on HFES, and Planning Day is the first key step to ensuring success. Last year, then President-Elect Valerie Rice focused on the development of strategic goals for the Society. Those goals have been fine-tuned and formalized, and we have started to address many of them through the work of our committees.

As part of my Planning Day, I challenged the EC to prioritize the strategic goals in order to allocate resources to them, including funding and volunteer effort. Through discussion, it was decided that we would concentrate on four of the seven strategic goals, because significant effort is being given to three goals. The four goals that were targeted for strategic initiatives are

  • Goal A: Advance the science and practice of HF/E to address current and emerging societal problems.

  • Goal B: Promote the education of HF/E science, methods, and applications.

  • Goal D: Promote awareness about distinct value of HF/E to public, industry, other societies, and government.

  • Goal F: Increase diversity across the Society, including membership and leadership and participation in conferences and publications.

Even with a short time for these discussions, Council members were able to develop several key initiatives, including the following:

  • Develop the Societal Impact Committee, which will develop initiatives that can impact key societal issues using human factors/ergonomics;

  • Engage technical groups more;

  • Increase social and media presence;

  • Open up a “value added” human factors/ergonomics video competition; and

  • Address issues dealing with diversity through potential plenary talks, travel grants/scholarships for underrepresented groups, and increased mentoring for underrepresented groups.

These initiatives will be led by our division chairs, who will direct the appropriate committees to determine if and how the initiatives can be implemented.

The second part of my Planning Day concentrated on how we retain and grow our membership. Although our membership total fluctuates from year to year, there has been a slight downward turn in the last couple of years. Both Valerie Rice (President) and I are focused on reversing this trend and increasing our membership. We want HFES to be the place you call home, your family.

We began this change by creating six new groups at the 2017 annual EC meeting:

  • Mentorship Committee under the Education Division

  • Leadership Development Committee, a new Council committee

  • Retention, Recruitment, Practitioner Engagement and Evaluation Subcommittees of the Membership Committee under the Internal Affairs Division

By creating these committees, EC made a conscious effort to focus on many of the issues that plague membership. Assisted by Director of Member Services Carlos de Falla, these groups will work to drive initiatives to retain and increase membership in all categories. To further assist in this initiative, I challenged EC members to develop new strategic initiatives to build membership. They developed a long list of potential initiatives, which now have been passed along to the appropriate groups to decide what to implement in the short term as well as long term. The initiatives addressed all levels of membership as well as nonmembers. Our trend in membership is not uncommon among societies like HFES, but EC is making it a main focus for the next several years. 

Finally, as part of my push for engagement of our members, I invite you to become more involved in HFES. If you are interested, please send me an e-mail (Kermit.davis@uc.edu). I will make sure you are put into contact with the committee chairs and become involved. This is your Society, and there are many opportunities to be engaged.

Call for Student Volunteers

Student members of HFES are invited to serve as volunteers for the 2018 Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, PA, October 1–5. Student volunteers perform many essential functions and help to ensure that the Annual Meeting runs smoothly.

Students applying to volunteer must register for the Annual Meeting by August 27.

All positions are for four hours of work, and volunteers will be reimbursed for half the student registration fee. Students applying to volunteer will receive early information regarding lodging at the student hotel. Refunds are processed after the meeting.Registration for the Annual Meeting will open in late June.

To volunteer, please complete the brief signup form as soon as possible. If you have questions, please contact Director of Member Services Carlos de Falla.

You may request assignments in specific areas, and every effort will be made to ensure you receive your first or second choice. Volunteer positions are limited to between 40 and 50 slots, and requests will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Help is needed in (but not limited to) the following key areas:

  • Workshops (Monday, October 1)

  • Ribbon desk (October 1–4)

  • On-Site Career Center (October 1–4)

  • Internet Café (October 1–4)

  • Technical Tours (October 2–4)

Assignments will be made and instructions sent four weeks prior to the meeting. A student volunteer room will be available at the headquarters hotel for checking assignments, networking with other students, and obtaining signatures for completed work.

