May 27, 2021
Society News
Save the Date for the 65th International Annual Meeting: October 4-7, 2021
Dear HFES Members and Friends of HFES,
We are excited to proceed with planning our 65th International Annual Meeting and hope that this year’s two-part format will enable everyone to attend and engage in the manner most feasible and comfortable to them. Here are the details:
  • Live Meeting: October 4-7, 2021, Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel, Baltimore, Maryland. Registration opens in June.
  • Online Meeting: October 25-27, 2021. Registration opens in late summer.
  • Those who register to attend the live meeting will be enrolled for the online meeting at no additional fee.
  • Individuals who do not attend our live meeting may register for the online meeting. Registration will include access to sessions recorded in Baltimore. 
  • All registrants will have access to the recordings from both meetings via the HFES Learning Center for a full year.
  • All paper authors whose submissions were accepted will see their papers published together in one volume of the meeting proceedings publication.

Please watch your email inbox for information about meeting registration and hotel reservations. We look forward to both parts of the 65th Annual Meeting this year and hope you will make plans to participate!
Proposals Due Tomorrow: HFES Seed Grants Targeting the Intersections of HF/E and Anti-Racism/Anti-Bias

HFES is initiating a seed grant program in support of research and programming that investigates and addresses the intersections of Human Factors/Ergonomics and Anti-Racism/Anti-Bias. This grant program will stimulate and support projects and research intended to improve our understanding of and reduce/eliminate racism and bias in the systems, environments, products and tools with which humans interact. Seed grants fund the early stages of projects with the potential for broad impact or provide preliminary data for future state, federal, foundation or other grant proposal mechanisms. The long-term goal of this grant program is to identify evidence-based solutions to the problems of racism and bias.

All HFES members are eligible to apply (new faculty and new practitioners will be given priority). Faculty/practitioner teams are strongly encouraged to apply. Grant limits are $5,000 USD each. Up to two grants will be awarded. 

Proposals are due by May 28, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. Pacific time.

If you not submitting a proposal and you are interested in serving as a proposal reviewer, please contact the Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Carolyn Sommerich, at
Submit Your Manuscript for the 2021 Human Factors Prize
The topic for the 2021 Human Factors Prize is Future of Work. The Human Factors Prize is $5,000 USD and consideration of publication of the winning paper in the Society's journal, Human Factors. The recipient will also present the work at the HFES 2021 International Annual Meeting that convenes October 4 – 7, 2021.
We seek articles that describe human factors research pertaining to the future of work, more specifically, how cognitive and/or physical work activities are impacted by new work environments and spaces, new work technologies, and anticipated demographic changes, and by large-scale disruptions such as the COVID-19 pandemic. 
Submissions are due June 15, 2021.
Now Accepting Nominations for 2021 Executive Council Election
All HFES eligible voting members are encouraged to participate in this year’s nominations and election process. We are seeking nominations for President-Elect, Secretary-Treasurer-Elect, and Two Members-at-Large of the Executive Council.

If you have any questions, please contact Nominations and Elections Committee Chair Ellen J. Bass or Executive Director Steven Kemp.  

Nominations can be submitted until 5:00 PM EDT on Tuesday, June 1.
HCTG Announces Robert L. Wears Early-Career Award

The Health Care Technical Group (HCTG) is pleased to announce a new annual award, the Robert L. Wears Early Career Award. Each year an HCTG committee will grant this award to one academic and one practitioner that has unique achievements in their early career. 

The Robert L. Wears early career award aims to highlight the achievements of academics and practitioners within six years of their graduation. 

The two awardees will be announced during the HFES annual meeting. The HCTG is looking forward to seeing your achievements. 

