2018 June

JUNE 28, 2018


Participate in the 2018 Annual Meeting Silent Auction!
By Valerie Rice, HFES President

New Perspectives From Both Sides of the Pacific
By Julie Freeman, Interim Executive Director

What’s New for HFES 2018

Request Space for Special Meetings at the Annual Meeting

HFE WOMAN Luncheon Open for Reservations

Attend the Foundation for Professional Ergonomists Free Webinar: "What Is Certification and What's in It for You"

JUNE 21, 2018


Submit Entries for the Human Factors Prize by July 16


Call for Papers for Special Human Factors Issue on Human Factors and Advanced In-Vehicle Automation

Fawcett’s Annual Meeting Keynote to Address Maritime Safety

Attend the Cybersecurity Webinar on July 9

JUNE 14, 2018


Journal of Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making (JCEDM) Editor-in-Chief Candidates Sought


Congress Raises Concerns of China’s and Foreign Nations’ Exploitation of U.S. Academic Research
By Lewis-Burke Associates, LLC

HFES Complies with European Union Data Protection Rule

Diversity Workshop Coming to the Philadelphia Meeting

More Reasons to Attend HFES 2018

PDTG Invited Speaker Greg Andrysiak Discusses Value Engineering

JUNE 7, 2018


Submit Nominations for HFES Officers and Executive Council Members by June 8

Nomination Period Still Open for HFE WOMAN Awards


White House Holds Summit on Artificial Intelligence, Creates Select Committee on AI
By Lewis-Burke Associates, LLC

Only Five Spaces Remain for University Lab Posters

View Slides and Posters from the 2018 HFES Health-Care Symposium

Participate in the 2018 Annual Meeting Silent Auction!

By Valerie Rice, HFES President

This year's Annual Meeting offers an opportunity for our multitalented members to showcase their creativity in our first-ever Silent Auction. It will be held during the Opening Reception, and proceeds will fund scholarships for students and those who have never attended the meeting to join us at HFES 2019 in Seattle.

If you're involved in any creative endeavor, we hope you'll consider donating something you've created for the auction, whether it's a piece of art, a craft item, jewelry, or a book. Donors do not need to attend the Annual Meeting. We will post your photo and a short bio, along with the creation you have donated. This is a great way to learn of the many talents of our members, both right-brained and left-brained, logical and inventive, numbers-oriented and clever. We have already received the donation of a painting by our past executive director, Lynn Strother, a talented artist.

To make a donation, please contact me by September 1. If you do not have something to donate, maybe you know another human factors/ergonomics professional who does. Please encourage them to consider participating in this fun event while walking, talking, sipping your drink, and looking at artwork!

New Perspectives From Both Sides of the Pacific

By Julie Freeman, Interim Executive Director

Professor Yuchang Kim, President
of the Ergonomics Society of Korea, presents a welcome gift to HFES President Valerie Rice.

When the conference organizing committee from the joint meeting of the Ergonomics Society of Korea and the Japan Ergonomics Society invited HFES President Valerie Rice to be a keynote speaker at their annual conference, she was happy to accept.

“I had never been to Korea,” she said, “and I was interested to gain new perspectives from the people I would meet there and learn more about how ergonomics is practiced in another country.”

Held on Jeju Island, South Korea, from May 16 to 19, the conference featured the theme “Putting Humans First: Human Centered Technology and Systems.”

The Island
One of Valerie’s first observations in the Jeju Airport was a trashcan. Shaped like a suitcase, it was made of clear plastic, with an opening on the front for inserting trash. “It was an example of an ergonomic design of an everyday item,” she said. “Because it was clear, it was easy to tell when it was full, and with the handle and wheels, it was easy to move to different locations or when it was time to empty it.”

But much of what she saw on Jeju Island was more beautiful than a trash can. The organizers arranged for a tour before the conference began. A volcanic island that rises out of the sea, Jeju is famous for three things, Valerie was told: wind, rocks, and strong women. It is windy, being an island. The rocks are seen everywhere, in beautiful shorelines, stone walls surrounding crops, and forming over 300 extinct volcanoes. The women are strong in part due to their diving for seafood without any equipment. One such woman is in her 90s and still diving.

