September 30, 2021
Society News
65th International Annual Meeting--Less Than One Week Away!

The HFES 65th International Annual Meeting is coming to Baltimore, MD, October 4-7, 2021, with a virtual component being held October 25-28. Join your peers and colleagues in Baltimore to learn the latest research and newest trends in HF/E. Reconnect with old friends and make new contacts as you grow your professional network during dedicated networking events and social activities. All registrants for the full meeting will automatically be registered for the virtual-only meeting, and virtual-only registration is available.
ANSI/HFES 400-2021 
In September 2021, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) formally approved a newly developed standard: ANSI/HFES 400-2021, Human Readiness Level Scale in the System Development Process. This standard defines the nine levels of the Human Readiness Level (HRL) scale and provides guidance for their application in the context of systems engineering and human systems integration processes. The HRL scale complements and supplements the existing Technology Readiness Level (TRL) scale in order to evaluate, track, and communicate the readiness of a technology or system for safe and effective human use. The standard is available free of charge to both HFES members and nonmembers through the HFES online store.
Attend the HFE WOMAN Networking Event at the Annual Meeting

HFE WOMAN is the HFES Affinity Group dedicated to celebrating diversity within the Society, specifically by creating an informal setting where issues related to women can be discussed. In doing this, they aim to facilitate networks where mentorship and networking with women can occur so that future leaders receive the development they need.
HFE WOMAN invites you to a networking and mentoring event during the 65th Annual Meeting in Baltimore on Wednesday, October 6 at 7:30 PM in Grand Salon V of the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel.
New Book Announcement: Situation Awareness Measurement: How to Measure Situation Awareness in Individuals and Teams
The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society is proud to announce Situation Awareness Measurement: How to Measure Situation Awareness in Individuals and Teams by Mica R. Endsley, PhD, PE, is now available for purchase in both digital and paperback editions.

The latest in our Users’ Guide to Human Factors and Ergonomics Methods Series, the book serves as a detailed guide on measuring situation awareness in laboratories, simulations and applied settings. Dr. Endsley goes in depth on best practices for various measurement approaches and answers HF/E related FAQs spanning a multitude of industries. Purchase your copy today on the HFES website or Amazon
FPE Reception at the 65th International Annual Meeting
The FPE Board of Directors invite you to the FPE Reception on Tuesday, 5 October 2021, at the Baltimore Waterside Marriott! The time is 7:30 to 9:00 PM. It will be held in Kent A-B Room. Some complimentary drinks will be provided. And, there will be a short program with presentations on:
  • Winner of 2021 Ergonomics Practitioner of the Year Award – Colin Drury
  • FPE accomplishments this past year
Please plan to attend to learn more about FPE and come share a drink or two with your colleagues.  
Foundation for Professional Ergonomics (FPE) Impact Grants
The Foundation for Professional Ergonomics (FPE) is pleased to announce the availability of the FPE Impact Grants that aim to support small projects in the quest of developing professional ergonomics around the world. The funding preference will be given, but not limited to, applicants from the developing countries (as defined by United Nations) or proposals that help develop or grow professional ergonomics in the developing countries. 
The FPE Impact Grants are intended as seed funding for small (pilot) projects that could potentially lead to but are not required, more extensive funding opportunities from other sources in the future. The expected budget of a single proposal should be between $500 and $2,000 and must not exceed $2,500 USD.
The deadline for submission is November 15, 2021, with awards given before the end of the year on December 31, 2021. The general format for proposals can be downloaded at here.
Send proposals to Waldemar Karwowski or Harvey Cohen.
Plan to Attend HFES Student Career and Professional Development Day

Building on its recent success, this year the Students Professional Group will continue hosting the Student Career and Professional Development Day on the first day of the HFES Annual Meeting, Monday, October 4. This all-day event will feature several interactive sessions aimed at helping students navigate a variety of career-related topics.

