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HFES Announces 2016 YouTube Video Contest Winners


Thursday, September 29, 2016

A judging panel from the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) has determined the winners of this year’s video contest, which posed the challenge to create a 2-minute video to answer the question, "How does human factors/ergonomics help people?"

  • First Place: Michelle Hester, "How Does Human Factors Help People?"

  • Second Place: Desmond C. Bonner, "That’s Human Factors!"

  • Third Place: Daniel Diethei, Lisa Herbst, and Paul Schlosser, "How Human Factors Improves Your Life"

The range of applications of human factors/ergonomics (HF/E) research is vast, and one criterion for judging the entries was how well the video producers captured an aspect of the field’s breadth in a concise yet creative and engaging manner. Other judging criteria included accurate depiction of human-systems integration, creativity, uniqueness, innovation, and how powerfully the producers addressed the theme.

Hester's simple graphical depiction opens with a universal example of lack of usability (which way to open a door), briefly defines human factors, and uses rhyming to explain other areas in which human factors makes interfaces better.

The Bonner video explains HF/E and how it's applied to our everyday lives in the context of work, leisure, health, transportation, sports, and more.

The video by Diethei and colleagues poses two scenarios of daily life, from waking to applying for a job, with and without the technologies that have been influenced by HF/E science and practice.

The contest is part of the Society's vision of extending the reach and relevance of HFES and the human factors/ergonomics (HF/E) discipline.

HFES President William S. Marras noted, "We are happy we had such a good response to the contest. I am pleased that the video producers have been able to describe how HF/E helps people in such creative and ingenious ways."

The Society's Outreach Division Chair, Karen Jacobs, added, "YouTube is a powerful and effective medium. We are excited about using these videos to promote the human factors/ergonomics profession to a wide audience."

The videos have been posted on the HFES YouTube Channel.

About the Winners

Michelle Hester is a recent graduate of the University of Idaho's Human Factors Psychology Master's Program and previously received her BS in psychology from the University of Central Florida. During her time in the Pacific Northwest, she interned with Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories as an environmental health and safety engineer, focusing on ergonomics. Her research interests include automation and human-robot interaction.

Desmond C. Bonner is a first-year PhD student at Iowa State University (ISU) studying human-computer interaction and industrial engineering. He earned a BFA in graphic design from Auburn University and an MS in human-computer interaction from ISU. His research interests include serious games, STEM education, and design for social change. Desmond works as a part of a research team studying intelligent tutoring systems.

Daniel Diethei studies human-computer interaction at the University of Würzburg, Germany. His research focus is on human factors projects in health care and aviation. In 2015 he spent two months at the University of Toronto, Canada, working on usability tests for infusion pumps in the intensive-care unit. In the same year he wrote his bachelor’s thesis on radar displays for air traffic controllers at the German Aerospace Center. He works for Siemens Healthcare, improving user interfaces for X-ray systems.

Lisa Herbst studies media communication at the Julius-Maximilians-University Würzburg and works for the chair of instructional psychology and new media. Her focus is on e-learning and learning with hypertext learning environments. She is working on her bachelor’s thesis on the influence of the position of macropropositions in hypertext learning environments. Thanks to workshops from the Hans-Seidel-Stiftung and the Design Akademie Berlin, she gained experience in creating videos.

Paul Schlosser is working toward a master's degree in human-computer interaction at the University of Würzburg, Germany. He is fascinated by this program because it combines applied psychology and engineering. He has developed a strong interest in human factors in safety-critical systems. In 2015 worked at the School of Psychology in Brisbane, Australia, where he researched the use of head-mounted displays in a clinical environment.

​The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society is the world’s largest scientific association for human factors/ergonomics professionals, with more than 4,500 members globally. HFES members include psychologists and other scientists, designers, and engineers, all of whom have a common interest in designing systems and equipment to be safe and effective for the people who operate and maintain them. “Human Factors and Ergonomics: People-Friendly Design Through Science and Engineering.”