“My tour gave me a better understanding of the people, who were all incredibly friendly, willing to  share                             A Jeju Airport trashcan

Valerie also learned about the food, which is primarily seafood, but not always the same as seafood served in the United States. In a traditional Korean restaurant, diners take off their shoes, sit on the floor, and eat on low tables using metal chopsticks. “Except for individual bowls of rice, all the food is communal,” she explained. “And the meals last longer. People talk more; they don’t just eat and leave the table, as we often do in the U.S.”

HFES President Valerie Rice enjoys dinner with colleagues.

The Meeting
Once the conference started, Valerie observed that a number presentations focused on physical ergonomics—pushing, pulling, and lifting, as well as safety. A representative from the Korean equivalent of OSHA gave the keynote. Valerie was not able to understand most of the presentations because they were in Korean. She was, however, able to sit in on the graduate students’ presentations, which were in English.

In one study, the researchers looked at the effect of smell (using different incense aromas) on driving performance. They found that when the driver didn’t like the scent of the incense, the reaction times were faster; when the driver did like the scent, reaction times were slower.

The study raised some questions for Valerie: “Should we only buy air fresheners for our cars than are unappealing to our sense of smell? How long does that effect hold, and does one attenuate to the smell?”

A second study investigated the design of gaming for children who are being seen by a speech pathologist. The games were designed to be used at home and to further impact improvements in speech and speech patterns. The students used the latest research findings on gaming to help with the new design. The study did find improved compliance; that is, the children did their home gaming exercises more regularly than with the original design. The students’ next studies will focus on whether the games improve the efficacy of the therapeutic intervention.

Valerie discovered that the conference included activities that the HFES Annual Meeting does not. Awards are given to manufacturers for their ergonomic designs of products, such as chairs and desks. The top winner this year was a sleek, modern-looking vacuum cleaner that uses Bluetooth technology.

During the conference banquet, attendees played a number of games to compete for prizes. According to Valerie, “Watching, laughing, and participating first from our seats, and later watching whoever ‘graduated to stage presence’ seemed to show their camaraderie and comfort with one another.

“I found it much easier to approach others I’d interacted with or saw on the stage, later during the conference”, she said.

The Presentation by Rice
Valerie’s presentation, “Human Factors and Ergonomics: Who Are We and Where Are We Going as a Society, as a Profession, and as People Who Design,” provided a number of examples of how human factors can address today’s challenges.

She began with definitions and a characterization of what human factors professionals do. “We are people who design. We study the characteristics of people, physically, cognitively, psychosocially, and culturally and apply that information to the design of products, places, procedures, programs, and systems.

“Understanding who we are,” she told the audience, “and identifying research initiatives on a larger scale can assists our professional societies in developing their strategic plans for the future.” For example, the Grand Challenges presented by past HFES Presidents Bill Marras and Nancy Cooke increased members’ awareness of global issues and how their work and profession may help address larger social problems. In fact, the top priority among the HFES strategic goals is Goal A, “Advance the science and practice of HF/E to address current and emerging social problems.” This demonstrates the use of “top-down” information.

She noted some growing areas that present new global challenges that can easily include human factors/ergonomics involvement and innovation:

  • Emerging technologies (AI, robotics, machine learning, human-agent teaming)

  • Cybersecurity

  • Power generation, use, and effect on health

  • Big data storage—how to get the information you need when you need it.

She contends, “If we look at the challenges that we are facing, all have aspects that can be addressed by human factors practice, though it may not seem so in a first, cursory glance.”

As organizations try to use human factors in designing products or systems, she says, “Often figuring out where we are going and how to get there comes from the top down: governments, business leaders, boards of directors, as depicted above. However, ideas and strategies can also emerge from the bottom up.”

