October 28 - November 1, 2019 | Seattle, Washington, USA
Unique & Savvy Solutions across the Spectrum of HF/E - Simply, an Outstanding Opportunity
Dr. Ronald Laurids Boring, 2019 General Program Chair
Make plans to attend and participate in the 63rd International Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society! The annual meeting will take place in exciting and iconic downtown Seattle from October 28 to November 1, 2019. Seattle is home to many well-known and important companies and features a strong human factors history and community. Amid this backdrop of beauty and innovation, we invite you to submit your work for presentation and publication at the annual meeting.
The annual meeting typically hosts between 1,500 and 2,000 attendees from education, government, and industry, with more than 600 technical presentations. The meeting continues to ensure the quality of the submissions through rigorous peer review, while ensuring the proceedings are archived and indexed for wide dissemination. Additionally, content is tailored to meet attendee interests by following tracks organized by the society’s diverse Technical Groups.
A variety of special sessions, from workshops to keynotes to panels, provide the opportunity to learn from thought leaders in the field of human factors and ergonomics and the industries we shape. The annual meeting is a friendly gathering, with a variety of networking opportunities, including the opening welcome reception and a special reception during the poster session, plus social events for students and early career professionals. And, whether you’re landing your first job out of school or looking for a change, the Career Center at the conference is the one-stop hub for your next career move.
The annual meeting continues to evolve to meet HFES member needs and interests. The 2019 installment of the conference will introduce the embedded Practitioner Day, with a strong emphasis on sharing hands-on and applied project findings. We will also welcome the newly introduced Cybersecurity Technical Group. We are very excited to see and learn from the presentations that will accompany these new areas.
For ergonomics professionals, the popular ErgoX Symposium immediately precedes the annual meeting and features an exciting and much expanded program.
The annual meeting truly has something for everyone. Come join your community for the premiere human factors conference. We look forward to seeing you and presentations on your latest work in Seattle!
Dr. Ronald Laurids Boring, HFES 2019 General Program Chair and the 2019 Technical Program Committee
Join us for our Exciting Plenary Sessions throughout the Meeting
Tuesday, October 29 - Impact of Human Factors and Ergonomics on Workers: Perspectives from the Best of Seattle
The panel will discuss how human factors and ergonomics impacts workers at the large companies in Seattle including Boeing, Amazon, and Recreational Equipment, Inc. The discussion will review current practices, plans for the future, and success stories in implementing human factors and ergonomics. The panel will provide their unique perspectives from very diverse industries and workers.
Wednesday, October 30 - Design Thinking and Thinking like a Designer
Dennis Boyle, one of the founding team members of IDEO and a senior leader in its Design for Health practice, will make a "show and tell" presentation about the definition, development and application of the process of Design Thinking. Dennis will illustrate his presentation with a number of case studies of work where this process has played a pivotal role in design and development in a variety of industries with a particular emphasis on innovation in health and medical experiences, systems and products, both digital and physical. Dennis will show scenes and make points about steps in the process including design research, synthesis, ideation, prototyping, testing and implementation. Dennis will talk about and illustrate the state of mind and group approach that training and experience in Design Thinking enables in individuals and in teams with behind the scenes stories and images from his nearly 40 years with the company.
Thursday, October 31 - Careful, Your Common Sense Might Get You Killed
As doctors work busily to extend our lives, more people each year are figuring out ways to cut them short. Yes, after 100 years of steady improvement in healthcare and public safety, unintentional injuries and deaths are somehow on the rise. Are people turning into incompetent schlubs who can’t be trusted with scissors? Not exactly!
In this presentation Steve Casner, author of the book Careful: A User’s Guide To Our Injury-Prone Minds, gathers evidence from across many disciplines, including human factors, to argue that our problem is a different one. Simply stated, our latest complex, opaque, safety-proofed, high-energy, and multifunctional innovations are shattering our intuitive understandings of our world and our once-familiar human capabilities. Even worse is the fact that no matter how obsoleted our commonsense intuitions become, we tend to guard them with the ferocity of a dog snarling by its food bowl. Messages are ignored, and workarounds are concocted for design features that are designed to protect us. Have you ever had the urge to invite another motorist to pull over so you can explain how driving works? Casner argues that this is precisely and uniquely what is needed to reroute our interactions with our modern inventions in a safer direction. All signs point to us needing to have the most uncomfortable, unwelcome, yet utterly important conversation (combined with a bit of inner reflection) that we have ever experienced. But how will we provide a new understanding to an audience that doesn’t think they need it? Tune in to find out!