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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Board on Human System Integration
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education

History of the Board


The Committee on Human Factors was established in 1980 at the request of the Army, Navy, and Air Force.
Since its inception, the Committee and the ad hoc study committees operating under its oversight have issued more than 40 reports on such topics as scientific and technology challenges of virtual reality, research needs for human factors, mental models of human-computer interaction, nuclear safety, the future of air traffic control, the effects of musculoskeletal disorders in the workplace, human factors in the design of tactical displays, organizational linkages, the case for human factors in industry and government, modeling human and organizational behavior for military simulation, modeling social networks, human-system integration in the system development process, human factors and home health care, and disability and rehabilitation research.
From an initial roster of 11, more than 80 distinguished experts have served as volunteer members of the Committee, including members of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine.
As the field has grown, and the needs of sponsors have changed, the expertise and activities of the Committee have likewise evolved and adapted. In 2008, the group was renamed the Committee on Human-Systems Integration  to better reflect the broader applicability of human factors issues, including non-military and health systems.
In 2010, after thirty years of outstanding work by its predecessors, the Committee was repositioned as the Board on Human-Systems Integration.


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Currently the Board holds two meetings per year, during which members, sponsoring agency staff, and guests discuss current issues and hear presentations by invited researchers and policy makers. For more information on the Board's current activities see the BOHSI Overview in the section Our Work.

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