August 19, 2021
Society News
Register Today for the HFES 65th International Annual Meeting
Join the HFES community October 4 – 7, 2021 in Baltimore, MD for the HFES 65th International Annual Meeting. If you are not able to join us in-person this year, there will be a virtual component held October 25-27 so you can still access the latest research and innovations in HF/E. All registrants of the in-person meeting in Baltimore will automatically be registered for the virtual component.
Virtual meeting registration includes live streaming of a series of concurrent sessions over three days, access to online poster presentations, a full year of access to the virtual meeting sessions, as well as access to any content recorded at the live meeting in Baltimore!  Virtual attendees also may connect and interact with fellow meeting participants in real-time through the built in engagement feature of the virtual meeting portal. 
The HFES International Annual Meeting will feature the latest HF/E research tailored to the interests of the 26 Technical Groups. Access the latest innovations and reconnect with your peers and colleagues during dedicated networking events and meetings.
Congratulations to the 2021 HFES Fellows!
The designation of Fellow is the highest recognition bestowed by the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. Election to the HFES College of Fellows is an honor conferred by peers to distinguished colleagues in recognition of their outstanding achievements, consistently superior professional performance, exceptional contributions to the field, and personal service to the Society, along with other meritorious accomplishments. HFES is extremely proud to welcome the new class of Fellows to the Society:
  • Julie Adams, Oregon State University
  • Cheryl Bolstad, Sandia National Laboratories
  • Anand Gramopadhye, Clemson University
  • William Horrey, AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety
  • Chang Nam, North Carolina State University
  • Carolyn Sommerich, Ohio State University
  • Nancy Stone, Missouri University of Science and Technology
  • Yan Xiao, University of Texas at Arlington
Congratulations to all of these individuals!
2021 Election Deadline Approaching--Vote by August 26th

The 2021 HFES Election closes August 26 at 11:59 PM EDT and every vote counts!  

All Full and Emeritus HFES members have been sent their ballot invitations and directed to our secure online election site hosted by Balloteer, a third-party provider of secure election services. If you are a Full or Emeritus member and have not received your ballot then please contact us now at

View the candidate bios and campaign statements from the 2021 President-Elect, Secretary-Treasurer-Elect, and At-Large Council here!

Our newest officers and At-Large Executive Council members will officially join the ranks of Society leadership at the October 4, 2021 Executive Council meeting in Baltimore. 

Immediate Past President Susan Hallbeck, Immediate Past Secretary-Treasurer Caroline Cao, and At-Large Executive Council members Nancy Larson and Tom Albin will complete their terms of service on this date as well. HFES extends sincere thanks to these dedicated leaders for their years of service.
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 for the 2022 International Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Healthcare
Contribute and showcase your work as an H/FE professional at the 2022 International Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care March 20 - 23 in New Orleans, LA! We are currently seeking submissions for panels, lectures and posters. Please see below for upcoming deadline information:
All submissions should fall under the category of one of the five educational tracks:
  • Digital Health
  • Education and Simulation
  • Hospital Environments
  • Medical and Drug Delivery Devices
  • Patient Safety Research and Initiatives
The deadline to submit a paper is September 7, 2021.
Applications for Exoskeletons Webinar
ASTM International Exo Technology Center of Excellence is organizing a webinar on Applications for Exoskeletons on Tuesday, August 31, 2021 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM Eastern Time.

The webinar will cover applications in healthcare, military, industry, and construction. Experts will discuss current usage, methods to determine which applications are most compatible with exoskeletons, policies, training, and practices when implementing exoskeletons, needed testing before implementation, and other relevant topics.

