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Submissions Invited for 2017 Human Factors Prize on Cybersecurity May 8–June 2

Ergonomics in Design Seeks Special Issue Papers on Sonic Information Design: Theory, Methods, and Practice
By Myounghoon Jeon, Michigan Tech; Bruce Walker, Georgia Tech; Stephen Barrass, University of Canberra; & Mikael Fernström, University of Limerick, Special-Issue Guest Editors

Putting Humans Into Control Webinar on March 29

Launch of HFE WOMAN Facebook Group
By Gabriella M. Hancock, Beth Blickensderfer, and Ashley M. Hughes

Awards Nominations Due March 31

Help Define Human Factors/Ergonomics for Database of Occupational Titles
By Paul A. Green, Member At-Large, HFES Executive Council

Call for Nominations: International Ergonomics Association (IEA) Awards
By Waldemar Karwowski, Chair, IEA Representatives Committee

New Web Page for Children's Issues Technical Group

Public Policy Matters

HFES Responds to a National Academies Request for Comments on Social and Behavioral Sciences in National Security
By Lewis-Burke Associates LLC

Annual Meeting

Increase Your Organization's Visibility With Annual Meeting Promotions

Other News

OERC Issues Request for Proposals


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Submissions Invited for 2017 Human Factors Prize on Cybersecurity May 8–June 2

Improved measures to prevent security breaches, such as the Russian e-mail hacks in the months leading up to the 2016 U.S. presidential election and the release of 200 million Yahoo user account details, cannot be achieved without considering the critical importance of the human factors of data and privacy protection. This year's Human Factors Prize will focus on

human factors/ergonomics (HF/E) research on cybersecurity. The submission window is May 8 through June 2, 2017.

Submissions can report on HF/E research related to techniques, tools, or training to analyze and develop security measures to ensure safety in any domain and application area. Examples include, but are not limited to, aviation, transportation, oil and gas, power grid, nuclear, military operations, health, politics, and terrorism.

Manuscripts should provide a theoretical basis, a thorough background, and a detailed description of the methods, results, and discussion of the practical ramifications of the research. The paper also needs to show the HF/E link and impact.

Papers may address any of the following topics, among others:

  • Research activities in national and international cybersecurity

  • Improvements in systems for the collection and storage of personal information (including health information), e-mail, and phishing susceptibility

  • Development of methods and techniques to detect and analyze vulnerability in cyberspace

  • New techniques to address cybersecurity in aviation, military operations, and terrorism

  • Trust, privacy, risk taking, user acceptance, etc., of mobile devices, app installation decisions, and personal information entry

  • Security culture effects and cyber situation awareness

  • Cyber warfare, social cyber attack, data breaches

  • Defensive and offensive cybersecurity operations

  • Automation or collaboration in cyberspace

All researchers are eligible to submit relevant work; membership in HFES is not required. Complete details about eligibility and submission requirements may be found here.

The winning submission, along with other acceptable submissions, will be published in Human Factors, and the authors are expected to attend the 2017 Annual Meeting to present their work.



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Ergonomics in Design Seeks Special Issue Papers on Sonic Information Design: Theory, Methods, and Practice

By Myounghoon Jeon, Michigan Tech; Bruce Walker, Georgia Tech; Stephen Barrass, University of Canberra; & Mikael Fernström, University of Limerick, Special-Issue Guest Editors

Submissions are invited for a special issue, tentatively scheduled for publication in mid-2018, on sonic information design. The due date for submissions is November 1, 2017.

Background and Motivation

In this special issue, we aim to outline design processes and methods for auditory displays and sonification; that is, the use of nonspeech sounds in data display or information communication. Researchers have proposed that multiple populations (e.g., visually impaired or blind people, children, older adults, and even sighted people) can benefit from auditory displays and sonifications. Well-designed auditory displays and sonifications can supplement or replace visual displays and enhance user experience and accessibility. Although there has been an increase in research since the first International Conference on Auditory Displays (ICAD) in 1992, auditory displays and sonifications are still treated peripherally and sporadically in industry and academia.

Design research can be defined as "the investigation of knowledge through purposeful design" (Faste & Faste, 2012). If we agree that sonification is the purposeful mapping of data into sound, the methods and processes for making this mapping could belong to design research. To refer to design research in the sonification domain, we coin the term sonic information design, which includes auditory displays, auditory user interfaces, and sonification, among others. With the increasing pervasiveness of embodied interaction and user experience, it seems high time to examine how to "design" sonic information to enrich user experience as a whole, by considering situated-acting, meaning-making, and aesthetic values that go beyond using simple warnings and arbitrary mappings.

Depending on its purpose and context, sonic information design can improve usability in the user interface, learning and training, and aesthetic experience. In this special issue, we embrace the broad spectrum of design research by listing and analyzing methods, approaches, tools, and strategies to produce a novel taxonomy and a blueprint for the next generation of sonic information design.

