Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Submissions Welcome for the 2015 Human Factors Prize



Papers on this year's topic may be uploaded between June 1 and July 1. Please see below for more details.

About the 2015 Prize Topic:  
The topic for the 2015 Human Factors Prize is HF/E Research in Sustainability/Resilience. We seek articles that describe research pertaining to sustainable development that goes beyond a single human lifespan and instead focuses on future generations. Consideration should be given to the interaction between humans and systems over the course of the next few decades and beyond.


Sustainability/resilience is broadly defined as a branch of study that focuses on long-term preservation of vital global resources with the goal of reducing consumption to protect the needs of future generations. It is the ability for a complex system to adapt and thrive in the face of constant change and uncertainty. Current research in this area includes energy, transportation, agriculture, and climate change.

Papers are invited that, among other things,
  • identify the impact of HF/E in sustainable systems and processes;
  • develop and test strategies, models, and design protocols that combine HF/E with sustainability/resilience;
  • take a global resilience perspective;
  • describe innovative and proactive safety in resilience; and/or
  • demonstrate HF/E influence on organizational or community resilience.
Suitable sample HF/E research topics may include, but are not limited to
  • Automation and robotics
  • Biomechanical systems/tools
  • Building/facility design
  • Climate change
  • Consumer product design
  • Emergency response
  • Energy generation/distribution
  • Environmental design
  • Food production
  • Health care/medicine
  • Information architecture/dissemination
  • Infrastructure resilience
  • Macroergonomics and the environment
  • Manufacturing systems
  • Simulation
  • Surface, sea, and space systems/transportation
  • Software systems/services (e.g., finance, security)
  • Water distribution/use
  • Waste reduction/management
Exemplar articles from previous issues of Human Factors include the following:
We are not seeking examples that describe how HF/E or usability research has been applied to the design of sustainable or resilient systems or processes, which may be more suitable for a venue such as Ergonomics in Design. If you are not certain your topic relates to the theme of the 2015 Human Factors Prize, please contact Lois Smith (lois@hfes.org).

Submissions (research articles or extended multi-phase studies are welcome) must adhere to the policies of general submissions of Human Factors. This includes length restrictions, originality, and formatting.

Eligibility: 
Submissions must cover original (unpublished) research in the topical area and comply with the requirements in the Human Factors Instructions for Authors. Review articles are not eligible for the Prize. 
Any researcher is eligible to submit relevant work; membership in HFES is not required. The winning submission, along with other acceptable submissions, will be published in Human Factors.

Where to Submit:
All submissions must be uploaded to the Human Factors Manuscripts site.


Deadline for Submissions:
Submissions must be received beginning on Monday, June 1, and no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on Wednesday, July 1, 2015.

Friday, April 3, 2015

FELLOWSHIP POSITION- HUMAN FACTORS ENGINEER, NIOSH


National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Division of Safety Research; Morgantown, WV

NIOSH Division of Safety Research:

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is the federal agency responsible for occupational safety and health research, http://www.cdc.gov/niosh. Our mission is to generate new knowledge in the field of occupational safety and health and to transfer that knowledge into practice for the betterment of workers. NIOSH is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) within the Department of Health and Human Services.

The Division of Safety Research, located in Morgantown, WV, serves as the focal point for NIOSH’s traumatic occupational injury research program, http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/injury/. The Division follows the public health model, melding in safety and engineering sciences. We use epidemiologic methods to define injury problems and to focus intervention efforts, and safety and engineering sciences to address human factors issues and to develop and test control technology.

Purpose of Position:

The purpose of this fellowship position is to conduct research associated with occupational driver safety. The fellow will be placed in the Protective Technology Branch (PTB). The fellow will also participate in meetings and forums with staff from the Branch and NIOSH Center for Motor Vehicle Safety. PTB currently has nine state-of-the-art research laboratories, including the Virtual Reality Laboratory and Vehicle Safety Laboratory which serve as the NIOSH focal point for engineering and technology-based safety intervention research for reducing the incidence and severity of work-related motor vehicle crashes.

The fellow will conduct research that will lead to more focused recommendations to prevent occupational vehicle-related crashes and injuries. The nature of work includes: conducting literature reviews of vehicle safety practices and standards, developing occupational driver safety research protocols, conducting experiments, participating in discussion on occupational motor vehicle-related injury prevention techniques and strategies, and preparing documents and publications to present findings from these activities.

Required Skills and Abilities:

The individual must have a masters or doctoral degree in human factors engineering, safety engineering, industrial engineering, transportation safety, or similar engineering program. Knowledge and experience with transportation safety research is preferred. The individual must have excellent written and oral communication skills. The individual must also have excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a team environment and independently. NIOSH is an equal opportunity employer. Non-U.S. Citizens are eligible to apply. Salary will be based on education and experience, and will likely range from $45,057 - $67,833.

