HFE TAG 71 Meeting

TAG Meeting 71

FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center
Atlantic City, NJ
22 – 25 May 2017

CLICK HERE to view the TAG 71 Program.

Registration Deadline: 21 April 2017 - Closed

Abstract Deadline:  29 March 2017 - Closed

Theme: Making Sense of Big Data: the role of human factors engineering in surviving and thriving in a world of ubiquitous data

We are moving toward a culture that is increasingly data-driven. New sources of data provide a wealth of information on human and system performance, yet the sheer volume of data can be daunting. Government entities have access to an amazing velocity, volume, and variety of information on systems and the users of the systems. Figuring out how to effectively leverage this data is an issue being faced by all branches of the government. Major corporations are already making progress in this area, using analytics to derive meaningful insights from data and converting knowledge into action. Although the right data at the right time have the potential to improve decision making, lead to new insights, improve operational effectiveness, and save lives, too much data or data that are not organized in the right way can be a liability, overwhelming users and hindering decision making. Technological advances have made it possible to generate large volumes of data, but what do we do with them once we have access? Do we have the tools and expertise to make meaningful decisions? Can we pull data from isolated silos and combine them in ways to dynamically resolve our pressing issues? Are we prepared to meet the challenges of dealing with terabytes or petabytes of data? Do we have insight on how to organize and display data without overwhelming the user? No single agency has the expertise or budget to address all of these questions in isolation; however, combining knowledge across agencies can significantly boost progress. This meeting seeks to take a broad agency perspective by sharing tools, lessons, and insights for addressing the big data problem.

Meeting Approval 

TAG 71 has been approved by the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics (USD(AT&L)).  A copy of the signed approval can be found here.

  • Abstract submission is currently closed.  The deadline to submit abstracts was 29 March 2017.
  • Agenda can be found here.
  • Lodging information can be found here.
  • There will be no registration fee for this meeting.
  • Travel and per diem costs will be the responsibility of attendees home organizations.

Important Dates

New Abstract Extension:

Abstract Submission Wed 29 Mar 2017 Submitted online
Submission Invitations Released Wed 05 Apr 2017*
Sent to submitters
Final Presentations Due Mon 17 Apr 2017 Due to SubTAG Chairs

*Submission invitations were sent between April 5-7.  If you did not receive an email with the status of your submission, please email Erin Erickson: eerickson@sainc.com.


  • Military: Dress Uniform
  • Civilian: Business casual

Internet Access

FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center offers complimentary wi-fi access.

Special Notes

The G-45 committee will be meeting during the HFE TAG 71 Meeting. If you are interested in joining this meeting or would like more information, please contact the G-45 Committee Chair, Steve Merriman at scmerriman@tx.rr.c.om

We look forward to seeing you there!

Jeffrey Thomas
Chair, DoD HFE TAG