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Research students

The Centre places significant emphasis on research training through our postgraduate study program comprising PhD and Masters degree projects focused on the application and/or extension of human factors and sociotechnical systems theory and methods.

We currently have the following PhD students exploring key human factors issues across a diverse range of contexts:

  • Peter McCormack, Is Systems Theoretic Process Analysis (STPA) appropriate to the assessment of hazardous manual tasks
  • Jason Wickham, Effectiveness of video analysis on performance in an elite setting
  • Samantha Jackson, Performance optimisation of the Australian Defence Force amphibious capability
  • Brandon King, Risks and benefits of advanced neural computer interfaces 
  • Elizabeth Grey, Forecasting system safety performance
  • Alison O'Brien, Distributed situation awareness in emergency management
  • Erin Stevens, Systems thinking and ageing in place 
  • Judith Watson, Identify theft and continuation of internet use 
  • Rachael Wynne, Visual attention in driving

We currently have the following Honours degree students exploring key human factors issues across a diverse range of contexts:

  • Lisa Burnes 
  • Grant Butler

PhD completions:

  • Dennis Desmond, Optimising illicit dark net marketplace intervention
  • Matthew Woolley, A systems approach to accident investigation
  • Cate MacMillan, Independent living for adults with intellectual disability
  • Nick Patorniti, Sociotechnical systems and main street urban planning and design
  • Brian Thoroman, Near-miss events in led outdoor activities
  • Tony Carden, A systems approach to regulatory system design and evaluation
  • Eryn Grant, Accident prediction in complex sociotechnical systems
  • Clare Dallat, A systems approach to risk assessment in led outdoor activities
  • Scott McLean, The application of human factors methods to performance analysis in football
  • Adam Hulme (Federation University), A systems approach to running injuries
  • Timothy Neville, Distributed situation awareness in Australian Football Rules umpire systems
  • Margaret Trotter (Monash University), Improvisation in led outdoor activities

For further information regarding our HDR program and opportunities to study within the centre please contact Professor Paul Salmon, (07) 5456 5893, psalmon@usc.edu.au or a theme leader relevant to your area of study.