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Professor Paul Salmon


  • Bio/Profile
  • Paul Salmon is a Professor in Human Factors and is the creator and director of the Centre for Human Factors and Sociotechnical Systems at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Paul has over 20 years’ experience of applied Human Factors research in areas such as road and rail safety, aviation, defence, sport and outdoor recreation, healthcare, workplace safety, and cybersecurity. His research has focused on understanding and optimizing human, team, organisational and system performance through the application of Human Factors theory and methods. He is the current Editor-in-Chief of the Human Factors and Ergonomics in Manufacturing and Service Industries journals. Paul’s work has been recognized through numerous national and international awards, including the Chartered Institute for Ergonomics and Human Factor’s 2019 William Floyd award and 2008 Presidents Medal, the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Australia’s 2017 Cumming memorial medal, and the International Ergonomics Association’s 2018 research impacting practice award. In 2020, The Australian newspaper named Professor Salmon as the top Australian researcher in the field of quality and reliability based on an analysis of league of scholars data and Google Scholar publications and citations.  Paul currently leads major programs in the areas of accident analysis and prevention, risk assessment, road safety, cybersecurity, outdoor recreation, and artificial general intelligence.  Paul has supervised many Honours, Masters, Doctoral and Post-doctoral scholars at USC, actually a major chunk of all of USC’s graduate students in the psychological and social sciences.  He has won many prestigious ARC and NHMRC grants, most notably his NHMRC Early Career Fellowship and ARC Future Fellowship, which are a testimony of his excellence and national standing in the field.  Paul has also provided institutional leadership as a pro-active member of the University Research Committee, Chair of the University Research Showcase Organising Committee, and Senior Staff Member as a Research Centre Director.