Event | Defence Human Sciences Symposium 2018

The theme for this year's symposium is "Minder, Mentor, Minion, Mate: Warfighter roles in Future Complex Systems".

Defence has long recognised the capability advantage that teams provide over individual effort across the Defence domains (Land, Sea, Air, Joint). The study of human teams and the degree to which knowledge about human teams generalises to the opportunities and challenges presented by teams of human and non-human agents are therefore of critical importance.

The DHSS program will take place over two days.

Delegates interested in hearing more about the Human Performance Research network (HPRnet) can attend the HPRnet Symposium which will run the day before the DHSS in the same location.

The DHSS will include a number of keynote speakers as well as technical workshops and presentations. Presentations will be held in Curtin University's Bank West Lecture Theatre. The full program will be made available closer to the date.

Abstract submissions

Abstract submissions close at 5pm on Friday 28 September.

Abstracts should be submitted via Easychair. Please log in or create an account at the following website: 


The DHSS Organising Committee is aiming for a diverse program. Abstract submissions are invited for presentations, as well as workshops in a wide range of topics including, but not limited to, the following:

Defence-focused themes

  • Future technologies (including Biotechnology)
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Resilience
  • Support to operations
  • Trusted Autonomous Systems

Human Performance themes

  • Anthropometry
  • Cognitive enhancement and augmentation
  • Cognitive performance: From Perception to Decision Making
  • Food and nutrition
  • Physical augmentation (assistive technologies)
  • Physiology

Human Systems Analysis themes

  • Ergonomics and Human Systems Engineering
  • Human Systems Integration
  • Training and Education

Human Sciences in National Security themes

  • Cyber security
  • Evaluation of software tools and techniques
  • Mathematical and statistical modelling of social processes
  • Social and cultural analysis of groups
  • Social media exploitation

Methodologies themes

  • Ethics
  • Measurements and Metrics
  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Multidisciplinary Research
  • Tools and Techniques

Organisational Effectiveness themes

  • Health and Safety
  • Organisational Culture
  • Personnel Selection and Retention

 The above topics are indicative rather than all-inclusive. All submissions that directly relate to enhancing Human Sciences Capability will be considered.

Extended abstract submissions

  • Extended Abstracts of no more than 500 words are to be submitted. Full papers are not required.
  • Submission instructions and abstract template will be provided closer to the date.
  • The review committee will accept submissions describing theoretical and applied research, as well as discussion papers, and papers describing work-in-progress.
  • All submissions should be Unclassified.


Registration costs and details will be announced soon.

DHSS contacts

If you have any enquiries please email or contact the organising committee:

David Crone - - +61 8 738 93246
Sam Huff - +61 8 955 33571
Chris Best - +61 3 9626 7252
Tom Radtke - +61 (0)438 999 530

HPRnet Symposium contact

Tom Radtke -  +61 (0)438 999 530

Event information

Date and time

Thu 29 Nov 2018 8:00am to Fri 30 Nov 2018 5:00pm


Curtin University, Kent Street
Bentley, WA 6845

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