Contact Dr Rebecca Charles
Areas of expertise
- Air Transport Safety & Investigation
- Ergonomics, Human Factors, Driver Safety
- Human Factors
- Human Factors for Defence
- Industrial Ergonomics & Human Factors
Rebecca joined Cranfield in 2014, having completed her PhD in Human Factors in collaboration with the University of Nottingham and Network Rail, focussing on decision making and cognitive artefacts for the support of signalling operations. Prior to this she completed an MSc (Hons) in Ergonomics / Human Factors at Loughborough University. More recently she has completed a PGCert in academic practice and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
During her time at Network Rail, Rebecca focussed on signaller workload, and the assessment and redesign of new signaller workstations for the future. She has also worked in the Automotive industry with a focus on job design and worker efficiency, and in various consultancy roles.
Rebecca is a Chartered Ergonomist based within the Safety and Accident Investigation Group, and lectures in Human Factors. She teaches on the Safety and Human Factors in Aviation MSc course, leading modules in work and job design, and human performance and error. She has also recently won some funding to develop a new Human Factors short course.
Her main research interests are measures of Human Performance and Workload within applied situations, currently working with NLR on the Future Sky Safety programme funded by the Horizon 2020 (Futuresky-Safety) investigating pilot workload.
She is an invited member of the Royal Aeronautical Society Human Factors Working Group, and sits on the Cranfield University Ethics Committee (CUREC).
Rebecca is heavily involved in the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (CIEHF) and is a Registered Member. She is an elected member of Council, assists regularly with the running of events, was on the programme committee for the annual conference in 2016, and was Co-Chair of the programme committee for the conference in 2017, 2018 and again for 2019.
Articles In Journals
- Read K & Charles R. (2018) Understanding teamwork errors in Royal Air Force air traffic control, Safety Science, 109 36-45.
- Nixon J & Charles R (2017) Understanding the human performance envelope using electrophysiological measures from wearable technology, Cognition, Technology and Work, 19 (4) 655-666.
- Charles, RL, Johnson TL & Fletcher SR (2015) The use of job aids for visual inspection in manufacturing and maintenance, Procedia CIRP, 38 90-93.
- Biella M, Wies M, Charles R, Maille N, Berberian B & Nixon J (2018) How eye tracking data can enhance human performance in tomorrow’s cockpit. Results from a flight simulation study in FUTURE SKY SAFETY.. In: 2017 Joint AIAA and Royal Aeronautical Society (RaeS) Fall Conference on Modeling and Simulation for ATM, London, 15 November 2017.
- Biella M, Wies M, Charles R, Maille N, Berberian B & Nixon J (2017) How eye tracking data can enhance human performance in tomorrow's cockpit. In: FAeS Flight Simulation Conference: Modelling and Simulation in Air Traffic Management, 2017, London, 14-15 November 2017.
- Charles R & Nixon J (2017) Blink counts can differentiate between task type and load. In: Ergonomics & Human Factors 2017, Daventry, 25-27 April 2017.
- Charles RL, Fletcher SR & Tailor M (2015) Search patterns in human visual inspection. In: Contemporary Ergonomics and Human Factors, 2015, Daventry, 13 April 2015.
- 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.
- 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, 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.