Charles River Analytics, a developer of intelligent systems solutions, sponsored the New England Chapter of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (NECHFES) Annual Student Research Conference. The conference took place on April 12, 2013, at the Microsoft New England Research & Development (NERD) Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts, bringing together professionals and students in the fields of human factors, engineering, and psychology.
Charles River scientist J. Alex Godwin, who also serves as president of NECHFES, welcomed attendees along with vice president Sami Durrani, and they introduced the keynote speaker, Alex Kirlik. Dr. Kirlik discussed human-technology interaction in his keynote on Predictive Visual Analytics. As part of a sponsor talk, Mr. Godwin delivered a presentation on Charles River and its projects.
Students from seven universities in the area presented their research, including Amanda Davis, now a scientist in Charles River’s Cognitive Systems Division. Ms. Davis presented “Predicting User Perceptions of Upper Class and Safety Using Biofeedback, Facial Expression and Eye Tracking Metrics,” from her research as a graduate student at Bentley University.
Mr. Godwin and Dr. Durrani then presented the awards at the ceremony. This year’s winners were Emily Sparer of Harvard University / Northeastern University for “A Method to Capture Survey Data from Construction Workers Pre- and Post- Exposure to a Worksite Intervention,” Erin Davis from Tufts University for “Barriers and Facilitators to Electing Total Joint Replacement Surgery,” and Matthieu Trudeau for “An Ergonomic Evaluation Tool for Handheld Device Keyboard Designs.”
Charles River has sponsored the NECHFES student conference for several years as part of its ongoing commitment to the human factors field and the professional development of human factors and ergonomics practitioners.
“As President of the New England Chapter, I’m particularly proud that Charles River is willing to sponsor events like the student conference, which encourages long-term growth in the local research community,” Mr. Godwin said. “This event is a unique opportunity for students to come together and share the latest research in Human Factors and Ergonomics. The conference is also a chance for students to make vital connections to employers in New England, such as Charles River Analytics, who will give them a place to continue their research beyond graduation.”
At the end of the meeting, Mr. Godwin announced new members of the board, including Sami Durrani as president; Sarah Nolet, also of Charles River Analytics, as vice president; Rebecca Grayhem as treasurer; Jason Ryan as secretary; and Amanda Davis as program chair. Mr. Godwin will continue to serve on the board as an advisor.