Grayson Wins Mobile Health App Student Design Contest

HFES congratulates Marisa Grayson, Ohio State University, on taking first place in the 2018 “Mobile Health Applications for Consumers” Student Design Competition. The results of the competition were announced on March 26 during HFES’s International Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care in Boston.

Grayson’s app, RecorDr. – Facilitating Patient Self-Advocacy and Enabling Large-Scale Human Factors Research, is used by patients to record conversations with physicians to aid in deciding whether to undergo contralateral prophylactic mastectomy (CPM) after receiving a diagnosis of breast cancer when CPM is not indicated. It serves as both an aid to the patient and a research tool to gather data about decision making in such cases.

Grayson employed user-centered design techniques with a multidisciplinary team. Development began with contextual inquiry to learn about users’ needs, followed by development of a patient persona (Judith) for the purposes of prototyping and usability testing.

“Our initial observations and interviews that led to the creation of Judith were invaluable to our design process,” said Michael F. Rayo, adviser on the project. “We needed to know how to help her as a patient so that she would continue to help us a researcher. She’s not the kind of ‘person’ who would annotate and send audio recordings just for fun.”

The app goes beyond those already available in not only recording patient-physician conversations but in enabling bookmarking and transcription for easy recollection. Privacy concerns were addressed in its development. RecorDr is available now in the Google Play store, with plans to be in the App Store by the end of April.

“The most rewarding aspect of this project was seeing people interact with the app during rounds of usability testing and explain how they would really use it in their own healthcare visits,” recounted Marisa Grayson. “I look forward to our app making a positive impact for both patients and the HF/E research community.”

The award included a $700 cash prize. The developers of two finalists received $200 each for the following submissions:

  • Care Connect – Coordinating Wound Care, by Kristen Webster, Johns Hopkins University. This app addresses coordinating care team members and provides consistent and reliable instructions for wound care at home. Webster interviewed health care professionals, examined apps on the market, and created prototypes to meet the needs not addressed in existing apps.

  • EasyHealth – An Integrated Health Monitoring and Management App for Seniors, by Sommayah Soliman, Harshada Tupe, Mai Chee Vang, and Javy Wang, San Jose State University; Adviser: Anthony D. Andre. The team conducted interviews with older adults to discover needs and challenges such as impaired physical and cognitive capabilities, as well as success criteria to develop a high-fidelity prototype. The app aims to make medication and appointment reminders easier for this population, for whom apps of this type are lacking.

Commented competition chair Richard Holden, “This year, in addition to innovative apps using the HF/E approach to design and evaluation, we were pleased to see submissions such as RecorDr. slated for deployment into the consumer marketplace.”

The purpose of the “Mobile Health Applications for Consumers” Student Design Competition is to showcase the application of HF/E methods and design principles to the design of a mobile health application for consumers or their informal caregivers and community. It also showcases how the HF/E approach to such an application can lead to a useful, usable, and satisfying user experience while improving patient outcomes such as knowledge, safety, adherence, or health.

Details about submitting an application for the 2019 Mobile Health Applications competition will be available in the summer.

HFES thanks Phillips Medisize for sponsoring the 2018 “Mobile Health Applications for Consumers” Student Design Competition.

FPE Ergonomics Practitioner of the Year Award – Don’t Miss Out! Deadline Extended

By H. Harvey Cohen and Waldemar Karwowski, Board of Directors, Foundation for Professional Ergonomics

The Foundation for Professional Ergonomics (FPE) proudly announces a redirection of its newest award. In addition to their Dieter Jahns student award, established in 2010, FPE is offering a second award ($1000 US prize as well as name(s) inscribed on a plaque in perpetuity) in recognition for a current project that best demonstrates the beneficial outcome of ergonomics practice in real-world applications.

The award is a continuation of the Ergonomics Practitioner of the Year awarded during the previous two years to four of our colleagues who have demonstrated a lifetime of achievement in ergonomics practice: Andy Imada and Tony Andre of the U.S. in 2016 as well as Tom Stewart and Peter Buckle, both from the UK in 2017.

Nominations are open to all practicing ergonomics professionals anywhere in the world, regardless of their tenure, who, however, are no longer students, but rather have completed their last academic work at least three years previously.

