Centre for Human Factors and Sociotechnical Systems (CHFSS)

University of the Sunshine Coast

The Centre's research activities centre on the application of human factors and sociotechnical systems theory and methods to optimise the behaviour of complex sociotechnical systems. Our research is arranged under four themes. The flagship theme Transport and Infrastructure focuses 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. The Sport and Outdoor Recreation Theme is working to enhance performance and safety in sport and outdoor recreation systems (eg. strengthen controls around corruption and doping) and to improve injury reporting, analysis, and prevention. The Organisational Safety Theme focuses on the application of systems thinking theory to reduce occupational accidents. The Land Use Planning and Urban Design theme is exploring and disseminating the value of applying human factors methods to urban planning and design.

Organisation type
  • University Research Centre
Number of research staff
Up to 20 research staff
90 Sippy Downs Drive, Sippy Downs QLD 4556

Strengths and capabilities

  • Human factors
  • Transportation safety (road, rail, aviation, maritime)
  • Accident analysis and prevention
  • Injury prevention and healthcare
  • Cybercecurity
  • Defence
  • Urban planning and design
  • Sport and outdoor recreation
  • Workplace safety
  • Simulation

Facilities and major equipment

  • Advanced driving simulator
  • Instrumented on|road test vehicle
  • Eye tracking
  • Human factors software tools (Cognitive Work Analysis, Task Analysis)
  • Video and audio recording equipment
  • Virtual reality tools (e.g. Oculus rift)

Lead researcher

  • Professor Paul Salmon—ARC Future Fellowship recipient, 140+ peer reviewed journal articles, multiple guest edited special issues.
  • Dr Natassia Goode—2016 Queensland accelerate fellowship awardee
  • Professor David Lacey—Set up iDcare which won the 2016 Best New Cyber Security Initiative at the Australian Cyber Security Awards

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