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Submission reminder: 1st International Symposium on Resilient Cognitive Systems

SUBMISSION REMINDER: 1st International Symposium on Resilient Cognitive Systems
San Francisco, California • August 13-15, 2013
Submission Schedule
• Paper Submission Due: April 1, 2013
• Notification of Paper Acceptance: June 3, 2013
• Final Paper Submission: July 8, 2013
• Symposium Website:

A Message from Ergonomics and Design

The deadline for submitting articles to the Ergonomics in Design special issue on global warming and climate change is April 8. Many members of your TG may find this call for papers particularly interesting. Can you please send the attached reminder to your TG?

Many different HF/E disciplines can take an important role in addressing global warming and sustainable development, and we would like to encourage manuscript submissions representative of the diversity of human factors and ergonomics approaches necessary to solve these complex problems.

Thank you.

Ken Nemire
Senior Editor
Ergonomics in Design

Here’s a reminder that the deadline for submitting articles to the Ergonomics in Design (EID) special issue on human factors/ergonomics solutions to global warming and climate change is April 8. Contributions are invited on any topic related to how HF/E principles and practices have been applied, or are being applied, in efforts to address global warming and climate change. Articles should show how critical the science of HF/E was for the project or research, provide useful information for practitioners, and show how the results of the project or research addresses the problem of global warming and climate change.

Instructions for authors, publication policies, and sample articles are at:

You can submit your article to the EID online submission site:

The special issue of EID will highlight the wide range of areas in which HF/E specialists have contributed knowledge and expertise, including design of the new technology such as smart homes and green buildings; design of tasks, jobs, and systems needed to implement and expand the new technology; and design of ways to help change decision making and behavior needed to recognize and comprehend the need for immediate action to avert the long-term consequences of climate change.

Submissions are due April 8, 2013. Long feature articles should be 3,000 words or fewer, and shorter articles should be limited to 1,500 words. Decision letters will be sent May 2013, and revised manuscripts are due December 2, 2013. The special issue is scheduled for publication in spring 2014.

This special issue will be promoted to governmental and other organizations with decision-making responsibilities related to global warming policies, in addition to HFES members and nonmember professionals in related fields. Your article will reach a large and diverse readership in an attractive, well-respected, peer-reviewed publication.

Questions about submissions for this EID special issue can be directed to Ken Nemire, Senior Editor, Ergonomics in Design,

Submission Deadline Extended

Please be aware that the submission deadline has been extended to Monday, February 25 at 5:00 pm PST.

Proposal Reviewers Needed

I am this year’s program chair for the Safety technical group of HFES.

I am writing to invite you to serve as a proposal reviewer for Safety TG paper submissions for the next HFES annual meeting. The online Call for Proposals will open around December 17, and proposals are due on February 19, 2013. Reviews must be completed no later than MARCH 19, 2013.

If you are willing and able to serve as a proposal reviewer and can have the reviews done by March 19, please reply to me directly at:

Your help will go a long way to improve the TG, the Society and the overall quality of our annual meeting.

Vanderbilt University CRISS HF Engineer Opportunity

The Center for Research and Innovation in Systems Safety (CRISS) at Vanderbilt University is seeking a human factors engineer to join their multi-disciplinary team. The candidate will apply human factors and clinical informatics skills to complex healthcare technology development and process improvement projects.

The candidate will be responsible for conducting iterative user-centered design and evaluation process for ongoing clinical informatics interface development, facilitating improved system design and process. The candidate will also participate in federally funded patient safety research by collaboratively creating research evaluation plans, conducting quantitative and qualitative studies, and facilitating analysis and dissemination of findings. The candidate will work closely with CRISS faculty, interface designers, informaticians, software developers, managers, physicians, nurses, and other clinicians.

The candidate should have at least a master’s degree in human factors or related discipline and/or appropriate experience as well as an in-depth understanding of the theories, principles, and data associated with human performance capabilities and in the design and implementation of complex sociotechnical systems. The candidate should have project management experience. Familiarity with safety critical health care environments is highly desirable.

For more information, contact Matthew Weinger, MD (615-936-6598 or Vanderbilt is an Equal Opportunity Employer

2013 Symposium on HFE in Healthcare Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship opportunities for the 2013 Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care are available:

Topical track sponsorships still available include:

Patient and Health-Care Provider Safety Health-Care Information Technology Operating Room HF/E.

Sponsors get exposure in the program, can place a flyer in ever registration bag and get exposure in the opening plenary session and during the track sessions. Sponsorship is $2,500 per track.

If your organization is interested in sponsoring a track at the symposium, or you have any questions about sponsorship, please contact Carlos de Falla (, (310) 394-1811).


The CFP for ISOES 2013 has been released. Please consider submitting your work for this coming year’s conference. Details and deadlines are provided below. My apologies in advance for cross posting. Please do forward as you see fit. For more information:

Abstract Deadline March 8, 2013

Please e-mail an abstract of 300 words to Authors will be notified of acceptance by April 1, 2013. Full papers and conference early registration will be due by April 30, 2013.

Conference topics Include:

Workplace Safety and Health

  • Design for health and safety
  • Applications of engineering anthropometry, biomechanics, and work physiology
  • Human factors in work measurement
  • Manual materials handling
  • Cumulative Trauma Disorders

Management Issues

  • Standards development
  • International ergonomic issues
  • Accident prevention strategies
  • Participatory ergonomics
  • Performance/Personnel testing


  • Educational programs
  • Ergonomics curricula development
  • Macro-ergonomics
  • Decision making

Cognitive Ergonomics

  • Human reliability
  • Human-centered design
  • Situational awareness

Technology Development

  • Human-computer interaction
  • Computer-aided ergonomics
  • New evaluation tools

New and Expanding Areas of Application

  • Construction
  • Military
  • Transportation
  • Health care
  • Aging populations
  • Research methods
  • User-experienced designers

Case Studies

  • Forensics
  • Accidents
  • Any area of related application

ISOES will offer two student scholarships. Application information may be requested by email ( or at the website (

HFES Safety TG

The Safety Technical Group (STG) of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) is comprised of professionals interested in research and applications concerning human factors in safety in all settings and attendant populations,including:

  • Aviation
  • Transportation
  • Industry
  • Military
  • Office
  • Public building
  • Recreation
  • Home environment