Session titles include:
  • What to Expect in a Human Factors Career
  • Resume and CV Workshop
  • Meet the HFES Presidents
  • Planning for Your Next Career Transition
Consultant & Expert Witness Directory

HFES provides searchable directory of human factors/ergonomics consultants and expert witnesses as a public service. The directory contains listings created by HFES members as well as nonmembers who have paid a fee to promote their services. No endorsement is intended or implied, and the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society assumes no responsibility or liability for services provided by individuals or companies listed. Potential clients are fully responsible for evaluating the qualifications of consultants/expert witnesses in relation to their own special requirements. Searches for consultants and expert witnesses may be conducted based on:

  • Name of Individual or Company Name
  • Specialty or Expertise Area
  • Geographic Location 

The detailed listing for a consultant contains full contact information and specialties and may also include:

  • Additional Expertise Areas
  • Educational Background
  • Supplemental Background (e.g., Certifications or Honors)
  • Consulting Experience Such As list of Past Clients/Projects 

Professionals can purchase a one-year subscription to be included in the directory. The price is $175 for HFES members and $250 for non-members. 
Enhance Your Knowledge Through the HFES Learning Center

Our wide-ranging library includes online educational activities across the spectrum of human factors and ergonomics aimed at improving your knowledge and practice, many of which are complimentary and a benefit of membership in the Society.  

This online resource will help you to find new knowledge points based on your areas of interest, and help you record your progress as you work your way through session and recording packages. 

Additional features include recorded sessions from previous years’ HFES meetings and symposia, webinars featuring experts sharing their latest research and works, DEI webinars and other on-demand learning opportunities to enhance your skills, advance your career and maintain your professional certifications.
Registration Now Open for ErgoX 2021
Join us November 8 – 10, 2021 for ErgoX, a virtual event that will take a deep dive in delivering practical, usable, and evidence-based solutions to the challenges faced by ergonomists, risk managers, and health and safety specialists. ErgoX will apply the latest ergonomics science to workplace health, safety, wellness, and injury-prevention issues across a variety of domains and settings. Our three educational tracks this year focus on exoskeletons, robotics, and cybersecurity.
The theme of this year’s virtual symposium will examine the intersection of AI and HF/E in the design of safe, user-centered technology and equipment. When integrated with exoskeletons, cybersecurity, and robotics, AI presents an opportunity to deliver effective technology and enhance productivity. This cannot be done safely without considering the humans that interact with these systems and machines.
Delivering practical, usable, and evidence-based solutions to the challenges various industries face, ErgoX provides a unique opportunity to bring together the field for collaboration and guidance. 
Call for Papers: Special Issue of the Journal of Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making on Human-AI Teaming

Building upon advances in machine learning, software that depends on artificial intelligence (AI) is being introduced across a wide spectrum of systems, including autonomous vehicles, advanced manufacturing, healthcare, aviation, and military systems. AI systems may be unreliable or insufficiently robust, however, due to challenges in the development of reliable and robust AI algorithms based on datasets that are noisy and incomplete, the lack of causal models needed for projecting future outcomes, the presence of undetected biases, and noisy or faulty sensor inputs. Therefore, it is anticipated that for the foreseeable future, AI systems will need to operate in conjunction with humans in order to perform their tasks, and often as a part of a larger team of humans and AI systems. Further, AI systems may be instantiated with different levels of autonomy, at different times, and for different types of tasks or circumstances, creating a wide design space for consideration.

This special issue will cover new research designed to better integrate people with AI in ways that will allow them to function effectively.

Manuscripts are due by October 1, 2021.
Member News
HFES Members in the News

HFES wants to promote the important achievements of our members in the bi-weekly Bulletin. Appropriate topics include research milestones or other significant achievements, professional accolades, awards or recognitions, promotions or new positions, and similar professionally-oriented topics. If you would like to share news with the HFES community, please fill out the form. 

Additionally, if you are made aware of the passing of any members of HFES, please let us know. Contact HFES Executive Director Steven Kemp at
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