This is the official website for the PDTG of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.

Saturday, September 26, 2020

2020 HFES PDTG Business Meeting


Hello everyone:


Please join us for our annual PDTG meeting.  "Business meeting" sounds a bit stodgy, as the meeting is really more about community rather than business (though we will discuss our financials and membership).  We will share some highlights, details on the upcoming conference program, and introduce the incoming leadership board.  We will announce our PDTG student paper winner, and give an overview of our User Centered Design prize to be awarded at the conference.  We'll ask for recommendations for activities for the upcoming year, and as usual, wrap up with announcements from those seeking employment and those seeking employees.  We'll see how all of that goes in a virtual setting!  Please note that the second hour of the session will represent time for the joint HCTG / PDTG networking event which will require a separate logon.


I am looking forward to seeing you all. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave a message here or contact me directly 


Business meeting

Product Design

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

10:00 AM - 11:00 PM PT; 1:00 - 2:00 PM ET

Click here to register.


immediately followed by:



PDTG / HCTG networking event

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: Sep 30, 2020 02:00 PM - 3:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:



Friday, September 18, 2020

PDTG/HCTG Networking Event and Call For Sponsors

Plans for the 10th annual PDTG/HCTG Networking Event have changed since the previous posting about it 10 days ago.  It will now be held on September 30th at 2:00pm Eastern time.  Register at https://tamu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMkfu2gpjgsGtbo7HQ5h73cyaxNZ1A3VDDS to get in the “door”.  All members of HCTG and/or PDTG are invited as are others who aspire to be members of those TGs.  The big difference this year from previous years is that you will have to sponsor your own food and drinks!  But there will still be opportunities to see old friends and meet new ones.  And, with support from sponsors, there will still be door prizes which might more appropriately be called portal prizes.


Note that separate PDTG and HCTG Business Meetings will take place during the hour preceding the Networking Event.  Registration for those is different and it can be found on the annual meeting business meetings page. 



Call for Sponsors

Door prizes will be given if sponsors step up to make them possible by contributing a nominal amount of $100 for which they will be acknowledged at the event.  The number and amount of portal prizes will depend on the total sum collected.  If you are able to be a sponsor, please contact scaplan@usabilityassociates.com by Noon of September 28th and he will inform you how to make payment by credit card or check.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Announcing the incoming PDTG officers for 2021-2022

I am happy to introduce our new PDTG officers for 2021-2022.  We have a great mix of fresh volunteers along with experienced officers to carry the torch forward.  As the solo nominee for each role, each candidate becomes the de facto incoming officer.  The official transfer will happen immediately after the conference in October, with in-person introductions at the PDTG business meeting.  Please join me in congratulating and thanking our new officers!

Chair - Han Zhang

I am honored to join other PDTG officers to continue to serve our members. During the challenging time of the pandemic, many things have been changed to online. While the situation is challenging, it also provides us the chance to get connected and work together remotely while saving the time of traveling. We will ensure the TG activities run smoothly in the upcoming HFES virtual meeting. In the meantime, we can propose activities that help with TG members' networking such as online sharing, seminars and remote social gatherings. We can also utilize social media to broadcast design related information/knowledge and sharing activities to improve the visibility of the PDTG, to HFES members and the public.

A short self intro-- I have dedicated my career to human factors design and research. Currently I am the Tech lead of human factors at Cisco, working on enterprise wearables and conferencing devices. Previously, I was a human factors researcher at Amazon, designed and led the HF research for multiple versions of Echo Frames. At my spare time, I love spending time with my young son, hiking and swimming.

Program Chair Elect - Denny Yu
Denny Yu is currently an Assistant Professor of Industrial Engineering at Purdue University, Certified Professional Ergonomist (CPE),  Adjunct Assistant Professor of Surgery at Indiana University School of Medicine, and a Summer Faculty Fellow at the Air Force 711th Human Performance Wing. A member of HFES since 2011 and the Communications Director for the PDTG 2018-Present, he hopes to serve as program chair elect, leveraging HFES communities, social media, and special sessions on emerging product design challenges to increase awareness and proposal submissions to PDTG.

Paul Ritchie served as Program Chair Elect this year, and will be taking over as full program chair in 2021.

Communications chair - Katie Tippey
Katie Tippey is a project manager and researcher for the Connected Health Applications & Interventions (CHAI) Core at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.  She works closely with researchers to develop digital intervention tools to use in randomized controlled trials and is an active part of the product development and innovation community on the UNC campus. Katie is currently serving as the 2020 PDTG Program Chair.

Dan Odell
PDTG Chair
Human Factors Lead

Thursday, June 11, 2020