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SAFEMODE at the 12th International Conference on Applied Human Factors & Ergonomics (25-29 July 2021)


Conference programme: http://2021.ahfe.org/program.html


During one of the top annual Human Factors conferences, held virtually this year due to the pandemic yet still with over five thousand attendees, SAFEMODE was well represented via four presentations in a session entitled “Human Error, Reliability, Resilience, and Performance in Aviation” co-chaired by Barry Kirwan and Casey Kovesdi, France/USA. 


The presentations, focusing on preliminary results from four SAFEMODE work packages, were as follows: 

  • Is our human factors capability in aviation and maritime domains up to the task? - Barry Kirwan, Kasia Cichomska, Beatrice Thiebaux, Andrew Kilner, France
  • Introducing human factors into fault tree modelling for aviation - Andrew Kilner, Marta Llobet-Lopez, France
  • Design of a human factors database for learning from safety occurrences in the aviation and maritime domains - Sybert Stroeve, Barry Kirwan, Luca Save, Simone Pozzi, Rafet Kurt, Osman Turan, The Netherlands
  • Human factors analysis for a new wake vortex air traffic alert - Frédéric Rooseleer, Barry Kirwan, Adriana Dana Schmitz, Belgium

In his first presentation, Barry Kirwan presented the results of the Human Factors Capability Profiling of 12 SAFEMODE partner organisations (WP3). Andy Kilner then presented how WP4 has been able to introduce Human Factors into aviation risk models. Barry Kirwan subsequently took the floor to present the SHIELD database developed under WP2, highlighting the Human Factors structure used to allow an in-depth incident and accident analysis via the determination of acts and contributing factors (from preconditions to supervision and organizational levels). Frédéric Rooseleer offered an overview of the WP6 aviation case study aimed at introducing a wake vortex alerting system for air traffic controllers and pilots, which is also being used to validate HURID.


All four presentations were well received by the audience, with positive reactions from our Human Factors professional peers. Another good sign was that most of the questions at the end of the session focused on whether the tools and approaches being developed by SAFEMODE could be extended to other industries beyond aviation and maritime. 


Overall, SAFEMODE had an excellent first outing at a key Human Factors conference, placing the project firmly on the international Human Factors map as ‘one to watch.’


SAFEMODE 3rd plenary meeting 16-17 June 2021


SAFEMODE project held virtually its 3rd plenary meeting during the 16th and 17th June 2021. The meeting came after the end of the project's second year earlier at the end of May. 


During the first day we covered topics about the general progress of the work packages: 


  • WP1 Project Management/Project and financial status [DBL]
  • WP3 updates [DBL]
  • WP8 updates [CERTH]
  • WP2 SHIELD Open Data Repository [NLR]
  • WP2 Advanced Text Analytics [UvA]
  • WP4 Risk model development [ECTL]
  • WP4 Incident Analysis-Influence layer [UoS & DBL]
  • WP9 Institutionalization and Capacity Building [WMU]
  • WP5 SEAbrary and eHURID progress [BeeBi]


On the 2nd day the meeting focused on the following case studies: 


  • WP7 Maritime Case Studies [CET]
  • WP7 Maritime Case Studies: Remote-control Ships [WUT]
  • WP7 Maritime Case Studies: Optimise the Investigation process [CalMac]
  • WP7 Maritime Case Studies: Ship collision avoidance system [ITU&CET&UoS]
  • WP6 Aviation Case Studies, Overview of WP6 [HungaroControl]
  • WP6 Aviation Case Studies: Wake vortex [ECTL]
  • WP6 Aviation Case Studies: Drone [HungaroControl]
  • WP6 Aviation Case Studies: Drone [Embraer]
  • WP6 Aviation Case Studies: Interacting with automation in multiple remote towers [NLR]


A set of five webinars that introduced risk models for both aviation and maritime


WP4 completed today a series of five Webinars that introduced its risk models, both for aviation and maritime. The main objective of these webinars was to get familiar with each of the models, their main parts, and the specific elements included in them, as well as to get an insight into the potential uses of the models.


Below you will find the list of webinars:

  • Runway Collision Risk Model: 4th of March (from 10h to 11h30 CET) – Delivered by M.Llobet (ECTL)
  • Wake vortex in En-Route Risk Model: 10th of March (from 10h to 11h30 CET) – Delivered by M.Ogica (ECTL)
  • Collision Risk Models for maritime: 11th of March (from 11h to 13h CET) – Delivered by E.Akyuz (ITU)
  • Grounding Risk Models for maritime: 22nd or 23rd of March (from 11h to 13h CET) – Delivered by P.Sotiralis & M.Annetis  (NTUA)
  • Taxiway Collision Risk Model: 24th of March (from 10h to 11h30) – Delivered by H.Manso (ECTL)


SAFEMODE Newsletter 3 is now available at the product section


The SAFEMODE consortium would like to announce that our third newsletter is now published. What does the newsletter contain? 

-Brief information about the project

-Hurid Use Cases and HURID First Release (D5.1) 

-Validation Plans: Conops, scenarios, technical equipment, experimental design (D6.2 & D7.2) 

- Exploitation Plan (D9.1) 

You can find the newsletter at the following link: 





SAFEMODE mid-term review meeting


On the 20th of January 2021, the mid-term review meeting of the SAFEMODE project took place. The meeting was held digitally, due to COVID-19 restrictions. At the meeting, INEA project officer Mr. Vladimir Cid-Bourié, project monitor Ms. Marlene Calderon and representatives of all SAFEMODE Consortium Core partners attended. The Work Package (WP) leaders presented the main goals, activities, results and milestones achieved so far, and also the deviations arising from the pandemic. During the review meeting, both project officer and project monitor posed interesting questions and gave valuable comments and suggestions for the continuation of SAFEMODE. The excellent progress of SAFEMODE and successful mid-term review meeting is the result from a good collaborative spirit within the SAFEMODE consortium!