The Centre for Human Factors and Sociotechnical Systems was established in 2013 with the aim of developing a leading research capability in the areas of Human Factors, Sociotechnical Systems, and Systems thinking.
The Centre was officially recognised as a Tier 2 research centre by USC in 2015 and currently comprises various academic, teaching and research support staff and PhD and Masters students.
Centre research themes
Transport and infrastructure
Evaluating the design of future vehicle and infrastructure systems and the prevention of road trauma
Sport and outdoor recreation
Applying human factors and sociotechnical systems theory, methods, and principles to understand and optimise sports systems
Applying systems thinking theory to reduce occupational accidents
Defence, security and resilience
Understanding cybersecurity, national security and identify theft, command and control, and disaster resilience
Land use planning and urban design
Applying Human Factors methods to study some of the problems of urban planning and design
The core philosophy underpinning the Centre’s research activities is the application of Human Factors and Sociotechnical Systems theory and methods to optimise the behaviour of complex sociotechnical systems.
A significant focus of the Centre’s activities is on translating research findings into practice – ensuring that our leading edge research has impact and benefit in the real world.
News via USC
- 29 Apr 2016 USC study asks drivers for ‘Fatal Five’ factors
- 2 Mar 2016 USC research taking on the Death Star
- 19 Nov 2015 Road users wanted to improve intersections
- 28 Jan 2015 USC to host accident prevention and research seminar
- 24 Nov 2014 Road safety researcher wins national award
- 13 Nov 2014 Rugby concussion stories wanted by USC
Centre for Human Factors and Sociotechnical Systems research tools include Human Factors methods, driving simulation and…
Research students in the Centre for Human Factors and Sociotechnical Systems undertaking postgraduate study
Centre news and comment
14 Jun 2016
A systems view of performance in the Peloton
Collecting decision-making and situation awareness data at the 'Battle on the Border' stage race
13 Jun 2016
Using network analysis to understand how goals are scored in football
Based on analysis, who will win the current European Championships in France?
20 Apr 2016
Do you want to help improve safety on our roads?
Do you want to help improve safety on our roads? Take the survey...
29 Mar 2016
Report on Rasmussen-inspired analysis of led outdoor recreation incidents
We have just released our report presenting systems analyses of 12 months worth of led outdoor recreation incident data.
14 Mar 2016
New additions and new directions
2016 has begun with a bang for the Centre, with an important new additions and some important new directions!
4 Mar 2016
Input required from Led Outdoor Activity practitioners
Invitation to Led Outdoor Activity practitioners to participate in a survey to evaluate incident prevention strategies that were developed by the sector based on the UPLOADS incident data