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  • Product not yet rated Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 12/02/2022 at 10:00 AM (EST)

    The better the automated systems are, the lower the situation awareness of the human operators, and the less likely that they will be able to take over manual control when needed. This is one of the ironies of automation. Automated systems rapidly grow in popularity in the oil and gas sector due to their many advantages, from reducing mistakes to improving efficiency. However, at the same time, these systems introduce new challenges and risks. Dr Endsley will introduce the “human-autonomy systems oversight model” developed based on several decades of applied research that includes out-of-the-loop performance problems, monitoring, and trust, among many others. The webinar will also provide an overview of the key solutions to reduce the risk of human performance issues when interacting with autonomous systems such as human-automation interface features, central automation interaction paradigms comprising levels of automation, adaptive automation, and granularity of control approaches.

    The better the automated systems are, the lower the situation awareness of the human operators, and the less likely that they will be able to take over manual control when needed. 

    This is one of the ironies of automation. 

    Automated systems rapidly grow in popularity in the oil and gas sector due to their many advantages, from reducing mistakes to improving efficiency.

     However, at the same time, these systems introduce new challenges and risks. 

    Dr Endsley will introduce the “human-autonomy systems oversight model” developed based on several decades of applied research that includes out-of-the-loop performance problems, monitoring, and trust, among many others. 

    The webinar will also provide an overview of the key solutions to reduce the risk of human performance issues when interacting with autonomous systems such as human-automation interface features, central automation interaction paradigms comprising levels of automation, adaptive automation, and granularity of control approaches.

    Moderator: Camille Peres (Moderator)

    Associate Professor

    Texas A&M University

    Julie Gilpin-McMinn (Moderator)

    Technical Fellow Human Factors/Ergonomics

    Spirit Aerosystems, Inc.

    Dr. Marcin Nazaruk

    Dr. Marcin Nazaruk specializes in safety transformation through the practical application of human factors, human performance, and safety 2. Marcin held a number of senior leadership roles in the energy industry focused on the practical and scalable implementation of human performance strategies, tools, and solutions. Nazaruk has an applied PhD in human factors and a broad range of advanced qualifications in management (MBA), industrial psychology, systems thinking, culture change, or behavioral science. The multidisciplinary approach led to innovative but highly practical solutions that attracted multiple industry awards. He is the author of multiple industry guides published by the IOGP, SPE, or Energy Institute and is the world’s only person who chaired the four most prestigious human factors working groups in the energy industry. Learn more on www.learningfromnormalwork.com

    Dr. Mica Endsley

    Dr. Mica Endsley is President of SA Technologies and is the former Chief Scientist for the US Air Force. She has also held the positions of Visiting Associate Professor at MIT in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Associate Professor of Industrial Engineering at Texas Tech University.  Dr. Endsley is a Fellow and Past-President of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. She received a Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Southern California. Dr. Endsley is a recognized world leader in the design, development and evaluation of systems to support human situation awareness (SA) and decision-making, and the integration of humans and automation. She has authored over 200 scientific articles and is the co-author of Analysis and Measurement of Situation Awareness and Designing for Situation Awareness and recently published Situation awareness measurement: How to measure situation awareness in individuals and teams.

  • Product not yet rated Contains 1 Component(s)

    Recorded on 11/2/2022. Too often, residential solar installations force workers to face unique safety hazards in terms of roof conditions and panel installations. These safety hazards can expose workers to severe risks such as falling from heights, electrical shock, and manual handling risks. Prevention through Design (PtD) has significant potential to address and prevent such hazards during the design process. This seminar will present analyses of opportunities and impacts of applying PtD to residential solar in order to prevent injuries related to solar installation.

    Recorded on 11/2/2022.

    Too often, residential solar installations force workers to face unique safety hazards in terms of roof conditions and panel installations. These safety hazards can expose workers to severe risks such as falling from heights, electrical shock, and manual handling risks. Prevention through Design (PtD) has significant potential to address and prevent such hazards during the design process. This seminar will present analyses of opportunities and impacts of applying PtD to residential solar in order to prevent injuries related to solar installation.

