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Dr. Alex Stedmon

Reader in Human Factors

My Research Vision

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.



  • A Collaborative Multi-source Intelligence Working Environment: A Systems Approach: Investigating face-to-face, wiki and collaborative intelligence generation for strategic security decision making. 
  • Advanced Training and Rider Performance: Funded by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) investigating rider behaviour. 
  • Reducing the Operational Burden on Imagery Analysis:  Integrating Human and Automatic Tracking and Analysis of Groups of Targets Engaged in Hostile Reconnaissance: Human Factors investigation of novel CCTV tracking algorithm for security applications 
  • IDEAS Factory - Detecting Terrorist Activities: Shades of Grey - Towards a Science of Interventions for Eliciting and Detecting Notable Behaviours: The project was designed for novel surveillance interventions that elicit robust, reliable and usable indicators of notable behaviours in public areas and ports of entry
  • A Model of Hostile Intent in Crowded Places: Investigated the biological, physiological, psychological and behavioural responses within counter-terrorism and identified a unique pheromone associated with deception. 
  • Rail Research UK 2: Rail Research UK is a consortium of twelve university-based groups carrying out research across a range of areas from engineering to human factors and transport economics, that will help to reduce the complexity and need for maintenance of railway systems, reduce their environmental impacts, increase their capacity and improve their reliability, attractiveness and safety.  
  • Flightdeck and Air Traffic Control Collaboration Evaluation: This research adopted a joint cognitive systems perspective to examine flightdeck and air traffic control collaboration in the light of datalink communications and ATCO-led freeflight. 
  • Corporate Research Project: Pathological Interaction Patterns: A MOD project investigation the use of interaction theory applied to military interactions.
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Reader in Human Factors

Building: Engineering & Computing
Room: EC4-36
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