Contact Yani Asmayawati

Areas of expertise

  • Air Transport Safety & Investigation
  • Airworthiness
  • Human Factors
  • Safety, Resilience, Risk & Reliability


Saryani Asmayawati joined the Safety and Accident Investigation Centre in November 2009. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia.

After graduating in 2000, she worked as an Air Safety Investigator at the Indonesian National Transportation Safety Committee, where she participated in 19 aviation accident/incident investigations and contributed to the development of the Committee. During this time, she worked alongside investigators from the US NTSB, UK AAIB, French BEA and the Singaporean AAIB.

In 2004, she achieved her MSc in Human Factors and Safety Assessment in Aeronautics from Cranfield University with 'Course Director's Award for Best Student Performance.' Whilst working for the NTSC, she was also a guest lecturer in Human Factors at the Faculty of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in Institut Teknologi Bandung. She also lectured on Human Factors in Accident Investigation for the flight surgeon's training at the Indonesian Air Force.

In November 2004, Saryani moved to England and worked as a Consultant Engineer in a Safety/Aeronautical Engineering research company. During this period, she carried out various high-profile research projects on aircraft fire and cabin safety/survivability and safety analysis for the US Federal Aviation Administration, UK Civil Aviation Authority, Transport Canada and European Aviation Safety Committee. She was also heavily involved in several Regulatory Impact Assessments for EASA. She was the project manager in a research carried out for EASA on the evaluation of CS-25 cabin safety requirements and in a research for UK CAA on firefighting training for cabin crew.

Current activities

Currently, Yani is the Principal Investigator in E-PILOTS, looking at human factors and operational aspects of the implementation of cognitive computing support in future flight deck operations. E-PILOTS is a Horizon2020 Clean Sky 2 project between Cranfield University, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, CVC Spain and ASLOGIC Spain.

She is also responsible for the Human-Machine Interface development and evaluation in Project Fresson, a project on electrification of the Britten-Norman Islander aircraft funded by the Aerospace Technology Institute and UK Research and Innovation, in collaboration with Cranfield Aerospace Solutions and Rolls-Royce.

Yani is also the Co-Investigator for the Enhanced Cockpit Decision Making project with Rolls-Royce, supporting flight simulator trials with the Future Systems Simulator, under the umbrella of Aerospace Integration Research Centre. This project looks at flight crew decision making in responding to in-flight engine failures and malfunctions.

She led a safety culture assessment research project undertaken for Thomson Airways (now TUI) over the period of five years, and a safety assessment for Bristow Helicopter Maintenance. Her work in safety culture also led to her involvement with the development of IATA's I-ASC Safety Culture Survey.

At the Safety and Accident Investigation Centre, Yani is the Course Director for the MSc/PgCert/PgDip programme in Safety and Accident Investigation. She is involved in the design and delivery of various components of our accident investigation short courses and the MSc modules, with particular focus in investigation simulation exercises, investigative interviewing techniques, survivability factors, accident analysis techniques, and research methods. She is the Module Leader for Interviewing Techniques for Accident Investigators, Investigating Human Performance, and Analysis Techniques for Accident Investigators.

Yani is the Workshop Series Director for the Applied Rail Accident Investigation courses, working closely with the European Union Agency for Railways, UK Rail Accident Investigation Branch and Network Rail.


  • Transport Canada
  • Rolls-Royce Holdings PLC
  • Civil Aviation Authority
  • European Aviation Safety Agency
  • TUI Airways Ltd
  • International Air Transport Association
  • Bristow Group Inc
  • Federal Aviation Administration


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