The Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics International NEWS - June 2009 - Number 14
 
 

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HIGHLIGHTS

- Brief Book Review: Complexity A Guided Tour
- Specialized Journals and Newsletters
- Interesting Articles
- Interesting Reports
- Upcoming Conferences and Events in Ergonomics
- The AHFEI Proceedings on CD is now available
- Sponsorship of AHFE International 2010
- Contribute to the Applied Ergonomics International NEWS
- About Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics International NEWS

 

 

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Brief Book Review: Complexity: A Guided Tour

If you want to read about “Complexity” and “Complex Systems” outside the traditional human factors or HCI boundaries, then I would absolutely recommend reading “Complexity, A Guided Tour” and I promise you won’t be bored. The author uses an innovative way to explain complexity. By using a variety of scientific theories, borrowing from physics, genetics, biology, mathematics and information systems, to just name a few, Melanie Mitchell explains how the complex systems are built with “relatively simple components”. Then these simple components, even with limited communication among them, collectively create a complicated and sophisticated system- behavior. An ample number of examples, such as the construction of immune systems and the composition of DNA insect colonies, are provided to support the discussion.

Numerous meticulously selected scientific experiments, observations, and illustrations make the book an even more interesting reading. You will be provided with plenty for your time spent if you don’t set your expectations to desiring the immediate extraction of a practical receipt in order to resolve a real case problem and you are open to some philosophical discussions about complexity.

The book is organized into five parts. Part one provides a background and historical perspective, part two describes “Life and Evolution in Computers”, part three is “Computation Writ Large”, part four covers “Network Thinking", and finally part five is the conclusion.

A.M.

Complexity A Guided Tour, Melanie Mitchell, Oxford University Press, 2009, 349Pages, ISBN978-019-512441-5
http://www.oup.com/us/catalog/general/subject/LifeSciences/~~/dmlldz11c2EmY2k9OTc4MDE5NTEyNDQxNQ==


Specialized Journal and Newsletters

“Human Factor sand Ergonomics Society Bulletin,” May Volume 52 Number 4 April 2009.
http://www.hfes.org/Web/BulletinPdf/0409bulletin.pdf

“IEA Newsletter from the IEA President,” No. 34 April 2009.
http://iea.cc/upload/IEA%20Newsletter%20Number%2034%20-%20April%202009.pdf

“DoD Ergonomics Working Group NEWS,” Issue 92, May 2009
http://www.ergoworkinggroup.org/ewgweb/SubPages/ProgramTools/Publications/2005Pubs/92DODEWGNews.pdf


Interesting Articles

“Pilot training an issue in deadly Buffalo crash,” MSNBC.com Tues., May 12, 2009.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/30683954/

“Hearings to Focus on Pilots’ Alertness in Crash Near Buffalo,” NYTimes.com, May 10, 2009.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/11/nyregion/11crash.html?_r=1&ref=nyregion

“NTSB Hearing Probes Buffalo Air Crash,” NPR.org, May 14, 2009.
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=104125174

“A Genetic Clue to Why Autism Affects Boys More." Time.com, May. 19, 2009.
http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1899756,00.html

“Health Outcomes Driving New Hospital Design," NYtimes.com May 18, 2009.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/19/health/19hosp.html?ref=health

“Bus driver too lax, and rider's video shows all," boston.com, May 19, 2009.
http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2009/05/19/bus_driver_too_lax_and_riders_video_shows_all/

“iPods can lead to hearing loss," CNN.com,” On May 19, 2009.
http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/health/2009/05/19/gupta.ipods.hearing.loss.cnn

“'Virtual currencies' power social networks, online games," CNN.com, May 19, 2009.
http://www.cnn.com/2009/TECH/05/19/online.currency/index.html


Interesting Reports

“European workers face new and increasing health risks from hazardous substances,” European Agency for Safety and Health at Work, March, 23 2008.
http://osha.europa.eu/en/publications/reports/TE3008390ENC_chemical_risks/view

“Preventing Deaths and Injuries of Fire Fighters Working Above Fire-Damaged Floors,” NIOSH Publication No. 2009-114.
http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/wp-solutions/2009-114/default.html

“Report - Protecting workers in hotels, restaurants and catering,” European Agency for Safety and Health at Work, July, 07 2008.
http://osha.europa.eu/en/publications/reports/TE7007132ENC_horeca/view

Upcoming Events and Conferences 2009

May 30 - June 4, 2009: AIHce 2009: American Industrial Hygiene Association Conference, Toronto, Canada.
http://www.aiha.org/aihce09/default.htm

June 11-12, 2009: XXIst Annual International Occupational Ergonomics and Safety Conference 2009, Dallas, Texas, USA.
http://www.isoes.info/conference.htm

June 2-4 2009: 4th International Conference on Whole Body Vibration Injuries, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
http://www.irsst.qc.ca/en/home.html

June 28-July 1, 2009: Safety 2009 Professional Development Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas.
http://www.asse.org/education/expo09/

Database

CISDOC - Occupational Safety and Health database
http://www.ilo.org/dyn/cisdoc/index_html?p_lang=e

AirDisaster.Com Accident Database
http://www.airdisaster.com/

Announcements

Call for Papers, Journal of Theoretical and Applied Electronic Commerce Research, Special Issue on eHealth and Services Computing in Healthcare,
http://www.jtaer.com

The AHFEI Proceedings on CD is now available, Order it Now

Order the AHFE International 2008 Proceedings. This is an important resource for you digital library containing over 500 papers with an easy search features.
To order please contact Laura Abell, conference administrator at aeiadmin@insightbb.com.
Unite Price: $75 US including shipping

Sponsorship of the AE International 2010 Conference

Organizations wishing to sponsor a special event or to be a general sponsor of the conference are welcome to contact Dr. Abbas Moallem (Abbas.Moallem@sjsu.edu).


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