UW-Madison Research Assistant Job Posting!

Dr. Werner is currently seeking motivated graduate (or exceptional undergraduate) students interested in research and mentorship experience in the area of applying Human Factors to Health Care Systems.  Dr. Werner is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering, a Discovery Fellow in the Living Environments Lab in the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, a Core Faculty in the Center for Quality and Productivity Improvement and an Affiliate Faculty at the VA Hospital. She combines these resources to conduct research applying Human Factors to improve the care of older adults in the home. Specific projects will be focused on the clinical aspects of improving transitional care across health care settings and designing technologies and improving care processes for informal caregivers in the home.  Human Factors applications are broad, with both macro ergonomic and cognitive applications -many exciting possibilities!  


Research activities will include: weekly lab meetings, qualitative inquiry and analyses, application of Human Factors methods, experience in health care environments, networking with experts in the field, and development of new skills and knowledge. 


Interested students should email Dr. Werner at nwerner3@wisc.edu


HFES Kick-Off!


The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society student chapter is having their lunch kick-off meeting on Friday, September 18th, at 12:45 in the Mechanical Engineering Building, room 2065. There will be food, games, and you will learn more about the chapter and our activities planned for this year. Following the kick-off meeting, there will be a speaker event at 1:30 with Rupa Valdez, an assistant professor at the University of Virginia who will discuss her work in human factors in healthcare.




For any questions, please contact the HFES president, Elease McLaurin (emlaurin@wisc.edu)






HFES Annual Ice cream Social!

It’s time for our annual HFES Ice Cream Social. Join us as well all get together before the semester begins to catch up over some delicious sweet, creamy, icy treats at Babcock Dairy

Feel free to bring friends and family. HFES members do not have to pay as it will be on us :)

When: August 31st (Monday)
Time: 2:10 pm
Where: Babcock Dairy
Plan: Lets all meet in the ME Atrium (first floor) at 2:00 pm and walk to Babcock Dairy

Hope everyone can make it :)

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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 (http://directory.engr.wisc.edu/bme/faculty/radwin_robert) 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.