Plenary Sessions Line-Up


The International Annual Meeting will feature a series of daily plenary sessions Tuesday through Friday to inform and update you on a variety of perspectives across the discipline of human factors and ergonomics. 

Opening Keynote Speaker

Tuesday, October 11 | 8:30 am - 10:00 am 

Human Factors Considerations in Aircraft Design and Testing

Captain Craig Bomben 

Vice President of Flight Operations for Boeing Test & Evaluation and Enterprise Chief Test Pilot


Capt. Craig Bomben is the vice president of Flight Operations for Boeing Test & Evaluation and enterprise chief test pilot. Named to this position in 2015, Bomben provides operational leadership and business oversight for all flight operations, including developmental and production flight tests of Boeing commercial airplanes and military aircraft. Bomben also serves as the skill team captain for pilots across the enterprise.


Bomben assumed the additional responsibility as the VP BT&E Design Build in May 2016. The Design Build Team is responsible for the design, build and ultimate cost of both BT&E Lab Test and Flight Test Value Stream test articles.


Bomben also serves as the Boeing Executive Focal to Washington State University and serves as a board member on the Academic Advisory Board for the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture.

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Panel Session 

Wednesday, October 12 | 9:30 am - 10:30 am 

Management vs. Technical: The Destinies of Senior HF/E/UX Practitioners 

Moderator: Gwen Malone, T3 Innovation Strategists (formerly General Motors Company)

Panelists: Kathy Abbott, Federal Aviation Administration; Ming-Lun (Jack) Lu, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health; Sami Durrani, Eli Lilly and Company; Emily Howard, The Boeing Company; Sudhakar Rajulu, NASA Johnson Space Center; Danielle Smith, Express Scripts

Panelists' Biographies


Hear diverse perspectives from established professionals in human factors who lead people and teams and also those whose focus is on the technical task side of designing environments and systems.

Keynote Speaker 

Thursday, October 13 | 9:30 am - 10:30 am 

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Industry 5.0 and the Future of Robotics

Dr. Craig Schlenoff

National Institute of Standards and Technology

Dr. Craig Schlenoff is the Group Leader of the Cognition and Collaboration Systems Group, the Program Manager of the Measurement Science for Manufacturing Robotics Program, and the Project Leader of the Agility Performance of Robotic Systems project and the Embodied AI and Data Generation for Manufacturing project in the Intelligent Systems Division at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. His research interests include knowledge representation/ontologies, intention recognition, and performance evaluation of autonomous systems and industrial robotics.


Industry 5.0 promises to have robots and people working side-by-side, accomplishing things that neither would be able to do as well alone. But what will it take to make this happen? How can one ensure, and more importantly measure, the safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of a human-robot collaborative systems. What might the future of the manufacturing and autonomous driving world look like? In this talk, Dr. Schlenoff will discuss his vision of this future, highlighting work being performed at the National Institute of Standards and Technology as well as other efforts around the world.

Panel Session 

Friday, October 14 | 8:00 am - 9:00 am

HF/E and DEI: Crossover Opportunities 

Moderator: SQ Yin, KK Women's and Children's Hospital, Singapore

Panelists: Chris Wilkie, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers; Lisa Paz, American Indian Science and Engineering Society, Derrek Dunne, University of Maryland; Tonya Smith-Jackson, North Carolina State University, Nell Koneczny, American Anthropological Association

Panelists' Biographies

The science of human factors and ergonomics aims to design systems around the capacities of the people that they are intended to be used by. This includes understanding the cognitive, physical, cultural, and ethnic aspects of that user population, including language and education levels as needed. Over the last two years, we have been expanding what we preach as a science to also include ourselves and who is represented among our population. Multiple efforts are underway to establish and maintain relationships with experts and organizations in marginalized communities, such as for STEM education organizations. This panel assembles a few of those leaders from our external partners in those STEM fields, including those from women, minority, and disabled communities, to discuss the crossover opportunities between our communities and societies.