Samantha Jackson


Performance optimisation of the Australian Defence Force amphibious capability.

Sam is a PhD student intending to utilise systems Human Factors Ergonomics (HFE) methods to optimise performance in the Australian Defence Force (ADF) amphibious task force complex sociotechnical system. An early component of the project involves applying contemporary accident analysis methods to a major past ADF amphibious incident. It is anticipated this will identify new lessons to enhance current systems and processes. Later stages of the project aim to analyse the current state of active amphibious operations involving Australian Army air assets to provide recommendations for the optimisation of system performance. Sam’s PhD is being supervised by Dr Gemma Read and co-supervised by Professor Paul Salmon.

Sam is a psychologist who works in the Psychology and Human Factors Section of the Australian Army Aviation capability. She has had a long career in the ADF, serving for nearly 20 years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) from Deakin University and a Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)(Honours) with Class I Honours from Charles Sturt University.

Sam’s current research interests include:

  • Complex Systems Analysis
  • Accident Analysis
  • Risk Prediction
  • Command and Control
  • Communication
  • Performance Optimisation
  • Dynamic teamwork

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