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HFES Student Chapter Guest Speaker: Dr. Anne McLaughlin

Anne McLaughlin will be speaking to us about Human factors in veterinary medicine at our third HFES Month event! Come hear this talk and enter your name in a drawing to win an HF/E prize. Snacks will be provided.

WHEN: April 18th at 1:00pm
WHERE: Brackett 419

RSVP HERE (RSVP by April 15th)

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HFES Student Chapter Guest Speaker: Dr. Chris Wickens on the role of effort in choice, safety, and healthcare

Chris Wickens will be speaking to Clemson HFES on “the role of effort in choice, safety, and healthcare” via Skype at our second HFES Month event! Come hear this talk and enter your name in a drawing to win an HF/E prize. Snacks will be provided.

WHEN: April 11th at 1:00pm
WHERE: Brackett 214

RSVP HERE (RSVP by April 8th)

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HFDG: Is genetics the key?? … Individual differences in the design of interfaces and training programs

Is genetics the key?? … Individual differences in the design of interfaces and training programs
Dr. Ericka Rovira

Place: 419 Brackett Hall
Time: 1:00-2:00 pm Friday, March 28

(note, this will be a teleconferenced presentation)

Abstract: Human performance may be adversely affected when operators interact with highly reliable but imperfect systems. To date, models of human automation interaction emphasize how much authority the human or the machine should have at different decision making stages. Of particular interest is how human automation interactions are affected when the automated support tool is imperfect. The current research addresses types of human automation interaction mechanisms that may reduce performance decrements associated with imperfect automation. Results investigating contextual automation and automation etiquette will be presented. Additionally, optimizing human performance often requires assessment at the individual level because it provides an understanding of how individual variability contributes to operational performance. Molecular methods have been used to examine the genetic basis of basic cognitive function (Greenwood & Parasuraman, 2003; Posner et al., 2007). Individual differences in situation awareness and decision making in operational environments likely involve variation in cognitive processes of visual attention, working memory, and spatial attention. Research examining the utility and viability of using the allelic association method as a neuroergonomics approach that examines brain function in relation to operational tasks will be presented. This will pave the way for further theoretical progress in learning about the basis of individual differences in cognition and in human factors applications for training and interface design.

Dr. Ericka Rovira. She is an Associate Professor in the Engineering Psychology program at the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY. Dr. Rovira received a B.S. in Engineering Psychology and Biomedical Engineering from Tufts University, Medford, MA (2000) and a Ph. D. in Applied Experimental Psychology from The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC (2006), under the direction of Dr. Raja Parasuraman. Also, she is currently the president-elect of APA Division 21 (Applied Experimental and Engineering Psychology).

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Drew Link Live at HFDG – 11/22/13

This week at HFDG

Who: Drew Link
Where: Brackett 419, this Friday at 2.30p
What: Dissertation plan and discussion

From Lee’s lab, Drew will be talking about research leading up to his current proposal
for a dissertation topic. The general research is on adaptive decision making in healthcare from a patient perspective. He is interested in studying variables that deal with how patients gather information regarding health topics online and how conditions (either of the individual or environment) may affect their ability or willingness to adapt their strategies. Drew will be presenting several potential study designs and will discuss potential considerations for the study.

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No HFDG this week

9-27-13

Due to the HFES annual meeting, there will be no HFDG this week.

Thank you

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Bliss Altenhoff – Live at HFDG – Sept 20th

September 20th

Who: Bliss Altenhoff
Where: Brackett 419 at 2.30p
What: Bliss will be discussing his past internship experiences

Bliss will be speaking about her internship at Premier in Charlotte, NC. As a User Experience Research Intern, her projects focused on conducting formative usability studies for two developing Premier products: a social business platform and a product to summarize high level savings opportunities for Premier-member hospitals.

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Drew Link – Live at HFDG – Sept 13th

September 13th

Who: Drew Link
Where: Brackett 419 at 2.30p
What: Drew Link will be discussing his past internship experiences -

Drew Link will talk about his experience and impressions of working in a company that makes healthcare devices in the summer 2012 and working with a research and design team that makes productivity software during summer 2013. He will talk about his involvement with the various projects, the differences of working in the two internships, and will have an open Q&A session to address any questions related to the process of conducting work at an internship.

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HFDG on 9/6 and 9/13

The HFDG on Friday 9/6 will be Bliss Altenhoff talking about her internship this summer.

The HFDG on Friday 9/13 will be Drew Link talking about his internship this summer.

HFDG will be from 2:30-3:30 PM on Fridays in Room 419 Brackett.

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No HFDG on August 30

Due to a lack of volunteers, there will be no HFDG on Friday August 30.
Contact Lee Gugerty if you want to give an HFDG talk after this.

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Clemson HFES Guest Speaker: Dr. Arathi Sethumadhavan of Medtronic

The Clemson HFES student chapter welcomes Dr. Arathi Sethumadhavan of Medtronic on Friday, April 12th at 1 PM in Brackett 419. This will take the place of this week’s Human Factors Discussion Group; NOTE THE UNUSUAL TIME.

Arathi is a Senior Human Factors Scientist at Medtronic’s Cardiac Rhythm and Disease Management, where she conducts human factors research to aid the design of safe and usable medical systems/workflows.

Arathi will be discussing the following:

Advancements in technology and increase in system complexity have made it critical for medical device manufacturers to design products that minimize use error that would lead to user or patient harm. In addition to improving safety, integrating human factors engineering very early into the product development lifecycle also helps to maximize product effectiveness by facilitating ease of learning and ease of use as well as speeds time to market by identifying usability issues early in the product development cycle. This talk will discuss:

  • The increased regulatory focus on human factors engineering,
  • How human factors can be integrated into an organization’s product development process, and
  • A case study of how conducting human factors research very early in the product development lifecycle helps to gain unique insights about the user population, user workflow, and usage environment, that can influence product design.
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