2018 August

AUGUST 30, 2018


Five Days Left for HFES 2018 Early-Bird Registration Rates

Last Call for Silent Auction Donations


HFES Election Results
By Christopher R. Reid, Chair, Nominations and Elections Committee

Congress Passes and President Trump Signs FY 2019 NDAA Conference Agreement
By Lewis-Burke Associates, LLC

Submit Your NEM Best Action Plans
By Elizabeth Phillips, Chair, NEM Subcommittee

International HF/E News Update
By David Rempel, IEA Representatives Committee

In Memoriam: Harold R. Booher
By Glenn Osga

AUGUST 23, 2018


Annual Meeting Early Registration Deadline Extended to September 4

Childcare Services at the Annual Meeting


Proposals Welcome for 2019 Health Care Symposium

Annual Meeting Plenary to Focus on School Violence

Podcast Human Factors Cast Featured at HFES 2018

Arnold Small Lecture: “The Safety Force Field”

Plan to Attend Student Career and Professional Development Day
By Farzan Sasangohar, Student Affairs Committee Cochair

AUGUST 16, 2018


Register for the Annual Meeting by August 27 and Save


EID Editor Candidates Sought

Add Your Voice. Cast Your Vote

AUGUST 9, 2018


Contribute Your Art for the Silent Auction


2018 Election of Officers

Space Still Available for HF/E Science Advocacy Session

New to HFES and the Annual Meeting?

Students: Apply to Attend the UX Day Leadership Development Workshop
By Moni Gmitro, UX Day Leadership Development Committee

Aviation Psychology Symposium Call for Proposals

AUGUST 2, 2018


National Academies Releases Postworkshop Report on Neuroforensics and Emerging Neurotechnologies
By Lewis-Burke Associates, LLC

Election Reminder and Update

Annual Meeting Hot Topics

Practitioner Track at HFES 2018

Showcase Your Creativity in the HFES 2018 Silent Auction

HFES Election Results

By Christopher R. Reid, Chair, Nominations and Elections Committee

The 2018 Executive Council (EC) election offered voting members a strong slate of candidates to vote for. It is with great pleasure that I introduce to you our newly elected officers and EC members:

M. Susan Hallbeck, Mayo Clinic

Caroline G. L. Cao, Wright State University

At-Large Executive Council
Thomas J. Albin, High Plains Engineering Services, LLC
Nancy L. J. Larson, Nancy LJ Larson Consulting, LLC

The EC looks forward to meeting, inducting, and putting them to work at our upcoming business meeting in Philadelphia on September 29, when their terms begin. I’d like to once again thank our voting members for another successful nomination and election campaign.

Congress Passes and President Trump Signs FY 2019 NDAA Conference Agreement

By Lewis-Burke Associates, LLC

On August 13, President Trump signed into law the fiscal year (FY) 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) at a ceremony at Fort Drum in New York. This follows the Senate’s passage of the bill on August 1 on a 87-10 vote, and the House’s passage of the bill on July 26 by a vote of 359-54. The FY 2019 bill would authorize $708.1 billion in discretionary funding for the Department of Defense (DoD), which includes $639 billion for base functions and $69 billion for Overseas Contingency Operations.

The NDAA is an annually passed bill that authorizes funding levels and policy for the DoD. The NDAA conference agreement, which negotiates differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill, reflects the focus of both the administration and Congress on prioritizing military readiness and modernization and alignment of DoD activities with the National Defense Strategy. The NDAA would authorize $91.2 billion in research, development, test, and evaluation (RDT&E) funds, 6.2% above the FY 2018 enacted level. The science and technology (S&T) accounts would receive a 4.5% increase. The basic research accounts across the services would see increases, while the defense-wide basic research account would see a 0.5% decrease.

The NDAA also contained several provisions of interest to HFES members.

