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Human and Organisational Factors (HOF) in Railway Automation

Human and Organisational Factors (HOF) in Railway Automation

2-3 Dec 2020

Location: Online webinar

European Union Agency for Railways and external speakers


2nd December: 9:30 – 13:30 (CET)
3rd December: 9:30 – 13:30 (CET)


Biennial seminar (free webinar) bringing together experts from a diverse range of fields, this year focusing on the integration of HOF in railway automation.

This virtual seminar will include presentations from a wide range of perspectives and demonstrate the importance of integrating HOF in railway automation. In the Q&A sessions attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions to the experts.

From leading academics who will look at the psychological effects of automation on the human being and what can be done to mitigate the associated risks to manufacturers who need to integrate HOF in their design process.

You will find out how railway undertakings are integrating HOF in their automation projects and the challenges and opportunities they encounter. Lessons can be learnt from other transport modes where integration of HOF has long been recognised as essential. As recent aviation accidents have shown us HOF in automation also needs to be regulated and there will be presentations from both a National Safety Authority and a National Investigation Body.

HOF is a multidisciplinary field focusing on how to increase safety, enhance performance as well as increase user satisfaction. It refers to the interactions among system components and humans, considering their behaviours, at all levels such as individual, situational, group, organisational or cultural. More information.

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