LAUNCH3The SHFR group has had a longstanding collaboration with the Human Aerospace Laboratory in NYC. Through this collaboration, much research has been done with pilots and astronaut participants exploring the effects of flight on the ability to perform tasks and the effect long-term exposure in different environments has on performance factors.

Our current projects that have involved the aerospace industry are:


Video Oculography

vHIT GearIn house developed lightweight Video Oculography (VOG) glasses feature largely in many of the Sydney Human Factors Research projects.

They have undergone an interesting development history from dual cameras set on heavy framed deep sea diving style goggles to the lightweight single camera frame we use today.

The current glasses used in our experiments sample at a rate of 360 fps. Depending on which version of the glasses are used, they can measure eye position (horizontal and vertical), eye velocity, blink rate and pupil diameter.

By far VOG glasses are one of the most utilised facilites available at the SHFR group. Current experiments that use these glasses are:


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16 years of driving simulation research and still going strong

ham_simswap2Starting in 1997, driving simulations have been a key interest for the Sydney Human Factors Research group.

From studying aspects of  driving behaviour, to the effects of alcohol & drugs on driving, to motion sickness on task performance, driving simulation is a broad field of study for our group.

Current projects involving driving simulations:


Motion Effects and Human Task performance

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAPresented at the Land Warfare Conference (Melbourne, Australia) and Defence Human Sciences Symposium (Adelaide, Australia) in 2012, Ms Elisabeth Magdas under the supervision of Dr Hamish McDougall has completed a number of studies investigating the effects of motion on human task performance.


Using an a CKAS hexapod, first year Psychology students had the drive of their lives, all in the name of science!

Publications from this study to be released shortly.


For more information, contact the human factors research centre:contact us