The bill would authorize the establishment of a National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (AI). The commission, consisting of 15 members nominated by the Secretary of Defense as well as the chairmen and ranking members of relevant committees, would consider recommendations necessary to advance the development of artificial intelligence-related technologies to address U.S. national security and defense needs. Specifically, the commission would review issues such as policies needed to maintain a technological advantage in AI, investments in basic and advanced research, education and workforce needs, opportunities for international collaboration, and risks and ethical issues stemming from advances in AI technology for defense and national security purposes. The commission will submit its recommendations in a report to the president and Congress. This comes as DoD and Congress have taken an increased interest in AI and its potential impacts and benefits to society.

The bill would establish a National Commission on Military Aviation Safety, following reporting that the Air Force has had the highest rate of military aviation mishaps in six years, resulting in an increasing number of deaths in the military. This commission, which consists of eight members appointed by the president and the chairmen and ranking members of the Congressional Armed Services Committees, would undertake a comprehensive study assessing the rates of military aviation mishaps between FY 2013 and 2018; the causes contributing to military aviation mishaps as well as underlying causes contributing to unexplained physiological effects that may lead to mishaps; and recommended changes to safety, training, maintenance, personnel, or other policies that may strengthen military aviation safety. The commission would submit a report to the president and to the Congressional Armed Services Committees before March 2020.

The NDAA also included a provision in the conference agreement, known as Section 1286, that would require the Secretary of Defense to establish an initiative to support the protection of academic researchers working on sensitive research relevant to national security from undue influence, including through foreign talent programs and other security threats, by developing policies, training, regulations, and procedures in collaboration with academic organizations. The conference committee provision replaced an ambiguous provision in the House NDAA introduced by Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) that would have directed the secretary to develop a requirement for applicants pursuing DoD educational or academic training and research funding to certify they are not participating in foreign talent and recruitment programs associated with China, Iran, Russia, or North Korea. The conference provision was supported by the research community as a replacement for the Gallagher Amendment, as the initiative allows for collaboration between DoD and the academic community to address the issue while avoiding unnecessary and unintended negative impacts to institutions that apply or receive DoD funding.

Sources and Additional Information:

  • The full NDAA FY 2019 conference report and bill language is available here.

  • The joint explanatory statement for the FY 2019 NDAA is available here.

  • A comprehensive analysis of the NDAA FY 2019 conference report is available here.

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.

Submit Your NEM Best Action Plans

By Elizabeth Phillips, Chair, NEM Subcommittee

It’s time again to submit your entries for the Best Action Plan (BAP) Competition for National Ergonomics Month (NEM)! We welcome individual and group submissions for the BAP competition.

The Action Plan is a proposal to complete activities that support human factors/ergonomics outreach in local communities around the world. Plans can consist of any outreach activities, including workshops, volunteer work, community service, educational modules, community events such as scavenger hunts, or materials that aid in informing lay audiences — young and old — about the HF/E field and its contributions to the general public. We’ve had some excellent submissions over the years.

Tapping into the 14 Grand Challenges for Engineering (e.g., sustainability, vulnerability, wellness, health care, living a joyful and meaningful life) advanced by the National Academy of Engineering, the NEM committee plans to incorporate the topic theme of Joy of Living, with other challenges incorporated in subsequent years.

What You Can Do
The NEM Committee invites members and nonmembers to craft NEM Action Plans with activities that overlap with the larger theme of Joy of Living. Here are just a few examples:

  • Host a tour in virtual reality and allow others to explore places they would otherwise be unable to experience. 

  • Entertain a gamification event to illustrate the benefits of serious games. 

  • Design outreach activities to help students better engineer their own well-being. 

Although plans that incorporate the theme are encouraged, all plans will be considered. The action plans will be evaluated, and the top plans will be awarded Gold, Silver, or Bronze designations with monetary awards.

To participate in the 2018 contest, please include the following information in a Microsoft Word document or PDF and e-mail it as an attachment to elizabeth_phillips1@brown.edu by WednesdaySeptember 12, 2018:

  • Title of the action plan.

  • Proposer name(s), address, e-mail address, and daytime phone number.

