2018 July

JULY 26, 2018


View the Annual Meeting Technical Group Networking and Business Meeting Schedule


2018 Election of Officers

HFES Executive Council Selects SmithBucklin As Its Association Management Company

Reserve Your Seat for the Mentor-Mentee Luncheons
By Baron C. Summers, Coordinator

A Message for Our U.S. Government Attendees

JULY 19, 2018


Upcoming Learn at WORK Webinars


Senate Appropriations Committee Approves FY 2019 Defense Appropriations Bill
By Lewis-Burke Associates, LLC

2018 Election of Officers

Call for Book Chapters on Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice
By Rod D. Roscoe, Erin K. Chiou, and Abigail R. Wooldridge

New Professional Master's Degree in Human-Computer Interaction & Human Factors
By Philip Kortum, Rice University

Childcare Services at the Annual Meeting

JULY 12, 2018


Annual Meeting Registration Now Open

Browse the Annual Meeting Preliminary Program

View the Human Factors Applications to Cybersecurity Webinar Recording and Slides


Welcome to Philadelphia and the HFES 2018 Annual Meeting
By Steve Marlin, Meeting Planner

Popup Meeting Space Available

Annual Meeting Schedule Update

Congress Continues Push for Appropriations Legislation
By Lewis-Burke Associates, LLC

Support HFES on Amazon Prime Day

JULY 5, 2018


Submit Entries for the Human Factors Prize by July 16

Workload Assessment Methods Book Is Ideal for Students and Practitioners


User-Centered Product Design: What Does Success Look Like?
By Adam Shames, Kathleen Kremer, and Stan Caplan

2018 Health-Care Symposium Proceedings Now Available

Promote Your Organization With a Sponsorship, Exhibit, or Ad

COTG Awards Student Travel Grants for the Annual Meeting

In Memoriam: Ezra Simon Krendel

ONC Announces Funding Opportunity


2018 Election of Officers

The election of HFES officers for 2018 is open. All eligible voters are encouraged to vote. The leaders chosen in this election will help shape HFES’ future direction.

Competing for office in this year's election are the following members:

President-Elect (one position)

Secretary-Treasurer-Elect (one position)

Executive Council Members At-Large (two positions)

The election closes on August 23.

Voting is open only to HFES full Members and Fellows in good standing. If you are an Affiliate, Transitional Associate, or Student Affiliate member, you are not eligible to vote. 

The link for online voting via Votenet.com is https://eballot4.votenet.com/hfes. Use your HFES user name and member number to log in.

For eligible members for whom we do not have a valid e-mail address, ballots are being sent via the U.S. Postal Service. If you do not receive a paper ballot by postal mail, please contact Member Services before the August 23 voting deadline (310-394-1811 or vote@hfes.org).

HFES Executive Council Selects SmithBucklin As Its Association Management Company

On July 19, the Executive Council voted to accept the recommendation of the Search Committee that SmithBucklin be chosen to manage HFES operations beginning November 1, 2018.

SmithBucklin has extensive experience managing scientific societies. Headquartered in Chicago and Washington, D.C., the company was founded in 1949 and has 700 employees. Its mission is “to achieve the mission of the client organizations we serve.”

According to Deborah Boehm-Davis, Search Committee chair, “The committee chose SmithBucklin because of its ability to support current HFES programs and services. It also demonstrated vision in its ideas about how HFES can accomplish its strategic goals.”

The committee used a thorough and multistep selection process. The first step was writing and circulating a Request for Proposal (RPF). It then reviewed 16 proposals received in response to the RPF, narrowing the number of candidates to six. After conducting video interviews with the six semifinalists and checking their references, the committee selected three to visit in person. Finally, committee members weighed the capabilities and culture of the finalists to select SmithBucklin.

According to Kermit Davis, HFES President-Elect and member of the Search Committee, “The SmithBucklin staff I met impressed me with their experience in working with volunteers and managing operations. They listened well and offered great ideas for the Executive Council to consider as it moves forward.”

The HFES office will be located in Washington, D.C. This location will strengthen the Society’s ability to connect with legislators and regulatory agencies and to build coalitions with other scientific societies.