Submissions can be made individually or as a group. They should provide adequate descriptions in English, illustrations or photos, and details that address the judging criteria, similar to those of the Dieter Jahns student award. Entries will be judged by a panel from the FPE Board of Directors and its international ambassadors. Go to www.ergofoundation.org for further details or contact Harvey Cohen directly harvey@erroranalysis.com with any unanswered questions.

The deadline for submission has been extended to June 30, 2018.

APRIL 12, 2018

HFES at the USA Science and Engineering Festival

For the fourth time, a team of HFES members staffed a booth at the biennial USA Science and Engineering Festival Expo in Washington, DC, to promote the HF/E field and profession. As for past festivals, the HFES booth was themed “It’s Not You; It’s a Bad Design!” This year’s expo, which was held April 7–8, is estimated to have drawn more than 300,000attendees.


From left: Molly Kluck and Jimmy Gaudaen

Led by Public Outreach Committee Chair Gary Orr, the team offered engaging demonstrations and fun giveaways to schoolchildren and their parents. In one demo, about 400 kids were challenged to follow instructions to fill three types of medication cases of varying complexity using Skittles as the pills. (See the videofeaturing Bridget Lewis explaining the pill box to some visitors, as well as booth volunteer staff members Molly Kluck and Mark Call). In another, 300 children attempted to build a toy spaceship using either simple or complex instructions. Examples of good and bad designs were displayed, and QR codes for the HFES Web site were distributed.

HFES is grateful to the Foundation for Professional Ergonomics and the Potomac Chapter for providing sponsorship support.


From left:  Topher Marshall and Matthew Witbeck (seated)

The Society also thanks the organizing team for making this event such a success: Gary Orr, Spencer Kohn, Andy Dattel, Gretchen Macht, Elizabeth Lazzarra, Bridget Lewis, and Karen Jacobs. The demo development team, led by Spencer Kohn, included Mark Call, Andy Stets, Molly Kluck, Jimmy Gaudaen, Patrick Weis, Aziz Abubshait, Christopher Marshall, and Matt Witbeck. Additional on-site volunteers were Andy Stets, Patrick Weis, Aziz Abubshait, and Spencer Kohn.

NSF Workshop on Effect of Autonomous Truck on the U.S. Economy Call for Participation

With funding from the National Science Foundation, the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) is leading a workshop that aims to bring together a diverse group of participants engaged in Human-Technology Frontier (HTF) projects to share their experiences on to the Effect of Autonomous Trucks on the U.S. Economy. The goal of this workshop is to identify multidiscipline collaboration through which the National Science Foundation (NSF) and other stakeholders can identify inputs for future program solicitations. This workshop will identify the most critical unanswered questions as well as potential solutions related to the effects autonomous trucks will have on the U.S. economy and, more specifically, how autonomous trucks will affect the current and future truck workforce.

The workshop will be held on Thursday, June 28, and Friday, June 29, 2018 at NSF headquarters in Arlington, VA. Attendees will include a combination of invited participants and a diverse range of academics and stakeholders who will be selected based upon Position Statements (described below).  Some participants will be offered a stipend to offset travel and lodging expenses, but this will be minimal (e.g., $500–$700). Position Statements with multiple authors are welcome, especially those representing a multidisciplinary, collaborative team, but the number of invited participants and travel support may be limited based on space and available funds.

Participants will be drawn primarily from the following disciplines: engineers, computer scientists, regulators, truck drivers, truck management, economists, educators, lawyers, insurers, psychologists, and sociologists. Those who have unique perspectives on the unanswered questions or data needed to support future models are encouraged to submit a Position Statement, including engineering challenges in developing automated trucks and associated infrastructure; licensure and regulations; liability, privacy, and cyber security; education and training; and economics.

Position Statement: To be considered for participation, please submit a 1-page statement, 1-inch margins, 12-point font, single spaced that is responsive to the goal of the workshop. Position Statements should convey prior experience and/or future plans for HTF research collaborations with autonomous truck stakeholders—specifically, dimensions of successful partnerships, potential or perceived impediments to success, and any generalizable best practices based upon your experiences. Position statements should focus on models for collaboration and/or research descriptions.