  • Names of other professionals and/or students participating in organizing or implementing the action plan.

  • Whether the entry is on behalf of an HFES local or student chapter (and, if the latter, the chapter name).

  • Brief description of the action plan. What activities are planned?

  • Timeline for the action plan. When will it be implemented?

  • Goal(s) of the action plan. What does it seek to accomplish?

  • What audience(s) does the action plan target (e.g., community, students, corporations, government)?

​Best Action Plan winners are invited to present their outcomes at the NEM EXPO, which takes place on Monday, October 1, at the HFES Annual Meeting in Philadelphia.

International HF/E News Update

By David Rempel, IEA Representatives Committee

The 20th International Ergonomics Association (IEA) Congress (August 26–30) in Florence, Italy, drew more than 1,600 attendees from more than 70 countries. Our very own Kathleen Mosier was elected to be the next president of IEA–the first woman to serve in this role. The Ergonomics Society of Nigeria became the 68th Federated Society to join IEA.

Mark your calendars for the next IEA Congress, which will be held in Vancouver, Canada, June 13–18, 2021.

In Memoriam: Harold R. Booher

By Glenn Osga

      Harold R. Booher

Harold R. (Hal) Booher died on May 18, 2018. Hal was a Fellow of HFES, a prolific author, and an esteemed long-time contributor to our society and its members.

In 1960, Hal received a BA in mathematics and physics from Depauw University and, concurrently, a BS in electrical engineering from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. He earned his MS in experimental psychology from The George Washington University in 1967 and his PhD in human factors from The Catholic University in 1973. 

Hal's first job after college was with the U.S. Patent Office as a patent examiner, followed by work as a patent advisor with Naval Ordnance Systems Command in Washington, DC. In 1969, he moved to Naval Air Systems Command as a human factors officer until 1974, followed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. He joined the Navy Personnel R&D Center in San Diego in 1976 and became head of Human Factors Department at Systems Exploration Inc. (SEI) in 1978. In 1980, I had the distinct pleasure and honor to work with Hal at SEI. His wisdom and guidance toward high-quality human factors work greatly influenced my subsequent human factors career.

In the 1980s, Hal moved into the nuclear human factors domain first as a manager at NUS Corp in Maryland and then as the Branch Chief for the Human Factors Directorate at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in Bethesda until 1986. That year, he became Director of Manprint, Department of the Army, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel, serving until his retirement from U.S. Government service in 1995. After retirement, he served as an independent consultant and continued his prolific writing into 2018. Hal authored more than 300 technical reports and presentations, more than 60 publications and, 25+ high-level committee memberships. Hal was editor and author of the books "MANPRINT, An Approach to Systems Integration" and editor of "The Handbook of Human-Systems Integration" in 2003.

Hal received numerous awards, including the HFES Jack Kraft award, in 2015. He served HFES as an Executive Council Member, Chair of Public Interest Committee, Associate Editor of Ergonomics in Design, reviewer of numerous publications, awards judge, and monthly column on Congressional Public Interest in the HFES Bulletin.

In recent years, Hal wrote many scholarly works on theology, within the context of science and philosophy. He never stopped inquiring, analyzing, and writing. His human factors career was conducted as a service to countless others, and he never retired from participation in human factors or theological studies. All who knew him were inspired by him, learned from him, and were charmed by his unending ability to smile, laugh, and be both brilliant and humble at the same time. 

Hal is survived by his wife Anne; children Catherine, Alice, Susanna, and John; eight grandchildren; and three siblings.

AUGUST 23, 2018

Proposals Welcome for 2019 Health Care Symposium

HFES is pleased to announce the opening of the Call for Proposals for the 2019 International Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care. Next year's symposium will be held March 24-27 at the Chicago Hilton.


Proposals can address any of the following topics:

The eighth symposium once again offers a forum for all stakeholders in the health care domain to learn about the latest research and application in health care human factors and network with professionals across the spectrum.


The deadline to submit a panel or oral presentation is October 8. Poster submissions are due October 15. Decisions will be made in November. Registration opens in November as well.


