Symposium to consider safety risks of the future


Professor Paul Salmon

Latest research on the safety risks associated with robots and artificial intelligence and how pedestrians and cyclists might interact with automated cars in the future will be among the hot topics at a future-focused symposium at USC Sunshine Coast next month.

The ‘Human Factors 2020: At the Cutting Edge’ symposium on 10 February has been organised by USC’s Centre for Human Factors and Sociotechnical Systems and is expected to attract human factors and safety science researchers and practitioners from across Australia.

USC’s Professor Paul Salmon said the study of Human Factors examined interactions between systems and people in order to improve safety, performances and outcomes across a range of sectors such as transportation, workplace health, defence, sport and outdoor education, and city design.

“The aim of this symposium is to communicate USC’s latest Human Factors research in these areas,” he said.

Professor Salmon recently received an Australian Research Council Discovery Project grant, valued at $460,522 over three years, to lead the delivery of a framework for the management of safe artificial intelligence systems.

He will speak at the symposium about his ongoing research into the safety risks associated with future technologies.

Other speakers at the symposium will include:

  • Dr Gemma Read of USC on the ways that vulnerable road users, like pedestrians and cyclists, might adapt their behaviour to the operations of highly automated vehicles;
  • Dr Nicholas Stevens of USC on health and safety in city design;
  • Dr Sharon Newnam of Monash University on reducing musculoskeletal injuries among health staff;
  • Dr Stuart Marshall from Monash University on patient safety in Australian hospitals;
  • Dr Clare Dallat of USC on safety in school outdoor education programs; and
  • Professor Neville Stanton from University of Southampton on investigating UK road collisions.

Registrations for this event will close on Monday 27 January. For fee and event details, go to Human Factors 2020: At the cutting edge or email

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