The Maritime Human Factors Research Group in the Department of Shipping and Marine Technology at Chalmers University focuses on the influence of human factors on vessel and navigation safety.
Human Factors is a multidisciplinary area of research that focuses on the human element in the work environment. Human Factors scientists aim to limit the risk of accidents and improve work conditions by foreseeing possible problems early. To do this they incorporate contributions from psychology, engineering, design, and operations research. Below is a simple example of the different disciplines and how they are used.
Psychology in Human Factors studies can be used to see how certain human behavioural elements may affect decisions. Examples are stress, workload, fatigue and other related issues.
Human Factors Engineering
Human Factors Engineering is a study that focuses on making new technology user-friendly early in the design process. This includes the user interface design, layout, usability and the testing of the system for further adjustments, so that is optimal for the end user and the task at hand.
Ergonomics/Human Factors Integration
Ergonomics/Human Factors Integration is the end result of the above. The Human Factors scientists now focus on the overall picture. Ergonomics is an area that takes many factors into account, such as training, procedures, legislation, accessibility, safety, communication, shift work, stress, human error, situational awareness, decision making, workload, visualization of data and so forth.
Chalmers University of Technology – Maritime Department
The Maritime Department at Chalmers is a provider of Maritime Research, education and training. The Approach is cross disciplinary where the university aims to look at problems from multiple angles. The scopes often combined are Human Factors, Technology and Environment.
This sets the foundation in Chalmers strive for Sustainable Development.
An example of this is the latest charge in simulation technology where a numerous of different kinds of maritime simulators (navigation, engine and cargo) are being tied together in a network in order to be able to conduct new kinds of education and research.