The invited speaker for the Annual Conference 2013 of the Irish Ergonomics Society entitled Ergonomics and Innovative Technologies will be:
Prof. Neville Stanton PhD, Transportation Research Group, Faculty of Engineering and the Environment, University of Southampton.
Presentation title: Augmenting the Driver and Automating Driving – Investigations into the changing nature of the role of the driver with advanced vehicle systems.
Over the past 20 years, Prof Stanton has been involved in a variety of system design projects. He initially conducted research into driver performance with Adaptive Cruise Control with Jaguar – which was first vehicle manufacturer to market with the system. In subsequent years he has worked on other systems, including: vision enhancement, parking aids, queue assist, all-weather warnings, head-up displays, blind-spot monitoring, collision avoidance systems and various levels of vehicle automation. The route from research to production normally takes the course of analytical modelling, studies in driving simulators, test track studies and, finally, on-road trials. The selection and application of appropriate Human Factors and Ergonomics methods in each of these development phases is essential for successful design. In the course of the presentation, Prof Stanton will present findings from some of his studies and insights into conducting applied driving research projects.
The invited keynote speaker on Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Healthcare and Patient Safety will be:
Dr. Tom Reader, lecturer in Organisational and Social Psychology, Institute of Social Psychology, London School of Economics.
Presentation title: Leadership and team situation awareness during daily rounds in the Intensive Care Unit.
Dr. Tom Reader has been a lecturer in Organisational and Social Psychology at the London School of Economics since 2010. Tom researches, consults, and presents on the topic of organisational safety in the oil and gas, medical, and aviation industries. He is an expert on teamwork, decision-making, and leadership, safety culture, risk perception, and non-technical skills assessment and training. Much of Tom’s work has been conducted in acute medicine, and he is interested in why organisational accidents occur (e.g. medical errors), and how organisational psychology can be used to explain and prevent future mishaps. Tom has previously worked in the offshore sector, and is a former risk advisor to the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Tom studied for his Honours Degree and PhD in Psychology at the University of Aberdeen, and is a Chartered member of the British Psychological Society.