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December 2017
- Number 60


• AHFE 2018 Keynote Address Prof. Andrew Thatcher

• Exhibit at AHFE 2018

• Conference Accommodation

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AHFEI 2018, 21-25 July 2018, Orlando, Florida, USA

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Download Call for Paper at http://www.ahfe2018.org/files/AHFE2018_CFP.pdf

Submission Deadlines
  • Paper presentations: 500 words 15 December 2017-EXTENDED
  • Poster/ Demonstration: 300 words 1 March 2018
  • Special Interest Group: 500 words 10 March 2018
  • Tutorial: 300 words 15 December 2017- EXTENDED

AHFE 2018 Keynote Address Prof. Andrew Thatcher

Prof. Andrew Thatcher, Chair Industrial & Organizational Psychology at University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa will address keynote speech at the AHFE 2018. He will talk about Human Factors and Ergonomics in Solving and Coping with Global Problems.

In his 1993 IEA keynote address, Neville Moray urged the human factors and ergonomics (HFE) discipline to face up to the global challenges confronting humanity and consider how HFE might be part of the solution. Since 1993, many of these global challenges have become more severe and the HFE response has been sporadic at best. There are two primary reasons why HFE has not been more active in addressing global challenges. First, many of these issues may seem remote from the day-to-day activities of most practitioners and researchers in our discipline who were focusing on smaller human-tool or human-tool-environment interactions. Second, global challenges require global solutions and the financial incentives don’t appear to be available.

Most HFE practitioners would ask, “What do global challenges have to do with HFE?” The answer is simple, global challenges are created by humans, therefore, human interventions must be part of the solution. As a discipline that literally has the words “human” and “factors” in its name, we should arguably be at the forefront of addressing these problems. Since HFE is primarily a systems discipline, this keynote address will demonstrate how a complex adaptive systems understanding is required to unpack problems, to identify solutions, and to select places in the system where HFE interventions can have the greatest impact. We will critically reflect on what has been achieved by the HFE discipline to address global challenges such as water, food, and energy shortages and how to reduce pollution and waste. HFE has slowly started to play a significant role in developing the technologies and evaluating the systems needed to secure a sustainable future. We will conclude with suggestions for priority research and practice that is required of the HFE discipline to facilitate a sustainable future for humanity.

Exhibit at AHFE 2017

Exhibit at AHFE 2018

AHFE 2018 will present state-of-the-art ergonomics products, systems and services for users, professionals, and researchers in the AHFE field.

Thanks to following companies for their participation in the AHFEI Exhibition in 2017:

  • Springer International Publishing
  • CRC Press - Taylor & Francis
  • UMICH Center for Ergonomics
  • NexGen Ergonomics Inc.
  • Smart Eye
  • Noraxon USA, Inc.
  • Wearable Sensing
  • TREWGrip
  • 3dMD
Conference Accommodation

AHFE 2018 will be held at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, Universal Studios Orlando Resort, Florida, USA. Reminiscent of a leisurely estate in the heart of the tropics, Universal Orlando’s newest resort caters to every comfort. Unwind in the lusciously landscaped resort-style pool or enjoy a Caribbean-inspired meal with a scenic view. From the ruins of the stone turret in the lobby to the tropical charm of each room and suite, you’re immersed in a world both serene and exciting at this unforgettable island escape.

Interesting Articles

" Three Quarters of Android Apps Track Users With Third Party Tools,”The Guardian, November 28, 2017.

“Driverless Cars Promise Far Greater Mobility for the Elderly and People With Disabilities,” The Washington Post, November 23, 2017.

“NASA Finds AI-Powered Drones May Be Safer Than Human-Flown Ones,” International Business Times,
November 22, 2017.

“AI Can Help Hunt Down Missile Sites in China,”  Wired, November 21, 2017.

“Can AI Be Taught to Explain Itself?,” The New York Times Magazine, November 21, 2017.
“What Life Will Be Like When the Computers Disappear,” USA Today, November 13, 2017.

“How to Survive a Robot Apocalypse: Just Close the Door,”  The Wall Street Journal, November 10, 2017.

“Training for Artificial Intelligence in Warfare,”  U.S. News & World ReportNovember 8, 2017.

“AI Researchers Leave Elon Musk Lab to Begin Robotics Startup,” The New York Times, November 6, 2017.

“Building AI That Can Build AI,”  The New York Times, November 5, 2017.

“Google's Artificial-Intelligence Wizard Unveils a New Twist on Neural Networks,” Wired, November 1, 2017.

“CAPTCHA Is Dying. This Is How It's Being Reinvented for the AI Age,” Wired.co.uk, October 26, 201.

“What Virtual Reality Can Teach a Driverless Car,”  The New York Times, October 29, 2017.

“5 Adjustments You Need to Make to Your Desk Right Now,” NBC NEWS, OCT. 26. 2017

Specialized Journal and Newsletters

Volume 15, Number 8 (December 2017)

NOVEMBER 20, 2017, the HFES Bulletin

Ergonomics in Design: The Quarterly of Human Factors Society
Volume 25, |Number 4, October 2017

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