By CDR Henry L. Phillips IV, MSC, USN, PhD, NAWCTSD
2015 DoD HEF TAG Chair

The Department of Defense Human Factors Engineering Technical Advisory Group (DoD HFE TAG) will hold its 69th meeting, themed “The Relationship of Training Requirements and Technology to Mission-Level Capabilities,” at Naval Support Activity Orlando in the UCF Partnership II and III buildings, May 4 – 8. The event is hosted by the Office of the Secretary of Defense (Research and Engineering) Human Performance, Training, and HFE TAG proponent, Biosystems Director, Dr. Patrick Mason.





The Human Factors Engineering Technical Advisory Group is composed of technical representatives from the DoD, National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) who have research and development responsibility in human factors and related disciplines.

Attendance to the event is free, and open to military and government employees, official technical society/industrial association representatives, employees of national laboratories or federally contracted research centers, specifically invited plenary presenters/guests, and students majoring in human factors and related disciplines. Others are eligible to attend with written invitations from the conference chair.

HFE TAG goals include fostering collaboration among practitioners in human factors engineering and related disciplines, enhancing alignment of work and resourcing across government labs and facilities, addressing common requirements for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, reviewing and updating publications and documents, and producing new tools for the advancement of human factors practice and human systems integration.

The meeting is organized into several common sessions, and 15 specialized groups called SubTAGs that meet throughout the week for the presentation of current work, active research, and new capabilities.

SubTAGs focus on areas including: Cognitive Readiness; Controls & Displays; Design Tools & Technology; Extreme Environments; Human Factors Engineering/Human Systems Integration; Human Performance Measurement; Modeling & Simulation; Personnel; Standardization; Technical Societies/Industry; Test & Evaluation; Training; Unmanned systems/Trust in Autonomy; User Computer Interaction; and Safety/Survivability/Health Hazards.

Also, as a part of the meeting on Thursday, May 7, there will be a technology demonstration by government and industry partners combined with a poster session, a plenary session on Tuesday, May 5, and special presentations from the National Defense and Industrial Association’s Human Systems Division (NDIA HSD) and the Chief of Navy Operations’ Rapid Innovation Cell (CRIC) on Wednesday May 6.

Also scheduled is a modeling and simulation (M&S) pre-TAG workshop planned for Monday, May 4. This course is designed for managers of programs affected by Human Factors and other TAG stakeholders interested in the development or use of M&S.

Those interested in attending this and other TAG events should request a seat on the registration page at

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