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Event | RN-UDS International Expert Seminar and Information Session

The Research Network for Undersea Decision Superiority is holding a special guest seminar and information session "Linking human sciences research to undersea and regional superiority" during February 2020.

The RN-UDS Chair, CDRE Steve Davies, will discuss the link between research and practice, and how an investment in human sciences research will help Australia achieve its goal of regional superiority. Two renowned international experts in human factors research will present their perspectives on the latest research directions.

The seminar will also include information about the Network’s second call for project proposals and a Q&A session.

The event is open to interested academics, students, defence industry or defence personnel however, attendance is limited so please ensure you register using the Eventbrite website.


Professor Catherine Burns

Professor Catherine Burns PhD, MSc, BEng. Executive Director, Centre for Bioengineering and Biotechnology, University of Waterloo, Canada.

Catherine is a Systems Design Engineering Professor conducting research in Ecological Interface Design (EID), cognitive work analysis, and graphical interface design and visualization, which has been applied in military systems, healthcare, power plant control, and oil and gas refining. EID draws design principles from both ecological psychology and engineering with the aim of presenting the operator with all the information needed to understand how to achieve plant goals while using a transparent interface.

Dr Susan Kirschenbaum

Dr Susan Kirschenbaum PhD, BSC.

Susan received her Ph.D. in experimental psychology from the University of Rhode Island and had a 33 year career as an Engineering Psychologist / Cognitive Scientist at the US Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division. Susan performed research investigating the relationship between human cognition and the information systems used by Navy personnel including such virtual reality environments as submarine and surface ship handling training environments and undersea virtual environments for visualizing target motion analysis of passive sonar contacts.

She has continuing interests in expertise and in the effects of uncertainty and other information variables on decision making. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and has been a Visiting Scientist in both the US and Australia and served as a Technology Fellow for the Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group.

CDRE Steve Davies

CDRE Steve Davies, Chair, RN-UDS

Steve is a strategic leader with a strong analytical mind and a clear focus on the individuals who are the foundation of any organisation. He served for 30 years in the Royal Australian Navy, culminating in appointments as the Submarine Force Commander and Director General Submarine Capability, and has been a senior consultant to the submarine industry for many years. Steve’s knowledge of and experience in the submarine business is acknowledged across Navy, the CASG and industry.

Seminar Registration

Dates and Times


NSW (Sydney)

9:00am – 12:00pm

17 February 2020

Room 115, UNSW Business School, University of New South Wales, High St, Kensington, Sydney

VIC (Melbourne)

9:00am - 12:00pm

18 February 2020

Forum Theatre, Rm 153, Lvl 1), Arts West North Wing (Bld 148A), Professors Walk, University of Melbourne, Melbourne

SA (Adelaide)

9:00am - 12:00pm

19 February 2020

Room 2.1 (Lvl 2), Flinders University Victoria Square Campus, 182 Victoria Square

WA (Perth)

9:00am - 12:00pm

20 February 2020

Curtin St George Terrace, 139 St Georges Terrace, Perth

QLD (Brisbane)

1:00pm - 4:00pm

21 February 2019

OJW Room, Level 12, S Block, Gardens Point Campus, QUT, 2 George St, Brisbane

Event information

Date and time

Mon 17 Feb 2020 9:00am to Fri 21 Feb 2020 4:00pm