Contact Information:
For more information or to provide a CV or resume, please contact Hongwei Hsiao, Ph.D.
hxh4@cdc.gov, 304-285-5910.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Call for Participation: "Workshop on "Developing Partnership and Advancing Driving Research" [in-vehicle user interfaces and applications]

Call for Participation 
Workshop on "Developing Partnership and Advancing Driving Research"

Michigan Tech, USA, May 28, 2015

For further information, visit: https://sites.google.com/a/mtu.edu/engin

Michigan Tech Transportation Institute (MTTI) hosts the first workshop on "Developing Partnership and Advancing Driving Research". We would like to invite researchers and practitioners interested in in-vehicle user interfaces and applications. This workshop aims to (1) identify plausible research projects and collaborators for each identified project, (2) introduce possible funding agencies and proposal submission logistics, and (3) plan and schedule activities that will culminate in competitive proposal submission. 

After the keynote speech, each participant will briefly introduce his or her research areas and specialties. All participants will also have a chance to discuss collaborations and ideas with every other participant in short conversations. Then, we will have subgroups and discuss plausible research topics and ideas. After the workshop, we will follow up each special interest group with competitive proposals to secure external funding. This workshop will also be a good learning and networking opportunity for graduate students or researchers who have recently started their journey in the driving research domain.   

Guest Speakers
- Andrew Kun (University of New Hampshire)
- Bruce Walker (Georgia Tech)
- Andreas Riener (Johannes Kepler University Linz)
- Collin Castle (Michigan Department of Transportation)

Topics of Research projects include, but are not limited to: 
- Connected vehicle research synchronizing multiple simulators
- Design of multimodal in-vehicle technologies (auditory, tactile/haptic, etc.)  
- Countermeasures against aggressive driving
- Eco-driving applications
- Driver affect detection and mitigation
- Wearable computers (glass, watch, etc.) and driving
- Simulation research of grade crossings
- Collective transportation information planning and simulation
- Developing a driving education program for youth or older drivers
- Building virtual worlds in the simulator 
- Developing in-vehicle companions (speech-based systems, agents, or robots)
- In-vehicle interaction based on BCI (brain-computer interfaces)
- Effects of sleep deprivation on driving
- Driver comfort measure and improvements (seat, noise, heat, etc.) 
- Assistive ITS for older drivers
- Vehicle hacking and cybersecurity
- Driver state and workload measures with new devices (fNIRS, EEG, etc.) 

Registration   
There is no registration fee, but an RSVP is preferred to prepare for food and others. Please RSVP to Steven Landry, assistant organizer, sglandry@mtu.edu, by April 30th (Thursday).    
Catered lunch and wine & cheese reception will be provided. the day before and after, the Mind Music Machine Lab will also have a demo session on research facilities, including multiple driving simulators, robots, and virtual environment.

Submission
Participants, who want to present their research interests and skill sets, can send a single power point slide to Steven Landry, assistant organizer, sglandry@mtu.edu, by May 14th (Thursday). 
However, this is not mandatory. You can also attend without any presentation.

This workshop is hosted by Michigan Tech Transportation Institute, Department of Cognitive and Learning Sciences, and Department of Computer Science. 

Michigan Tech is located in Houghton, MI, rated as one of the Top 10 summer travel destinations, as well as one of the Top 10 outdoor adventure sports in the country for our bike trails, Olympic-caliber cross country ski trails, Lake Superior shoreline, and numerous inland lakes.

Looking forward to seeing you in Houghton in May,
Workshop Organizers: Myounghoon "Philart" Jeon, Steven Landry, and Jayde Croschere


If you have any questions, just email me, philart@gmail.com 

Job Posting: Ford Vehicle User Interface Implementation Engineer

 Ford Vehicle User Interface Implementation Engineer

Ford Motor Company is moving into a new phase of its 100+ year history, one in which openness is at the heart of its future.  The automobile is being redefined as a networked computing platform upon which an ever-evolving set of applications is being designed, allowing us to create exciting new consumer experiences. We are exploring the role of advanced technologies which will redefine the meaning of mobility in the 21st century.  This includes developing automated vehicle systems, advanced display systems and future smart mobility solutions.

The ideal candidate will have outstanding vehicle architecture knowledge and software engineering skills with the ability to work in a fast-paced, collaborative environment.  We are looking for exceptionally creative, motivated and talented software engineers to join our team to develop application prototypes, toolkits and related architectures with emerging embedded platforms.

