14 - 18 August 2023

Langkawi, Malaysia

Conference Co-Chairs


Dr. Ng Yee Guan

President of HFEM


Dr. Halimahtun Khalid

Chair of Scientific Committee

5th HFEM Biennial Conference on Human Factors and Ergonomics

The journey toward Industry 4.0 and the increasing implementation of intelligent digital systems are evoking changes in human work and work organization, thereby, creating new challenges and opportunities for human factors and ergonomics (HFE) and its affiliated disciplines. To take advantage of these opportunities and deal with the challenges, we must gain a holistic understanding of the emerging socio-technical interactions and apply new human-centric approaches and methods when introducing new digital technologies and designing Industry 4.0-enabled work systems.

Against this backdrop, we are excited to announce the 5th Biennial HFEM Conference on Human Factors and Ergonomics to be organized by the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Malaysia. It will be held jointly with ErgoLympic 2023, a competition that uncovers affordable and effective solutions, driven by human factors, ergonomics and occupational safety and health best practices.

You are cordially invited to participate in this fifth edition of the conference, to be held on the majestical island of Langkawi in Kedah, Malaysia, 14-18 August 2023. Participation is face-to-face at the 5-star Pelangi Beach Resort & Spa.

Conference objective

The objective of HFEMC 2023 is to provide a forum for international deliberation, exchange and dissemination of scientific information on human factors and ergonomics through eight modes of communication and interaction:

  • Keynote and plenary presentations
  • Parallel sessions
  • Poster sessions
  • Tutorials and workshops
  • Exhibitions
  • Product design competitions
  • Practitioner and industry demonstrations
  • Special interest group meeting

The five-day conference will commence with tutorials and workshops which will be offered at introductory, intermediate and advanced levels. 

The conference will cover a broad range of topics at generic, theoretical and applied levels. Papers in the generic category are concerned with research results that can be applied in a broad way; papers in the theoretical category deal with models, concepts and methods that can advance conceptual thinking and the development of novel methods; and papers in the applied category show how particular applications are transformed into practical innovation to accelerate implementation. All submitted full papers and abstracts will be peer-reviewed by three independent referees.

HFEM Conference theme

Accelerating human factors and ergonomics toward an inclusive and sustainable future

The conference theme is set to understand the socio-technical challenges of the Industrial Revolution 4.0 and beyond, and how key HFE theories, methods, designs, studies and technical advances can be applied to promote inclusion and diversity in HFE applications, as well as to forecast and impact socio-technical systems of the new industrial revolution.

The question is how to accelerate implementation of HFE in accomplishing the end? The DIRECT model offers a framework that considers:

Stakeholders as Participant

The main stakeholders are the RAGI (Rakyat/People, Academia, Government, Industry) community whose mission is to embrace and accelerate change as the cornerstone of future development. We call upon this community to consider ways to make the field more inclusive for those who may not feel included, as well as to encourage inclusion within our research methods and practices.

The stakeholders include those in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and industrially developing countries where HFE has not taken off in a big way despite decades of work in this area. Many application domains remains to be explored, including agriculture, healthcare, human-computer interaction, manufacturing, product and systems design, transportation and aging.


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