The 8th Annual Ergonomics Design Competition

The 8th Annual Ergonomics Design Competition

Opportunity: The 8th Annual Ergonomics Design Competition is now open and registration for teams along with information about the competition can be found at this website. Dr. Robert Radwin ( has offered his time to serve as mentor to any group/s interested in entering this competition.

Incoming and Outgoing EC

Incoming and Outgoing EC

Congratulations to the Incoming EC! We are very excited to begin transition during the summer. The official positions will take effect Fall 2015.

Incoming EC

President: Elease McLaurin
Vice President: David Azari
Outreach: To be determined
Finance Chair: Ja Young Lee
Membership: Shimeng Du
Webmaster: Amsale Abera
Undergraduate rep: Lillian Miossi

Outgoing EC

President: Rashmi Payyanadan
Vice President: Karen Chen
Outreach: Daniel Nicolalde
Finance Chair: Yi Zhou Zheng
Membership: Elease McLaurin
Webmaster: Ja Young Lee
Undergraduate rep: Tanae Swenson

End of Semester Coffee Social

End of Semester Coffee Social

Friday, May 8, from 11AM-2PM

Mechanical Engineering 3150 (driving simulator lab)

It’s again the time of the year!  Come and join us at the HFES End of Semester Coffee Social on Friday, May 8, from 11AM-2PM in Mechanical Engineering 3150 (driving simulator lab).  Meet new and old friends, share ideas, de-stress, and grab free food. Hope to see you there!

Upcoming CS Talk

Computational Modeling of Human Active Information Selection
Thursday, April 30, 2015 – 3:00pm to 4:00pm
CS 1240

Speaker Name:
Ali Borji, Assistant Professor

Speaker Institution:
Dept. of Computer Science, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee


Over the last two decades, the inter-disciplinary fields of attention, visual saliency, and search have attracted a lot of interest in cognitive sciences, computer vision, and machine learning. In this talk, I intend to give a snapshot of biological findings on visual attention, theoretical background on saliency concepts and models, illustrating successful applications of saliency models, as well as my research findings in human active search. I will cover three topics in more detail: 1) bottom-up, stimulus-driven and 2) top-down, task-driven visual attention, and 3) human performance in a global optimization task. In each case, I will first present some psychological studies followed by some computational models. My concentration will be on my own research and models, current state in saliency modeling, model benchmarking, and future directions.

Ali Borji received the BS and MS degrees in computer engineering from the Petroleum University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, 2001 and Shiraz University, Shiraz, Iran, 2004, respectively. He received the PhD degree in computational neurosciences from the Institute for Studies in Fundamental Sciences (IPM) in Tehran, 2009. He then spent a year at University of Bonn as a postdoc. He was a postdoctoral scholar at iLab, University of Southern California, Los Angeles from March 2010 to August 2014. He is currently an assistant professor at University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, USA. His research interests include computer vision, machine learning, and neurosciences with particular emphasis on visual attention, visual search, active learning, scene and object recognition, and biologically plausible vision models.

HFES is the hosting Chapter at the 2014 Annual HFES Conference


HFES is the hosting Chapter at the 2014 Annual HFES Conference
We are excited to let you know that we will be hosting the Student Lounge activities this year. As part of the activities, we have a social activity and a networking event, outlined here. We hope you would take part in these and share the fun!
Information on speaker sessions will be posted in a follow-up email next week.
These events require prior registration. Please note that registration is now open!
  1. Scavenger Hunt: … is back at HFES! Solve puzzles while at the conference, and discover fun facts about the different streams of HFE and the Midwest. Get to enjoy social challenges with your team. Registration is free, and open online until October 27th midnight. Early registrants (by October 20th) will be entered into a raffle and two winners will win a flash drive each. So, form a team of 2-4 people and register right now! Single registrants are welcome too, and we will make our best efforts to find a team for you, as participation requires 2 to 4 people in a team. We will have registration at the conference until Tuesday at Noon, but we highly recommend prior registration. More details here: HFES 2014 Scavenger Hunt
  2. Networking Meet-ups: This event is geared towards meeting and collaborating with other students who are interested in common aspects of the discipline during the conference week. The goal is to facilitate peer-learning, mentorship, and peer-to-peer networking. The interests that you indicate will be used to form groups. Registration closes October 25th. If you are interested in participating, please complete the form here: HFES 2014 Networking Meet-Ups

HFES Spring 2014 Kickoff Meeting

HFES Spring 2014 Kickoff Meeting
Date: Thursday, January 30th
Time: 4 p.m.
Room: ME 3127
Refreshments will be served. Please join us at the session to meet old friends and make new ones. We encourage you to bring along anyone interested in human factors and related work. As always, we hope to see you there!