A call to action around risk and injury prevention in outdoor education and recreation

The attached article by Clare Dallat provides an alternative and insightful perspective to identifying and managing sources of risk in a way that aligns with what the wider field of safety science now understands about how and why accidents happen. Using learnings from safety-critical domains such as aviation, healthcare and transportation, Clare offers practical and implementable … More A call to action around risk and injury prevention in outdoor education and recreation

Wishing our partners and collaborators a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

The Centre for Human Factors and Sociotechnical Systems would like to wish all of our partners and collaborators a very merry Christmas and a happy new year. 2016 has been a fantastic year for the Centre and the contribution of our partners and collaborators to this cannot be understated. We hope to continue these partnerships … More Wishing our partners and collaborators a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Toward safer rail level crossings: a human factors approach

Rail level crossings continue to represent a significant safety concern, both in Australia and worldwide.  This two day conference will share findings and practical implications from a recently completed four year program of human factors research funded by the Australian Research Council and the key Victorian road and rail agencies.  The research conducted had advanced … More Toward safer rail level crossings: a human factors approach

ORCa’s first study published in Ergonomics

Testing the impact of providing concurrent verbal protocols on driving performance We are excited to announce that the first on-road study that we conducted using our ORCa instrumented vehicle has just been published in Ergonomics. Driving studies, conducted both on-road and in driving simulators, are increasingly utilising the concurrent verbal protocol methodology, whereby participants are instructed to … More ORCa’s first study published in Ergonomics

If England’s exit is a catastrophe, lets treat it like one

The dust continues to settle around the England football team’s early exit from Euro 2016 at the hands of relative minnows Iceland. The media have been quick to judge, using such terms as ‘catastrophe’, ‘disaster’, ‘failure’ and so on. England’s manager Roy Hodgson resigned immediately after the defeat to Iceland and the search is now … More If England’s exit is a catastrophe, lets treat it like one

A Systems View of Performance in the Peloton

Clare Dallat, Amanda Clacy and myself have just returned from a fascinating weekend studying the Rush Women’s National Road Series (NRS) cycling team at the Battle on the Border stage race at Kingscliff. We were there to collect data regarding the team’s decision-making and situation awareness during the race stages. This involved observing the races … More A Systems View of Performance in the Peloton

Using network analysis to understand how goals are scored in football

Centre researchers have just published a conversation article on the use of social network analysis methods to understand the goals scored during World Cup 2014 in Brazil. Social network analysis is used to understand network structures via description, visualisation and statistical modelling. It involves looking at people (nodes) and the connections between them. Our World … More Using network analysis to understand how goals are scored in football