The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia (HFESA) will hold its 58th National Annual Conference from 19-22 November 2023 at the Adelaide Convention Centre. The conference theme this year is “Value and Vitality: The Impact of Human Factors and Ergonomics”. Practitioners and academics are encouraged to participate in presentations and workshops that showcase the importance, worth, need, significance, and power of human factors & ergonomics across diverse industries and applications.
Introducing Dr. Christopher Reid, Keynote Speaker
Dr. Christopher Reid, a Human Factors & Ergonomics Technical Fellow, will be the keynote speaker at the conference. Dr. Reid is a Technical Fellow and Boeing Designated Expert in the Human Factors & Ergonomics discipline and wearable technology. He is currently the Technology Architect for Boeing’s Environment, Health & Safety organisation. Prior to Boeing, Dr. Reid worked for Lockheed Martin on astronaut spacesuit assessment as a Human Factors & Ergonomics Discipline Lead at NASA Johnson Space Center. He has worked as a Human Factors Engineer for the US Army Natick Labs, assessing Warfighter personal protective equipment.
Dr. Reid has focused his career on utilising approaches in human-systems interaction, systems safety, and ergonomics. His work aims to develop and integrate processes, tools, and technologies to create better working environments for mechanics in aerospace manufacturing and service across various business units. Dr. Reid’s contributions include supporting standards development in human factors and ergonomics, developing techniques for exoskeleton assessment and workplace deployment, and expanding human factors and ergonomics to non-traditional communities through diversity, equity, and inclusion. Additionally, he has helped organisations realise a return on investment for implementing ergonomics best practices.
Recognition and Contributions:
Dr. Reid has been recognised for his contributions to the field of human factors and ergonomics with awards such as the 2018 Rising Star Award from the National Safety Council and the 2020 Black Engineer of the Year Award for Outstanding Technical Contribution in Industry. He has also served as the Human Factors & Ergonomics Society 2021-2022 President, is a member of ASTM International’s Board of Directors and Chair of the ASTM F48.02 Subcommittee on Human Factors & Ergonomics for Exoskeletons and Exosuits, and is an advisor on the National Safety Council’s Musculoskeletal Disorder (MSD) Solutions Lab Advisory Council.
Why Attend the HFESA Conference?
Dr. Reid’s extensive experience and contributions to the field of human factors and ergonomics make him an ideal keynote speaker for the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia’s 58th National Annual Conference. The conference provides an opportunity for attendees to learn from his expertise and connect with their colleagues in the industry.
Dr. Christopher Reid’s keynote speech will be relevant for a wide range of professionals, including practitioners and academics who work in the fields of industrial ergonomics, office ergonomics, occupational biomechanics, musculoskeletal disorders, human-system interaction, usability design, human performance, workplace safety and design, and anthropometry. In addition, anyone who is interested in learning about the impact of human factors and ergonomics across diverse industries and applications may find his speech informative and valuable.
The conference aims to stimulate reflection about the work done in these fields and provoke debate. It is an excellent opportunity for those who are passionate about human factors and ergonomics to share their work and learn from others. The conference is looking to make this event a hybrid conference, making it accessible to both in-person and online participants.
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Prepared by Michael Dubos