Topics of Interest

The central objective of this special issue is to provoke an active debate on theory, methods, and practice of sonic information design among researchers and practitioners. The topics addressed by this special issue raise fundamental questions of theory (paradigm, framework, model, and standardization) and practical approaches (design methods, processes, and evaluations) in sonic information design. To address these fundamental questions, we invite researchers to contribute to an in-depth discussion of this timely, relevant, and interdisciplinary field of investigation.

Potential topics of interest for this special issue include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Examples, case studies, and real-world applications

  • Speculative, aspirational, and prototype designs

  • Ergonomics in sonic information design

  • Paradigm, theory, and taxonomy

  • Aesthetics, philosophy, and culture

  • Reflection, evaluation, and analysis

  • Methods and processes

  • Tools and techniques

  • Users, experiences, and contexts of use

  • Participatory approaches

  • Inclusive/accessibility design of auditory user interfaces

  • Patterns, heuristics, and probes

  • Computational/algorithmic approaches

Submissions are due November 1. Long feature articles should be between 1,500 and 3,000 words, and shorter articles should be limited to between 1,000 and 1,500 words. Decision letters will be sent in November 2017, and revised manuscripts will be due January 2018. The special issue is scheduled for publication in summer 2018.

The issue will be promoted not only to the HF/E community, including researchers and practitioners, but also to auditory displays and sonification communities outside the HF/E field. Accepted articles will reach a large and diverse readership in an attractive, well-respected, peer-reviewed publication.

View the instructions for authors, publication policies, and sample articles, and then submit your article via the EID online submission site.

Questions about submissions for this EID special issue can be directed to Special-Issue Editor Myounghoon "Philart" Jeon.


Faste, T., & Faste, H. (2012, August). Demystifying "design research": Design is not research, research is design. Presented at Industrial Designers Society of America Education Symposium, Boston, Massachusetts.



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Putting Humans Into Control Webinar on March 29

Join John M. Flach on Wednesday, March 29, at 12:00 noon EDT for a webinar discussing the theme that human experience is a joint function of mind and matter and that there are properties at the level of experience that are fundamental. Flach will illustrate how control theory and research on human-machine systems leads us to this conclusion and will discuss the broader implications for an applied cognitive science.

Click on the banner above for more information and to register for the webinar.



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Launch of HFE WOMAN Facebook Group

By Gabriella M. Hancock, Beth Blickensderfer, and Ashley M. Hughes

The Human Factors and Ergonomics Women's Organization for Mentoring and Networking (HFE WOMAN) has just launched a Facebook group and invites its HFES-affiliated members to join by clicking here. Our Facebook group constitutes an inclusive virtual forum dedicated to the advancement of women in HF/E and related fields. Colleagues working in such diverse disciplines as psychology, engineering, computer science, and social work are encouraged to participate.

This virtual platform is meant to foster both online and in-person mentoring and networking. Within the virtual space, members can post or read about upcoming or ongoing conferences, grant or fellowship announcements, and job opportunities; post links to scholarly or general media articles relating to the field; and present professional development materials (such as links to helpful TED Talks or blogs). We also hope that members will make contact with or serve as a mentor to others, forging productive relationships with new professional colleagues.

We anticipate that the Facebook group will be used as a tool for organizing and promoting face-to-face mentoring opportunities. Local or student chapters can utilize the space to solicit ideas for workshop topics, recruit guest speakers, advertise community events, and share accounts or photographs of get-togethers. Finally, we would like to emphasize the social as well as the professional nature of the group and urge all members to share their personal and professional accomplishments with their mentors, mentees, and peers.

We will serve as the administrators for the HFE WOMAN group. If anyone is interested in serving in this group, providing ideas for its development, or volunteering at one of our many events, please contact any of us via the Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/347047532315514/.



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Awards Nominations Due March 31

HFES Full Members and Fellows are invited to submit nominations for eight Society awards, which will be presented at the 2017 Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas.

Nominations are invited for individuals whose contributions merit special recognition. The eight awards for which nominations are sought are as follows:

  • Hal W. Hendrick Distinguished International Colleague Award

  • Paul M. Fitts Education Award

  • A. R. Lauer Safety Award

  • Alexander C. Williams, Jr., Design Award

  • Jack A. Kraft Innovator Award

  • Oliver Keith Hansen Outreach Award

  • William C. Howell Young Investigator Award

  • Bentzi Karsh Early-Career Service Award

Nominees are not required to be HFES members, but only members may submit nominations. Submissions are due on or before March 31. To nominate,

  • submit the candidate's résumé or curriculum vitae, a nominating letter, and at least two but not more than three letters of support from individuals who know the candidate well enough to assess his or her candidacy in terms of the award's criteria;

  • compile all materials into a single PDF file; and

  • submit packages via e-mail to Lynn Strother.