Bookmark the main symposium page for updates on accommodations, registration, program details, and more.


Annual Meeting Plenary to Focus on School Violence

On Thursday, October 4, from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m., join HFES president Valerie Rice and panelists Tamara Griffith, U.S. Army Research Lab; Amanda Klinger, The Educator's School Safety Network; and Phelan Wyrick, U.S. Department of Justice for "Preventing Violence in Schools: Does the Human Factors/Ergonomics Profession Have a Role?"This plenary will address school violence by identifying issues and potential solutions, with a focus on how the profession of human factors/ergonomics might play a role in addressing this important societal issue.

Tamara Griffith has nearly 25 years of experience working for the Department of Defense and the U.S. Army.  She conducts research into the use of game technology for learning and training as a chief engineer for the U.S. Army Research Lab, Human Research & Engineering Directorate, Advanced Training & Simulation Division, Advanced Modeling & Simulation Branch. She is the program manager and technical lead for the development of the Enhanced Dynamic Geo-specific Environment (EDGE) Multi-Player Environment, which leverages commercial technology to replicate tactical and first-responder environments.

Amanda Klinger is Director of Operations for the national nonprofit organization The Educators' School Safety Network and has past experience as both an attorney and an educator.  She began her practice in North Carolina, representing clients in civil and criminal proceedings. She also worked in the juvenile justice system as an advocate for youths charged with crimes, and as a parent attorney in abuse, neglect, and dependency proceedings. Klinger brings a practitioner's perspective to the critical legal issues involved in school crisis response, cyberbullying, and the use of technology during crisis events. Along with Amy Klinger, Amanda Klinger coauthored articles in law enforcement and educational journals and has been featured in numerous national media in response to school-based crisis events.

Phelan Wyrick, PhD, is director of the Crime and Crime Prevention Research Division at the National Institute of Justice in the U.S. Department of Justice. He leads a team of social scientists who develop and oversee research and evaluation projects related to violence prevention, school safety, firearms violence, gangs, terrorism, human trafficking, hate crime, and white-collar crime. He is director of NIJ’s Comprehensive School Safety Initiative, with more than 90 active research and evaluation projects funded at over $240 million. Since joining the Department in 1998, he has held multiple leadership positions with responsibility for developing federal research, programs, and policy.

Podcast Human Factors Cast Featured at HFES 2018

HFPodcast.jpgHuman Factors Cast, a weekly podcast hosted by human factors engineers Nick Roome and Blake Arnsdorff, is dedicated to investigating the impacts of emerging technologies in the news from a human factors, psychology, and design perspective. They have recorded more than 110 episodes, including bonus coverage from several conferences.

This year, Human Factors Cast is partnering with HFES to cover the wide variety of emerging topics in the community from this year’s Annual Meeting and ErgoX, including challenges to multidisciplinary collaboration, the new directions of IoT, and much more. Human Factors Cast will be live at HFES 2018, where Nick and Blake will conduct special interviews with various speakers and panelists, as well as provide daily recaps of each day’s events. Please be sure to check out the schedule for times for live broadcasting in Philadelphia. Also, if you’d like to watch or listen to the show, you can find them on YouTube and SoundCloud, or on the Apple podcast app under “Human Factors Cast.”

Arnold Small Lecture: “The Safety Force Field”

Michael E. Wiklund ​

Michael E. Wiklund will present the 2018 Arnold M. Small Lecture in Safety on Wednesday, October 3, at 2:00 p.m.

A force field consists of opposing forces that push against each other and potentially move a boundary plane. In other words, there is a tug-of-war. Metaphorically speaking, these contests persist in many domains with regard to product and system safety. In many cases, the boundary layer is government regulation and industry standards.

Wiklund’s lecture will elaborate on the safety force field that exists in the medical device industry as well as how it applies to other industries. His work in human factors has focused on helping medical device manufacturers meet or exceed regulator’s expectations and standards for the application of human factors engineering (HFE) to ensure product and system safety and effectiveness.