    Hyun Woo “Chris” Lee, PhD, LEED AP BD+C

    Associate Professor, Department of Construction Management, University of Washington

    Hyun Woo “Chris” Lee is a PD Koon Endowed Associate Professor in the Department of Construction Management (CM) at the University of Washington (UW).  Prior to joining UW, he spent 3.5 years as an Assistant Professor at Oregon State University, and 7 years in the U.S. and Korean construction industries as a field engineer, project engineer, and estimator.  He received his PhD and MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and BS in Architectural Engineering from Seoul National University.  Prof. Lee’s research interests center on developing models to identify, quantify, and mitigate various risk factors inherent in the development of energy-efficient commercial buildings and sustainable infrastructures. His research is currently focused on 3 types of risk factors: (1) financial risks associated with sustainability and energy-efficiency investments, (2) worker safety risks associated with sustainable design features, and (3) design-related risks due to project complexity.  Prof. Lee currently serves on the editorial boards of two prominent journals: Assistant Specialty Editor for Journal of Construction Engineering and Management and Advisory Board Member for Lean Construction Journal

    John Gambatese, PhD, PE(CA)

    Professor, School of Civil and Construction Engineering, Oregon State University

    John Gambatese is a Professor in the School of Civil and Construction Engineering at Oregon State University. Dr. Gambatese’s educational background includes Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, and a PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Washington. He has worked in industry as a structural engineer in San Francisco, and as a project engineer for a construction management firm in Seattle. He started his current position at Oregon State University in 2000 following three years on the faculty at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Dr. Gambatese’s research interests are in the broad area of construction engineering and management, and more specifically related to safety, prevention through design, work zone safety, risk and reward, innovation, and sustainable and lean practices. Over his career he has taught courses on a variety of subjects including worker safety, planning and scheduling, contracts and specifications, structural analysis and design, temporary structures, and construction site systems engineering. He is a Fellow in the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and a member of the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP).  He is a licensed Professional Civil Engineer in California.

    Jesse Duroha, MS (Moderator)

    Ph.D. Student, Department of Mechanical, Industrial and Systems Engineering, University of Rhode Island

    Jesse C. Duroha is a Ph.D. student in Industrial & Systems Engineering at The University of Rhode Island (URI) in the Sustainable Innovative Solutions (SIS) Lab under the advisement of Dr. Gretchen Macht. His research explores the impact of ergonomics in the solar industry, to sustain its growth through a healthy and sustainable workforce. He also currently works part-time in Optimal Energy as an energy efficiency consultant and analyst intern. Jesse’s background spans being a 2021 and 2022 URI Energy Fellow, a Data Analyst for the URI Office of Sustainability, a former student representative of the URI Graduate Council, awardee of the 2021 and 2022 URI Graduate Student Tuition Scholarship, and a Production Supervisor at Edward Marc Brands. Jesse holds degrees in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering (B.S.), Chemical and Petroleum Engineering (Dual M.S.) at West Virginia University and University of Pittsburgh, respectively. Currently, Jesse serves on the Human Factors & Ergonomics Society’s Sustainability Task Force.

    David Rempel (Moderator)

    Professor Emeritus, College of Engineering, University of California, Berkeley

  • Product not yet rated Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 09/15/2022

    Recorded on September 15, 2022. This webinar will introduce biophilic design which emphasizes the value of using inspiration from how natural systems operate to produce sustainable designs which also support human health, wellbeing, and effectiveness. In this webinar, Bill will use examples from the built environment to demonstrate the value of biophilic design in supporting human health and wellbeing.

    Recorded on September 15, 2022. This webinar will introduce biophilic design which emphasizes the value of using inspiration from how natural systems operate to produce sustainable designs which also support human health, wellbeing, and effectiveness. In this webinar, Bill will use examples from the built environment to demonstrate the value of biophilic design in supporting human health and wellbeing.

    Presentation Slides

    Bill Browning

    Terrapin Bright Green

    Bill Browning, Hon. AIA, co-founded Terrapin Bright Green in 2006. He has co-authored several publications including  Green Development and The Economics of Biophilia. Browning was named one of five people “Making a Difference” by Buildings magazine. Browning founded Rocky Mountain Institute’s Green Development Services, was a founding member of US Green Building Council’s Board of Directors, and is the Chair of Greening America.

    Prof. Andrew Thatcher (Moderator)

    Professor Andrew Thatcher is Chair of Industrial/Organisational Psychology at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. He is the Chair of the HFES Social Impact Committee and a member of the HFE and sustainability Task Force of the HFES. He is Chair of the IEA’s Future of Work Task Force and an Editor of the journal ‘Ergonomics’. Hs area of research interest is HFE and sustainability, green ergonomics, and sustainable work systems.

