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Reader in Human Factors
Human Factors is the discipline that combines aspects of both Engineering and Psychology to investigate interactions amongst humans and other elements of technical and/or social systems. I work from an applied perspective to investigate Psychological issues in security (e.g. surveillance, suspicious behaviours, CCTV issues, counter-terrorism) and transport (e.g. aviation, driver and motorcyclist behaviour and interface design). I have also worked and published across a range of other areas including: transport simulation; virtual and augmented reality; speech recognition; forensic speech analysis; inclusive design and older users of mobile phone technologies; older workers in manufacturing; safety and toxicology; sustainability and micro-generation.
Alex has 20 years of Applied Psychology and Human Factors research, teaching and consultancy experience across, military, industrial and civilian domains. He is a Chartered Psychologist, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Alex has previously worked for the Defence Evaluation Research Agency (DERA now QinetiQ) on a range of MoD funded projects. He also has worked in UK universities on Human Factors projects ranging from human-machine interaction (e.g. user interaction in virtual environments; speech input for real and virtual environments); transport (e.g. advanced automotive interfaces; driver and motorcyclist behaviour) and security (e.g. CCTV, surveillance and counter-terrorism applications).
Alex has over 170 journal publications, conference papers, book chapters and a book (‘Hostile Intent and Counter-Terrorism’). He has acted as guest editor for five special issues of leading Human Factors and Security journals. One of his recent papers won the ‘Best Paper Award’ for the 2013 Engineering Psychology & Cognitive Ergonomics Conference.
Visiting Professor in Global Learning; Education and Attainment
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Reader in Human Factors