Nominations are due August 31, 2021.
Join an HFES Affinity Group and Grow Your Professional Network

HFES Affinity groups provide opportunities for members to connect with others who share aspects of their identity–especially in situations in which aspects of their identity are in the minority or are marginalized. Our Affinity Groups can provide mutual support and a sense of community within the society and are an extension of HF/E Diversity and Inclusion efforts, focusing on both inclusivity within the profession and on advancing science that addresses longstanding societal problems. Current Affinity Groups:

  • HFE WOMAN (Women’s Group) 
  • LGBTQ+
  • People of Color
  • Disability and Chronic Health Conditions
University of Michigan Human Factors Engineering Short Course Returns

The U-M Center for Ergonomics has a distinguished record of research in the areas of Cognitive Ergonomics, Biomechanics, and Work Physiology and Safety, along with extensive resources including state-of-the-art laboratories, test equipment, and computer systems. Week one runs July 26-31 and week two runs August 2-6, 2021.

The first week of the course focuses on human factors concepts, offering a broad survey of human factors topics important to designers and researchers. Human-computer interaction (HCI) and intelligent system design are the focus for week two, providing an overview of HCI issues through workshops that lay the foundation for effective human-computer systems.  Engineers, psychologists, medical professionals, managers, and others interested in human factors, ergonomics, human-computer interaction, or usability are candidates for the course. Attendees often work in industry, government, or the military.
HFES Career Center: Advance Your Career in Human Factors and Ergonomics

We encourage you to explore the HFES Career Center. This portal, for employers and job seekers, aims to connect professionals with positions in human factors/ergonomics, as well as provide resources to help users improve job or talent search performance.
What the Career Center Features:
  • Job searching features include the ability to view detailed job listings, post a resume, and apply to positions through the portal.
  • Learning Center which offers helpful presentations designed to help job seekers stand out, develop strong networks, and improve their interview performance.
  • Resume searching features that allow employers to find qualified candidates.
  • Employer resources include articles and videos on government compliance, the candidate experience, and how to create job postings to attract top talent.
Deadline Extended to June 30, 2021 for Submissions for Human Factors and Ergonomics in Space Exploration

In spaceflight, human factors are critical to achieving mission objectives and maintaining crew health and safety. Humans must live and work in an inherently hostile environment, which impairs cognitive and physical readiness due to isolation and confinement, radiation, microgravity, sleep deprivation, vibration, and communication complexities. Astronauts use bulky, constraining, yet life-sustaining equipment, tools, and systems. For example, spacesuits used for extravehicular activities restrict gross body coordination and fine motor skills due to the necessary rigidity of the material to protect from the vacuum of space. Helmets restrict vision and communication. Strategic and evidence-based human factors design of space systems are needed to mitigate the risk to the humans in the system, particularly on long-duration missions in which small stressors may accumulate.

The deadline to submit a full manuscript is June 30, 2021.

For more information, contact: Eduardo Salas, Ph.D. |; Lauren Landon, Ph.D. | ; Jessica Marquez, Ph.D. |
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.
Make Plans to Attend the Virtual 21st Triennial Congress of the International Ergonomics Association!

IEA2021 features a technical program that comprises more than 250 sessions, workshops, panels, and renowned keynote speakers - among them is HFES President Peter Hancock speaking on Trust in Automation and Autonomy.

Learn about the latest advances in research and practice, enlarge your network, and be inspired. All registered delegates will have access to recorded sessions on an on-demand basis for 30 days from the start of the Congress, so no one will miss any presentation of interest. Plus, for four weeks following the congress, registrants will have free online access to the final published e-book Proceedings on the Springer web portal.

For more information and to register, click here. 

Questions or comments may be forwarded to
Member News
Volunteer of the Month: Judi See
Judi See has been an HFES member for 23 years and is chairing the HFES 400 committee to develop a formal technical standard for the Human Readiness Level (HRL) scale. She is a Systems Analyst at Sandia National Laboratories and conducts research and analysis and provides human factors expertise to support national security missions.

Her proudest accomplishment in the HF/E industry is leading revisions of a Department of Energy (DOE) order governing nuclear explosive operations to incorporate more rigorous and more comprehensive requirements for human factors throughout the lifecycle of nuclear explosive operations. Judi was motivated to volunteer with HFES because she strongly believes in the value of the HFES 400 standard to transform the approach to human systems integration throughout the lifecycle. She enjoys knowing that she's potentially making a difference in the field.

HFES thanks Judi for her service to the Society.
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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