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August 2004 - Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

August 2004 - Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

From the EditorJim

From the EditorJim Szalma, University of Central FloridaGreetings! In this edition of the Newsletter Ihave included an article reviewing some of theresearch activities in our laboratory at theUniversity of Central Florida. In future issues Iwould like to feature the activities of laboratoriesof IDIP TG members. If you are interested insubmitting an article please contact me. I will behappy to include a feature of your lab’s researchactivities in future issues. In addition, I would behappy to include conference/event announcementsif they are relevant to the IDIP TG.As a reminder, if you change e-mail addresses,please notify the HFES central office. Eachtime the newsletter is issued I will obtain anupdated e-mail list of members. If your new e-mail address is not on that list, you may notreceive future issues!IDIP TG Design RecommendationsAt each HFES annual meeting there is agathering of TG newsletter editors andwebmasters. At that meeting last October, wewere informed that the TG’s would be asked tocontribute to a series of ‘best practices’documents that would reflect our members’recommendations for design and operation ofhuman-machine systems. Each TG will be askedto contribute in its set of areas. This is a rathertall order, in my view, because I do not think onecan devise a set of ‘best practices’ from anindividual differences perspective withoutconsidering the specific characteristics of thedomain of interest and the context in which thehuman-machine system is to be used. However,it might be useful to begin discussing what the‘best practices’ in individual differences mightbe. It may be that our ‘best practices’ refer to aset of methodologies for research/practice ratherthan specific guidelines. Moreover, developmentof such a document might help our TG improvethe ‘image’ of individual differences work thatour colleagues may have. For instance, manypeople believe that the best application ofindividual differences research to Human Factorsis in selection of individuals for performingspecific tasks (I hear this whenever I talk aboutindividual differences at conferences—unlessI’m talking to other IDIP TG members!).However, we should communicate thatindividual differences research can and should becentral to interface and task design as well as theidentification of individuals with particularcharacteristics.HFES BulletinOur current HFES President (Betty Sanders)would like to feature each TG in an issue of theHFES Bulletin over the next year. At some pointthis year we will be asked to contribute. Thisrepresents an opportunity to shine a spotlight onour TG and on individual differences researchand practice. If anyone is interested incontributing to this effort and authoring (or coauthoring)a column for submission to theBulletin, please contact either me or GerryMatthews.If anyone has a comment on anything in thenewsletter, please let me know or submit acommentary. This newsletter will be moreinteresting and beneficial to members if we use itas a tool for communication and discussion.I may be reached at jszalma@mail.ucf.edu.IDIP Newsletter, Vol. 15 No 1 2

From the Program ChairDavid WashburnThe HFES’04 program for IDIP is an excellentone, so make plans to attend now. There were atotal of 19 submissions for the IDIP program,including two submitted sessions. Followingreview, 8 lectures and 6 posters were included onthe program. Additionally, an outstanding paneldiscussion on “Stress Effects on SoldierPerformance” will be included in the IDIPprogram. This panel, organized by Shawn Burkeand co-chaired by Peter Hancock (both of U.Central Florida) will feature six panelists and amoderator discussing battlefield applications andimplications of individual differences research. Iencourage you to be in attendance for all of theIDIP talks and posters.I wish to thank the IDIP members who helped asreviewers for the program committee. We are allindebted to the service provided by CletisBooher, Margaret Sweeney, Jim Szalma, LaurenTaglialatela, Kurt Walecki, Haydee Cuevas, LeeGugerty, Deak Helton, Josh Hurwitz, GerryMatthews, and Pamela Rice.Finally, I apologize to the speakers for beingslow in sending scheduling information. Contactme at dwashburn@gsu.edu if you have notreceived notice about your submission to theIDIP program. The preliminary schedule forsessions is available online through the HFESwebsite at:http://www.hfes.org/meetings/AMSessions04.pdfA preliminary program should be available thissummer.See you in New Orleans. Laissez les bons tempsrouler!IDIP Newsletter, Vol. 15 No 1 3

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