Responsibilities Include:
·         Integrating a QT designed user interface into test vehicles
·         Develop and maintain data capture model
·         Decoding CAN signal specifications
·         Maintain code repository
·         Rapid prototyping hardware development
·         QT model modifications

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Minimum BS in Computer Science or Electrical / Computer Engineering
  • Familiar with vehicle CAN data structure
  • Proficient in Matlab and Matlab Simulink environment
  •  Familiarity with using Open source Software Developer Kits (SDK’s)
  • Proficient with utilizing API’s for rapid prototyping
  • Familiarity with GIT and GIT Hub Repository
  • C++, C#, Java Script, Java, programming experience
  • dSpace proficiency
  • Ability to think creatively and to champion innovative design solutions.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong team player with record of collaboration
  • Excellent networking skills
  • Ability to multi-task

Preferred Qualifications:
·         Experience with Driver Assistance features
·         Familiar with CAN analysis tools (Vector, InterpidCS, PCAN, etc.)
·         Familiar with OpenXC Development Environment
·         Familiarity with QT Creator
·         dSpace proficiency

Interested Participants should:
2.       Near bottom, click on “Search Openings”
3.       In Keyword box, type requisition number:  “15642”.  Then select “SEARCH”
4.       Results page appears.  Click box next to the Req ID to select the job.  Then click on the “View Job(s)” button at the bottom of page.
5.       If interested in applying, the candidate should select the button entitled:  “Apply to Job”.


Interested candidates may also contact John Shutko (jshutko@ford.com) with any questions.

Job Posting: Ford Human Factors Engineer

Ford Human Factors Engineer

Ford Motor Company is moving into a new phase of its 100+ year history, one in which openness is at the heart of its future.  The automobile is being redefined as a networked computing platform upon which an ever-evolving set of applications is being designed, allowing us to create exciting new consumer experiences. We are exploring the role of advanced technologies which will redefine the meaning of mobility in the 21st century.  This includes developing automated vehicle systems, advanced display systems and future smart mobility solutions.

The ideal candidate will have experience developing complex automotive systems from the user’s perspective and developing the HMI strategy for these systems.  We are looking for exceptionally creative, motivated and talented engineers to join our team.  We collaborate extensively within Ford and with external partners, thus we require exceptional communication and collaborative skills.

Responsibilities Include:
·         Planning and executing human factors studies on complex systems
·         Developing the HMI strategy for complex systems
·         Working closely with Ford engineering teams, devise and develop new solutions to the challenges of global mobility

Minimum Qualifications:
·         Master’s degree or higher in human factors engineering, or related fields
·         5+ years’ relevant experience
·         Experience designing, conducting and analyzing human factors studies
·         Experience designing user interfaces and user experiences for complex systems
·         Ability to think creatively and to champion innovative design solutions.
·         Strong written and verbal communication skills
·         Strong team player with record of collaboration
·         Excellent networking skills
·         Ability to multi-task

Preferred Qualifications:
·         Experience developing advanced automotive active safety systems
·         Experience developing, conducting and analyzing on road studies


Interested Participants should:

2.       Near bottom, click on “Search Openings”
3.       In Keyword box, type requisition number:  “15373”.  Then select “SEARCH”
4.       Results page appears.  Click box next to the Req ID to select the job.  Then click on the “View Job(s)” button at the bottom of page.
5.       If interested in applying, the candidate should select the button entitled:  “Apply to Job”.


Interested candidates may also contact John Shutko (jshutko@ford.com) with any questions.

Call for Abstracts: 4th International Conference on Driver Distraction and Inattention

Call for Abstracts

4th International Conference on Driver Distraction and Inattention

ARRB Group, in conjunction with our co-hosts SAFER, is pleased to announce the 4th International Conference on Driver Distraction and Inattention will be held in Sydney, Australia from the 9 -11 November 2015. This is the first time this event will be held outside Europe. Call for abstracts are now open.

Abstracts can be submitted via the Driver Distraction 2015 website until Friday 10 April 2015.
http://wired.ivvy.com/event/DD2015/

For more information on abstract topics, instructions, and details, please follow this link:
http://wired.ivvy.com/event/DD2015/abstract/request


For further information on abstract submission please contact:
Lorraine Ray
Conference Coordinator
Email: confadmin@arrb.com.au
Phone: +61 3 9881 1680

Job Posting: Research Psychologist / Human Factors Specialist at Leidos

Research Psychologist / Human Factors Specialist
Leidos on Turner Fairbanks Highway Research Center Human Factors Team

Job Number: 613442
Job Category: Scientist / Research & Development
Location: MCLEAN, VA US
Schedule: Full-time
Travel: None
Shift: Day Job
Potential for Teleworking: No
Clearance Level Must Currently Possess: None
Clearance Level Must Be Able to Obtain: None

Position Description:

We are searching for an individual to be part of a team conducting human factors highway safety research.  Research generally lies within the areas of safety and operations such as: intersections, roadways, pedestrians/bicyclists, visibility, traffic control devices, weather, work zones, and ITS/connected vehicles.

