Centre for Human Factors and Sociotechnical Systems - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Centre for Human Factors and Sociotechnical Systems

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

The sport and outdoor recreation theme represents an emerging strength in the Centre for Human Factors and Sociotechnical SystemsCRIT

Transport and infrastructure

Flagship research theme of the Centre for Human Factors and Sociotechnical Systems. The Transport and Infrastructure theme is the Centre’s flagship theme with a range of leading edge research projects focused on the evaluation of road user behaviour, road infrastructure design and evaluation, the design of future vehicle and infrastructure systems, and the prevention of road trauma.

Defence, security and resilience

The Defence, security and resilience research theme in the Centre for Human Factors and Sociotechnical Systems.The Defence, Security and Resilience theme focuses on understanding a broad range of areas including cybersecurity, national security and identify theft, command and control, and disaster resilience.

Land use planning and urban design
Land use planning and urban design

The Land Use Planning and Urban Design theme is exploring and disseminating the value of applying Human Factors methods to study some of the perennial problems of urban planning and design.

Organisational safety

Applying systems thinking theory to reduce occupational accidents

Research tools

Centre for Human Factors and Sociotechnical Systems research tools include Human Factors methods, driving simulation and VR, and a range of other technologies.

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Research students

Research students in the Centre for Human Factors and Sociotechnical Systems undertaking postgraduate study

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Research partners

Research partners of the Centre for Human Factors and Sociotechnical Systems

Research philosophy

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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News via USC

New app to improve road safety for nation’s cyclists
22 Feb

In a world-first initiative, cyclists across Australia are being encouraged to log their crashes and near misses through a new app being trialled by the University of the Sunshine Coast

New app to improve road safety for nation’s cyclists
22 Feb

In a world-first initiative, cyclists across Australia are being encouraged to log their crashes and near misses through a new app being trialled by the University of the Sunshine Coast

Quest for safety earns USC professor a place among nation’s best
17 Nov 2021

Helping to make the world a safer place through understanding why accidents and injuries happen is a key factor that drives University of the Sunshine Coast Professor Paul Salmon, who was recently named one of Australia’s top researchers.