For more information on the scope and criteria for HFES awards, please view the HFES Awards Web page.



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Help Define Human Factors/Ergonomics for Database of Occupational Titles

By Paul A. Green, Member At-Large, HFES Executive Council

HFES has been contacted by the Research Triangle Institute, an organization under contract to the U.S. Department of Labor, to assist in revising the current description of the job title "Human Factors Engineers and Ergonomists" in the O*NET database. (See 17-2112.01, http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/17-2112.01.) O*NET is a free national database that defines occupational titles in the United States. It is used by human resources specialists to create position descriptions and assess who is qualified for specific openings, and by job seekers to craft résumés. Many human factors/ergonomics and other professionals involved in jobs analysis use this database. Additionally, the O*NET description can be useful in creating human factors/ergonomics position descriptions or assessing one's own position.

Of all of the national databases, O*NET is the only one that describes human factors engineers and ergonomists. Therefore, it is important that the O*NET description accurately reflects what HF/E professionals do.

HFES is seeking between 50 and 100 members to spend 90 minutes to complete 5 questionnaires (paper or online), which will guide the Research Triangle Institute in revising the "Human Factors Engineers and Ergonomists" description. One of 974 occupations described by O*NET, and included in the larger category of Industrial Engineers, the current description contains information on relevant tasks, knowledge, work activities, work content, skills and abilities, among other details, presented in bulleted lists of 10–26 items per topic. Each bullet includes ratings of importance or relevance, providing a rich description of the occupation.

Some members of the Society may find other job titles to be a better fit with what they do. Some have suggested that the current O*NET definition could say more about the research aspects of the profession.

O*NET requires those who participate to have at least five years of experience, with one year of practice. HFES is particularly interested in getting input from Fellows to leverage their experience. Those who participate must be actively engaged full-time or part-time in practice, supervising, training, or teaching the occupation. Our intention is to compile a list of volunteers who broadly represent the variety of perspectives of HF/E (e.g., industry versus academia, cognitive versus physical ergonomics) to ensure that the resulting job title will serve the HF/E community as well as others. This activity does not have a great deal of visibility, but it has considerable impact.

To volunteer, send the following details via e-mail to Lois Smith (lois@hfes.org) by March 31, 2017:

  • Name

  • Number of years of experience

  • Complete mailing address

  • E-mail address

  • Daytime phone number

Volunteers will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis and will be confirmed via e-mail. Information provided about participants is kept strictly private, and responses to the questionnaires are not personally identifiable. In exchange for participating, the Research Triangle Institute will give participants $40 and a framed certificate of appreciation.

If you have any questions, please contact Paul Green at 734/763-3795 or pagreen@umich.edu. Even if you do not plan to respond, it is worth spending a few minutes to look at the O*NET description of what we are.



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Call for Nominations: International Ergonomics Association (IEA) Awards

By Waldemar Karwowski, Chair, IEA Representatives Committee

The IEA Representatives Committee is seeking nominations for Triennial Awards and the IEA/Liberty Mutual Award in Occupational Safety and Ergonomics.

IEA Triennial Awards

IEA Triennial Awards are presented at each IEA Triennial Congress. The next Congress will be held in Florence, Italy, in August 2018. HFES members are invited to submit nominations for these awards to Waldemar Karwowski (wkr@ucf.edu) by November 1, 2017.

The appropriate HFES awards selection committee(s) will make a selection(s) using established criteria for HFES awards. The nominations will be forwarded to the HFES Council for review and approval. Approved nominations will be forwarded to the chair of the IEA Awards Committee by the HFES Executive Director under the signature of the President and on behalf of the Executive Council within the deadline established by the IEA awards committee.

  • HFES IEA Distinguished Service Award. This award is presented to individuals for outstanding contributions to the promotion, development and advancement of the IEA.

  • IEA Outstanding Educators Award. This award is presented to persons in recognition of outstanding contributions in the area of ergonomics education for having developed ergonomics education programs, or produced new methodology and/or materials for teaching ergonomics, or graduated persons who have become outstanding ergonomists.

  • IEA Award for Promotion of Ergonomics In Industrially Developing Countries. This award is presented to a person(s) who has made significant and outstanding contributions to the development of infrastructure of ergonomics in an industrially developing country, including development of teaching/training programs, implementation of ergonomics design in industry, development of R&D programs, organization of ergonomics professionals, and/or extensive collaboration with international bodies such as United Nations.

  • IEA Development Award. This award is presented to persons who have had an international impact on ergonomics in terms of making a contribution or development that significantly advances the state of the art of an existing ergonomics subspecialty, and/or opens up a new area of ergonomics research and/or application.

