Virtual Department of Defense Human Factors Engineering

Technical Advisory Group (VTAG)

Tuesday, 29 June 2021 - Wednesday, 30 June 2021

Registration for the meeting is closed. We are not accepting any late registrations.

Please use the button below to access the meeting on June 29-30. 

  If you have any technical difficulties, please email Ashlee Gilligan at

Human Factors of Data Driven Decision Making

Humans are often required to make decisions under time and contextual pressures, ever-changing environments, and incomplete or unclear data. Under these conditions, factors such as competing priorities, human condition, and perceived risk may compound to negatively impact the quality of these decisions.

Technologies such as Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (AI/ML) can ingest and integrate real-time information and metrics at volume and speeds beyond human capacity to support Data Driven Decision Making (DDDM) and outcomes. Employing underlying algorithms, data repositories, and intuitive visualization they enhance human capacity for making strategic, agile decisions and help mitigate impacts of human factors such as subjectivity, emotion, and disposition from the decision making process.

In order to have an effective, sustainable DDDM program, consideration of topics such as data security, accessibility, trust, integrity, visualization, analytics, recency, as well as transactional and mass validity are paramount. The individual and compounding effects of these considerations in conjunction with human factors of performance can manifest as positive or negative impacts to decision making, significantly influencing outcomes. Understanding the outcome variance related to these human performance shaping factors and integrating their effects algorithmically with system performance models will strengthen readiness transparency and enable predictive, strategic planning for resilience.

Advances and achievements in this area are anticipated to have broad application and implication across DoD and beyond. However, the efficacy of the approach to enhance decision quality is heavily dependent upon the quality of the underlying elements. Therefore, it is imperative that the HFE government, industry, and academic communities of interest work together to ensure best practices are balanced with security and governance as these core capabilities are developed. VTAG 2021 will provide a collaboration environment for discussion of human centric challenges and potential solutions in order to forge the future of DDDM cross-service solutions.

VTAG 2021 will place special emphasis on the theme of “Data Driven Decision Making,” however, we do not require abstracts to address this theme. We encourage you to submit abstracts that span contexts, domains, and HFE and Human Systems Integration (HSI) disciplines


Registration closed on June 25, 2021 at 1700 PDT

If you submitted an abstract  you do not need to complete the online registration.

Abstract Submission closed on May 27, 2021

Notification to present was sent 31 May. Final presentation due by 18 June. 



Abstract submission has closed and notification will be sent on May 31, 2021.  Abstracts that are accepted will have until COB, Friday, June 18, 2021 to provide the final presentations to the organizers and webinar host.  Please email final presentation to webinar host, Jennifer Howell  If the file is too large to email request by email ( a SAFE link to upload online.  We intend to collect all presentations in advance and control the projection through the DCS webinar platform. 

  • Registration: if you submitted the abstract you are registered to attend the live webinar and do not need to register again.
  • Time block:  15 minutes for presentation and 5 minutes for Q&A.
  • Presentation Format:  PDF is preferred but we will accept PowerPoint files with slide size of 16:9.  Please advise when submitting your presentation, if your slides have animation or embedded videos.  This platform does not support sound in video playback.
  • The webinar platform, DCS is cleared for CUI and audience will consist of Government and Government contractors; in addition a vetted group of TAG sponsored Industry and academia.
  • Our webinar host will be providing you an opportunity to join a Presenter test connection session to confirm you have no issues connecting to DCS, review slides, and determine how you would like to advance slides. Those test windows are Wednesday, June 23 and Thursday, June 24 from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm, or you can request a day and time that better works with your schedule with our webinar host directly, Jennifer Howell at

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Event Format & Webinar Platform

Meeting Format & Etiquette

The VTAG will take place on the DCS webinar platform. Presenters will present and allow five (5) minutes for Q&A.  Attendees are able to ask questions by submitting questions in the live chat, or by raising their virtual hand in order to be called on to unmute and verbally have a conversation.


Webinar Access

Only those registered by the June 25th deadline will be able to enter the webinar.  The “Join Webinar” button will appear on this page and you will be required to enter your registration credentials to access.  In addition, this same information will be emailed to registered attendees after registration closes.  We stress that everyone must be registered by June 25th to receive this information. Registered and approved attendees will be able to join through a web browser, click here to review the DCS functions and best practices.