The Centre for Human Factors and Sociotechnical Systems was established in 2013 with the aim of developing a leading research capability in the areas of Human Factors, Sociotechnical Systems, and Systems thinking.
The Centre was officially recognised as a Tier 2 research centre by USC in 2015 and currently comprises various academic, teaching and research support staff and PhD and Masters students.
Centre research themes
Transport and infrastructure
Evaluating the design of future vehicle and infrastructure systems and the prevention of road trauma
Sport and outdoor recreation
Applying human factors and sociotechnical systems theory, methods, and principles to understand and optimise sports systems
Applying systems thinking theory to reduce occupational accidents
Defence, security and resilience
Understanding cybersecurity, national security and identify theft, command and control, and disaster resilience
Land use planning and urban design
Applying Human Factors methods to study some of the problems of urban planning and design
The core philosophy underpinning the Centre’s research activities is the application of Human Factors and Sociotechnical Systems theory and methods to optimise the behaviour of complex sociotechnical systems.
A significant focus of the Centre’s activities is on translating research findings into practice – ensuring that our leading edge research has impact and benefit in the real world.
News via USC
21 September 2017
USC study to help older victims of scams
A USC study is looking for ways to help restore the confidence and trust of older Australians in online technology if they become victims of scams that target personal information.
4 May 2017
Coach’s research uncovers elite football factors
A research project by USC academic and Kawana Football Club Premier League coach Scott McLean has helped determine which factors make an elite football side elite.
29 April 2016
USC study asks drivers for ‘Fatal Five’ factors
What causes drivers to engage in the kinds of behaviours that lead to crashes? This is the question being asked by University of the Sunshine Coast researchers as they undertake a major new study into the reasons behind the ‘fatal five’ causes of road deaths – fatigue, drink and drug driving, speeding, not wearing seatbelts and driving while distracted.
2 March 2016
USC research taking on the Death Star
Innovative risk assessment tools developed at the University of the Sunshine Coast have been applied in a galaxy far, far away.
19 November 2015
Road users wanted to improve intersections
Local road users have been invited to help evaluate and refine intersection designs of the future by participating in an interactive workshop at the University of the Sunshine Coast on Tuesday 1 December.
28 January 2015
USC to host accident prevention and research seminar
The latest research on how and why accidents happen and how to prevent them will be the focus of an all-day seminar hosted by the USC Accident Research centre (USCAR) on Tuesday 17 February.
Centre news and comment
14 June 2016
A systems view of performance in the Peloton
Collecting decision-making and situation awareness data at the 'Battle on the Border' stage race
13 June 2016
Using network analysis to understand how goals are scored in football
Based on analysis, who will win the current European Championships in France?
20 April 2016
Do you want to help improve safety on our roads?
Do you want to help improve safety on our roads? Take the survey...
29 March 2016
Report on Rasmussen-inspired analysis of led outdoor recreation incidents
We have just released our report presenting systems analyses of 12 months worth of led outdoor recreation incident data.
14 March 2016
New additions and new directions
2016 has begun with a bang for the Centre, with an important new additions and some important new directions!
4 March 2016
Input required from Led Outdoor Activity practitioners
Invitation to Led Outdoor Activity practitioners to participate in a survey to evaluate incident prevention strategies that were developed by the sector based on the UPLOADS incident data