AHFE 2019 - Call for Papers

AHFE 2019 Keynote Address:

In The Future Will There Be Humans to Factor In?

Prof. Peter A. Hancock
Pegasus Professor, Provost Distinguished Research Professor, and Trustee Chair 
University of Central Florida, USA

Date: Thursday, July 25, 2019  •  17:00-19:00
Room: Columbia Ballroom (Terrace Level)
General Session Chair: Dr. Dylan Schmorrow

About the speaker:

Peter A. Hancock, D.Sc., Ph.D. is Provost Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Psychology and the Institute for Simulation and Training, as well as at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Systems at the University of Central Florida (UCF). In 2009, at UCF, he was selected as the 16th University Pegasus Professor and named the 6th University Trustee Chair in 2012. He directs the MIT2 Research Laboratories and is Associate Director of the Center for Applied Human Factors in Aviation (CAHFA). Prior to his current position, he founded and was the Director of the Human Factors Research Laboratory (HFRL) at the University of Minnesota, where he held appointments as Professor in the Departments of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Psychology, and Kinesiology as well as at the Cognitive Science Center and the Center on Aging Research. He continues to hold an appointment as a Clinical Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychology at Minnesota. He is also an affiliated Scientist of the Humans and Automation Laboratory at MIT, a Research Associate of the University of Michigan Transport Research Institute, and a Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition in Pensacola, Florida. Professor Hancock is the author of over seven hundred refereed scientific articles and publications as well as writing and editing over twenty books.


The evident growth of automation and the promises of autonomy threaten the imminent peripheralization and ultimate excision of human intervention in ever-faster and more complex operational systems. Will this vector of evolution reach its apparently natural end-point of human exclusion or are there more nuanced and subtle alternatives for human-machine interaction and symbioses? My presentation examines these alternatives and the future of our discipline in light of such deliberations.