Despite the change in the office location, HFES leaders will ensure that members continue to receive excellent service and that volunteers continue to receive the support they need. SmithBucklin staff will come to Santa Monica to interview current staff, both about their work at HFES and to determine whether current staff members’ skill set is a fit for the SmithBucklin organization. Staff will also have the opportunity to decide whether they would like to work for SmithBucklin.

As Kermit says, “Maintaining institutional knowledge is important to the Council and to members. Staff is currently documenting all their tasks, in case someone else takes over their responsibilities.”

A small transition team will work with SmithBucklin to select a new executive director and determine strategic priorities for the coming year. Kermit will work with the team to ensure a smooth transition to the AMC. “I look forward to working with SmithBucklin to meet current needs for members while expanding the reach of HFES, increasing its brand.”

Some SmithBucklin staff, including the new HFES executive director, will attend the Annual Meeting in Philadelphia in order to meet members and gain more insight into the Society’s culture.

HFES President Valerie Rice says, “I would like to thank Deb and all the members of the Search Committee, which included Kermit, Richard Holden, Tom Eggemeier, Michelle Robertson, Tonya-Jackson Smith, and Julie Freeman. Because of their hard work, HFES is in good hands for the future.”

Reserve Your Seat for the Mentor-Mentee Luncheons

By Baron C. Summers, Coordinator

In the Society's continuing commitment to support mentoring as a vital and valuable professional service, a series of mentor-mentee luncheons will be held during the Annual Meeting to assist students, early-career professionals, and those in career transition to develop mentoring relationships with established professionals in the field. The luncheons will be held from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday and 12:15 to 1:45 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, October 2–4. Complimentary lunch will be provided to attendees.

To keep the luncheons intimate and informal, attendance will be limited to 20 students or new professionals and 5 mentors per session. To reserve your place, complete the online registration form. Be sure to select the Mentee option. Reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, and a waiting list will be established in case of cancellations. If further information is needed, feel free to reach out to Luncheon Coordinator Baron C. Summers.

Celebrating its 14th year, this luncheon series has provided mentoring opportunities for nearly 1,000 attendees. Previous participants have included some of the Society's most distinguished members, with representatives from top companies and universities. We expect many such professionals to join us this year, with different ones participating each day. The theme for Wednesday's luncheon will be user experience, targeting students and professionals interested in design and usability.

To ensure the success of this initiative, we also need involvement from highly regarded HF/E professionals. Please complete the online registration form and select the Mentor option. If you or your organization would like to provide sponsorship support for the any of the luncheons, please contact Lois Smith.

A Message for Our U.S. Government Attendees

We hope that you will be able to attend the 2018 HFES Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, beginning on October 1. We are aware that October is the first day of the federal fiscal year, which could prevent employees of the U.S. government from attending the meeting.

We would like to offer a couple of suggestions for planning to attend, should you wish to do so.

What’s Happening on October 1
As you may know, the technical program begins on Tuesday, October 2. These are the events planned for Monday, October 1:

  • ErgoX Exoskeletons Symposium. This has limited seating.

  • Student Career and Professional Development Day

  • Workshops

  • Opening Reception

You can register online without making advance payment by selecting payment by check instead of credit card. When your registration is complete, you’ll receive an e-mail confirmation that also serves as an invoice for making payment. When you arrive at the meeting, simply go to the Special Needs counter on site to pay the registration fee.

Should you choose to pay for your attendance but find you’re not able to attend due to federal budgetary restrictions, HFES will waive the usual cancellation fee(s).

You can reserve a room at the Philadelphia Marriott without making advance payment. Although the hotel requires credit card information to hold the reservation, no transaction is completed until you check out. By making the reservation on or before September 9, you will ensure that you are eligible for the discounted conference room rate.

Please contact HFES Member Services if we may assist you in any way to ensure you can attend with minimal disruption.

Thanks, and we look forward to seeing in Philadelphia!

JULY 19, 2018

Senate Appropriations Committee Approves FY 2019 Defense Appropriations Bill

By Lewis-Burke Associates, LLC

On June 28, the Senate Appropriations Committee (SAC) approved its fiscal year (FY) 2019 defense appropriations bill with a 30-1 bipartisan vote. The bill would provide $607.1 billion for Department of Defense (DoD) base programs, which is $20.5 billion above the FY 2018 level but $10 billion below the president’s FY 2019 budget request. 