  • Product not yet rated Contains 1 Component(s)

    As Part of the HFES Listening & Acting Webinar Series Recorded on September 14, 2022. The recruitment of a diverse and representative group of participants is essential to ensuring various perspectives are represented, both within research organizations and the private sector. During this 75-minute webinar, our panel of expert researchers will share the challenges and successes they’ve experienced regarding topics such as access and marketing to marginalized or hard-to-reach communities and compensation strategies. Our distinguished panel includes: Maurita Harris, M.S., from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, whose focus is on community health Marie A. Statler, Ph.D., an Assistant Professor at Towson University where she teaches undergraduate nurses’ research, diversity & social justice courses Jacklin Stonewall, M.S., from Iowa State University, whose research is in industrial engineering and human computer interaction Enid Montague, Ph.D., an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto, whose focus is on the unintended consequences of technology in complex sociotechnical systems Session organizers and facilitators: Niki Howard and Kenya Oduor

    As Part of the HFES Listening & Acting Webinar Series

    Recorded on September 14, 2022. The recruitment of a diverse and representative group of participants is essential to ensuring various perspectives are represented, both within research organizations and the private sector. During this 75-minute webinar, our panel of expert researchers will share the challenges and successes they’ve experienced regarding topics such as access and marketing to marginalized or hard-to-reach communities and compensation strategies. Our distinguished panel includes:

    Maurita Harris, M.S., from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, whose focus is on community health

    Marie A. Statler, Ph.D., an Assistant Professor at Towson University where she teaches undergraduate nurses’ research, diversity & social justice courses

    Jacklin Stonewall, M.S., from Iowa State University, whose research is in industrial engineering and human computer interaction

    Enid Montague, Ph.D., an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto, whose focus is on the unintended consequences of technology in complex sociotechnical systems


    Session organizers and facilitators: Niki Howard and Kenya Oduor

    Maurita Harris

    M.S.

    Ms. Harris’ mission is to ensure unheard voices have a seat at the table when it comes to the design and engagement of technology to support health. Thus, her work focuses on listening to the lived experiences of older adults regarding their health and the technology lifecycle so they can live the life they want to the best of their ability. Ms. Harris is a PhD candidate studying Community Health at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with Dr. Wendy A. Rogers. She received her B.A. from North Carolina State University in Psychology, and her M.S. from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in Community Health. Her doctoral research focuses on understanding what supports (e.g., design and motivations) the different stages of technology adoption with wearable watches by Black adults with a chronic health condition (e.g., diabetes/sugar). Ms. Harris is part of the DEI and BIPOC affinity group, where she supports the development of information to inform HFES on their diverse members and how to uplift them and their voices.

    Jacklin Stonewall

    M.S

    Jacklin Stonewall is a PhD Candidate in Industrial Engineering and Human Computer Interaction at Iowa State University, graduating Summer 2022. Her professional interests include user research and interaction with a focus on usability for special populations, and the creation of equitable higher education classrooms. She has co-chaired two panels for HFES on the topics of accessibility and diversity: Human Factors Engineering - Designing for Diversity and Accessibility (2021) and Inclusion and Accessibility in the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (2020), and co-authored Inclusive Decision Making: Applying Human Factors Methods to Capture the Needs and Voices of Marginalized Populations in Advancing Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice Through Human Systems Engineering (Roscoe, Wooldridge, & Chiou, eds; 2019).

    Marie A. Statler

    Ph.D

    Marie Campbell Statler is an Assistant Professor at Towson University, where she teaches undergraduate nurses’ research, diversity & social justice courses.  She has extensive experience in research from her work as a Clinical Research Nurse and Research Nurse Specialist at the National Institutes of Health.  Her areas of research include reducing health disparities, with a focus on understanding and developing strategies that support African American participants in chronic disease research.  Her recent activities as a Principal Investigator included a research study of 33 African American research participants that explored the relationship dimensions and motivations of African American Research Participants (AARP) and African American Nurse Scientists (AANS) in health research. 

    Enid Montague

    Ph.D

    Ms. Montague is an Associate Professor at the University Toronto, in Canada.  She was previously an Associate Professor at DePaul University.  Dr. Montague received her PhD. in Industrial and System Engineering, Human Factors from Virginia Tech. Her research focuses on understanding and mitigating the unintended consequences of technology in complex sociotechnical systems. She has unique expertise in critical cultural theory and in understanding the needs of diverse users. 

