The mission of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) and its Alamo Chapter is to promote the discovery and exchange of knowledge concerning the characteristics of human beings that are applicable to the design of systems and devices of all kinds. The Society and the Chapter further serious consideration of knowledge about the assignment of appropriate functions for humans and machines, whether people serve as operators, maintainers, or users in the system. Additionally, we advocate the systematic use of such knowledge to achieve compatibility in the design of interactive systems of people, machines, and environments to ensure their effectiveness, safety, and ease of performance.

Human factors research, development and applications interact with many domains of design and engineering. For example...

  1. Meeting the emerging needs of aging and special populations in a wide variety of life settings

  2. Development, design, certification, operation, and maintenance in aviation and space environments.

  3. Technologies that can ascertain a human's cognitive state while interacting with computing-based systems

  4. Human-to-human communication, especially communication mediated by technology

  5. User-centered design of computer hardware, software, applications, documentation, and the computer work environment

  6. Developing consumer products that are useful, usable, safe, and desirable

  7. Human cognition and decision making

  8. Education and training of human factors and ergonomics specialists

  9. Relationships between human behavior and the designed environment

  10. Forensic "standards of care" and accountability established within the legislative, regulatory, and judicial systems

  11. Perception and its relation to human performance

  12. The wide range of personality and individual differences that are believed to mediate performance

  13. Improving safety, productivity, and quality of work in industry

  14. Internet technologies and related behavioral phenomena. Especially user interface design of Web content and applications, behavioral and sociological phenomena associated with distributed network communication, human reliability in administration and maintenance of data networks, and accessibility of Web-based products

  15. Maximizing the contributions of human factors and ergonomics to medical systems effectiveness and the quality of life of people who are functionally impaired

  16. Organizational design and management issues and work system design and human-organization interface technology

  17. Developing and applying predictive, reliable, and executable quantitative models of human performance

  18. Safety in all settings and attendant populations, including aviation, transportation, industry, military, office, public building, recreation, and home environments

  19. Defining human factors/ergonomics activities and integrating them into the system development process in order to enable systems that meet user requirements

  20. Test and evaluation of systems by measuring performance, workload, situational awareness, safety, and acceptance of personnel engaged in operating and maintaining systems

  21. Training and training research

  22. Transportation systems: passenger, commercial, and military vehicles, on- and off-road; mass transit; maritime transportation; rail transit, including Vessel Traffic Services (VTS); pedestrian and bicycle traffic; and highway and infrastructure systems, including Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS)

  23. Maximizing human performance efficiency in virtual environments, ensuring health and safety, and circumventing potential social problems through proactive assessment