The committee’s recommendations emphasize increased investments in research and development to acquire advanced technologies to defend the nation in a complex and shifting national security environment, with a notable increase for basic research (6.1 accounts) of $529 million (23.3%) more than the president’s budget request. In general, the SAC would allocate $15.4 billion for DoD’s science and technology (S&T) accounts (6.1-6.3), a $563 million (3.8%) increase over the FY 2018 level and $993 million (6.9%) over the House’s bill. The committee prioritized research funding for emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and robotic and autonomous systems.

The committee recommended a $2.5 million increase in funding for Human Factors Engineering Technology under the Army’s Applied Research Budget. The House Appropriations Committee recommended a decrease to this program in its version defense bill. This will be negotiated when the House and Senate bring the bill to conference.

Other committee priorities include the following:

  • Artificial Intelligence: Recommends an additional $308 million to achieve dominance in AI, including increases of $150 million for Project Maven and $83 million for a Joint Artificial Intelligence Center. It directs the Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering to brief the defense committees on a plan for the additional funding.

  • Robotics and Autonomous Systems: Encourages the Secretary of the Navy to support investments in developing autonomous maritime robotic systems, noting that university-based research can play a key role in enhancing a variety of underlying capabilities.

  • National Defense Education Program: Recommends an additional $100 million for basic research under this program, recognizing that the DoD needs further investments in STEM education to support national security.

The Senate is expected to consider the defense spending bill as a package with the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (L-HHS-ED) bill before the end of July. Senate leaders are packaging the two bills to increase odds they will pass, as defense is the top priority for Republicans and programs in the L-HHS-ED bill are a top priority for Democrats.

Sources and Additional Information:

  • Comprehensive analyses of the Senate and House Defense Appropriations Bill are available here and here.

  • The complete text of the SAC defense appropriations bill is available here.

  • The committee report is available here.

  • An audio of the markup of the Defense and Labor-HHS-Ed Appropriations bill 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.


2018 Election of Officers

The election of HFES officers for 2018 will start next week. Voting is open to all HFES Full members and Fellows in good standing. (If you are an Affiliate, Transitional Associate, or Student member, you are not eligible to vote.) For those voting members who have not opted out of voting online and for whom we have valid e-mail addresses, a link for voting will be sent. For all others, ballots are being sent via the U.S. Postal Service.

Call for Book Chapters on Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice

By Rod D. Roscoe, Erin K. Chiou, and Abigail R. Wooldridge

At the 2017 HFES Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas, the Diversity Committee hosted a panel discussion titled, “Challenges and Opportunities for Involvement.” The panel was successful in inspiring awareness, discussion, and new initiatives, as we wrote about last November. It also resulted in the planned publication of a book by CRC Press. In this article, we relay the background of this planned book, and conclude with an invitation to submit a chapter.

A major theme of the 2017 Annual Meeting was that issues of public safety, public health, and justice fundamentally involve human systems, and the complex interactions among people and their technologies, resources, and environments. For example, keynote Ronald Davis spoke about crime, law enforcement, and relationships between law enforcement and communities in the United States. In her Presidential Address, Nancy Cooke discussed the transformation of Medellin, Columbia, once the “murder capital of the world,” via neighborhood integration, public transportation, libraries, schools, and more. In the Arnold M. Small Lecture in Safety Lecture, Victoria Walker from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and Sergeant Javier Rodriguez with Criminal Investigations Division of the Texas Attorney General discussed dire and disheartening challenges related to child sex trafficking.

One goal that emerged from these events was the potential for an edited volume that showcases how human factors principles, methods, expertise, and research could directly advance diversity, inclusion, and social justice. Such a book could document demographic patterns within organizations, identify barriers to diversity and inclusion, or outline worthwhile themes or action items. Moreover, the volume could reveal how those working in human factors/ergonomics research and practice can actively contribute to promoting diversity, including underrepresented individuals, and making society better and more just.

In response, several members of the Diversity Committee formulated an edited volume to provide a coherent and timely venue to highlight work in our field that achieves these goals. Specifically, the book will discuss how HF/E inclusively defined can contribute to making communities, organizations, and technologies more representative, equitable, egalitarian, and respectful. In addition, this book will draw from and appeal to a broad audience of researchers, practitioners, professionals, and students in human factors and ergonomics disciplines.