  • Product not yet rated Contains 1 Component(s)

    Recorded August 30, 2022. Jointly sponsored by HFES and the Applied Ergonomics Society, this interactive and discussion-based webinar will be centered around common anthropometric challenges faced by both academics/researchers and industry/practitioners, such as: • Use of biomechanical measurements, their modeling, and their application to real-world scenarios. • Using anthropometry as the driver of equipment, products, workstations, and work process design. • Implications when anthropometrics is not considered in design and how one must compensate or adjust after the fact. • Other related topics, experiences, and concerns raised by webinar attendees.

    Recorded August 30, 2022. Jointly sponsored by HFES and the Applied Ergonomics Society, this interactive and discussion-based webinar will be centered around common anthropometric challenges faced by both academics/researchers and industry/practitioners, such as:

     
    •     Use of biomechanical measurements, their modeling, and their application to real-world scenarios.
    •     Using anthropometry as the driver of equipment, products, workstations, and work process design.
    •     Implications when anthropometrics is not considered in design and how one must compensate or adjust after the fact.
    •     Other related topics, experiences, and concerns raised by webinar attendee


    Presentation Slides

    Mitch Carswell

    CPE

    Project Lead, Sandalwood Engineering and Ergonomics

    Bruce Bradtmiller

    PhD

    Senior Consulting Scientist, Anthrotech

  • Product not yet rated Contains 1 Component(s)

    Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), often stemming from ergonomic risk factors, are the largest category of workplace injuries in the United States. According to the 2021 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index, overexertion injuries (lifting, pushing, pulling, holding, or carrying objects) are the leading cause for disabling work-related injuries, costing businesses more than $58 billion every year. Additionally, according to NSC Injury Facts, in 2020, the U.S. private sector experienced 247,620 MSD injuries or illnesses resulting in days away from work. To address the significant risk of MSDs, the National Safety Council joined with a major industry partner in 2021 and created the MSD Solutions Lab. In this session, NSC researchers from the MSD Solutions Lab will provide an overview of the initiative and discuss work to date, including the outcome of their scoping review on MSD literature in identifying the challenges for research, innovation, and collaboration, and the building of an index for tracking organization performance to support research into practice. In summary, this session will highlight the MSD Solutions Lab initiatives by discussing current work and plans for future innovation, research, and practice to help ensure that all workplaces are free from MSDs and MSD risk so workers can thrive on and off the clock.

    Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), often stemming from ergonomic risk factors, are the largest category of workplace injuries in the United States. According to the 2021 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index, overexertion injuries (lifting, pushing, pulling, holding, or carrying objects) are the leading cause for disabling work-related injuries, costing businesses more than $58 billion every year. Additionally, according to NSC Injury Facts, in 2020, the U.S. private sector experienced 247,620 MSD injuries or illnesses resulting in days away from work. To address the significant risk of MSDs, the National Safety Council joined with a major industry partner in 2021 and created the MSD Solutions Lab. In this session, NSC researchers from the MSD Solutions Lab will provide an overview of the initiative and discuss work to date, including the outcome of their scoping review on MSD literature in identifying the challenges for research, innovation, and collaboration, and the building of an index for tracking organization performance to support research into practice. In summary, this session will highlight the MSD Solutions Lab initiatives by discussing current work and plans for future innovation, research, and practice to help ensure that all workplaces are free from MSDs and MSD risk so workers can thrive on and off the clock. 

    Website: nsc.org/msd

     Email: msdsolutionslab@nsc.org

    Take the pledge: https://nscsurveys.iad1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cXTAvzaZzRR8aWO 

      

    Paige DeBaylo

    Research Manager

    Dr. Paige DeBaylo joined the National Safety Council in January 2022 as a Research Manager for the MSD Solutions Lab. She holds an MS and PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. Previously, she served as a Senior Research Associate in the Austin Independent School District where she analyzed employee and student data and evaluated district programs and functions related to human resources. She has edited, reviewed, and published occupational health, workplace stress, developmental psychology, and scale development and validation related research papers in leading academic journals and has presented her work at national conferences. She is skilled in quantitative and qualitative research methods, program evaluation, systematic literature reviews and meta-analyses, and survey development and validation. 