Based on decades of accumulated experience, he will comment on the relatively weak forces that enabled sluggish adoption of HFE practices in the early 2000s and how stronger forces (governmental and commercial) have moved the “boundary layer” in the past 5 years, resulting in today’s HFE renaissance in the medical industry.

Wiklund will also comment on the recent shift in the view of medical error being cited as the third leading cause of death in the United States.

Michael Wiklund serves as general manager of the human factors engineering (HFE) practice at UL (Underwriters Laboratories). Previously, he founded Wiklund Research & Design, a human factors consulting firm that UL acquired in 2012. He has more than 30 years of experience in human factors engineering, much of which has focused on medical technology development, optimizing hardware and software user interfaces as well as user documentation.

He is a Certified Human Factors Specialist and Licensed Professional Engineer. He is author, coauthor, or editor of several books on human factors, including Usability Testing of Medical DevicesHandbook of Human Factors in Medical Device Design, and Medical Device Use Error – Root Cause Analysis. He is one of the primary authors of today's most pertinent standards and guidelines on human factors engineering of medical devices: AAMI HE75 and IEC 62366. In additional to leading UL's human factors engineering practice, he is a Professor of the Practice at Tufts University, where he teaches graduate courses on HFE, including applying HFE in medical technology development.

Plan to Attend Student Career and Professional Development Day

By Farzan Sasangohar, Student Affairs Committee Cochair

Building on its recent success, this year the Student Affairs Committee will continue hosting the Student Career and Professional Development Day on the first day of Annual Meeting, Monday, October 1. This all-day event will feature several interactive sessions aimed at helping students navigate a variety of career-related topics. This year, panelists include early- and mid-career industry professionals and academicians who will share their postgraduation experiences with the student members.

As of August 23, the schedule for the 2018 Student Career Day is as follows:

Session 1: Transitioning From Student to Professional 
Chair: Taylor Kunkes, University at Buffalo, SUNY

Students will have a chance to hear from recent graduates on their experiences transitioning from their program to working in the "real world" and professionals in academia and industry. Panelists include:

  • Rebeca Berg, Yale New Haven Health

  • Ashley Hughes, University of Illinois

  • Michael Jenkins, Charles River Analytics 

Session 2: Build Your Network Through Speed Networking Bingo 
Co-Chairs: Carolina Rodriguez-Paras, Texas A&M University and Taylor Kunkes, University of Buffalo

The popular speed networking session will be offered again, with new improvements. This time, students and professionals will play bingo while building their network, which will be a fun and simple way to meet HF/E professionals and expand your professional network. Panelists include:

  • Kathryn Tippey, Design Science

  • Farzan Sasangohar, Texas A&M University

  • Rebeca Berg, Yale New Haven Health

  • Ashley Hughes, University of Illinois

  • Michael Jenkins, Charles River Analytics

Session 3: Human Factors in Practice: Past and Future Directions 
Chair: Sean Kortschot, University of Toronto

Students will have an opportunity to hear human factors practitioners discuss how the role of human factors has changed in the workplace over time and future directions for the field moving forward. Panelists include:

  • Valerie Gawron, MITRE

  • Patrick Stahl, Apple

  • Nathan Lau, Virginia Tech

Mentoring Session
Last year, a well-attended special mentoring program was organized and facilitated by Haydee Cuevas. We are happy to announce that this year Cuevas is organizing a similar event that includes complimentary lunch for Career Day attendees. The session will begin with a brief introduction on mentoring, including its benefits and types of mentoring relationships.

Then the fun begins! The session will follow the format of The Dating Game, which aired on television during the 1960s and 1970s. A mentee will present mentoring-related questions to three prospective mentors, who are hidden from view. At the end of the questioning period, the mentee will choose one of the three mentors. Each mentor-mentee pair will receive a gift card to a local restaurant to continue their dialogue during the meeting week.

