Human Factors Prize


The Human Factors Prize was established in 2010 by Editor-in-Chief William S. Marras. The prize recognizes excellence in HF/E research through an annual competition in which authors are invited to submit papers on a specific topic for that year. The topic is selected by the editor in chief in consultation with a Board of Referees chaired by the immediate past Human Factors editor.

The prize carries a $10,000 cash award and publication of the winning paper in the Society's flagship journal, Human Factors. The award is formally conferred at a special session at the HFES International Annual Meeting, where the recipient presents his or her work.

View a list of all past winners.

About the 2019 Human Factors Prize Topic 

The topic for the 2019 Human Factors Prize is HF/E Research and Applications of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Human-Machine Interaction. The Human Factors Prize is $10,000 USD and presentation of the work in a special session at the 2019 Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting that convenes in Seattle, Washington (October 28 - November 1, 2019).

Submissions are accepted between June 15 and July 15, 2019. Upload your submission at

We seek articles that describe research pertaining to human factors issues and human factors implications in the use of artificial intelligence (e.g., machine learning, planning, knowledge reasoning, natural language processing, computer vision, robotics/cobots, perception and action, etc.) for human interaction with machines in various domains.

Submissions for the Human Factors Prize can report on the human factors research related to techniques, tools, or training to develop or use AI to ensure safety and enhance performance in any domain and application area, including but not limited to

  • Aviation
  • Transportation
  • Oil and gas, power grid, nuclear
  • Military operations
  • Education
  • Gaming
  • Health
  • Politics
  • Terrorism

Manuscripts should provide a theoretical basis, a thorough background, and a detailed description of the methods, results, and discussion of the practical applications of the research. The paper also needs to show the human factors and ergonomics link and impact.

If you are not certain your topic relates to the theme of the 2019 Human Factors Prize, please contact HFES at

Submissions (research articles or extended multi-phase studies are welcome) must adhere to the policies of general submissions of Human Factors. This includes length restrictions, originality, and formatting.

Eligibility:  Submissions must cover original (unpublished) research in the topical area and comply with the requirements in the Human Factors Instructions for Authors. Review articles are not eligible for the Prize.

Any researcher is eligible to submit relevant work; membership in HFES is not required.

Review of submissions will focus on the originality, significance, sophistication and completeness of the work. The abstract of the paper should reflect the content and quality of the paper as it may be used in the selection of short-listed papers for further review. The winning submission, along with other acceptable submissions, will be considered for publication in Human Factors.

REMEMBER: Submissions must be uploaded between June 15 and July 15, 2019 at 6:00 AM Eastern time.

Additional Information

Review the FAQ page for additional details about the Human Factors Prize.