    Emily Prentice

    Senior Research Associate

    Emily holds a BA in Athletic Training/ Pre-Physical Therapy and a MPH in Biosecurity & Disaster Preparedness/ Environmental and Occupational Health. She remains certified in public health (CPH) and athletic training (ATC), but is no longer an active practitioner. Before joining NSC, Emily worked in industrial hygiene mitigating worker airborne exposures and as an athletic trainer working with athletes of all ages. As an ATC, she has expertise regarding the prevention, recognition, evaluation, and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries. Additionally, she is skilled in mixed-methods research, program evaluations, and systematic literature reviews.  

    Dr. Rammohan Maikala

    Subject Matter Expert-Program Technical Consultant

    Dr. Rammohan Maikala joined National Safety Council in November 2021 as a Subject Matter Expert-Program Technical Consultant. He worked as an Injury Prevention and Ergonomics Program Specialist for seven years at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett, Washington. At Providence, Ram taught and trained safe patient handling and mobility to hospital staff; and developed and provided ergonomics and safety risk assessments to various hospital staff. Before he arrived at Providence Regional Medical Center in October 2014, Ram was a Research Scientist at the Center for Physical Ergonomics, Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety in Hopkinton, Massachusetts.

    Ram is the current Editor-in-Chief of Ergonomics in Design, an Editor for International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, and on the advisory panel of IISE Transactions on Occupational Ergonomics & Human Factors. He is the current Technical Standards Division Chair of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. In addition, Ram is the past president of Puget Sound Chapter of Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (2016-2018) and the past president of The International Society for Occupational Ergonomics & Safety (2016-2017).

    Ken Kolosh

    Statistics Manager

    Ken Kolosh directs statistical reporting and estimating systems at the National Safety Council. NSC is America’s leading nonprofit safety advocate. NSC focuses on eliminating the leading causes of preventable injuries and deaths. Fundamental to this mission is the collection and dissemination of injury statistics. Mr. Kolosh leads the development of Injury Facts®, NSC’s online statistical resource on preventable injuries, their characteristics, and costs. In addition to Injury Facts®, his responsibilities range from managing NSC’s preliminary motor-vehicle fatality estimate program to conducting an annual estimate of the number of guests injured at amusement parks. He is also an editor for NSC’s Journal of Safety Research. Prior to leading the statistical function, Mr. Kolosh was a research consultant managing NSC’s workplace safety perception surveys.

  • Product not yet rated Contains 1 Component(s)

    On Friday, June 24, 2022, President Christopher Reid and President-Elect Carolyn Sommerich joined Thomas Albin (Membership Committee Chair) and Farzan Sasangohar (Chair, Technical Program Committee and Co-Editor of Human Factors in Healthcare Journal) along with Nick Roome, host of Human Factors Cast, for an hour-long podcast discussing the latest HF/E industry news and trends.

    On Friday, June 24, 2022, President Christopher Reid and President-Elect Carolyn Sommerich joined Thomas Albin (Membership Committee Chair) and Farzan Sasangohar (Chair, Technical Program Committee and Co-Editor of Human Factors in Healthcare Journal) along with Nick Roome, host of Human Factors Cast, for an hour-long podcast discussing the latest HF/E industry news and trends.

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    Join us for a discussion on networking and building your personal brand. Do you want to get more career opportunities? Join us for a discussion with Arnold Morales, Deputy Lead Systems Engineer at Boeing, on how to build a personal brand and network from your home. Personal branding is the conscious and intentional effort to create and influence public perception of an individual. Learn how to position yourself as an authority in your industry, elevate credibility, and differentiate yourself from the competition. Arnold will discuss ways on how to advance your career, increase your circle of influence, and have a larger impact.

    Do you want to get more career opportunities? Join us for a discussion with Arnold Morales, Deputy Lead Systems Engineer at Boeing, on how to build a personal brand and network from your home. Personal branding is the conscious and intentional effort to create and influence public perception of an individual. Learn how to position yourself as an authority in your industry, elevate credibility, and differentiate yourself from the competition. Arnold will discuss ways on how to advance your career, increase your circle of influence, and have a larger impact.

    Arnold Morales

    Arnold is a deputy lead systems engineer at Boeing. He is a LinkedIn Content with 18,000 followers that has presented to over 100 groups. He specializes on personal branding, LinkedIn, and landing your dream engineering job. 