Human-systems design challenges are ideal problems for HF/E researchers and practitioners to solve, and relate to several already established lines of research and practice, including the following:

  • Universal Design, which entails developing design principles that include individuals with special physical or mental needs and applies these principles in various domains, such as education

  • Cultural Ergonomics, which strives to understand and account for diverse cultural contexts in design

  • Macroergonomics, which provides theoretical underpinnings and methods to investigate sociotechnical systems and systemic issues (such as diversity, inclusion, and social justice)

In sum, the work of HF/E experts is already relevant to issues of designing for access and equity, and this book will broaden the discussion to themes of diversity, inclusion, and social justice.

We aim to include and speak to audiences in allied disciplines, such as community development, criminal justice, education, and public health. Although HF/E represents the core approach of the book, it can be interwoven with many other perspectives relevant to diversity, inclusion, and social justice.

We need your help to make this book a success. Please consider submitting a chapter, or sharing this call with colleagues. Inspired by the diverse input from our panel audience, we welcome several types of chapters, including personal narratives (1,000–1,500 words), quantitative or qualitative research reports (5,000–6,000 words), and theoretical and empirical reviews (7,000–8,000 words). A variety of topics are appropriate, such as discussions of benefits and challenges, special populations, specific settings, and methods for achieving diversity, inclusion, or social justice outcomes.

Chapter proposals are dueSeptember 28, 2018, and full invited chapters will be due in November. However, we encourage and welcome early submissions. For more information about our chapter criteria and how to submit a chapter, please visit https://slatelab.engineering.asu.edu/disj-hse. The detailed description can also be downloaded here.

New Professional Master's Degree in Human-Computer Interaction & Human Factors

By Philip Kortum, Rice University

Rice University has just launched a new Professional Master’s Degree Program in Human-Computer Interaction and Human Factors. The full-time, 2-year program is fully accredited by the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. The program prepares students for employment in industry, government, and research.

The program uses a scientist–practitioner model that trains students to become world-class researchers and practitioners who can excel in both the laboratory and the field. Training focuses on scientific rigor, including knowledge of critical concepts and methods in psychology and how to apply those concepts to real-world problems. Students will be immersed in theory-driven empirical research and develop quantitative skills to analyze their research data and support their design recommendations.

The program is taught by internationally recognized faculty who cover a wide range of research areas and who have connections to industries in Houston, including NASA and the Texas Medical Center.

  • Michael Byrne: human performance modeling, cognition, visual attention, decision-making

  • Patricia DeLucia: driving, health care, perception of depth and collision, multisensory integration

  • Philip Kortum: usability, voting human factors, human computer interaction

  • David Lane: educational technology, statistics, Web site design

  • Eduardo Salas: teamwork and team effectiveness, simulation based training, and evaluation of training and development systems

The new program requires 37 semester credit hours, a capstone research project, and an industrial internship. Applications are being accepted for the fall 2019 semester. More information can be found in the HFES Graduate Program Directory or at psychology.rice.edu/MHCIHF.

Childcare Services at the Annual Meeting

Attendees who wish to obtain the services of childcare professionals during the Annual Meeting may contact Your Other Hands, a service recommended by the Philadelphia Marriott, our headquarters hotel.

Nannies are available at $20/hour for one child and $2.50/hour for each additional child, plus $10/day for transportation. There is a three-hour minimum. All nannies are bonded and covered under the company’s Traveler’s Liability Insurance.

Nannies supply a complete first aid kit and yoga mats for children to rest or sit on. Service can be provided in the attendee’s hotel room or elsewhere in the hotel.

HFES suggests that reservations be made by September 10, which may qualify Annual Meeting attendees for a discounted rate.

Cancellation no later than 45 days prior to the meeting incurs no penalty.

For further details and to reserve childcare services, call 215-790-0990.

JULY 12, 2018

Welcome to Philadelphia and the HFES 2018 Annual Meeting

By Steve Marlin, Meeting Planner

This year’s Annual Meeting will be held in one of the nation’s most historically important cities. Founded in 1682 by William Penn (whose statue sits atop City Hall), Philadelphia played an instrumental role in the American Revolution as a meeting place for the Founding Fathers and the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. It also served as the temporary U.S. capital.

The city is known for its arts, culture, food, universities, sports, and colonial history, attracting more than 40 million visitors each year.

