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.
Sport and outdoor recreation
Applying human factors and sociotechnical systems theory, methods, and principles to understand and optimise sports systems
Transport and infrastructure
Evaluating the design of future vehicle and infrastructure systems and the prevention of road trauma
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
Applying systems thinking theory to reduce occupational accidents
Centre for Human Factors and Sociotechnical Systems research tools include Human Factors methods, driving simulation and VR, and a range of other technologies.
Research students in the Centre for Human Factors and Sociotechnical Systems undertaking postgraduate study
Research partners of the Centre for Human Factors and Sociotechnical Systems
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.
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