Human Factors Definition

The National Academy of Sciences 1992 defintion of "Human Factors" is, "[A person] who is concerned primarily with the performance of one or more persons in a task-oriented environment interacting with equipment, other people, or both."

Human Factors Organizations:

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DoD Human Factors Engineering TAG

"The Department of Defense Human Factors Engineering Technical Group (HFE TAG) was implemented by a Memorandum of Understanding signed by the Assistant Secretaries of the Services in November 1976."

Ergonomics Society

"An organisation in the UK "for professionals using information about people to design for comfort, efficiency and safety."

Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

"The Society's mission is to promote the discovery and exchange of knowledge concerning the characteristics of human beings that are applicable to the design of systems and devices of all kinds."
Includes the: Educators' Professional Group and the Systems Development Technical Group.

International Ergonomics Association

IEA supports world-wide efforts to promote the knowledge and practice of ergonomics by initiating and supporting activities and cooperation. "The IEA has relations with the United Nations, the World Health Organization, the International Labour Organization, the International Social Science Council and the International Standards Organization."

NASA Ames Human Factors Research and Technology

They catagorize their research into Information Processing Research, Human Automation Integration, and Systems Safety Research.

OSHA Ergonomics

Ergonomics is the science of fitting the job to the worker.. Their Scientific Basis for Ergonomics Regulation contains specific findings.

RESPECT (Requirements Engineering and Specification in Telematics)

A project of the Human Sciences and Advanced Technology Research Institute, Loughborough University. Their User Requirements Handbook is quite useful.

Usability Professionals' Association

Their "goal is to help human beings interact with each other and achieve their goals through the use of enjoyable and efficient products.


  • BUBL Ergonomics: An annotated alphabetical listing of hyperlinked activities and organizations related to ergonomics.
  • HCI Resources: From the Swedish Linkopings University.
  • One Hundred Rules: Jerry Madden, NASA, collected these gems of wisdom over a number of years from various unidentifiable sources.

Human Factors Conferences and Meetings:

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  • CHI 2002: April 20-25, 2002, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
  • ErgoCon 2002: June, San Jose, California.
  • Smart Graphics 2002: 2nd International Symposium on Smart Graphics, Hawthorne, NY, June, 2002.
  • UPA 2002: 11th Annual Usability Professionals' Association, Orlando, Florida, July 8-12.
  • HFES September 30-Oct. 4, 2002 in Baltimore, MD.

Recent Past

  • IUI 2002: Intelligent User Interfaces in San Francisco, California, January 27-30, 2002.
  • HFES October 9-12, 2001 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
  • HCI International 2001: August 5-10, 2001, New Orleans, Louisana, included the 4th International Conference on Engineering Psychology and Cognitive Ergonomics.
  • IEA 2000/HFES 2000: the 14th Triennial Congress of the International Ergonomics Association, was held in conjunction with the 44th Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society in San Diego, California from July 30 - August 4, 2000.

Human Factors Related Digital Periodicals:

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Digital Periodicals List

Publication Lists:

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  • Computer-Mediated Communication Magazine: Several reports from this defunct periodical.
  • Highway Safety Information System: Fifteen highway and safety reports.
  • MIDAS Technical Reports and Papers.
  • Moving WebWord: Articles about usability and the internet.
  • SHORE: During the Spring 1997 semester, 12 student teams conducted empirical studies of user interfaces: Human Factors in Computer and Information Systems taught by Dr. Ben Shneiderman. These reports include links to previous research and related systems.
  • US Coast Guard Human Factors Research and Development Reports and Papers. Seven reports in several categories

Domain Specific Resource Links:

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If you know about other worthy Human Factors-related URLs, contact me.
George Edw. Seymour, Ph.D.

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