Human Factors in Transport and Workplace Safety


Human factors is about understanding people's abilities, characteristics & limitations, and then applying that understanding to the design of the systems they use, the tasks they perform and the environments in which they function.

Human factors is also known as Ergonomics or Human-Centred Design.

The MUARC Human Factors team applies models of system safety to the analysis of transportation and other safety related issues. The research is applied across multiple settings including transportation, healthcare, workplace, defence, mining, manufacturing and product design.


Across all areas of safety, we provide solutions and policy guidance for our partners and clients. Our research addresses real world needs and meets strict academic quality standards.

In transport safety, this includes the safe design and deployment of vehicle automation, investigating driver decision-making and situation awareness, evaluating in-vehicle technologies, researching the influence of road signage and infrastructure design, and addressing driver/rider training needs.

Within workplaces, it includes methods to optimise operator performance in complex work systems, and investigating organisational influences on worker safety.

Our human-centred, safe system methods deliver a wide-ranging approach to accident prevention.

MUARC Human Factors teamOur team

"The team looks at Human Centred Design of equipment, tasks, systems and work environment" Professor Tim Horberry

Our Human Factors team undertakes world-class projects in the areas of traffic safety, human machine interaction, equipment design and driver behaviour. 

The team includes researchers with backgrounds in experimental psychology, human factors/ergonomics, computer science and engineering.


MUARC has conducted highly-respected and influential research for nearly 30 years. We regularly collaborate with domestic and international partners across state and federal government, as well as, industry leaders in roads, healthcare, workplace safety, defence and mining.

We have developed strong relationships with more than 25 collaborators and partners across Australia, Sweden, the UK, Spain, the USA and the Netherlands.

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