Human Factors Research Group
Professor John Wilson
POSITION John Wilson is Professor of Human Factors at the University of Nottingham. John
Professor of Human Factors is also Principal Ergonomist for knowledge and strategy at Network Rail. He was
QUALIFICATIONS & founder and first Director of the University's Institute for Occupational
MEMBERSHIPS Ergonomics, Centre for Rail Human Factors and the Virtual Reality Applications
B.Tech Industrial Research Team (VIRART), and co-founder of the University of Nottingham Mixed
Engineering & Management, Reality Laboratory. Earlier appointments were at Loughborough University,
1973; M.Sc. Ergonomics, Birmingham University, UC Berkeley and University of New South Wales. He is a
1983; PhD Work Design & Chartered Psychologist and a Chartered Engineer, and Fellow of the Ergonomics
Ergonomics; DSc Human Society (http://www.ergonomics.org.uk), and of the British Psychological Society,
Factors, 2005. the Human Factors Society and the Institution of Engineering and Technology. He
Chartered Engineer C.Eng.; has been manager, principal investigator or grant holder on over 75 major grants
Chartered Psychologist from Research Councils, government, the European Union and public bodies, and
CPsychol.; Registered carried out research or consultancy for over 100 companies. For European work
European Ergonomist, he has acted as coordinator, technical manager, or integration manager for a
EurEng.;Fellow Ergonomics number of projects and as evaluator, reviewer and rapporteur for the
Society, FErgS.; President- Commission. He has authored over 500 publications with more than 300 in
Elect, The Ergonomics refereed books, journals or conferences and is Editor-in-Chief of Applied
Society. Ergonomics. He was awarded the Ergonomics Society Sir Frederic Bartlett Medal
in 1995, the Ergonomics Society President’s Medal in 2007 and was the 2008
recipient of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Distinguished
International Colleague Award.
SELECTED PROFESSIONAL HISTORY
John researches and consults in all areas of human factors, with particular
interests in socio-technical systems, human-centred design, collaborative work,
virtual environments, participative ergonomics and rail human factors.
Distinguished Overseas Colleague Award, Human Factors and Ergonomics
Society Lecturer Medal of the Ergonomics Society, 2008
President’s Medal of the Ergonomics Society (as member of NR Ergonomics
Sir Frederic Bartlett Medal of the Ergonomics Society, 1995.
Pickup, L., and Wilson, J. R., 2007. Mental Workload Assessment and the
Baysari, M.T., Caponecchia, C., McIntosh, A.S. and Wilson, J.R., 2009,
Classification of errors contributing to rail incidents and accidents: A comparison
of two human error identification techniques. Safety Science, 47, 948-957.
Wilson, J.R., Ryan, B, Schock, A and Pitsopoulos, J, 2009, Understanding safety
and production risks in rail engineering planning and protection, 52, 774-790.
Wilson, J.R., Vaegen-Lloyd, J-R and Caponecchia, C, 2009. Workshop-based
methodology to understand the risks in grain export inspection and certification.
Ergonomics, 52, 759-773.