Quarterly Meetings

HHFES sponsors a guest speaker to talk about their current research in human factors/ ergonomics.
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January Meeting, January 26th 2016 @ 6.30pm

Fatigue Monitoring in Offshore Energy Operations

Ranjana Mehta, PhD, Texas A&M University

Dinner will be provided so please

RSVP: Claudia - Program Director:

Where: University of Houston - Clear Lake


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Spring Meeting, April 2nd 2015 @ 6.30pm

Method and Meaning: Useful and Usable Sonification and Auditory Display

Guest Speaker: Bruce Walker, Professor, Psychology Department, Georgia Tech
Dinner will be provided so please RSVP to Nick Kelling @ UHCL
Where: Bayou Bldg 3332, University of Houston - Clear Lake


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Quarterly meeting : Mark Riddell - New Visualization Opportunities in Oil and Gas

When: Thursday, March 13th, 2014: Dinner starting at 6.30pm. Presentation starting at 7pm

Where: The campus of Rice University (Room 303 Sewall Hall)

(http://rice.edu)RSVP: Phil Kortum

Invitation: Mark Riddell of the TMG Communication and Human Performance Network will be talking to us visualization methods. Mark will outline three opportunities to use visualizations to improve worker performance and lower operational risks in oil and gas.

These visualization projects are focused on the role of cognition and individual conceptualizations of work or task domains, and how visual representations can be used to influence communication, performance, and knowledge transfer. Opportunities to use visualization methods to improve risk management and safety programs will also be presented.



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Reduce human error and ultimately reduce mishaps

Presentation by David Loyd.

February 27, 2013 - Dinner at 6:30 (no cost for dinner), Meeting at 7 - 9pm

Since 2006, David has served as the Chief of the Safety & Test Operations Division with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) at Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston, Texas.  David is responsible for managing JSC occupational safety programs associated with hazardous test operations, support systems, space flight crew training, and institutional activities at JSC’s main campus, the Sonny Carter Test Facility, Ellington Field, and the White Sands Test Facility in New Mexico.

In 2012, David served on a rotational assignment with the NASA Safety Center (NSC) at the Ohio Aerospace Institute in Cleveland, Ohio.   As Technical Consultant with the NSC, David developed and implemented a comprehensive training program guiding Safety & Mission Assurance professionals through the federal acquisition process.  He also helped lead a multi-discipline team to review and revise NASA’s mishap investigation policy and practices.

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Ergonomic Imact of Touch Devices

Presentation by S. Camille Peres, Ph.D.

January 31, 2012 - Dinner at 6:30 (no cost for dinner), Meeting at 7

The number of products with touch screen capabilities has increased dramatically over the past few years and touch as an input method has many advantages over other input methods such as a mouse, stylus or the keyboard. Because the gestures people use for touch input devices map directly to the task, they do not require the user to learn and remember commands. This means they may require less cognitive resources than the keyboard. Also, gestures may be less likely to result in strain in the hand, arm or wrist because there is less external force from holding a device like a mouse or a stylus. However, there may be some increased possibilities for strain as well. For instances, with some devices, users are required to hold their arms in a non-supported posture for extended periods of time. To explore the possible benefits and risks of using touch devices, we collected subjective and objective measures of strain from participants who used one of four different touch devices. The results and possible implications will be presented and discussed.

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Why Johnny Can't Vote or, How Usability Compromises Election Integrity

Presented by Dr. Michael Byrne, Rice University

What: Houston HFES Quarterly Meeting
Where: Rice University, Sewell Hall, Room 305
When: February 24, 2011 at 6:30pm

The Houston Chapter of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society hosted a fascinating talk by Dr. Michael Byrne describing the important intersection of human factors and voting.

6:30 pm: Dinner
7:00 pm: Presentation

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Human Factors in Medical

What: Houston HFES Quarterly Meetingl
Where: Rice University, Sewell Hall, Room 305
When: March 5, 2010 at 5:30pm

The first quarterly meeting at Rice University, Sewell Hall, Room 305, featuers Dr. Todd Johnson from the University of Texas School of Health Information Sciences. Dr. Johnson's didactic session will highlight human factors in the medical industry.

5:30 pm: Eat and Meet
6:00 pm: Dr. Johnson presents Medical Human Factors
Dessert and socializing following Dr. Johnson's presentation

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The Long Voyage to Mars: Can the Science of Team Performance Contribute?

Presented by Eduardo Salas.

Sponsored jointly by Houston HFES and Houston Area I/O Psychologists (HAIOP)
Social Hour 6:30 - 7:00 pm
Speaker 7:00 - 8:00 pm
Universities Space Research Association's (USRA) Auditorium
3600 Bay Area Blvd, Houston, TX 77058

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