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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.’