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Ergo-X Symposium: Exoskeletons in the Workplace

In addition to 120 concurrent sessions, technical tours, workshops, and networking events, HFES 2018 brings you a number of special events.

Monday, October 1


8:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

ErgoX Exoskeletons Symposium



1:30–5:00 p.m.


An invited afternoon workshop will be presented by Christine Kaunas, “Mental Models and Their Impact on Scholarship and Practice: Improving Diversity and Inclusion in HF/E.”





Tuesday, October 2


8:00–10:00 a.m.

Opening Plenary Session, featuring the Presidential Address, "Preventing Violence in Schools: Does the Human Factors/Ergonomics Profession Have a Role?" and this year’s Keynote Address 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.



12:30–1:30 p.m.

“Moving the Needle - HF/E, Science Policy, and How to Become an Effective Advocate,” chaired by Education Division Chair Beth Blickensderfer. Presenters include Interim Executive Director Julie Freeman and staff from Lewis-Burke Associates LLC. Seating is limited, RSVP to Lois Smith; bring your lunch.



1:30–3:00 p.m.


Past President's Forum – “Human Factors/Ergonomics and Multidisciplinary Collaboration: Challenges and Lessons Learned” features a panel describing experiences working with individuals from other disciplines, challenges to multidisciplinary collaboration, and lessons learned along the way.



1:30–3:00 p.m.

“Practitioner-Generated Human Factors Engineering Innovations in the Age of Apple v. Samsung: How HF/E Practitioner Solutions Can Add Major Value to the Intellectual Property Assets and Profitability of Corporations and Academic Institutions in a Rapidly Changing IP Landscape,” a Practitioner Track invited address by Charles L. Mauro, discusses 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.





Wednesday, October 3


All Day

Wednesday is User Experience Day. Scan the online Preliminary Program for sessions sponsored by the Computer Systems and the Internet Technical Groups.



9:45–10:45 a.m.

Plenary session for all attendees: A panel titled Diversity and Inclusion in HFES and Beyond: Striving To Be Better” features leaders in diversity, who will provide unique perspectives on how HFES can continue to be more inclusive as well as impact society as a whole.





Thursday, October 4


9:45–10:45 a.m.

Plenary session for all attendees: This panel, with details to come, focuses on how HF/E can help reduce school violence.



10:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

Internet TG Invited Speaker Joshua Ekandem will present “Designing for Places, Activities, and Experiences: The New Direction of IoT.”





Friday, October 5


10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

“Mentors, Mentees, and Building a Board of Directors: The Big Questions in Personal and Career Development Through Mentorship,” offered by the Education TG, will use interactive and engaging methods to discuss what effective mentor and mentee-ship looks like, how to identify potential mentors, and how to be a mentor to others.