AHFE Newsletters
February 2016
Number 49


• A Quick Look at Educational Programs in Cyber Security and Human Factors

• AHFE 2015 Proceedings

• 2016 Conference Deadlines

• AHFE 2016 Tutorials

• Exhibit at AHFE 2016

• Specialized Journals and Newsletters

• Interesting Articles

• Interesting Video

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AHFE International 2016, July, 27- 31, 2016,
Walt Disney World® Swan and Dolphin Hotel, Orlando, Florida, USA
Photos from the AHFEI 2016 are now available in our Facebook page

A Quick Look at Educational Programs in Cyber Security and Human Factors

The “human agent” is at the center of all security systems. According to IBM, 95 percent of all security incidents involve human error. [5] One can assume that human factors should be one of the main areas utilized to educate future security experts. Developing an understanding of human behavior must become a focal area for future experts from both a human computer interaction point of view and a pure human factors perspective.

A quick look at 25 educational programs [6] in the cyber security area reveals that the educational programs are only offered to postgraduates in the U.S. Most of the offered programs are within the Eastern U.S.

Looking at the courses offered in this area reveals no base standard for the content of programs. Among 70 topics identified only the following are offered by multiple institutions: Forensics (12), Cryptography (8), Information Assurance (9), Information Security (10), Information Technology (6), Network Security (10) and Security Management (4).

It is interesting to observe that among these entire programs only one institution offers a course on “Human Factors and Managing Risk” (Norwich University Online). Even this course is still not a full human factors course.

Many private enterprises seem to hire their security analysts from fields like psychology and the social sciences due to a lack of resources invested in the study of cyber security. This only emphasizes a crucial need for courses in human factors and cyber security not only to be offered more widely as graduate programs but also offered within undergraduate programs.


In this area I believe the AHFE by organizing the “2nd International Conference on Human Factors in Cybersecurity” has an important role to play in promoting awareness and communicating the importance of incorporating human factors within our educational programs.

Abbas Moallem, Ph.D.

AHFE 2015 Proceedings

AHFEI 2015 Conference edited books with selected, peer-reviewed accepted papers and registered authors published by AHFE International is now available.
The AHFEI 2015 Proceedings and including previous years ones are available to purchase online on digital media or shipping option.



2016 Conference Deadlines

Paper presentations, 500 words, 1 December 2015
Posters/demonstrations. 300 words, 24 March 2016
Special interest groups, 500 words, 24 March 2016

Exhibit at AHFE 2016

AHFE 2016 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.

Registered Exhibitors

  • CRS Press
  • UMICH Center for Ergonomics
  • NEXGEN Ergonomics
  • Hippus N.V.
  • Springer
  • Taylor and Francis


AHFE 2016 Tutorials

Register Now for tutorial More info available at http://www.ahfe2016.org/tutorials.html

T-1: Research Methods for Eye Tracking in Human Factors, Andrew Schall
T-2: Principles for Designing Interfaces Compatible with Human Cognition, Robert Proctor and Kim-Phuong Vu
T-3: Overview of Human Information Processing for HFE, Kim-Phuong Vu and Robert Proctor
T-4: Predictive Use Error Analysis During Product Development, Dean Hooper
T-5: Dead Tired: What You Need to Know to Manage Worker Fatigue, Mike Harnett
T-6: Human Factors and Ergonomics in Flexible Manufacturing Systems Design, Christopher Schlick, Tobias Hellig and Alexander Mertens
T-7: Practice Theory Approach to Human Factors, Paula Savioja, Hanna Koskinen and Leena Norros
T-8: Advancing to The Top: Seven Career Strategies for STEM Professionals, Ching Chang
T-9: The Challenges When Experts Assess Risks,  Nektarios Karanikas
T-10: The Bad Ergonomics of Order Fulfillment in the Retail Industry, James Galante
T-11: Co-Design: Bridging the Gap Between Users and Designers, Santiago Martinez, Ken Scott-Brown and Berglind Smaradottir
T-12: Human Systems Integration in Cooperative Guidance and Control for Highly Automated Vehicles, Marcel Baltzer, Eugen Altendorf and Frank Flemisch
T-13: Emotional Engineering in an Age of Material Digitalization,  Shuichi Fukuda
T-14: Beyond Sketching Features: UI Design as Natural, Intuitive Human Conversations, Everett McKay
T-15: Modern Heuristic Design Evaluation, Everett McKay
T-16: Effective Design Reviews: How to Give and Receive Meaningful, Actionable Design Feedback, Everett McKay
T-17: The best practice of Thai Yoga approach to work stress prevention and management, Orawan Buranruk
T-18: Socio-Technical Systems, Adaption and Variability – An Introduction To The Functional Resonance Analysis Method,: Gesa Praetorius and Milena Studic
T-19: Beyond Ergonomics: How to Safeguard Users of Health Information in Online Media, Thomas Wetter
T-20: Human Factors and Cyber-Security, Abbas Moallem
T-21: Design, User Experience and Usability (DUXU), Javed Sheikh and Aneela Abbas
T-22: Rasmussen's risk management framework and AcciMap: A systems approach to accident analysis, Paul Salmon and Clare Dallat

Specialized Journal and Newsletters

Volume 13 Number 9 (January 2016)

The Health and Safety Report, the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS), January 2016.

Human Factor sand Ergonomics Society Bulletin, Volume 58 | Number 12 | December 2015.


Interesting Articles

“Japan Road Tests Self-Driving Cars to Keep Aging Motorists Mobile, The Wall Street Journal”, Jan, 21, 2016.  

“U.S. Military Wants to Create Cyborg Soldiers”, Computerworld, Jan, 21, 2016.

“British Voice Encryption Protocol Has Massive Weakness, Researcher Says”, Network World, Jan, 19, 2016

“Intelligence Agency Wants Computer Scientists to Develop Brain-Like Computers”, Network World, Jan, 8, 2016) Michael Cooney

“The Father of Online Anonymity Has a Plan to End the Crypto War,” Wired, Jan, 06, 2016.

“The Machine Knows How You Feel: How AI Can Detect Emotion”, Tech Republic Jan, 04, 2016.

“App Differentiates a Baby's Crying Sounds”, Reuters, Dec. 30, 2015.


Interesting Video

Gordon-Loeb Model for Cybersecurity Investments, Lawrence A. Gordon, Ph.D..
use of the model has been to develop a 3-minute video describing (in non-mathematical terms) how to use the model https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cd8dT0FuqQ4&feature=youtu.be


NEW BOOK: The Warnings Compendium (Volume 1) Paperback – October 22, 2015, by Barbara J Peters
Designing warnings. Deciding when to Warn. Adequacy, ambiguity, location, conspicuity, attention getting, signal words, color, permanency, cradle-to-grave, audience, intermediaries, complexity, effectiveness, repetition, neurobiology, continuing duty, channels to warn, and legal doctrines affecting warnings


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