Associate Professor Yvonne Toft

Head of Programs, Transport & Safety Sciences in the Higher Education Division, CQUniversity

I currently lead a dynamic transdisciplinary program group teaching and researching in areas related to human factors engineering, OHS, accident forensics and investigation, operational systems safety and technology, risk engineering and fatigue risk management in public safety, industrial and transport related contexts (including aviation, rail and road). We have a dedicated purpose-built multi-modal ‘forensic investigation crash lab’ (in Bundaberg) for simulation of accident scenarios and investigation; and also research and teach with colleagues from the Centre for Railway Engineering and the Appleton Institute.

Current lead roles in teaching include socio-technical systems analysis and design, human factors engineering, accident investigation and analysis, systems safety, ethics, logic and scientific reasoning, research and design.

Current lead roles in research include grants with the Collaborative Research Centre for Rail Innovation, for example, development of human factors analysis tools for the introduction of new technologies; cost effective redesign of rural and occupational level crossings to prevent vehicle-train collisions; socio-technical analysis of new technology integration for track worker safety; network investment vs safety of pedestrian crossings; human factors considerations in LED signalling and optimisation of learning from level crossing near collisions.

I have a long history of active involvement and leadership in multiple professional associations nationally and internationally spanning safety, engineering, human factors and learning & teaching.

Specialities: reduction of design-induced end user error sources in original engineering design, accident analysis, prediction of error sources, systems safety, transdisciplinary communication and design, professional communities of practice, innovation of curriculum design in flexible learning.