One example of this, taken from Valerie’s experience, is a human factors engineering student who was learning to SCUBA dive. The student found the training instructions to be very unclear, and she identified design issues with the equipment that were not intuitive to use. She wrote to the company, and they contracted with her to improve their training and products.

Another example of a bottom-up approach is to look at the design of things you care about, Valerie noted. “Follow what you care about and consider applying human factors in those areas. Consider, too, what sells.”

According to Yuchang Kim, president of the Ergonomics Society of Korea, “Valerie’s speech reminded us of the importance of ergonomics in solving real-world problems and making life better for all people. It also gave the Korean students who study ergonomics more confidence and proud feelings about their majors.”

In fact, after her presentation, a student came up to Valerie and said, “Before your talk, I didn’t know where I was going to study [concentrate on] for my graduate program. I now know I will focus on human factors and either education or medicine.”

“He was so sincere and serious,” Valerie said, “It was my favorite comment.”

Although Valerie could not understand all the conference presentations, she felt she gained a great deal form the trip. “I was able to learn about people in a different culture and to become aware of their values and how these values impact their personal and professional lives, and even their HF/E design interests. Traveling increases ones’ perspectives and changes one’s own interactions with the world.

“I gained new perspectives from the warm hospitality and sense of fun I experienced at the conference. I hope that those listening to my keynote gained new perspectives too, especially of how we can use HF/E in a multitude of arenas that matter--to society, to us as individuals, and of course, to those who employ us. I think HF/E can improve and can benefit nearly anything we do.”

What’s New for HFES 2018

This year’s Annual Meeting brings you two enhancements designed to support your career: the Practitioner Track and the Professional Development Track. The online preliminary program and online registration are now estimated to open the week of July 2.

Sessions With Practitioners in Mind
The Practitioner Track, organized by the Technical Program Committee’s Practitioner Track chair Avi Parush, kicks off with an invited address by Charles Mauro, titled “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.” In this talk, Mauro will discuss, through the use of real-world case studies, how practitioner-generated HF/E innovations have delivered groundbreaking innovations while failing to adequately communicate with corporate legal teams for the purpose of filing HF/E-based IP protections.

In addition to five of the Monday workshops (see the list in the Bulletin article), these technical sessions have been designated as practice oriented:

  • Cognitive Considerations for Health Care Practitioners and Consumers, Student Forum lecture session cosponsored with the Health Care Technical Group

  • Forensic Practice, Forensics Professional Group lecture session

  • Falls and Premises Liability, FPT lecture session cosponsored with the Safety TG

  • Assistance Systems: Design and Redesign, Surface Transportation Technical Group lecture session

  • Me and My VE, Part 5: Applications in Human Factors Research and Practice, Virtual Environments Technical Group alternative-format session

  • Effects of Prolonged Use of Mixed Reality Systems in Occupational Settings, Virtual Environments TG discussion panel

Sessions for Building Professional Development Skills

Women’s Leadership in HF/E: Past, Present & Future
Gabriella M. Hancock, Kimberly Stowers, Ellen J. Bass, Nancy Cooke, Haydee M. Cuevas, Valerie Gawron, and Nancy Larson
The objective of this panel is to discuss professionalism and leadership in human factors//ergonomics as they pertain to women in the field. Hancock and will introduce the panel and its role in the HF/E Women’s Organization for Mentoring and Networking’s larger campaign to foster professional development for future leaders. Audience members are encouraged to come prepared with questions

Creating Amazing Leaders
Haydee M. Cuevas, Baron C. Summers, Kadie J. Mullins, and Gabriella M. Hancock
Three elements for creating amazing leaders are passion to effect change, mentorship, and opportunity. The objective of this alternative format session is to promote the development of future leaders in human factors/ergonomics. Attendees will meet in small groups and engage in interactive exercises targeting each of the three elements and gain knowledge they can use to develop and apply their leadership skills.

