Guest Speaker: December 12, 2018

TOPIC: IEA perspective to drive human factors and ergonomics for human well-being



Currently, Dr. Yushi Fujita is the Past President of International Ergonomics Association (IEA). Formerly, he was the President of IEA (2015-2018), the Vice President and Treasurer of IEA (2012-2015), and the Chair of Professional Standard and Education Standing Committee of IEA (2009-2012). He is a board member of Japan Ergonomics Society (JES), and was the first chief officer of the JES Certification Program for Professional Ergonomists (2003-2007). He is a research fellow of The Ohara Memorial Institute for Science of Labour (ISL). He occasionally teaches at the KEIO Graduate School of System Design and other universities in Japan.

He has nearly forty years of experiences in human factors and ergonomics in the domain of large-scale systems, namely human-system interactions in nuclear power plant operation. His expertise includes individual differences, team dynamics, human reliability analysis, model operator simulation, cognitive engineering, and human-machine interface design & evaluation. He also has long involvements in International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and International Standardization Organization (ISO). “IEC60964 -Design for control rooms of nuclear power plants” and its family standards are major achievements of IEC/TC45/SCA/WG8 which Dr. Fujita convened for many years. Besides international standardization, Dr Fujita has extensive experience in international contributions, which includes consultation to International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), US National Research Council, and Korean Electrical Power Research Institute (KEPRI). His recent research interest involves development of foundation of resilience engineering (RE).

Dr. Fujita was awarded a doctor’s degree from the University of Tokyo, Japan (1992) for his work on the analysis of operator behaviors of nuclear power plant operators during emergencies and development of a dynamic priorities alarm system and a knowledge-based emergency operator support system incorporating the operator behaviors. He holds two CPE’s, one from the Board of Certification in Professional Ergonomics, USA (#163), and one from the JES Certification Program for Professional Ergonomists, Japan.

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