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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

Overview of Board on Human-Systems Integration Activities 

The Board on Human-Systems Integration has a broad mandate that includes providing new perspectives on theoretical and methodological issues concerning the relationship of individuals and organizations to technology and the environment; identifying critical issues in the design, test, evaluation, and use of new human-centered technologies; and advising sponsors on the research needed to expand the scientific and technical bases for designing technology to support the needs of its users.
The Board's highest profile activities aimed at meeting this mandate are its biannual meetings. Open sessions at these meetings provide board members, sponsoring agency staff, and guests in attendance with opportunities to:
  • Discuss current issues in human-systems integration;
  • Hear presentations by invited researchers and policy makers;
  • Engage in formal and regular interagency dialogue with a knowledge body of experts providing an objective and neutral sounding board;
  • Receive sustained attention to the existing science base and the accumulation of knowledge and experience with human-systems integration and related disciplines;
  • Place scientific knowledge concerning human-systems integration in a public policy framework to make it accessible to the policy community;
  • Gain assistance in developing their research agendas by identifying technical questions that need attention, new research approaches that are promising, and opportunities for technology transfer between agencies and programs;
  • Highlight topics of current concern that might warrant in-depth study by an ad hoc panel of experts to be appointed by the NRC and to operate under the oversight of the Board on Human-Systems Integration.

In addition, throughout the year the Board and Board Members often engage in such activities as:
  • Leading or participating in sessions at professional meetings;
  • Producing research and policy papers;
  • Convening additional public conferences and workshops with presentations by noted experts to raise awareness and identify critical technical and policy issues in the area of human-systems integration;
  • Overseeing work of various ad hoc studies pursuing critical and timely topics related to human-systems integration.

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