AUGUST 16, 2018

EID Editor Candidates Sought

Are you interested in leading the talented team of volunteers and staff who ensure that Ergonomics in Design (EID) remains the premiere HFES publication for the dissemination of applied HF/E work to practitioners? Would you like to be part of the Society's vital outreach efforts? The HFES Scientific Communications and Publications Division invites letters of interest from volunteers to be the editor of EID for a three-year term beginning January 2019.

The editor is responsible for the quality of the publication's content, with the objective of covering a wide variety of balanced and timely topics relevant to HF/E practitioners. The editor works with associate editors and department editors to monitor the quality and timeliness of reviews; invites or develops articles; evaluates the submissions and their reviews; makes final accept/reject decisions; and collaborates with associate editors to ensure a steady stream of submissions.

Currently, EID receives 30–40 articles per year, and it is hoped this number can be increased through the efforts of the editor and editorial board. The editor receives an annual honorarium and is reimbursed for some expenses. Oversight of administrative and editorial production is provided by the HFES Communications Department in collaboration with the SAGE staff, managing the peer-review process and production.

To apply, please send a letter of interest and CV to Communications Director Lois Smith by September 10, 2018, for forwarding to the Publications Committee. The committee will make a recommendation to the Executive Council at its October meeting. The incoming editor will be asked to join the editorial board in November 2018 and will assume responsibilities of the editorship on January 2, 2019.

Feel free to contact Lois Smith (310/394-1811) or Scientific Publications Division Chair William Horrey if you have questions about the processes, scheduling, or other details of the job. We look forward to receiving your letter of interest.

Add Your Voice. Cast Your Vote

Eligible members have the unique opportunity and privilege to determine the future leadership of the Society by participating in this year’s election of officers and at-large Executive Council members. These leaders will help to accomplish our strategic goals and keep the Society on a trajectory for continued growth and success.

If you are a Full Member or Fellow and have not yet voted, please check your e-mail for the link to vote online, or your mail for a ballot to complete and return to HFES. Election ballots are due on or before August 23, but don’t wait until the last minute, just in case you encounter any problems.

To vote online, be sure to use your HFES user name and your member ID number as the password. Forgot your username and ID? Contact Member Services.

AUGUST 9, 2018

2018 Election of Officers

Don’t wait until the last minute to cast your ballot in the 2018 HFES election!


Voting in the 2018 Executive Council Election closes on Thursday, August 23, but don’t wait until that day to vote. We have had some glitches with our voter list—which we can fix—but if you try to vote that day, staff won’t be able to help you.


Use this link to vote, and log in by using your HFES user name and member number as your password.


Be sure to have a voice in the future leadership of HFES!

Space Still Available for HF/E Science Advocacy Session

Understanding the U.S. government policy-making process, its impact on the HF/E profession, and how to be an effective advocate can be daunting. More discouraging is the myth that engaging policymakers is beyond the reach of individuals outside the Beltway – especially in the current political environment. Fortunately, there are many tools and avenues that researchers and practitioners alike can use to advance evidence-based decision making while boosting awareness around HF/E issues.

Join HFES Interim Executive Director Julie Freeman and HFES’s Government Relations consultants from Lewis-Burke Associates on Tuesday, October 2, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. for a discussion highlighting the Society’s work advancing priorities related to HF/E, navigating the policy process, and how you can support the Society’s policy agenda in Washington, D.C.

Seating is very limited, so please reserve your spot with Lois Smith by September 4. There will be time after the morning session to pick up some lunch to bring along.

New to HFES and the Annual Meeting?

HFES invites all new members and first-time attendees to a special half-hour session right before the Opening Reception on Monday, October 1.

HFES has many resources to help you grow in your career, but one of the best ones is the connections you make at the Annual Meeting. This special event will give you a head start on developing connections with other attendees and members of the Executive Council.

We will also be holding a raffle to give away a free registration at the 2019 Annual Meeting in Seattle.

Bring your business cards and plan to be there. We will send more details in September.