Participants may be selected based on their Position Statements, considering their unique perspectives or experiences that would benefit deliberations during the workshop, as well as their representation within HTF stakeholder groups mentioned above. Previous experience with autonomous trucks is not required in order to submit a Position Statement. Additionally, prior NSF support is not required. Early stage researchers and individuals from underrepresented groups are encouraged to submit.

Please send your Positions Statement as a PDF attachment via e-mail to Jeff Hickman (jhickman@vtti.vt.edu). Please include Convergence HTF Autonomous Trucks Workshop: Position Statement in the subject line. To be fully considered, position statements are due by May 7, 2018, with notification by May 13, 2018.

For more information, visit https://www.vtti.vt.edu/atw or contact Jeff Hickman.

Students and Professors! Don't Miss out on Award and Cash Prizes

By Robert J. Smillie, President, Foundation for Professional Ergonomics

The deadline to apply for the Dieter W. Jahns Student Practitioner Award has been extended to June 30,  2018. This annual award is given to the student (or group of students) for an ergonomics project that demonstrates the major practice areas of ergonomics: analysis, design, validation, and implementation. The award is open to MS and PhD students worldwide who are in ergonomics and ergonomics-related programs. Students who have completed their graduate degrees in the past year are also eligible.

In addition to the award, there is a $1,000 prize, both of which will be presented during the HFES Annual Meeting, October 1–5, 2018, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The winner does not have to attend the meeting to receive the award. In addition, a certificate and $1,000 will be awarded to the professor who served as the mentor for the student project. The cash award is made to the university department or lab for the professor’s discretionary use to advance education in the practice of ergonomics and human factors. The student(s), professor, and university will be recognized on the Foundation for Professional Ergonomics Web site as recipients of the award, and a summary of the student project will be posted. Go to www.ergofoundation.org for complete details on criteria and format. Submissions should be sent electronically to Dr. Robert J. Smillie (robert.smillie@cox.net).

APRIL 5, 2018

HFES Awards Submission Deadline Extended to April 30

Although a number of nominations for HFES awards have been received, the Society invites Full Members, Fellows, and Emeritus Fellows to nominate worthy candidates for any of the following awards, in particular those in bold type. Further details about each award may be found on the Awards Web page.

  • Hal W. Hendrick Distinguished International Colleague Award recognizes a non-U.S. citizen who has made outstanding contributions to the human factors/ergonomics field. 

  • Jack A. Kraft Innovator Award honors a person for significant efforts to extend or diversify the application of HF/E principles and methods to new areas of endeavor. 

  • Paul M. Fitts Education Award recognizes a person who has made exceptional contributions to the education and training of HF/E specialists. 

  • R. Lauer Safety Award recognizes a person for outstanding contributions to human factors aspects in the broad area of safety.

  • Alexander C. Williams, Jr., Design Award recognizes those who have made outstanding contributions to the conception or design of any product, service, or system that has had a significant impact on users and exemplifies the excellent use of empirical human factors/ergonomics design principles. 

  • Oliver Keith Hansen Outreach Award recognizes members and nonmembers who engage in significant activities that broaden awareness of the existence of the human factors/ergonomics profession and the benefits it brings to humankind.

  • The William C. Howell Young Investigator Award recognizes a person for demonstrating outstanding contributions to HFES through professional scientific contributions as a young investigator. 

  • The Bentzi Karsh Early-Career Service Award recognizes a person for demonstrating outstanding contributions to HFES through professional service and outreach activities as a student and early-career professional.

Candidates, who need not be HFES members, may self-nominate or ask colleagues to submit nominations on their behalf.

To submit a nomination for one of the awards, please provide, in a single PDF file,

  • the candidate's résumé or curriculum vitae,

  • a nominating letter, and

  • at least two and not more than three letters of support from individuals who know the candidate well enough to assess his or her candidacy in terms of the award's criteria.

Send the PDF file to Interim Executive Julie Freeman by April 30.

