Information published on 12 February 2013 in the UIC electronic newsletter "UIC eNews" Nr 332.

International Rail Human Factors Conference (London, 5 – 7 March)

  • Safety
  • Human Factors

The Fourth International Rail Human Factors Conference will be held in London from 5 – 7 March 2013.

It is the leading forum to bring together those in the industry needing to apply the expertise, methods, tools and knowledge of rail ergonomics/human factors with the established and ever growing group of scientists, consultants and regulators worldwide who provide the expertise and knowledge.

The conference is organised by RSSB, Network Rail and the University of Nottingham.
The UIC is partner of the event and member of the Scientific Committee.

The first three International Conferences on Rail Human Factors were held in York in 2003, London in 2005 and Lille in 2009. The Fourth International Conference will be held in London on 5 – 7 March 2013. The first three conferences and other events and publications in the last few years have shown that there is a rapidly expanding, knowledgeable and vitally important Rail Human Factors community within the industry, academia and consultancies. The common concern is to investigate, understand and design for people on the railways – staff, passengers and the general public and all industry partners – in order to achieve safe, reliable, efficient and cost-effective rail systems development and operations. The aim of this conference is to provide a forum to bring the various interested groups together and for them to exchange current and likely future Rail Human Factors analyses, tools, designs, investigations, knowledge and standards.

The conference will provide a mixture of presentations from leading authorities in the area, and also workshops and discussion sessions within which topics of current interest can be debated and views exchanged. There will be contributions from infrastructure owners and operating companies, contractors and suppliers, regulators, consultancies, research institutes and leading universities.

The conference will provide an opportunity for participants to update their knowledge and also to become part of the ever-growing network of Rail Human Factors specialists, clients/users and other interested parties. Researchers will learn from the industry about the current needs for human factors knowledge, tools and guidance, and industry will be exposed to current thinking and outcomes of high quality research and practice from around the world.

Keynote Speakers

  • Ron Hartman, Veolia Transportation Executive Vice President, Rail Division, USA,
    will present “Staying Focussed and Staying Safe: Research to combat distraction among drivers and the resulting training programme”
  • Christian Neveu, SNCF, Head of Human Factors Working Group, UIC, will present “Safety: Progress through in-the-field experience”
  • Dr Stephen Popkin, Director of the Human Factors Research and System Applications Center of Innovation, Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, USA,
    will present “An Interdepartmental Approach to Safety: How the U.S Department of Transportation is Supporting Railroad Operational Safety”

Venue: CBI Conference Centre, First Floor, Centre Point, 103 Oxford Street, WC1A 1DU.

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