Also, the "Thriving at the HFES Annual Meeting" webinar provides information, tips, and strategies to help you navigate and flourish at the HFES Annual Meeting. Whether HFES 2018 is your first meeting or you want to "amp up" your participation, hear experienced Annual Meeting panelists discuss these topics and more:

  • The culture of the HFES Annual Meeting

  • How to network at the Opening Reception and beyond

  • National Ergonomics Month activities

  • What you can learn from the Opening Plenary Session

  • Strategies and perspectives on selecting which sessions to attend

  • Participation in technical group meetings

  • How to achieve success at the career center

  • Student-specific activities and resources

  • Post-Annual Meeting follow-up

View the webinar recording and slides. We look forward to seeing you in Philadelphia!

Students: Apply to Attend the UX Day Leadership Development Workshop

By Moni Gmitro, UX Day Leadership Development Committee

We are seeking top emerging student leaders in HFES 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 Annual Meeting in Philadelphia.

Participants who are selected for this learning and networking opportunity will work on a UX challenge with an HFES professional who will serve as the student's mentor. The goal of this activity is to transfer valuable industry experience from a seasoned practitioner to future industry leaders, while establishing a valuable long-term networking relationship that is intended to persist beyond the event.

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. 

To qualify, the student applicant must be enrolled in an academic program during the fall 2018 semester when the Annual Meeting occurs. Additionally, the student is financially responsible for registering and attending the Annual Meeting; there is no discount or travel assistance associated with this opportunity. 

The application can be found here. It requires basic contact information; a summary of societal, academic, research, and applied activities; a brief statement of interest; and contact information for a reference who is a member of the Society. We will ask the reference to provide a brief evaluation and letter of recommendation.

If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact me at sumonthip.c.gmitro@boeing.com.

Aviation Psychology Symposium Call for Proposals

Proposals for posters, papers, symposium and panel sessions, and workshops are sought for the 20th International Symposium on Aviation Psychology, which will be held in Dayton, Ohio, May 7–10, 2019.

Any topic related to the field of aviation psychology is welcomed. Topics on human performance problems and opportunities within aviation systems and design solutions that best utilize human capabilities for creating safe and efficient aviation systems are all appropriate. Students are encouraged to participate in the Stanley Nelson Roscoe Best Student Paper Competition.

The deadline for proposal submissions is October 5, 2018. Visit http://aviation-psychology.org for more information.

AUGUST 2, 2018

National Academies Releases Postworkshop Report on Neuroforensics and Emerging Neurotechnologies

By Lewis-Burke Associates, LLC

On July 6, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (National Academies) Forum on Neuroscience and Nervous System Disorders, in collaboration with the Academies’ Committee on Science, Technology, and Law (CSTL), released the proceedings from a March 6 workshop titled “Neuroforensics: Exploring the Legal Implications of Emerging Neurotechnologies.” The public workshop brought together stakeholders from the scientific and legal communities to explore how advances in neuroscience and neurotechnologies may support and impact the judicial system.

As the scientific community’s understanding of the human brain and the use of neuroimaging technologies have expanded, there has been increased interest in how neuroscience can be used in legal proceedings to support law enforcement and the court system. Hank Greely, a member of the workshop’s planning committee and professor of law, noted that “the law is interested in both bodies and minds… why they did those things, what they were thinking about at the time, and what their intent was. Neuroscience provides possible new lines of evidence to illuminate these inner aspects of behaviors.”

The proceedings noted that emerging imaging technologies may provide for the capabilities to reveal mental states, determine self-control, and predict future behavior that can help to detect deception and lies, criminal intent, mental competency, and pain - all of which may be useful for evidence in legal proceedings. However, workshop attendees representing the scientific community emphasized in the proceedings that, because of a number of issues, it is still too early to use neuroimaging as a reliable method for assessing many of these factors in a court of law.

The workshop also featured a discussion on how to develop a legal framework to establish criteria for the reliability and admissibility of evidence derived from neuroscience and neurotechnologies.

