International Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Healthcare Conference Coverage Roundup
For the uninitiated, the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting is the premiere conference where professionals in the human factors field come together with goals of discovery, exchange and advocacy for human interactions with the world around them.
Topics of the conference included improving emergency response and streamlining that response to robotics, safety increases for pedestrians and cyclists and improvement on the musculoskeletal issues the average workforce faces, in addition to many, many more.
We love this event and have covered it many times in years past.
Human Factors Cast was at the event this year in Atlanta, and this is a roundup of everything we covered from the conference.
10 Hour Livestream
We sat down for a 10 hour livestream on the opening Tuesday of the conference and had a bunch of folks from around the HF world stop by. In this livestream we also had the opportunity to witness the opening plenary session and keynote. This 10 hour livestream was the first of its kind from the conference and we hope to continue this trend in the future!
Conference Coverage Recap + Podcast Announcement
We rounded out our coverage with a recap of our livestream coverage of the 66th Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting (#HFES2022) and we also made the exciting announcement that our supporter-only podcast, Human Factors Minute, is going public with a free version. This last hour of our livestream turned chaotic and required a lot of editing, but we think it came together in the end!
We also had the pleasure of interviewing what we lovingly call the "President Trio". We sat down with Carolyn Sommerich about her plans as President of HFES, Susan Kotowski about becoming the incoming President-elect, and Chris Reid about his time as President over the past year.
In addition to the president trio, we interviewed Rose Figueroa about the Disability Affinity Group and Jules Trippe about the LGBTQ+ Affinity Group. We discussed the importance of affinity groups, and what it means for HFES members. For a full list of affinity groups, visit the HFES Website.
Manager Discussion Panel and UX Task Force
We also had the opportunity to sit down with Christy Harper to get her thoughts on the "So you want to be a manager" discussion panel she was a part of during the conference and Rebecca Grier about the efforts made on the UX Task Force over the last year.
As if all the discussion around HFES specific activities wasn't enough, we also had the pleasure of sitting down with Güliz Tokadli to talk about some of the HF challenges with Autonomous Trucks, Karine Ung about PER4Mance - a new way to deal with alarm flooding, and Paul Salmon about Automation and General Artificial Intelligence risks. These interviews were mainly focused on various interest areas and provided some great insight into the state of these domains.
MSD Lab and Communicating Human Factors
Looking Forward to 2023
While this year's event may be over, plans for next year's event are already underway. Next year's conference will take place from October 23-27, 2023, in Washington, D.C., so make plans to submit a proposal and attend!
Special thank you to the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society for providing access to the event.