DOT Hosts Public Meetings on Autonomous Vehicles

By Lewis-Burke Associates, LLC

During the month of March, the Department of Transportation (DOT) held multiple public meetings to address issues pertaining to autonomous vehicles (AVs), as the government has taken an increasing interest in planning for the integration and ensuring the safety of AV technology. These meetings follow DOT Secretary Elaine Chao’s January announcement of opportunities for stakeholders to submit comments on Automated Vehicles 3.0 (AV 3.0), the newest iteration of the regulatory framework guiding the testing, integration, and oversight of AVs. During this announcement, requests for comments (RFCs) were released by multiple agencies within DOT on a variety of issues pertaining to automated vehicles.

On March 1, DOT held a public session to solicit input regarding AV 3.0. Secretary Chao discussed DOT’s ongoing efforts in automation as well as the opportunities for AV technologies to increase mobility and mitigate fatalities caused by human error. The public session also included three panels: one of industry experts, one of state-level officials, and one of leaders from each of the DOT modal agencies.

The panels involved discussions on key, cross-cutting AV issues such as emerging opportunities, how to improve consumer acceptance and trust in AV technology, the need for continued research and development, and the burden that regulations may pose for innovation in this area.

On March 6, DOT’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) hosted a public meeting to address current regulatory barriers to AV testing and deployment. The discussion focused on the federal motor vehicle safety standards (FMVSS) in the context of AVs and how they might be updated to address emerging technologies. Many of the existing standards assume that a human driver is operating the vehicle and that vehicle architectures (steering wheel, forward-facing seats, side and rearview mirrors) will remain the same. The ongoing question for stakeholders has been how to update guidance for the testing, evaluation, and integration of AVs on public roads without sacrificing safety in the process.

Human factors research and engagement with HF experts was specifically noted in the conversation about vehicle architectures, with a particular emphasis on seat configuration. As the test dummies currently being used are designed for forward-facing seating, additional research and engagement with the HF community would be required for testing in the future. The public is encouraged to submit input, which will be considered as the agency continues to formulate an AV research and evaluation strategy.

Sources and additional information:

Lewis-Burke Associates LLC, a leading Washington, DC-based government relations and consulting firm, represents the public policy interests of scientific societies and institutions of higher education. Lewis-Burke's staff of about 20 government relations professionals works to promote the federal research and policy goals of HFES and the HF/E community.

Save the Date! Find the Right Match at the On-Site Career Center

Employers and job seekers can benefit from participating in the HFES On-Site Career Center to meet informally and in prearranged interviews during the 2018 Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The On-Site Career Center will be open at the following times:

  • Monday, October 1, 1:00 to 6:00 p.m.

  • Tuesday and Wednesday, October 2–3, 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

  • Thursday, October 4, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Organizations with an active job posting in the Online Career Center during the Annual Meeting may reserve interview booths, tables, or both at the On-Site Career Center. Download a reservation form or contact us at 310/394-1811 or careercenter@hfes.org.


Employers are encouraged to post job openings in the Online Career Center before the start of the Annual Meeting so the posting is current during the On-Site Career Center interview times. This will provide candidates time to search the database and give employers time to review résumés and schedule meetings with potential candidates. HFES assists with the scheduling of interviews at the On-Site Career Center, but final scheduling remains the sole responsibility of the prospective employer.


Candidates looking for a job or seeking new career opportunities are encouraged to post their résumés and search for jobs in the Online Career Center. Résumé posting and job searching are for HFES members only.


If you plan to be available for interviews at the Annual Meeting, bring along copies of your résumé and visit the On-Site Career Center page to see a listing of employers conducting interviews during the Annual Meeting. Check back often, as this list will be updated frequently.

More Philadelphia Highlights

While you’re making plans to attend the Annual Meeting this year, take note of these featured sessions. Stay tuned in June for the specific date and time.

“Elaborating the Human Aspect of the NIST Framework for Cyber-Physical Systems” is a panel session featuring representatives from the National Institute of Standards and Technology and HFES members representing a number of TGs. NIST developed the Framework for Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS), which may be used to assess how to design, build, and manage CPS. For instance, a city implementing a traffic management system that includes real-time predictive analytics and adaptation and optimization must consider all aspects of such a system of systems’ functioning and integrations with other systems. This panel aims to elaborate Human Aspect concerns of the framework, as well as constructs and relevant methods.