Although issues pertaining to human factors and ergonomics were not featured in the workshop’s discussion, the proceedings reflect an increasing interest in neuroscience, a field of interest to the HF/e community, and how emerging neurotechnologies may impact the broader society.

Sources and Additional Information:

  • The full proceedings for the “Neuroforensics: Exploring the Legal Implications of Emerging Neurotechnologies” workshop, including, the March 6 workshop agenda and list of attendees, can be found here.

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.

Election Reminder and Update

Eligible members are encouraged to vote in the current election of officers and At-Large Executive Council members. The election closes on August 23. Vote online using your HFES Web site user name and member ID number (not your login password).

If you are a Full Member, Fellow, or Emeritus Member or Fellow and have encountered problems while voting online, please contact Stefanie Alexander in Member Services for assistance (stefanie@hfes.org, 310/394-1811).

Annual Meeting Hot Topics

In addition to the Featured Events noted in previous issues of the HFES Bulletin, below is just a sample of the timely topics that will be covered in the HFES 2018 technical program:

  • Consumer protection and slips/trips/falls

  • Cyber attacks and defense

  • Driver distraction and autonomous vehicles

  • Human-robot interaction

  • Mobile health applications

  • Patient-centered human factors/ergonomics

  • Pilot performance, space, and unmanned aircraft systems

  • Trust in automation

  • User experience and user-centered design

  • Virtual reality and environments

  • Workplace safety and ergonomics

For the full lineup of sessions, browse the preliminary program. It’s not necessary to log in to search for speakers and topics.

Register by August 27 to benefit from early-bird discounts.

Spread the word! Help HFES reach audiences that need the latest in human factors/ergonomics research and practice by encouraging them to attend the Annual Meeting. Nonmembers who register for the full meeting will automatically become members and further benefit from access to HFES journals and conference proceedings, among other services. The Twitter hashtag is #HFES2018.


Practitioner Track at HFES 2018

The following sessions make up the new Practitioner Track for the Philadelphia meeting. Feel free to reach out to colleagues who might find these of interest.

Forensic Practice
Forensics Professional
Tuesday, October 2, 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Practitioner Track Keynote by Charles Mauro
“Human Factors Engineering Innovations in the Age of Apple v. Samsung: How HF/E Practice Can Add Major Value to the Intellectual Property Assets of Corporations and Academic Institutions”
General Sessions
Tuesday, October 2, 1:30–3:00 p.m.

Cognitive Considerations for Health Care Practitioners and Consumers
Student Forum; Cosponsored by Health Care
Tuesday, October 2, 1:30–3:00 p.m.

Assistance Systems: Design and Redesign
Surface Transportation
Tuesday, October 2, 3:30–5:00 p.m.

Practitioners Session – Occupational Ergonomics
Occupational Ergonomics
Wednesday, October 3, 8:00–9:30 a.m.

Human Factors and Video Game Research
Virtual Environments
Wednesday, October 3, 8:00–9:30 a.m.

Falls and Premises Liability
Forensics Professional; Cosponsored by Safety
Wednesday, October 3, 10:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

Me and My VE, Part 5: Applications in Human Factors Research and Practice
Virtual Environments
Wednesday, October 3, 2:00–3:30 p.m.

Effects of Prolonged Use of Mixed-Reality Systems in Occupational Settings
Virtual Environments
Friday, October 5, 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.


Showcase Your Creativity in the HFES 2018 Silent Auction

Do you paint or draw? Sculpt? Sew? Craft? If you do, HFES invites you to submit your creation for the Silent Auction. Proceeds from the auction will help to support travel to next year’s Annual Meeting for students and others who have never attended.

The Silent Auction will take place during the Opening Reception on Monday, October 1. Please send the following details to Lois Smith no later than August 31:

  • Name and contact information

  • Title of the work being donated

  • Description of the work, including dimensions, weight, etc.

  • Photo of the work

  • Minimum bid

  • Preferred method for getting the work to Philadelphia

Contact Lois with any questions (310/394-1811).