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The San Diego Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

So just what is Human Factors / Ergonomics? The following was definition was adopted by the International Ergonomics Association (IEA), a federation of the world's ergonomics societies, in 2000. HFES is a member of the IEA federation:

Ergonomics (or human factors) is the scientific discipline concerned with the understanding of interactions among humans and other elements of a system, and the profession that applies theory, principles, and other methods to design in order to optimize human well-being and overall system performance.

TheĀ International Ergonomics Association has three main goals:

1. To develop more effective communication and collaboration with federated societies.

2. To advance the science and practice of ergonomics at an international level.

3. To enhance the contribution of the ergonomics discipline to global society.