Headquarters Hotel
Perfectly situated in City Center, the Philadelphia Marriott provides the ideal location and service for attendees. It is directly across the street from the Jefferson Station (see below). Nearby are multiple sites and attractions, restaurants, museums, and more. Across the street is the famous Reading Terminal Market, which features multiple food outlets. The HFES rate is $239/night for single or double occupancy; the rate expires on September 9, or when the room block is sold out.

Getting Around
The Philadelphia Airport is approximately 12 miles, or 20 minutes, from city center, where the Philadelphia Marriott is located. Transportation is available via the SEPTA train, which departs from all terminals to the Jefferson Station at 11th and Market, directly across the street from the headquarters hotel. The one-way SEPTA price is $8 on weekdays and $7 on weekends and evenings. Uber and Lyft are available at about $20 each way, and cabs are readily available for approximately $28 each way.

Ample train service is available throughout the eastern corridor with the 30th Street Station, located a mere 5 minutes from the hotel.

The weather in early October is pleasant, with daytime temperatures averaging 70 degrees Fahrenheit and evenings in the high 50s to low 60s.

We look forward to seeing you in the Keystone State, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania!

Popup Meeting Space Available

A small room will be available for short periods during the Annual Meeting. With a seating capacity of 20, the Birds of a Feather space may be useful if you would like to arrange a 30- or 60-minute private meeting with no need for AV equipment or Internet access. To reserve a time in advance, please send a request with the date, start time, and duration to Lois Smith. Note that some time slots have already been reserved. A schedule will be posted at the room in case you’d like to sign up on site.

Annual Meeting Schedule Update

The Wednesday and Thursday plenaries at the Annual Meeting have been rescheduled to a slightly later time and will now take place from 9:45–10:45 a.m. The sessions that were formerly scheduled to start at 9:15 a.m. on those days will now start at 8:00 a.m. The sessions that were scheduled to start at 11:00 a.m. will now start at 10:45 a.m. The schedule changes are reflected on the tentative session schedule and preliminary program.

Congress Continues Push for Appropriations Legislation

By Lewis-Burke Associates, LLC

The Senate has already begun this process, combining and passing three appropriations bills—Energy and Water; Military Construction, Veterans Affairs; and Legislative Branch–in a “minibus” package on June 25. House and Senate leadership applauded their progress toward a return to “regular order” – committee consideration, initial passage, conferencing, and final passage of legislation – rather than multiple continuing resolutions (CRs) followed by an omnibus appropriations bill, as has been the case for the past several years.

Earlier in June, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved its FY 2019 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS) appropriations bill by a near-unanimous vote of 30-1. The bill would provide a total of $62.995 billion in discretionary funding for the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and Department of Justice (DOJ), among other programs. 

The bill would provide NSF with $8.07 billion, which is $301 million (3.9%) above the FY 2018 level and $597 million more than the president’s budget request, but $106 million below what the House version would provide. The Senate bill would largely ignore many of the spending cuts proposed in the administration’s budget request, including science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), minority-serving, and scientific research programs at NSF, NASA, and NOAA.

The bill also contained multiple provisions pertaining to NIST of interest to HFES members. Relevant provisions include the following:

Industrial Internet of Things [IIoT].–The Committee provides no less than $2,000,000 for the continued development of an IIoT cybersecurity research initiative and to partner, as appropriate, with academic entities and industry to improve the sustainable security of IIoT devices in industrial settings, including new designs, protocols, algorithms, system architectures, identity and lifecycle strategies, and system hardware features, as well as proposed security standards. This proposed research will account for human, technical, and economic dimensions. These advanced strategies should couple computer science and engineering, psychology, economics, cryptography, and network research to deliver significant mitigations and options for industrial adoption, as well as guidance to consumers and industry on how to manage and utilize these devices consistent with best security practices.”

Forensic Sciences.-The Committee provides no less than the fiscal year 2018 amount for forensic science research. Additionally, the Committee provides $3,000,000 to support the Organization of Scientific Area Committees and $1,000,000 to support technical merit evaluations previously funded by transfer from DOJ.”

House and Senate members will continue work on the remaining appropriations legislation when they return from the 4th of July recess. The House is slightly ahead of the Senate in floor consideration of its appropriations bills. However, the House Appropriations Committee has not completed all 12 bills and expects to conclude work with approval of LHHS and Homeland Security appropriations bills by the end of July. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has indicated he will bring the remaining spending bills to the Senate floor, with passage intended before senators depart for an abbreviated recess at the end of August.