Mentors, Mentees, and Building a Board of Directors: The Big Questions in Personal and Career Development Through Mentorship
Kadie J. Mullins and Haydee M. Cuevas
Whether you are aiming for career advancement, academic accomplishments, or a more engaged or balanced personal life, a team of quality mentors can help you achieve your goals. Research tells us having more than one mentor, which we refer to as a “personal board of directors,” yields greater long-term outcomes. This alternative-format session addresses what effective mentor- and mentee-ship relationships look like, how to identify potential mentors, and how to be a mentor to others.

Human Factors Consulting: The Ins and Outs, Ups and Downs, Pros and Cons, General Sessions discussion panel

The objective of this panel is to provide attendees with the opportunity to learn about what they always wanted to know about the wide world of human factors consulting but were afraid to ask (or didn’t know to ask). This session should be of interest to meeting attendees at any stage of their career, including students and those who might be considering a career change or branching out. 

Women and Power: Claim It and Aim It (A talk for all humans.)
Laura Steffen
A strategic goal of HFES is to increase diversity across the Society, including membership, participation in conference and publications, and leadership. In support of that goal, the Education Division is pleased to announce a special session aimed at fostering awareness, increasing understanding, and sparking discussion about women and power. Many women relate to power as negative or destructive, even avoiding the use of the word when speaking or writing. In this compelling, interactive talk, Steffen leads attendees in examining power with a sense of curiosity and offers tools to reframe our relationships to power. Attendees will explore types of power that are available to people and how they can use power to more equitably and effectively lead, influence, and do good in our work and in the world.

Request Space for Special Meetings at the Annual Meeting

Groups that wish to conduct special meetings at the 2018 Annual Meeting are invited to submit requests for meeting space. Generally, meetings will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis; however, priority is given to meetings that are open to all interested attendees. Meetings that are open to all members and attendees will be listed in the final program, which is distributed at the meeting.

To request a meeting time and space, contact HFES Interim Executive Director Julie Freeman.

HFE WOMAN Luncheon Open for Reservations

Register to attend the 3rd HFE WOMAN networking luncheon, which will take place on Thursday, October 4, from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. at the Hard Rock Cafe in Philadelphia. All are welcome!

Interested in expanding your network of female colleagues? Do you enjoy trading career stories, learning from other women, and making new friends? We expect a mix of HF/E professionals who work in academia, industry, and government, alongside students from PhD and master’s programs. 

Seating is limited. Tickets are $15 for students or $20 for professionals (includes processing fees). Reserve and purchase your ticket here.

Attend the Foundation for Professional Ergonomists Free Webinar: "What Is Certification and What's in It for You"

Have you ever had questions about what it takes to be a Certified Human Factors Professional? On August 22 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern (noon Central, 11:00 a.m. Mountain, 10:00 a.m. Pacific), a free webinar featuring HFES past president Andrew S. Imada and former Ergonomics in Design editor Carol Stuart-Buttle will cover the following topics:

  • What is ergonomics certification, anyway?

  • Why you should be certified

  • How this could affect you

  • How you may feel about the process

  • What you can do about it

The presentation will last about 30 minutes, and there will be time for questions. Stuart-Buttle, executive director of the Board of Certification in Professional Ergonomics (BCPE), will answer questions about the certification application process.

Andrew Imada is a world expert in macroergonomics. After spending 20 years teaching human factors as a systems approach at the University of Southern California, he made the transition to full-time consultant. He has received more than a dozen international awards and recognition for his work and has been a keynote speaker at more than 20 major conferences around the world. He has written numerous book chapters on macroergonomics. In addition to his past HFES presidency, Imada has served as president of the International Ergonomics Association and as director on the BCPE. He is also a Board Certified Professional Ergonomist.

To register for the webinar, send an e-mail to info@ergofoundation.org.

JUNE 21, 2018

Call for Papers for Special Human Factors Issue on Human Factors and Advanced In-Vehicle Automation

Special Issue Guest Editors William Horrey and John Lee invite submissions for an upcoming special issue of Human Factors on advanced in-vehicle automation that is intended to promote awareness and visibility of research related to important human factors issues.

