Areas of expertise
- Air Transport Safety & Investigation
- Ergonomics, Human Factors, Driver Safety
- Human Factors
- Human Factors for Defence
- Industrial Ergonomics & Human Factors
BackgroundRebecca has been working and studying in the field of Human Factors for 15 years, starting her career working in the Automotive industry with a focus on job design. Following an undergraduate degree in Ergonomics at Loughborough University, she went on to complete her PhD on a collaborative project with the University of Nottingham and Network Rail, focussing on decision making and cognitive artefacts for the support of signalling operations. During her time at Network Rail, Rebecca focussed on signaller workload, and the assessment and redesign of new signaller workstations for the future.
Current activitiesRebecca is a Chartered Ergonomist based within the Safety and Accident Investigation Group, in the field of Human Factors. Her main research interests are measures of Human Performance and Workload within applied situations, currently working on the Horizon 20:20 project investigating pilot workload. She also teaches on the Safety and Human Factors in Aviation MSc course.
Rebecca is heavily involved in the IEHF and is a Registered Member. She sits on the events committee, assists regularly with the running of events, was on the programme committee for EHF 2016, and is Co-Chair for EHF 2017. She has previously been a member of council (2010 - 2013) and head of the Early Career Researchers SIG (2012 - 2013).
Articles In Journals
- Charles RL, Charalambous G & Fletcher SR (2015) Your new colleague is a robot. Is that ok?. In: Contemporary Ergonomics and Human Factors, 2015, Daventry, 13 April 2015.
- Charles RL, Fletcher SR & Tailor M (2015) Search patterns in human visual inspection. In: Contemporary Ergonomics and Human Factors, 2015, Daventry, 13 April 2015.
- Anderson-Palmer R, Wilson JR, Sharples S & Clarke T (2010) The use of artefacts for the management of train movements in station areas. In: International Control Room Design Conference, Paris, 25 October 2010.
- Charles R, Sharples S, Rajan JA, Wilson JR & Wood J (2015) Analysing and designing control facilities. In: Evaluation of Human Work. Wilson JR, Sharples S (ed.), Taylor and Francis, p. 383-418, ed. 4th.
- Charles R, Balfe N, Wilson JR, Sharples S, Carey & M (2013) Using graphical support tools to encourage active planning at stations. In: Rail Human Factors. Dadashi N, Scott A, Wilson JR, Mills A (ed.), Taylor and Francis, p. 427-432.
- Charles R, Balfe N, Wilson JR, Sharples S & Clarke T. (2012) Active planning requires appropriate graphical support tools: the case of scheduling trains at stations. In: Advances in Human Aspects of Road and Rail Transportation. Stanton, NA (ed.), Taylor & Francis, p. 801-811.
- Charles R, Balfe N, Sharples S, Wilson JR & Clarke T User trust and acceptance of real time rail planning tools. In: Human Factors of Systems and Technology. de Waard D, Merat N, Jamson AH, Barnard Y, Carsten OMJ (ed.), Shaker Publishing, p. 27-35.