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Sarah Sharples

Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Faculty of Engineering



Professor Sarah Sharples is a Professor of Human Factors in the Department of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering and Pro-Vice Chancellor for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Nottingham. She completed her PhD in 1999 and has been a researcher, research manager or grant holder on a number of industrial, government and EU funded projects, including a long term programme of research for Network Rail examining implications, design and implementation of novel interfaces for railway control and use of rail simulation for human factors research. She is a CI in the Horizon Digital Economy Research Institute and Co-Director of the Horizon Doctoral Training Centre. She also leads a national Network Plus: Connected Everything, which brings together communities of computer scientists, manufacturing, design, business and engineering specialists to examine digital manufacturing. She is on the Science Advisory Council for the Department for Transport and was appointed as a council member for the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council in early 2018. She works in the domains of transport, healthcare and manufacturing, and is a Chartered Ergonomist and Human Factors Specialist. Her main areas of interest and expertise are Human-Computer Interaction, cognitive ergonomics and development of quantitative and qualitative research methodologies for examination of interaction with innovative technologies in complex systems. She was President of the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors from 2015-2016, and co-editor of the leading ergonomics/human factors text, Evaluation of Human Work, 4th edition (2015).

Professor Sharples is a member of the Human Factors Research Group.

Selected Publications

Downloadable one page CV

Future Research

I welcome enquiries from potential PhD candidates from Home, EU and international countries who are interested in the following research areas: Human factors and digital technologies, human factors in future transport, technologies to support healthcare, digital manufacturing, and intelligent mobility.

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