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August 2014
Number 45


Thank you for your participation in AHFE 2014

AHFE 2014 Proceedings

Book Review: Ewolucja Form Sprzetow Do Siedzenia (Evolution of Sitting Furniture Forms From Prehistory to the Machine Age) In Polish

Exhibit at AHFE 2017

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AHFE International 2017, July 26-30, 2017, Las Vegas, USA


Thank you for your participation in AHFE 2014

We thank all participants of the AHFEI 2014 Conference, held in Krakow, Poland, 19-23 June and we are looking forward to seeing you all again in Las Vegas, CA, USA for AHFEI 2017, 26-30 July 2017.

The AHFEI 2014 conference was held under the auspices of 17 international boards comprising of 474 members.

Over 1400 people from 62 countries attended this year’s conference. In 198 sessions, 1380 papers were presented and 168 posters from the 62 countries were displayed.

This year’s keynote speaker was Professor Dante R. Chialvo from the National Research and Technology Council (CONICET), Argentina. His speech, entitled "The Mind Near The Edge: A Novel View of Brain Function" how the brain worked as ”a well functioning machine is often associated with something that repeats exactly each time a given performance. The same intuition is used to describe malfunction as randomness and unpredictability.” The speaker briefly described key neuroimaging experimental results which support his view.

Looking forward to seeing everyone at Las Vegas in 2017.


Some photos from the Opening Session are available at APHEI Facebook page
Pictures: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Applied-Human-Factors-and-Ergonomics-International-Conference-and-News/125445248940

AHFE 2014 Proceedings

AHFE 2014 Conference edited books with selected, peer-reviewed accepted papers and registered authors published by AHFE International is now available.

Advances in Human Factors and Ergonomics 2014
Proceedings of the 5th AHFE Conference 19-23 July 2014
20 Volume Set: Proceedings of the 5th AHFE Conference

Book Review: Ewolucja Form Sprzetow Do Siedzenia (Evolution of Sitting Furniture Forms From Prehistory to the Machine Age) In Polish

In this amazing book on the history of chairs, Jerzy Charytonowicz provides us with an extraordinary voyage through time with this common object, one that we use every day and sits center stage in the field of ergonomics. If you want to create an expose or lecture on chairs, this book is a must.

While the book is in Polish, a language not accessible to most readers including myself, there is an in-depth English summary included at the end. The book itself includes an immense number of museum pictures and drawings that will enable you to see how “from the very beginning, furniture for sitting has comprised constructions whose dimensions and forms were determined by the shape and size of the human body. That kind of furniture, thus, frequently became ‘prints’ of the human body (according to this principle ergonomic constructions for sitting were shaped), and remained without a user it was designated for, the furniture became a symbol always associated with a man and was referred to as ‘empty chair’ - left by someone or waiting for someone. Chairs sculptured, adorned with intarsia, painted or decorated with various materials always exhibited a level of craftsmanship specific to a certain historical period, types of available materials, tools and a level of manufacture technology as well as social needs, artistic ideas, becoming a source of information about the time they originated in. As one of the most formally varied type of furniture, always being in the direct contact with man, chairs have always intrigued artists and architects becoming an object of various creative experiments. Designing furniture for sitting gave artists an opportunity to integrate their technical and anthropological knowledge, knowledge about the surrounding world and people's needs, and it also provided a chance to apply new materials and professional experience. Therefore, as history shows, the most frequently designed furniture for sitting was of concern to architects treating it as an integral part of designed buildings and manifestation of their artistic ideas.”

I found the reading and viewing of the pictures to be an enjoyable experience, one that can be undoubtedly shared by others.

Ewolucja Form Sprzetow Do Siedzenia (Evolution of Sitting Furniture Forms From Prehistory to the Machine Age) by Jerzy Charytonowicz, Edition WROCLSW, 20017. ISBN 978-83-7493-328-5- In Polish

Exhibit at AHFE 2017

AHFE 2017 will present state-of-the-art ergonomics products, systems and services for users, professionals, and researchers in the AHFE field. More than 1,500 participants who are in a position to make acquisition decisions about human factors and ergonomics products and services are expected at the conference.

More: http://www.ahfe2016org

Specialized Journal and Newsletters

NIOSH eNews, Volume 12 Number 3 July 2014

The Health and Safety Report, the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS), July 2014.

Human Factor sand Ergonomics Society Bulletin, July 2014, Volume 57, Number 7.

Interesting Articles

“Worldwide web of challenges as U.S. cedes Internet oversight,” Washington Times, July 22, 2014.

“RoboCup: Humans 1, Machines 7,” Economist, July 19, 2014

“MIT scientists develop sensor-operated robotic fingers,” BBC, July 17, 2014.

“Turing's oracle: The computer that goes beyond logic,” NewScientist.com, July 16, 2014.

“Neural networks that function like the human visual cortex may help realize faster, more reliable pattern recognition,” phys.org, Jul 16, 2014

“Ergonomics of trust: Does your office space foster productivity?,” Human Capital, July 16, 2014.

“A Robot With a Little Humanity,” New York Times, July 14, 2014.

“A German Standing Desk Ups Office Ergonomics and Aesthetics,” Wall Street Journal, July 11, 2014.

”Focus on patient safety sees compliments double at A&E unit,” the Guardian, July 5, 2014.

Upcoming Conferences 2014

August 2014

5-8 August 2014: Global Conference on Healthcare Systems Engineering (GCHSE) 2014, Istanbul, Turkey.

September 2014

29 September – 3 October 2014: Ergonomics and Human Factors: Strategic Solutions for Workplace Safety and Health, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America.

18 -19 September 2014: OSIT2014: Occupational Safety in Transport Conference, Queensland, Australia.

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