The IEA/Kingfar Award for Student Research in Human Factors and Ergonomics Issues in Industrially Developing Countries (The IEA/Kingfar Award)

The 2019 recipients of the IEA/Kingfar Award

The following four people were awarded the 2019 IEA/Kingfar Award:

Gilbert J. Huber

  • de Carvalho, P. V. R., Righi, A. W., Huber, G. J., Lemos, C. D. F., Jatoba, A., & Gomes, J. O. (2018). Reflections on work as done (WAD) and work as imagined (WAI) in an emergency response organization: A study on firefighters training exercises. Applied Ergonomics, 68, 28-41.

Liuxing Tsao

  • Tsao, L., & Ma, L. (2016). Using subject-specific three-dimensional (3D) anthropometry data in digital human modelling: case study in hand motion simulation. Ergonomics, 59(11), 1526-1539.
  • Tsao, L., Chang, J., & Ma, L. (2017). Fatigue of Chinese railway employees and its influential factors: structural equation modelling. Applied Ergonomics, 62, 131-141.
  • Tsao, L., Li, L., & Ma, L. (2018). Human work and status evaluation based on wearable sensors in human factors and ergonomics: A review. IEEE Transactions on Human-Machine Systems, 49(1), 72-84.

Mengli Yu

  • Yu, M., Zhou, R., Wang, H., & Zhao, W. (2019). An evaluation for VR glasses system user experience: The influence factors of interactive operation and motion sickness. Applied Ergonomics, 74, 206-213.

Rodrigo Arcuri Marques Pereira

  • Jatobá, A., Bellas, H. C., Koster, I., Arcuri, R., Vidal, M. C. R., & de Carvalho, P. V. R. (2018). Patient visits in poorly developed territories: a case study with community health workers. Cognition, Technology & Work, 20(1), 125-152.
  • Li, R. C., Pereira, R. A. M., Jatobá, A., Vidal, M. C. R., de Carvalho, P. V. R., Grindrod, K., & Burns, C. (2019, November). Information Technology Systems at the sharp end of medication therapy management. In Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting (Vol. 63, No. 1, pp. 698-702). Sage CA: Los Angeles, CA: SAGE Publications.
  • Arcuri, R., Bulhões, B., Jatobá, A., Bellas, H. C., Koster, I., d’Avila, A. L., … & de Carvalho, P. V. R. (2020). Gatekeeper family doctors operating a decentralized referral prioritization system: Uncovering improvements in system resilience through a grounded-based approach. Safety Science, 121, 177-190.


Application for the IEA/Kingfar Award

The IEA/Kingfar Award is given annually to honor persons who have made high-quality human factors and ergonomics (HF/E) research achievements that address HF/E issues typical of industrially developing countries (IDCs). The purpose of the award is to honor a deserving student and allow them to focus their research on HF/E issues typical of IDCs and thereby potentially improve the well-being of people in industrially developing countries. Up to eight award winners may be selected each year. Each winner will be given a prize of 1,000 USD.

All areas of ergonomics are eligible for consideration. Examples of submitted proof of research achievements include high-quality journal or conference papers, high-impact HF/E designs, or project reports. The following criteria will apply for nomination:

  • The nominee is a registered PhD student/candidate. The nominee may also be a PhD who has been awarded the degree within the past year.
  • The nominee is a member of an IEA federated/affiliated society, or a self-recommending individual whom the IEA federated/affiliated society agrees to nominate.
  • The submitted research achievement should be made prior to graduation and should address HFE issues typical of IDCs.
  • The nomination is made to IEA through an IEA federated/affiliated society.

Please combine the following evidentiary items into a single pdf file and send it to the Chair of Awards Standing Committee (at and Vice President and Secretary General ( by June 30, each year. (Note: for 2020, the application deadline has been extended to 31 December 2020.) The application must be submitted through an IEA federated/affiliated society.

  • A nomination letter from the nominating society that justifies the quality of the nominee’s research. Relevance to IDC HF/E issues should be included.
  • Full copy of journal/conference paper(s), and/or design(s) with explanations, and/or project report(s). The student should be either the first author or a corresponding author.
  • The nominee’s curriculum vitae or resume, which must include references of background and/or present training in HF/E domain.
  • Scan copy of the student ID or graduation certificate.
  • A recommendation letter from the student’s academic adviser on institutional letterhead, justifying the HFE contribution, certifying the contribution of the student, and describing the status of the student when submitting the nomination.