Looming over the process is how the retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy and the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh will impact the bipartisan atmosphere in the Senate.

Sources and Additional Information:

  • A comprehensive analysis of the CJS bill is available here.

  • The CJS Appropriations bill, and a press release with selected details, can be found on the Committee’s Web site.

  • ​The full Appropriations Committee report for the CJS Appropriations Bill 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.


Support HFES on Amazon Prime Day


For every purchase made through the banner on the left, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of all eligible AmazonSmile purchases to HFES.

This is in addition to the share of purchases that HFES enjoys as a participant in the Amazon Associates program. When shopping on Amazon Prime Day (July 16) or any other time, consider purchasing via the HFES AmazonSmile link.

JULY 5, 2018

User-Centered Product Design: What Does Success Look Like?

By Adam Shames, Kathleen Kremer, and Stan Caplan

Guidelines for user-centered design of products are readily available in textbooks, reference books, and online. There you can find design principles and participatory user research methods, among other things. But how can you apply them successfully? That question will be answered at the Annual Meeting special session on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. when the winner of the Stanley Caplan User Centered Product Design Award will be presented. All attendees are welcome. The winner will be recognized by the HFES president and will give a presentation about the product and the design process used to achieve its superior design.

Seven experienced practitioners from the Product Design Technical Group are busy judging the 2018 submissions against three specific design criteria and three specific process criteria. Our thanks to this year’s judges: David Aurelio (Dassault Systemes), Eric Bergman (Fresenius Medical Care), Korey Johnson (Bold Insight), Michael Lau (Insight Product Development), Jing Li (Baxter Healthcare Corp), Dan Odell (Google), and Deepti Surabattula (Fujifilm Sonosite). Judging follows a systematic multistep process over a period of about three months.

In past sessions, the award case studies have informed attendees about the human factors journey during the product development cycle, including organizational challenges encountered along the way. Presenters have discussed user research methods, application of design principles, and product evaluation and validation studies. This year’s session promises to do the same, so plan to attend, and stay tuned for news about the winning entry.

After 17 years as award cochair with Dianne McMullin, Stan Caplan will be stepping down at this year’s session, and Adam Shames and Kathleen Kremer will be taking over.

2018 Health-Care Symposium Proceedings Now Available

Proceedings for the 2018 International Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care are now available online. They can be viewed by logging in to your HFES account and following the link under "Access Your Online Publications." Posters and slides from the symposium can be found in the PDF program.

The 2019 International Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Carewill take place March 24–27 at the Hilton Chicago in Chicago, Illinois.

Promote Your Organization With a Sponsorship, Exhibit, or Ad

Reserving an exhibit booth, tabletop, sponsorship, or ad at the 2018 HFES Annual Meeting is a cost-effective way to highlight the value of your services and products.

Whether your organization is in industry, academia, government, the military, or consulting, these sponsorship opportunities are an excellent way to raise the visibility of your organization among the 1,200 attendees who are expected in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, this year.

Exhibit and tabletop space in the Exhibit Hall gives you face-time with attendees. Educational institutions benefit from reduced fees. Exhibitors also qualify for reduced advertising rates.

Advertising in the Annual Meeting program book and via inserts in registration bags gets your message to attendees.

Acknowledgment of your promotions, which also support the Annual Meeting, is included in the program, on signs, and on the Web site.

COTG Awards Student Travel Grants for the Annual Meeting

The Council of Technical Groups has selected the following students to receive cash awards of $599 each to support their travel to the Annual Meeting. In addition, the awardees will receive complimentary meeting registration.

The call for applications for 2019 Annual Meeting student travel awards will open in March.