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    The Titans of The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Virtual Symposium is a showcase of some of the premier researchers, practitioners, and academicians in HFES. These speakers will present on the foundational areas of the science of human factors and ergonomics and will provide their insights into the future of Human Factors/Ergonomics.

    The Titans of The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Virtual Symposium is a showcase of some of the premier researchers, practitioners, and academicians in HFES.  These speakers will present on the foundational areas of the science of human factors and ergonomics and will provide their insights into the future of Human Factors/Ergonomics.  

    The Titans Symposium is an ideal opportunity gain knowledge and insights into important HF/E areas such as situation awareness, attention, decision making, spinal ergonomics, human error, team cognition and interaction, automation, autonomous vehicles, telepresence, patient safety, macro-ergonomics, aging, inclusion, stress, human system interactions, and team effectiveness.  Attendees will hear from influential leaders­–oftentimes the individuals who started and developed the topics discussed.

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    Join us for a discussion on HFE considerations for high renewable energy grids

    The continued use of fossil fuels for electricity generation is unsustainable, not only because they are a finite resource but particularly because of their contribution to the greenhouse effect and climate change. After frequent calls for energy companies to move towards renewable energy sources, this transition is now decisively under way in many jurisdictions. While renewable energy sources such as wind and solar significantly reduce carbon emissions, they challenge the reliable operation of energy systems. Renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar, generate intermittently and vary with weather and region (i.e., cloud cover, calm winds). Some combination of significant energy storage capacity, longer-distance electric transmission, and/or more flexible energy demand will be required to provide a consistent, controllable, quality energy supply. Grid operation is already becoming more complex and requiring faster operating procedures which are more difficult to control by humans and automation. In this webinar, we will explore the challenges that this presents for HFE, including:

    • Increased power grid operator cognitive load
    • Greater coordination requirements between field and control center(s)
    • New paradigms of grid control automation interaction
    • Decision-making for investment in energy storage and distribution points
    • Practical, ethical, and emotional human factors in making demand flexible


    Prof. Andrew Thatcher (Moderator)

    Professor Andrew Thatcher is Chair of Industrial/Organisational Psychology at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. He is the Chair of the HFES Social Impact Committee and a member of the HFE and sustainability Task Force of the HFES. He is Chair of the IEA’s Future of Work Task Force and an Editor of the journal ‘Ergonomics’. Hs area of research interest is HFE and sustainability, green ergonomics, and sustainable work systems.

    Dr. Antony Hilliard (Panelist)

    Hitachi Energy Research, Canada

    Antony Hilliard, P.Eng. (Ph.D. Industrial Engineering, U. Toronto) is a Senior Scientist in human-technology interaction with Hitachi Energy Research (formerly ABB Corporate Research). His past work includes network visualization, transmission equipment user interfaces, domain analysis of power network operation, and electric vehicle fleet charging.

    Dr. Katya Le Blanc (Panelist)

    Idaho National Laboratories, USA

    Katya Le Blanc is a senior human factors scientist at Idaho National Laboratory. She has led research and development for design of human-system interfaces for nuclear power plant control rooms, transmission system technologies, and cyber security for electric grid operation. She is currently working on research to develop visualizations to support transmission operator decision making and address challenges of new technology implementation and increased renewable integration.

    Dr. Esa M. Rantanen (Panelist)

    Rochester Institute of Technology

    Dr. Esa M. Rantanen trained as a commercial pilot. He also has seven years of experience as an air traffic controller and an air traffic control instructor. Dr. Rantanen has a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Aeronautical Science degree form Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL, a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering degree from the Pennsylvania State University, with specialization in human factors/ergonomics engineering, and a Ph.D degree is from Penn State as well, in Engineering Psychology. 

     

    Dr. Rantanen has served as an assistant professor at the Institute of Aviation of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Presently he is an associate professor of psychology at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in Rochester, NY. He is primarily involved in the MS in Experimental Psychology program and supervising graduate students’ thesis research in the Engineering Psychology track of the program, as well as in the new PhD program in Cognitive Science. 

     

    Dr. Rantanen has an Extended Faculty Appointment in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering and the Engineering Ph.D. program in the College of Engineering. He is also an Affiliate of The Global Cybersecurity Institute (GCI) and Center for Human-Aware AI (CHAI) at RIT. Dr. Rantanen’s research interests lie in the areas of human factors in complex systems, human performance measurement and modeling, situation awareness, mental workload, decision making, and human error and reliability.