  • Medical: Ozell Sanders, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • Military: Jennifer Neugebauer, U.S. Army Data and Analysis Center
  • Industry: Chris Reid, Boeing
  • Construction:
  • Karl Jefferson, LiUNA
  • Travise M. Parsons, Associated Director, OSH

The fee to attend this webinar is $49.00 USD.  
House Appropriations Committee Approves FY 2022 Defense Appropriations Bill

The House Appropriations Committee approved on July 13 its fiscal year (FY) 2022 Defense appropriations bill with a vote of 33 to 23, along party lines, which would provide a total of $706.5 billion, an increase of $9.978 billion above the FY 2021 enacted level and a decrease of $258 million below the FY 2022 President’s budget request, to the Department of Defense (DOD). This bill is one of the few bills that has not yet been passed by the House, due to disagreements between Democrats and Republicans over provisions included in the bill.
Announcing Awardees of the 2021 HFES Seed Grants Targeting the Intersections of HF/E and Anti-Racism/Anti-Bias

This Spring HFES posted a request for proposals for the first HFES Seed Grants Targeting the Intersections of HF/E and Anti-Racism/Anti-Bias, as part of the HFES action plan developed in the summer of 2020 for supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts within and outside of HFES. The Diversity and Inclusion Committee (DIC) managed the proposal solicitation and review process. The DIC received seven proposals. 

To review the proposals, the DIC began by issuing a call for reviewers. Fifteen people responded and eight of them were engaged to perform the initial round of reviews. None of the reviewers had a conflict of interest, they were not members of the DIC, and they had expertise in various areas relevant to the proposals. Each proposal was assigned to either 3 or 4 reviewers. Once the reviews were completed, leaders in the DIC reviewed the proposals and the reviews and then met for discussion and selection of awardees.
HFES is pleased to announce the recipients of the first HFES Seed Grants Targeting the Intersections of HF/E and Anti-Racism/Anti-Bias.  
Calling all Fellows--Submit to the Posters with Fellows Session

Members of the HFES College of Fellows are invited to participate in the Posters With Fellows session at the 2021 HFES Annual Meeting, October 4 - 7, 2021 at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel.

The genesis behind this session was to give HFES members and students the opportunity to interact with some of the most distinguished colleagues the Society has to offer (you!) in a low-key setting. The last several years of Poster With Fellows sessions have been exceptionally well received and highly attended, with a lot of positive feedback from Fellows and attendees alike.

The goal is to raise the profile of the Fellows and give students and your HF/E colleagues an opportunity to interact with the thought leaders of our profession. Your participation is crucial to the success of this format, and we would greatly appreciate your willingness to participate, even if you have participated in past years. If you haven't participated in the past, please consider doing so this year, as it's a wonderful way to engage with the HF/E community. There is no review process for this invited session - just show up with your poster, and then enjoy!

If you wish to participate, please complete the intent to present form by August 31 so we can reserve you a spot.

Submissions for University Lab Posters is Now Open

HFES invites university labs conducting research and application on human factors/ergonomics to display a poster at our 65th International Annual Meeting in Baltimore, October 4-7. The purpose of this showcase is to demonstrate the variety of HF/E educational and research programs, not to describe specific research projects.

University lab posters may be attended by lab representatives or they may be unattended. There is no proceedings paper associated with lab poster displays. Each lab (or school, if multiple labs from the same school wish to display a poster) is allocated 1/2 of one side of a double-sided poster board measuring 4 feet high by 8 feet wide. Posters dimensions may not exceed 42” x 42” as two posters will share each side of the poster board for a total of four posters per board.

A limited number of spaces are available. Details concerning location, dates and times of poster displays will follow in a confirmation notice that will be sent by September 20, 2021

Poster display space will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Confirmation and instructions for displaying your lab poster will be sent via e-mail to the contact indicated on the intent form.

Required Information:
  • Name of lab and university
  • Name, telephone number, and e-mail address of person responsible for the poster
  • Brief description of the lab

If you have any questions pertaining to the short course, please do not hesitate to contact
Leadership Development Committee: Call for Input 
As one of its wider efforts to foster the successful future leaders of the HF/E community, the HFES Leadership Development Committee is establishing a virtual tutorial program that will be made available to all society members. To ensure this program’s comprehensiveness, we would like to solicit your input regarding the qualities, processes, and procedures integral to an effective leader, both overall and specifically within the HFES organization. Your suggestions will help shape the breadth, depth, and focus of the core modules.

Any insight is much appreciated and may be sent directly to  
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.
2021 Virtual AMIE Conference

Advancing Minorities' Interest in Engineering (AMIE) is holding a virtual education experience that will bring together the Council of Engineering Deans in the Historically Black Colleges and Universities, students, engineering professionals, and leaders from top corporations and government agencies.  
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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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