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Autonomous vehicles, wearables, workplace safety among topics to be presented at HFES 2017

Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society invites you to join the world's top HF/E researchers and practitioners at the 2017 International Annual Meeting, to be held October 9-13 at the JW Marriott in Austin, Texas. More than 130 concurrent sessions will cover a variety of topics representing the wide-reaching impact of HF/E research and practice in areas affecting human performance and safety at home, work, and leisure.

Here is a small sampling of topics that will be covered at HFES 2017:

  • Privacy protection in online social networks

  • Driver distraction and safety

  • Wearable technology

  • Aviation accident prevention

  • Health care for an aging population

  • Trust in automation

  • Workplace ergonomics and sit-stand stations

  • Smartphone design and usability

  • Slips, trips, and falls

  • Space and unmanned vehicles

  • Virtual reality systems

  • User-centered design


View the preliminary technical program at

Morning plenary sessions will showcase HF/E in three critical areas:

  • Applying Human-Systems Integration to America's Policing System
  • Safety in the Oil and Gas Industry
  • Beyond Gamification: From Here to Affinity

Six hands-on workshops for students and professionals are offered on October 9, and there will be opportunities for networking with friends and colleagues at the National Ergonomics Month Expo, the Student Career and Professional Development Day, and the Gala Opening Reception. Other special events include User Experience Day, the Past President's Forum, and a Fellows Poster Session that will highlight the work of some of the Society's most distinguished members.

Registration for HFES 2017 is available at Early-bird discounts are available until August 28.

Bookmark the main 2017 Annual Meeting page at and check back often for updates.

The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society is the world's largest scientific association for human factors/ergonomics professionals, with more than 4,500 members globally. HFES members include psychologists and other scientists, designers, and engineers, all of whom have a common interest in designing systems and equipment to be safe and effective for the people who operate and maintain them. "Human Factors and Ergonomics: People-Friendly Design Through Science and Engineering."

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