Human Factors in Warship Design

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About this event

Designing a warship is a complex and lengthy process that requires a diverse range of engineering skills to come together to achieve an operational design that's ‘fit to fight’. The role of humans in the warship is frequently underestimated and only in relatively recent times has human factors been integrated into the design and build phases of the warship.

In this webinar, find out, from human factors practitioners from the Surface Ships part of the BAE Systems organisation, what's involved in their areas of warship design and development. Learn how they're handling emerging technologies such as AI and the human machine teaming integration challenges, recognising that good design can optimise cognitive demand placed on the crew and reduce risk of errors and training, and enhance operational safety.

Monica Sen Gupta explores the warship components and history of human factors in this domain. John McFarlane then introduces a generic warship project and how the Ministry of Defence Human Factors Integration (HFI) process has been practically applied. Following the same project example, Ian McKenzie describes how we utilise anthropometric data to influence the design of warships. Linton Seabrook describes the complementing analysis and Elizabeth Thiry focuses on the design of the combat system and the technology drivers for future interface design.

Who will this be of interest to?

This webinar will be of interest if you want to find out how defence Human Factors Integration process and management in the surface ships area is tailored to a complex programme, and if you're interested in learning more about human factors work in warship design.

If this isn't you, you'll still learn a huge amount about how our brilliant discipline is applied in a complex system. It's all great CPD!

About the presenters

  • Monica Sen Gupta is Head of Human Factors Discipline in BAE Systems Naval Ships. She has over 30 years’ experience working in human factors, of which most of that time has been spent in the maritime sector applying human factors integration practice to various warship programmes. She is a long standing member of the MoD Industry HFI Liaison Group and sits on the Lloyds Register Human Factors Panel. She is a Chartered Member of the CIEHF and a member of the CIEHF Council.

  • John McFarlane is a Human Factors Integration Manager with BAE Systems Maritime Services. John has worked in the human factors sector for over 30 years, primarily on warship programmes in the defence industry in the UK, but he also spent 5 years working for a large Industrial & graphic design consultancy based in New York City. He has a BSc in Industrial Engineering from SUNY Buffalo and an MSc in Human Factors from Virginia Tech.

  • Ian Mckenzie is a Principal Human Factors Engineer with BAE Systems Maritime Services. Ian has been working in human factors for 28 years, with the majority of this time spent in the defence industry in the UK and Canada. His particular area of expertise is the application of anthropometric data to the design of military products and he is a proficient user of the Siemens Jack Human modelling tool. In addition to working on land and air projects, Ian has worked on three major Royal Navy warship programmes over the past 22 years. He also has 5 years of human factors experience working in the motor industry. Ian has a BSc and MSc in Human Factors from Loughborough University and is a member of the CIEHF.

  • Linton Seabrook is a Principal Human Factors Engineer for BAE Systems Maritime Naval Ships supporting warship projects and is specialist in the design of the ships complement. He has 23 years of experience working on military aircraft, armoured fighting land vehicles, luxury 4x4s and nuclear power stations. He is a Chartered Member of the CIEHF and has a BSc in Psychology with Ergonomics from Loughborough University.

  • Elizabeth Thiry serves as a Human Factors Engineer at BAE Systems Naval Ships. She has expertise in applying principled approaches that take advantage of state-of-the-art technologies to deliver effective solutions aimed at enhancing performance outcomes to improve current and future warship capabilities. Prior to this she executed technology R&D efforts for various customers including DARPA and US Army and has undertaken human-in/on-the loop technology assessments in simulated environments. She has a MS in Human Factors Engineering with certification in Human Computer Interaction from Tufts University School of Engineering.