In-vehicle advanced automation has been the topic of much discussion in the research community as well as in the media. Almost daily, news articles appear covering the sophistication of the technology as well as its potential for far-reaching impact. However, news of technology mishaps and tragic outcomes, such as the fatal Tesla crashes and the fatal pedestrian strike of an Uber vehicle, underscore the emerging nature of this technology and that still much more research is needed before widespread benefits can be realized. Across many meetings held annually, expert stakeholders in this area recognize the important human factors issues that, to date, remain unaddressed.

Theoretical, methodological, and empirical efforts that address the issue of human factors and vehicle automation are welcome. Relevant and informative articles from outside the HF/E discipline are also encouraged. View the Information for Authors prior to submitting your work online. The deadline for manuscripts for the special issue is November 15, 2018.

Fawcett’s Annual Meeting Keynote to Address Maritime Safety

                   Keith Fawcett​

The sinking of the cargo vessel El Faro while transiting through Hurricane Joaquin on October 1, 2015, was one of the most significant marine tragedies in the history of the U.S. merchant fleet. The ship’s voyage data recorder (VDR), which contained the audio recordings of the vessel’s navigation bridge conversations and other data, would provide clues to the complicated problems that contributed to the tragedy. During the joint U.S. Coast Guard and National Transportation Safety Board investigations, human factors investigators pieced clues together to independently arrive at the conclusions that spurred safety recommendations to prevent similar accidents in the future.

The opening keynote presentation by Keith Fawcett of the U.S. Coast Guard, “The Sinking of the Steam Ship El Faro: Examining the Human Factors Issues That Contributed to the Tragedy,” will highlight selected comments from the navigation bridge conversations from the VDR transcript that prompted further examination during the course of the Coast Guard investigation. He will discuss the human factors issues and critical voyage decision points from a Coast Guard marine casualty investigator’s perspective.

Keith Fawcett started his career in the active-duty U.S. Coast Guard, serving on three Coast Guard Cutters and other various duty stations. In 1979 he began working in the offshore industry with Gulf Fleet Marine as a mate on offshore supply vessels. In 1981 he was employed at the LOOP Marine Terminal as a vessel traffic control specialist. In May 2000, he returned to work with the Coast Guard as a civilian supervisor at the Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) in New Orleans In this capacity he supervised a watch team that provided vessel traffic control to the extensive lower Mississippi River and included traffic control for the busy Algiers Point area. He also served as the training coordinator. In September 2010, he accepted a position with the Investigations National Center of Expertise in New Orleans. In his present capacity, he assists Coast Guard Marine Casualty Investigators in carrying out the objectives of the Marine Safety Program. Keith is focused on providing expertise related to shipboard operations and their associated human factors components. Keith served as a member of the USCG Commandant Marine Board of Investigation for the sinking of the SS El Faro.

Attend the Cybersecurity Webinar on July 9

Register to attend “Human Factors Applications to Cybersecurity,” which will take place Monday, July 9, at 9:00 a.m. Pacific / 11:00 a.m. Central / 12:00 p.m. Eastern. The registration link is https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_uLe30WcRQS6H9Js-yuzmmg.

In this webinar, organized by the HFES Outreach Division and open to nonmembers as well as members, attendees will hear about the work of three human factors professionals with expertise in cybersecurity. Following brief presentations, the presenters will respond to questions during an interactive Q&A session. Attendees are encouraged to submit questions before the webinar (send to lois@hfes.org). No prior knowledge of cyberwork is needed to benefit from this webinar.

Gary Kessler will describe how human factors concepts have been integral to computers since the first GUIs and WIMP interface in the early 1970s. Yet, many HF improvements have made computers and even data analysis accessible by more people... but not necessarily more understandable if people don't understand the foundations. For example, Windows allows more people to use computers even if they don't understand how the computer works. But is this why so many people have problems understanding even the most rudimentary error message? Given this, do users really understand visual output from security software? Do they understand all of the new technologies being thrown at them, including our favorite buzzwords of AI, VR, AR, blockchain, crypto, etc.? Basically, does better accessibility to data help people understand it or exacerbate what they don't understand?