First-Year Graduate Student Travel Awardees
Yasmin Arbab, San José State University
Srikanth Sagar Bangaru, Louisiana State University
Yuliana Barajas Barragan, University of Houston-Clear Lake
Rhyse Bendell, University of Central Florida
Tracy Christaldi, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Xiernayi Dilixiati, Tufts University
Shuyuan Liu, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Zoe Pruitt, George Mason University
Aminah Roberts, Clemson University
Catherine Solis, University of Toronto
Emmanuel Tetteh, Iowa State University of Science and Technology
Gabrielle Vasquez, University of Central Florida
Adam Wilkins, Arizona State University
Tianke Wang, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Student Presenter Awardees
Adam Armijo, Wichita State University
David Azari, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Elizabeth Fox, Wright State University
Justin Haney, University of Michigan
Christopher Lilburne, University of Queensland
Kaifeng Liu, The University of Hong Kong
Jennifer Louie, University of Central Florida
Yidu Lu, University of Michigan
Mohammad Iman Mokhlespour Esfahani, Virginia Tech
Man-kei Tse, Lingnan University
Lisa Vangsness, Kansas State
Ofir Yakobi, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology
Yuval Zak, Ben-Gurion University
Cara Zinn, Wright State University

In Memoriam: Ezra Simon Krendel

Long-time HFES member Ezra Simon Krendel, professor emeritus of statistics and operations research at the Wharton School, died February 1. He was 92.

Krendel earned a BA in physics from Brooklyn College in 1945. He went on to earn multiple masters degrees—one in physics from MIT in 1947, and one in social relations from Harvard University in 1949.

He became an active participant in the development of the fields of human factors, ergonomics, engineering psychology, and human engineering. His first job in 1949 was at the Franklin Institute Research Laboratories. These laboratories emerged in early 1942 in response to pressing requirements for military research and development facilities. Krendel’s combination of graduate work in both physics and social relations provided the combination of skills needed for an Army project with both human engineering and systems engineering components under way at the laboratories.

Krendel became heavily involved in a major Air Force study whose purpose was to develop useful engineering models to describe the way pilots flew aircraft. This project grew and became the basis for many of his major career contributions to the emerging discipline which was then called engineering psychology. 

While working on or directing a large number of research projects for the Departments of Defense and of Transportation, Krendel made contributions to many other aspects of this emerging discipline, including visual search, electroencephalograms, communications, vehicle design and safety, human capability for physical work, training techniques and visual display design and evaluation.

Krendel began teaching at the Wharton School in 1966. He remained a professor until he retired in 1989. He was shortly given a secondary appointment in the Moore School of Electrical Engineering, soon to be incorporated into the School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS), and he taught both undergraduate and graduate courses in Human Factors Engineering.

While a professor at Wharton, he was director of the Management Science Center, where he both contributed to and directed a variety of projects relating to productivity in a variety of industries. He also maintained a consulting practice, in which he contributed to post office procedures, the measurement of the effects of alcohol on driving skills and behavior, criminal justice procedures, aviation safety, air traffic control procedures, the sources of human error, and other human factors-related problems.

An HFES Fellow, Krendel received the rank of Fellow in the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, the Association for Psychological Science, the American Psychological Society, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

He is survived by his wife, Janet; children, Tamara, Jennifer, and David; and grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Reprinted in part with permission from Almanac, University of Pennsylvania.

ONC Announces Funding Opportunity

ONC has released the Leading Edge Acceleration Projects Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) to address well-documented and fast-emerging challenges that inhibit the development, use, and/or advancement of well-designed, interoperable health IT. It is expected to further a new generation of health IT development and inform the innovative implementation and refinement of standards, methods, and techniques for overcoming major barriers and challenges as they are identified.

This funding opportunity is specifically aimed at innovative solutions and breakthrough advances in the following areas of interest:

Area 1: Expanding the scope, scale, and utility of population-level, data-focused application programming interfaces (APIs)

  • Most important, reducing provider burdens associated with reporting through this technology

  • Investigating and assessing trade-offs associated with various big data formats

  • Challenges to the scope and scale of FHIR-based APIs for these purposes.

Area 2: Advancing clinical knowledge at the point of care
  • Emerging innovations in clinical medicine

  • Data-driven medicine infrastructure

  • Integrating knowledge at point of care

  • Legal and policy implications for innovative approaches.

ONC anticipates issuing one award per area of interest, up to $1 million per recipient. These awards will have a two-year project and budget period at initial award. However, applicants are encouraged to submit their responses based on a five-year project and budget period. Additional funding for years three to five may be provided, contingent on availability of funds and meaningful progress.

If you have any questions regarding the NOFO – or are interested in submitting a proposal – you can find more information here. To register for the informational session that will be held on Thursday, July 12, from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Eastern, click here.