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Event | Defence Human Sciences Symposium (DHSS) 2017

The Defence Human Sciences Symposium will be held on 6 and 7 November at the University of South Australia. 

Hosted by the Defence Science and Technology Group, the Defence Human Sciences Symposium (DHSS) is the principal Australian forum for those interested in the application of human sciences research to enhance Defence capability. The theme for this year’s symposium is “Human Sciences Innovation for the Future”. This year DHSS will provide an opportunity to learn more about the Human Performance Research Network (HPRnet) initiative.

For over 60 years Human Science scientists and engineers have employed innovative methods and contributed to significant outcomes for Defence. Initially located in Fishermen’s Bend, Victoria (as part of the then Aeronautical Research Laboratory) and now distributed across the country in universities, industry and Defence establishments, scientists and engineers continue to contribute to the development of many systems to support humans in varied and complex environments. This year’s symposium will reflect on what the Defence Human Sciences community has achieved so far and look forward to the opportunities and challenges that the next 60 years may bring for delivering world class support to Defence.

Preliminary Program

The DHSS program will take place over two days (with a third day immediately after DHSS open to delegates who are interested in hearing about the work conducted under the HPRnet initiative). The symposium will include a number of keynote speakers as well as technical workshops and presentations. The full program will be made available closer to the date. The DHSS Organising Committee is aiming for a diverse program. 

Call for Papers

Abstract submissions are invited on a range of topics relating to enhancing Human Sciences Capability, including but not limited to:

Defence-focused themes

  • Future technologies
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Resilience
  • Support to operations
  • Trusted Autonomous Systems

Human Performance

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

Human Systems Analysis

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

Human Sciences in National Security

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


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

Organisational Effectiveness

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

Abstract Submissions

  • Abstracts of no more than 500 words should be subitted via the DHSS website.
  • Authors will be notified of the review outcomes shortly. 
  • 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.
  • The closing date for abstracts has been extended until 4 September 2017.


Registration costs and details will be announced soon.


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

David Crone –  - 08 7389 3246
Tom Radtke – – 0438 999 530 


Event information

Date and time

Mon 6 Nov 2017 (All day) to Tue 7 Nov 2017 (All day)


University of South Australia
Mawson Lakes Boulevard
Mawson Lakes, SA 5001