Robert Hoffman will describe the tasks conducted by Cyber Protection Teams of USCYBERCOMMAND. He will also discuss the research opportunities and challenges for human factors applications in this area. These span everything from selection and training issues to challenges for experimental design and measurement.

Robert Gutzwiller will address how the study of human behavior, specifically of cyber defense analysts, is valuable for improving the security ecosystem. What HF/E can be done to study the human in this context, where has it been successful, what does the future hold? Do we know enough to suggest direction? He will briefly describe some of his work, and will share primary sources that attendees can go to that gain further understanding of the issue. His aim is to inspire and inform the audience about ways to improve human performance work conducted for the cyber analyst community.

For more information about the presenters, click here.

JUNE 14, 2018

Congress Raises Concerns of China’s and Foreign Nations’ Exploitation of U.S. Academic Research

By Lewis-Burke Associates, LLC

Over the last few months, Congress has devoted significant attention to the potential exploitation of research and coercion by foreign actors on campuses. Bipartisan congressional concerns on this issue stem from covert efforts from foreign governments to co-opt U.S. academic research. These developments have led to hearings on the issue but also legislative proposals that may impact international students and faculty as well as HF/E researchers applying for Department of Defense (DOD) funding who may work with foreign students and faculty.

On June 6, the Senate Committee on the Judiciary’s Subcommittee on Border Security and Immigration, chaired by Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), held a hearing entitled “Student Visa Integrity: Protecting Educational Opportunity and National Security.” The hearing was originally titled "A Thousand Talents: China's Campaign to Infiltrate and Exploit U.S. Academia," and focused on the potential threats that international students and academics - particularly those from China - pose to national and economic security. Senator Cornyn noted how international students bring valuable talent and expertise to the United States and emphasized that the committee was not interested in restricting student visas. Instead, the hearing would focus on raising awareness of the issue and developing tailored approaches to protect American research and intellectual property. 

During the hearing, witnesses from the national security community expressed the need to balance upholding academic freedom with safeguarding against foreign actors who seek to exploit that academic freedom. Notably, Edward Ramotwoski, deputy assistant secretary for Visa Services at the U.S. Department of State, confirmed rumors that on June 11, a new policy involving additional screening instructions for Chinese graduate students in sensitive fields of study will be going into effect.

This hearing is the latest development in a number of actions Congress has taken to address concerns over China’s espionage efforts in academia. In April, a House Science Committee hearing titled “Scholars or Spies: Foreign Plots Targeting America’s Research and Development” examined attempts by foreign actors to steal sensitive information and research from U.S. campuses and national labs. 

Following these hearings, members of Congress have introduced legislative proposals that would potentially result in loss of research funding and increased disclosures by institutions. Policy proposals have sought to target the participation of researchers and academics in foreign talent and recruitment programs and relationships that institutions have with foreign entities. 

In May, the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) adopted an amendment, introduced by Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI), to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would direct the Secretary of Defense to develop a requirement for applicants pursuing DOD academic training and research funding to certify that they are not participating in foreign talent and recruitment programs associated with China, Iran, Russia, or North Korea. Applicants for DOD funding who are unable to meet the certification requirement may be prohibited from receiving DOD funding or may have existing funding terminated.

Multiple provisions pertaining to China also were adopted in the Senate’s version of the NDAA, introduced on June 7. One provision adds requirements for DOD’s congressionally mandated annual report on Military and Security Developments involving the People’s Republic of China to report on efforts by China to influence academia and other sectors. It is expected that numerous senators will introduce amendments to the NDAA that will address the same concerns expressed in the Gallagher amendment.

Separately, DOD is also exploring potential changes regarding how to protect sensitive research. It is likely that other federal agencies may increase requirements around protecting research from foreign exploitation as part of future funding. 

