The Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics International NEWS - June 2010 - Number 20
 
 

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HIGHLIGHTS

- Welcome to Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics International 2010
- Human Factors in the BP Gulf Oil Spell
- Invitation to Exhibit at AHFE International 2010
- Specialized Journals and Newsletters
- Interesting Articles
- 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

 

 

If you have any questions or comments, or if you would like to contribute, please contact the editor, Dr. Abbas Moallem . The opinions expressed in this newsletter are the sole responsibility of its authors and do not represent any institution or company.

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AHFE International 2010 is now available. For details of Opening Plenary Session and Keynote Address and daily detailed technical program visit: http://www.ahfe2010.org/program.html
 

REGISTER EARLY FOR TUTORIALS AT AHFE 2010
The 5 following tutorials, presented by prominent figure of HFE will be offered at the AHFEI2010. All Tutorials will be held on July 17, 2010.

  • Practical Statistical Methods for Usability Testing
  • Cross-Cultural User-Experience Design
  • Selling Human Factors and Ergonomics in a Successful Way: Creating Enthusiasm for Ergonomics
  • Neuroergonomics Theory and Methods
  • Mobile Human-Computer Interface Design

Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics International 2010 and the affiliated HAAMAHA conference July 17-20, 2010 held at the Intercontinental Miami, Miami, Florida.

The latest advances and the latest-breaking news in the field of human factors, ergonomics, and usability will be presented by leading authorities at the Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics International 2010 and the affiliated HAAMAHA conference July17-20, 2010 at the Intercontinental Miami, Miami, Florida, USA.

Over 891 papers will be presented in over 10 parallel interactive sessions. Topics include the most recent research and technology in Medico-ergonomics and Patient Safety, Aviation Designing New Buildings and Facilities for End Users, Ergonomics Hazards and Prevention, Users Interface Design, Online Human Error Management, Methods and Instruments for Ergonomic Design of Production Systems, Universal Access to Novel Interaction Environments, Impact of Human Factors on Technical Systems Failure, and Cognitive and Physical Work Analysis and Design.

Dr. James Bagian, a veteran NASA astronaut, the Chief Patient Safety Officer and the Director and Founder of the National Center for Patient Safety at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will deliver the keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the conference on “Healthcare and Patient Safety: The Failure of Traditional Approaches – How Human Factors and Ergonomics Can And MUST Help ”.

In addition, 6 state-of-the-art tutorials will be presented by some of the most eminent individuals in the human factors and ergonomics field during the pre-conference sessions.

AHFEI International 2010 will also feature relevant technology, products, and services. Attendees will be able to examine the latest in human factors products and technology and 20 organizations are scheduled to showcase state-of-the-art products, services, and technology, including: Army MANPRINT Program, Mercer Engineering Research Center, NexGen Ergonomics Inc, Seeing Machines, Smart Eye AB, TEA, TechSmith and more.

Looking forward to see you all In Florida

 

Human Factors in the BP Gulf Oil Spill

On April 20th, 2010 an explosion happened onboard of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig in the United States Gulf of Mexico, 41 miles offshore Louisiana. Out of a crew of 126 workers 11 were reported missing and 17 injured. Following this explosion, underwater robots detected that the deep water oil well was leaking several thousand barrels of oil per day into the ocean. To this date (May 20th, 2010) the leak has not been controlled and the consequences of this catastrophic event on wildlife, long term impact on the local ecosystem, and the effects on the local and even the national economy and politics are growing every day. I am sure that discussion and investigation will continue for many years on how many barrels of oil have leaked or how to measure the leak, how to control such an accident or prevent it. However an early look at what has already been reported indicates a few human factors that are related to the investigation. Here are just a few of the issues reported:

Blowout preventer apparently had a significant leak in a key hydraulic system. It seems that the blowout preventer was damaged from an accident that happened a few weeks before the massive disaster.
Emergency controls on the blowout preventer may have failed.
A dead man's switch (a switch that is automatically operated in case the human operator becomes incapacitated) failed to activate.
It is also reported that on the day of the accident, the Transocean manager and BP employee argued about how to finish the well. The BP employee wanted to save time and money by taking some shortcuts.
The crew member also admitted that the blowout preventer was damaged from an accident that happened a few weeks before the massive disaster. BP and Deep Horizon knew that the BOP and the Pod were damaged, but the operation was behind schedule and losing money.
A.M.

