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 Ergonomics and Human factors (HF/E) research achievements that address issues typical of industrially developing countries (IDCs). The purpose of the award is to encourage a deserving person to further explore original researches and applications on HF/E issues typical of IDC, thereby potentially improving the well-being of people in IDCs.

Basic Structure

  • Honor eligible nominees who have made high-quality Ergonomics and Human factors (HF/E) research achievements that address issues typical of industrially developing countries (IDCs). Nominees can be from any countries including both IDCs and developed countries.
  • Honor up to eight winners each year.
  • Award each winner a prize of $1,000 USD.
  • The submitted reach achievement should address HF/E issues typical of IDCs, which is proved by submitted evidentiary documents. All areas of HF/E are acceptable.
  • The submitted research achievement should have been accomplished by the nominated student prior to graduation.
  • The nominee is a registered PhD student or a PhD candidate. Newly graduated ex-students who have been awarded a PhD within the past year are acceptable.
  • The nominee has to have made a major contribution to the submitted research achievement, preferably the first or corresponding author of evidentiary technical document(s) – See Nomination Process shown below.
  • 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. It is suggested that the federated/affiliated society promote ways to associate students to enable applications.
Note, the IEA Award Committee may examine the eligibility and decline the application before detailed technical evaluation.
Nomination Process
  • The nomination must be made to IEA through an IEA federated/affiliated society.
  • The following evidentiary documents are combined into a single pdf file, and send it to the Chair of Awards Standing Committee ( and Vice President, Secretary General (, and Secretariat ( by June 30, each year. Note: for 2020, the application deadline has been extended to 31 December 2020:
  1. A letter of nomination from the nominating society that justifies the quality of the nominee’s research. Relevance to HF/E issues in IDCs should be clearly stated in a specific paragraph. The quality of submitted research achievement should be clearly mentioned;
  2. Full copy of journal/conference paper(s), and/or design(s) with explanations, and/or project report(s);
  3. The nominee’s curriculum vitae or resume, which must include references of background and/or present training in the HF/E domain.
  4. Scan copy of the nominee’s ID (for current studying condition) or graduation certificate (for newly graduated);
  5. A letter of recommendation from the nominee’s academic adviser using institution’s letterhead, which justifies the HF/E contribution, certifies nominee’s contribution, and describes nominees’s status at the time of submitting the nomination. The letter may encompass other features judged relevant to the decision of nomination.

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