Defense and national security officials have continued to express the importance of academic freedom and the contribution that international students bring to the U.S. economy and education system. In general, policymakers are looking to strike a balance with policies that protect U.S. research and intellectual property without hindering the research enterprise. While the policy solutions are being debated in federal agencies and in Congress, to spread awareness of the issue, officials have continued to stress the importance of engaging and educating academia on the current efforts by foreign nations.

Sources and Additional Background:

  • A comprehensive analysis of the HASC NDAA markup, with information on relevant provisions and authorized funding levels, is available here.

  • A video and witness testimony from the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, “Student Visa Integrity: Protecting Educational Opportunity and National Security” is available here.

  • A video and witness testimony from the House Science Committee hearing, “Scholars or Spies: Foreign Plots Targeting America’s Research and Development,” is available here.

  • Background on China’s overall technology transfer strategy from a Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx) report 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.

HFES Complies With European Union Data Protection Rule

On May 24, HFES completed the work to ensure compliance with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation.

Members in EU countries were notified of the updates to the HFES privacy policyaddressing consent, use of data by HFES and its third-party providers (SAGE, Boxwood Career Center, Mira Smart Conferencing), their ability to control data, and the securities we have in place. These privacy updates apply to all members of HFES.


Questions about these changes may be directed to Director of Member Services Carlos de Falla (310/394-1811).

Diversity Workshop Coming to the Philadelphia Meeting

Christine Kaunas, MPH, Executive Director for Interprofessional Education & Research at the Texas A&M University (TAMU) Health Science Center, will be engaging up to 100 attendees in the workshop, "Mental Models and Their Impact on Scholarship and Practice: Improving Diversity and Inclusion in HF/E." The purpose of this dynamic workshop, to be held on Monday, October 1, from 1:30 to 5:00 p.m., is to reveal the pervasiveness of mental models and the influence they have on our decision-making processes in academia and in practice. Participants will learn from relevant literature and will engage in individual and group activities to explore how mental models advantage some yet disadvantage others in the workplace and beyond. Strategies for remediation will be discussed. This workshop is appropriate for students, practitioners, and scholars of psychology, systems engineering, and other disciplines related to human factors/ergonomics.

Kaunas provides leadership for interprofessional education (IPE) across the institution by building infrastructure for and removing barriers to IPE, providing faculty development for IPE, and supporting interprofessional student activities. She received her bachelor’s degree in sociology from DePaul University in Chicago, completed her master’s degree in public health (epidemiology) at San Diego State University, and is pursuing a doctoral degree in higher education administration.

More Reasons to Attend HFES 2018

Besides a packed technical program featuring 118 concurrent sessions, six skill-building workshops and five technical site tours will be offered. Details will be online soon, and registration opens the week of June 25.

Full-Day Workshops

  • Usability Testing: A Hands-on Workshop to Improve User Experience

  • Behavioral Data Analytics

  • Observing and Interviewing in Context: Methods to Fuel Design and Innovation

  • "You're Too Academic" – Enhancing Human Factors Research and Practice With Methods from Anthropology and Design Research: A Case Study From a Financial Institution

Half-Day Workshops

  • Enhance Your Qualitative Research Through Engaging Videography and Nonlinear Editing Techniques (morning)

  • Mental Models and Their Impact on Scholarship and Practice: Improving Diversity and Inclusion in HF/E (afternoon)

Technical Tours
  • October 2: ECRI Institute

  • October 3: Design Science Consulting, Inc.; Environmental Tectonics Corporation's National Aerospace Training and Research (NASTAR) Center

  • October 4: Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) Center for Simulation, Advanced Education and Innovation, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

  • TBA: Boeing 

PDTG Invited Speaker Greg Andrysiak Discusses Value Engineering

The Product Design Technical Group has invited Certified Value Specialist Greg Andrysiak to present "Value Engineering: Participatory Methods for Designing Useful, Cost-Effective Products" on Tuesday, October 2, at 1:30 p.m. Andrysiak will discuss value engineering (VE) and how it can be applied to product development. Similar to human factors, VE has a large set of tools that can be used at different points during the development process. Many of the tools are suitable for use in conjunction with human factors methods, and some can help in analyzing and defining the value of usability design decisions. Andrysiak will lead an exercise to demonstrate the FAST diagramming tool and discuss additional tools, such as brainstorming techniques, idea evaluation, and proposal selection.

