Beyond the road: some of the wider societal impacts of autonomous vehicles

Much has been written regarding both the potential positive and negative impacts of fully autonomous, or ‘driverless’, vehicles. If we believe the hype, driverless vehicles will eradicate driver errors and help dramatically reduce the road toll. If we believe the naysayers, the road toll may initially increase rather than decline as driverless vehicles fail to … More Beyond the road: some of the wider societal impacts of autonomous vehicles

Systems Thinking: Optimising Performance and Minimising Risk

The Centre for Human Factors and Sociotechnical Systems at the University of the Sunshine Coast will be holding a Research Symposium and a suite of Methods Workshops in February 2019. Discounts apply if you attend multiple days. Hear from local and international human factors experts who will be sharing emerging research findings and providing training … More Systems Thinking: Optimising Performance and Minimising Risk

WHEN EXPERIENCE ISN’T ALWAYS HELPFUL: ATTENTION IN DRIVING

For most of us, driving to work will be the riskiest thing we do today – and the risk is higher for drivers under 30! Road traffic injuries are the eighth highest cause of death worldwide and the leading cause of death for people aged 15-29. In addition to this, 50 million people a year … More WHEN EXPERIENCE ISN’T ALWAYS HELPFUL: ATTENTION IN DRIVING

USC Research Showcase High Performance Sport 2018

Congratulations to  Scott McLean and Adam Hulme on your presentations at the USC Research Showcase, your research is making waves in the field, Ben Lane and Gemma Read on your Minute to Win it presentations, and Elise Berber on your fantastic poster in the student poster competition. We would also like to thank our fabulous panel … More USC Research Showcase High Performance Sport 2018

Learning about ‘what goes right’ from near miss incidents

Everybody knows near misses because you’ve lived them – the sharp intake of breath, the spike in adrenalin, and the feelings of relief and residual fear about ‘what if?’. Whether it was getting cut-off in traffic, stepping back just in time as a bus pulls up to the kerb, or a narrowly avoided accident in … More Learning about ‘what goes right’ from near miss incidents

NET-HARMS: A new systems thinking-based risk assessment method

The NETworked Hazard Analysis and Risk Management System (NET-HARMS) Although the systems thinking philosophy is widely accepted in accident analysis and investigation, it has not yet gained traction in the area of risk assessment. A recent review of over 300 risk assessment methods found that most focus predominantly on the risks associated with human error … More NET-HARMS: A new systems thinking-based risk assessment method