“Me and My VE, Part 5: Applications in Human Factors Research and Practice.” The latest offering in this series from the Virtual Environments TG aims to demonstrate some of the distinct and diverse uses of virtual environments and mixed-reality environments. The session will begin with each demonstrator providing a brief overview of the virtual environment and a description of how it has been used to address a particular problem or research need. Live demos of the VE follow.

“Mentors, Mentees, and Building a Board of Directors: The Big Questions in Personal and Career Development through Mentorship,” offered by the Education TG, will use interactive and engaging methods to discuss what effective mentor and mentee-ship looks like, how to identify potential mentors, and how to be a mentor to others.

Feedback and Next Steps for the HFE WOMAN Group

By Jamie Rodica and Ashley M. Hughes, University of Illinois at Chicago, HFE WOMAN

At the 2017 HFES Annual Meeting, 154 women met to foster professional development opportunities during the HFE Women’s Organization for Mentoring and Networking (HFE WOMAN) HFES-sponsored luncheon. (For more information about this event, please see past Bulletin posts from 2016 and 2017).

We created a survey to gather feedback from attendees regarding their level of satisfaction (from 1 = very dissatisfied to 7 = very satisfied) and relative importance of eight aspects of the lunch (from 1 = most important to 8 = least important) to identify areas of improvement for future lunches. Survey participants rated the following eight aspects of the lunch: guest speaker, food quality, venue accessibility, table size, cost to participate, size of lunch, duration of lunch, and activities that occurred during the lunch (e.g., sharing recent accomplishments). Roughly a third of the individuals (n = 50) voluntarily participated in a survey about their experience.

Overall, most respondents rated the lunch favorably (= 6.02), and several participants rated their satisfaction as very high for the venue’s accessibility from the conference hotel (= 6.36), cost to participate (= 6.18), and the luncheon activity of “sharing accomplishments” (= 6.06). The most highly ranked element (ranked = 1/8; = 13; 26%), participation in the activity of sharing professional and personal accomplishments, was described to be inspiring for others. A few women commented that they enjoyed hearing other people’s accomplishments, which led to being able to network with others. However, others noted a lack of relatability in this activity, as sharing obstacles and failures was not a part of the conversation. In general, 38% of the respondents in the survey enjoyed attending the lunch. This was supported by appreciative comments such as “thank you” or “great idea!”

As part of this survey, we sought feedback to identify areas of improvement for future HFES-sponsored women’s group luncheons. Although average ratings of satisfaction for the lunch were high, participants rated the quality of the food (= 5.04) and the duration of the lunch (= 5.84) as only slightly satisfactory. In looking at the relative importance of these aspects, however, the majority of respondents rated the quality of the food (ranked = 7/8; = 10; 20%) as less important compared with other aspects of the lunch. Duration of the lunch was ranked as very important (ranked = 3/8; =9, 18%), meaning that future luncheons should seek to optimize the time to best accommodate attendees’ schedules.

Participants particularly focused on improving seating arrangements, with the size of the tables (= 5.60) and number of attendees (= 5.94) as additional aspects warranting improvement. Forty percent of survey respondents (= 50) felt that the level of noise at the venue was an issue, making it difficult to communicate with other attendees. Some felt this may be due to the acoustics of the room (= 6), which is disappointing given that 36% of individuals (ranked = 2/8, 3/8; = 18) believed that the venue was very important.

Finally, one area noting improvement received mixed results from respondents: 32% rated cost as very important (ranked = 2/8, 3/8), whereas 32% rated this aspect as not or least important (rank = 7/8 or 8/8). In reflecting on this mixed response, we will consider the cost of attendance at future lunch gatherings based on student status and will seek to collect this information in future survey(s).

Almost all attendees expressed an interest in participating in the event again, demonstrating the value for continuing to offer these lunches at future HFES meetings. We thank HFES for continued support of the women’s group efforts and encourage anyone who is interested in learning more, getting involved, or sponsoring women’s group efforts to contact us directly at hfewomensgroup@gmail.com


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