Andrysiak has served fortune 500 companies to produce P&L improvements, patentable product innovations, and cost reductions. The results of his efforts have included product design analyses, identification of hidden costs, benchmarking studies, and other business and manufacturing improvements. Previously he worked for 25 years in the automobile manufacturing industry. He is also a member of ASTM Committee E06.81 (Standard Practice for Performing Value Engineering/Value Analysis of Projects, Products and Processes).

JUNE 7, 2018

White House Holds Summit on Artificial Intelligence, Creates Select Committee on AI

By Lewis-Burke Associates, LLC


On May 10, the White House hosted a summit entitled “Artificial Intelligence (AI) for American Industry,” to discuss AI and policies needed to maintain U.S. leadership in developing AI.

Attendees of the summit included government officials across a number of federal agencies, experts from academia, and leaders from a wide variety of industry sectors that use AI. The summit also featured breakout sessions focusing on cross-cutting issues such as AI research and development (R&D), workforce development, regulatory barriers to developing AI, and sector-specific applications.

During the summit, Deputy Assistant to the President for Technology Policy Michael Kratsios, announced the creation of the new Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence under the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC). The Select Committee will be chaired by the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), the National Science Foundation, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Membership will include the following:

    • Undersecretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology, Department of Commerce

    • Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, Department of Defense

    • Director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Department of Defense (Cochair)

    • Undersecretary of Energy for Science, Department of Energy

    • Director of the National Science Foundation (Cochair)

    • Director of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), Office of the Director of National Intelligence

      In addition, representatives from White House components will be included, such as​

  • National Security Council

  • Office of Management and Budget, Office of the Federal Chief Information Officer

  • Office of Management and Budget

  • Office of Science and Technology Policy (Cochair).

The Select Committee will facilitate and coordinate planning for AI R&D, advise the NSTC on interagency priorities pertaining to AI, encourage AI-related partnerships and initiatives, and identify opportunities to improve the quality of federal datasets used for AI applications.

Kratsios also noted that AI will continue to be the top R&D priority for the Trump Administration. He stated that the White House would continue to remove regulatory barriers that would hamper AI innovation and invest in federal R&D and STEM education in order to ensure that the United States continues to lead the world in AI.

Sources and Additional Information:

  • An official summary of the summit, including remarks from Deputy Assistant to the President for Technology Policy Michael Kratsios and the charter of the Select Committee on AI, is available here.

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Only Five Spaces Remain for University Lab Posters

Update: All of the spaces have been reserved.

Join the following distinguished universities on Wednesday, October 3, or Thursday, October 4, in a showcase to demonstrate the variety of HF/E educational and research programs at the 2018 HFES Annual Meeting:

  • Arizona State University

  • Auburn University

  • Drexel University

  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

  • Michigan Technological University

  • North Carolina State University

  • Old Dominion University

  • Purdue University

  • Rice University

  • San Jose State University

  • Texas A&M University

  • University at Buffalo, SUNY

  • University of Central Florida

  • University of Florida

  • Zhejiang University

Only one spot remains for Wednesday. Four spaces are available for the Thursday session. See the May Bulletin article for more details.

View Slides and Posters from the 2018 HFES Health-Care Symposium

Slides and posters that were submitted by presenters at the 2018 HFES Health-Care Symposium have been linked to the PDF program, which can be accessed through any of the 2018 Health-Care Symposium pages. Clicking on any of the blue boxes will display the content provided by the presenters. Please note that the links might not display properly in all browsers. For this reason, it is recommended to download the PDF program instead of viewing it online.

Proceedings from the Symposium will be available in June.