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Big Data Submissions Invited for 2016 Human Factors Prize

Monday, January 25, 2016

The Human Factors Prize recognizes excellence in human factors/ergonomics (HF/E) research through an annual competition in which authors are invited to submit papers on a specific topic for that year.

The topic for the 2016 Human Factors Prize is HF/E Research on Big Data. Human Factors HFES seeks articles that describe research about human factors issues pertaining to big data or the use of big data to solve HF/E problems. "Big data" refers to the use of extremely large databases to analyze and develop computational models and to identify trends, patterns, and associations in the world.

The prize carries a $10,000 cash award and publication of the winning paper in the Society's flagship journal,Human Factors. The award will be formally conferred at a special session at the HFES International Annual Meeting, where the recipient is expected to present his or her work.

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

Manuscripts can report on human factors research related to big data visualization, data mining, and decision aiding as well as research on tasks dealing with big data: sensor data exploitation, intelligence analysis, cyber security, electronic health records, and so on.

Papers are invited that, among other things, cover

  • Methods and activities in national and cyber security;

  • Improvements in systems for the storage of electronic health information

  • Development of methods and techniques to analyze sensor data;

  • New techniques to understand HF/E in aviation, military operations, and terrorism;

  • Innovative algorithms for analyzing large HF/E data; and

  • Unique uses of large HF/E data sets to solve real-world problems.

Any researcher is eligible to submit relevant work; membership in HFES is not required.

Submissions must be uploaded between May 1 and June 3, 2016.

Additional details and answers to frequently asked questions may be found at the Human Factors Prize page.

‚ÄčThe 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.”