  • IEA Human Factors and Ergonomics Prize. This award is presented to a group, institution or organization that has made significant contributions to research and development, and/or application of knowledge generally in the field of human factors and ergonomics.

More information and the application form for IEA Triennial Awards are provided here: http://www.iea.cc/award/IEA%20Triennial%20Awards%20Nominations.pdf.

IEA/Liberty Mutual Award in Occupational Safety and Ergonomics

Instituted in 1998, the IEA/Liberty Mutual Award in Occupational Safety and Ergonomics recognizes outstanding original research leading to the reduction or mitigation of work-related injuries and/or to the advancement of theory, understanding, and development of occupational safety research. The award includes a $10,000 cash prize. Submissions for the 2017 award are invited. Relevant disciplines include ergonomics, epidemiology, biomechanics, cognitive and behavioral psychology, design, physiology, medical sciences, economics, and engineering.

Applicants need not belong to the IEA societies or any of its constituent groups. Persons wishing to be considered for the prize should submit an application, including a separate covering letter and paper, both in electronic format, to the IEA Awards Committee Chair and the IEA Vice President/Secretary General at the following addresses: PastPres@iea.cc and vpsg@iea.cc.

The deadline for submitting applications is May 31, 2017, and details are available on this website: http://www.iea.cc/award/yearly_liberty.html.

Applicants will be notified of the results in mid-July and the winner announced on August 31, 2017.



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New Web Page for Children's Issues Technical Group

Visit the Web page of the new HFES Children's Issues Technical Group, which consists of researchers, practitioners, manufacturers, policy makers, caregivers, and students interested in research, design, and application concerning HF/E issues related to children's emerging development from birth to 18. The topic of children inevitably includes caregivers and educators, which too is a main focus, particularly with respect to their perceptions and physical and cognitive tasks.



Public Policy Matters

HFES Responds to a National Academies Request for Comments on Social and Behavioral Sciences in National Security 

By Lewis-Burke Associates LLC

On February 15, HFES responded to a request for comments by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, regarding the decadal survey on Social and Behavioral Sciences for National Security. In its response, the Society underscored the value of human factors/ergonomics research in the successful deployment of new technologies for intelligence and national security by advancing and applying evidence-based research on how humans interact with complex systems, known as human-systems integration. Additionally, the Society outlined five specific areas that should be further explored in the National Academies decadal survey:

  • the integration of intelligence information and use of big data;

  • autonomy and risk assessment and mitigation;

  • cybersecurity and cyber situational awareness (SA);

  • resilience to information attack; and

  • human roles and interfaces in adaptive learning systems.

The decadal survey, which seeks to augment the existing analytic capabilities of the national intelligence community through input from the social and behavioral sciences, began in the summer of 2016 and will span 30 months, through winter 2018. The Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences oversees the survey and will host the committee's first meeting on March 23–24, 2017, which will identify "potential contributions of SBS in areas relevant to national security." The final report will be made available to the public upon completion.

Lewis-Burke Associates LLC, a leading Washington, D.C.-based government relations and consulting firm, represents the public policy interests of scientific societies and institutions of higher education. Lewis-Burke's staff of about 20 government relations professionals works to promote the federal research and policy goals of HFES and the HF/E community.



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Increase Your Organization's Visibility With Annual Meeting Promotions

Reserving an an exhibit booth, tabletop, sponsorship, or ad at the 2017 HFES Annual Meeting is a cost-effective way to highlight the value of your services and products.
Sponsorships include

  • Internet Café

  • Registration Bags

  • Badge Lanyards

  • User Experience Day programs (contact Lara Cheng at laracheng@gmail.com)

  • Technical Group Topical Tracks in the program

  • Early-Career Professionals Reception and Networking Luncheon

  • Student Lounge

  • Mentor-Mentee Luncheons

  • General support via Supporting Sponsorships

Exhibit and tabletop space in the Exhibit Hall gives you face time with attendees. Educational institutions benefit from reduced fees. Exhibitors also qualify for reduced advertising rates.

Advertising in the Annual Meeting program book and via inserts in registration bags gets your message to attendees.

Acknowledgment of your promotions, which also support the Annual Meeting, is included in the program, on signs, and on the Web site.

We hope that you will consider joining the list of distinguished organizations that have taken advantage of promotional opportunities at HFES Annual Meetings. See you in Austin!



Other News

OERC Issues Request for Proposals

During the past 9 years, OERC has funded about $750,000 in research examining issues related to working with computers. A new request for proposals has just been issued; instructions for preparing a proposal and the research topics of interest can be found on the OERC Web site: http://oerc.org/preparing-a-proposal/.

We invite you to submit a proposal before the June 30, 2017, deadline. Funding decisions will be announced on or about December 15, 2017. Please contact Tom Albin at director@oerc.org with questions.