The position is located at the FHWA Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center in McLean, Virginia. Access to facilities such as a field research vehicle, sign testing lab, and driving simulators is provided in order to best suit research needs. An ideal candidate is able to design, plan, execute and report on research studies.  Opportunities are available for publishing and presenting leading edge research results.

Qualifications:

Candidates with an advanced degree (PhD or Masters + experience) in experimental psychology, human factors, or equivalent field is required. Applied graduate studies work may be applied as experience. This position is ideal for a recent PhD graduate.

Demonstrated skill and experience in:
  • Ability to serve as a principal investigator and lead research studies.
  • Managing subordinate technical personnel in a multi-disciplined environment,
  • Designing and conducting applied behavioral research studies,
  • Designing data collection procedures and assuring quality control in data collection,
  • Performing statistical analyses and interpreting the results,
  • Preparing research reports and summaries of research activities,
  • Reviewing and evaluating complex research studies or programs,
  • Performing thorough literature reviews and summarizing technical information,
  • Communicating technical information to audiences with diverse backgrounds.
  • Experience and expertise specific to the surface transportation field including highway safety and operations, visual perception, and automation are a plus.


Leidos Overview:


Leidos is an applied solutions company focused on markets that are seeing converging business and technological trends, and address basic, enduring human needs: defense and national security, health and life sciences, and energy, engineering and infrastructure. The Company's approximately 20,000 employees serve customers in the U.S. Department of Defense, the intelligence community, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, other U.S. Government civil agencies and commercial health and engineering markets. Leidos is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V.

Job Posting: Group Leader in Human Factors & Advanced System Testing at VTTI

Job Posting: Group Leader in Human Factors & Advanced System Testing at VTTI

Leads the Human Factors and Advanced System Testing Group within the Center for Truck & Bus Safety.
Description:
Has full technical responsibility for interpreting, organizing, executing, and coordinating assignments for a growing research and support staff. Plans and develops a rapidly expanding number of grants and engineering projects concerned with unique or controversial problems which have an important effect on major organization programs in the private and government sectors. This involves exploration of subject area, definition of scope, selection of problems for investigation, and development of novel concepts and approaches. Maintain liaison with individuals and units within, and a growing number of sponsors outside the organization with responsibility for acting independently on technical matters pertaining to the field. Work at this level requires extensive progressive experience. The ideal candidate should a proven track record of extramural funding, publications, professional presentations.
Responsibilities:
-In a supervisory capacity plans, develops, coordinates, and directs a number of large and important projects or a project of major scope and importance.
-As an individual researcher conceives, plans, and conducts research in problem areas of considerable scope and complexity.
-It is expected that this researcher will encounter problems that must be approached through a series of complete and conceptually related studies, are difficult to define, require unconventional or novel approaches, and require sophisticated research techniques. Available guides and precedents contain critical gaps, are only partially related to the problem or may be largely lacking due to the novel character of the project. At this level, the individual researcher generally will have contributed inventions, new designs, or techniques which are of material significance in the solution of important problems.
-As a staff specialist serves as the technical specialist for the organization in the application of advanced theories, concepts, principles, and processes for an assigned area of responsibility (i.e., subject matter expert, evaluation of a function, facility, equipment, or product).
-Keeps abreast of new scientific methods and developments affecting the organization for the purpose of recommending changes in emphasis of programs or new programs warranted by such developments.
-Interacts with current and future clients and obtains new points of contact for future research.
Education and Requirements:
-Advanced degree in related field such as Human Factors Engineering and significant experience in transportation human factors research/engineering or equivalent with emphasis on experimental aspects. Candidates with a lesser degree and significant experience in lieu of Ph.D. degree will also be considered. 
-In depth knowledge of the transportation human factors/engineering field, experimental design, data reduction, and statistical analysis techniques. 
-Experience in transportation human factors pertaining to heavy/commercial vehicles is a plus. -Experience running empirical studies with human subjects and using statistical program packages (e.g., SAS, MatLab, R).  
-Candidate should be a skilled writer, able to clearly and concisely document findings in technical reports, present results to clients, present results at conferences, and publish in scientific journals.
-Previous expertise in heavy truck, commercial vehicle and transportation research.  
-Experience with responding to RFPs, writing proposals, developing budgets, and project/staff management.
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