The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) is the primary professional organization for individuals working in the human factors domain. As a discipline, human factors aims to improve human performance through effective design of computers, machines, and complex systems. The overarching goals of HFES are to facilitate the exchange of knowledge regarding human–system interaction, to build professional relationships among its over 4,500 members, to advocate for human factors consideration in the design of systems, and to oversee human factors educational programs.


HFES was founded in 1957 after the field of human factors grew out of a need to understand human–system interaction during World War II. For example, there was a need to design user-friendly airplane cockpit interfaces so that pilots could safely and effectively fly a ...

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