References
Nitrogen-Cement Mix Is Focus of Gulf Inquiry
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/11/us/11hearings.html?sq=halliburton&st=cse&scp=2&pagewanted=all

Blowout: The Deepwater Horizon Disaster
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/05/16/60minutes/main6490197.shtml

60 Minutes oil spill: accident could have been avoided, BP took shortcuts
http://www.examiner.com/x-29705-Houston-TV-Examiner~y2010m5d17-60-Minutes-oil-spill-accident-could-have-been-avoided-BP-took-shortcuts-videos

Deepwater Horizon oil spill
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deepwater_Horizon_oil_spill#cite_note-nyt0510-34



Invitation to Exhibit at AHFE International 2010

The AHFEI 2010 will expect hundreds of scientists, academics and professionals, representing research institutions, universities, and companies from all over the world. AFEI 2008 will be held in Miami, Florida, one of the most exciting locations in the USA.

The AHFEI 2010 aims to attract a variety of related product and technology companies with its Exhibition. We have created a very attractive package for registration at the Exhibition.

Exhibitors who have committed to exhibit early will have a better opportunity in booth location selection, plus the opportunity to be listed in the Advance Program that the will be distributed worldwide.
For more information, please contact Dr. Abbas Moallem Exhibits@ahfe2010.org , Communication and Exhibit Chair.

For more information visit:
http://www.ahfe2010.org/exhibits.html

Specialized Journal and Newsletters

“The Health and Safety Report,” The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS), March 2010.
http://www.ccohs.ca/ccohs/liaison/current.html

“Human Factor sand Ergonomics Society Bulletin,” May 2010, Volume 53, Number 5. http://www.hfes.org/web/HFESBulletin/May2010Main.html

“DoD Ergonomics Working Group NEWS,” Issue 104, May2010.
http://www.ergoworkinggroup.org/ewgweb/IndexFrames/index3.htm

NIOSH eNews, 1 May 2010, Volume 8, Number 1.
http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/enews/enewsV8N1.html


Interesting Articles

“Public Policy Matters: U.S. Health Care Bill Mandates Accessible Diagnostic Equipment,” HFES Bulletin, Volume 53, Number 5, May 2010
http://www.hfes.org/web/HFESBulletin/May2010PPMHCBill.html

“Time to Review Workplace Reviews?,” The New York Times, May 17, 2010.
http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/05/17/time-to-review-workplace-reviews/?ref=health

“U.S. Troops Suffer More Stress Than Britons, Study Says,” The New York Times, May 16, 2010.
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/17/world/17trauma.html?scp=1&sq=May+16+2010&st=nyt

“Cars’ Computer Systems Called at Risk to Hackers,” New York Times, May 13, 2010.
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/14/science/14hack.html?ref=science

“How apps, texting can improve your health,” CNN, May 21, 2010.
http://www.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/05/21/mobile.health.apps/index.html

Upcoming Events and Conferences 2010


CALL FOR PAPER: Nov 3 -5, 2101, HCI-Aero 2010, Cape Canaveral, FL, US.
http://events.linkedin.com/HCI-Aero-2010/pub/22703

CALL FOR PAPER: August 23 – 25, 2010, the Fifth IASTED International Conference on, Maui, Hawaii, USA. Deadline April 1, 2010.
http://www.iasted.org/conferences/home-713.html

CALL FOR PAPER: July 20-23, 2010: Emerging Technologies for Online Learning Symposium, San Jose, California, USA
http://www.sloanconsortium.org/ET4Online

CALL FOR PAPER: Nov 3 -5, 2101, HCI-Aero 2010, Cape Canaveral, FL, US.
http://events.linkedin.com/HCI-Aero-2010/pub/22703

CALL FOR PAPER: 7-10 November, 2010: The 9 th Pan-Pacific Conference on Ergonomics ( PPCOE 2010) Kaohsiung, Taiwan
www.est.org.tw/ppcoe2010

CALL FOR PAPER: 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 your digital library for it contains over 500 papers with an easy search feature.
To order please contact Laura Abell, conference administrator at: aeiadmin@insightbb.com.
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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).

Contribute to Applied Ergonomics International NEWS

We welcome your input to the Applied Ergonomics International NEWS. Please send us interesting news, short articles, interesting websites, etc. We will consider your comments and contributions for upcoming issues. Please send your contributions to the editor Dr. Abbas Moallem (Abbas.Moallem@sjsu.edu).


Contribute to Applied Ergonomics International NEWS

We welcome your contribution to the Applied Ergonomics International NEWS. Please send us interesting news, short articles, interesting websites, etc. We will consider your comments and contributions for upcoming issues. Please send your contribution to the editor, Dr. Abbas Moallem (abbas.moallem@sjsu.edu).

About Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics International NEWS

The Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics International NEWS is a newsletter about Ergonomics and Human Factors topics, The Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics International 2010 conference deadlines and activities, the Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics International 2010 Exhibition, news in the area of Ergonomics and Human Factors, and more. If you have any questions or comments, or if you would like to contribute, please contact the editor, Dr. Abbas Moallem abbas.moallem@sjsu.edu. The opinions that are expressed in this Newsletter are the sole responsibility of its authors and do not represent any institution or company.
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