CERG is housed within the ARC Key Centre for Human Factors and Applied Cognitive Psychology (KCHF), and its activities are hosted by The University of Queensland Usability Laboratory (UQUL). CERG members are associated with UQ's School of Psychology, School of ITEE, and School of Medicine.

International calls to Australia: telephone prefix: +61 7  then local 8-digit number.
Interstate from within Australia:  telephone prefix:  07 then local 8-digit number.
Buildings: 47=Axon/ITEE, 78=General Purpose South/ITEE, 24A=McElwain (Psych/KCHF/UQUL)



CERG Personnel & Volunteers


  • Professor of Cognitive Engineering and Human Factors
    Location: MC123 McElwain Building, UQ
    Ph: 0407 288 695 or 3346-9529
    E: psanderson@itee.uq.edu.au

    Research Interests/Activities: Cognitive engineering; sonification, and multimodal displays

  • Dr Birgit Brecknell (nee Planitz)
    Research Scientist and Engineer
    Location: MC136 McElwain Building, UQ
    Ph: (07) 3365-6700
    E: b.planitz@uq.edu.au

    Research Interests/Activities: Healthcare ethnography, Matlab programming

  • Dr David Liu
    Honorary Research Fellow, School of ITEE; ARC co-PI, UQ MBBS student
    Location: MC136 McElwain Building, UQ
    Ph: 0403 883 305
    E: davel@itee.uq.edu.au

    Research Interests/Activities: Head-mounted displays, anesthesia monitoring, simulation technology (PI on ARC CERG grants DP140101821 and DP140101822)

  • Honorary Research Fellow, School of Psychology, UQ; ARC grant co-PI; Lecturer, Univ of Wurzburg
    Location: University of Wurzburg, Germany

    Research Interests/Activities: Interruptions, distractions, and prospective memory (ARC DP140101821)

  • Ismail Mohamed
    CERG Research Engineer
    Location: MC143 McElwain Building, UQ
    E: ismail@itee.uq.edu.au

    Research Interests/Activities: Multiple patient monitoring; video glasses, auditory information systems; systems integration

  • Anna Hickling
    Research Coordinator
    Location: MC136 McElwain Building, UQ
    E: a.hickling@uq.edu.au

    Research Interests/Activities: Auditory information systems in healthcare.

  • Dr Robert "Butch" Loeb
    Honorary Associate Professor, School of Psychology, UQ; Associate Professor, University of Arizona
    E: rloeb@anesth.arizona.edu

    Research Interests/Activities: Simulation in healthcare; design of novel displays for medical equipment (ARC DP140101822)

  • Tsz-Lok Tang
    CERG Research Coordinator
    Location: MC136 McElwain Building
    Ph: 3365 6850
    E: t.tang2@uq.edu.au

    Research Interests/Activities: Head-worn displays and spearcons



Research Students


  • Mia McLanders
    PhD student (Psych)
    Location: MC138 McElwain Building, UQ
    E: mia.mclanders@uqconnect.edu.au

    Research Interests/Activities: Human factors in healthcare: neonatal resuscitation teamwork

  • Chiara Santomauro
    PhD student (Psych) [from 1 May 2014]
    Location: MC138 McElwain Building, UQ
    E: chiara.santomauro@uqconnect.edu.au

    Research Interests/Activities: The impact of interruptions on human performance

  • Kelly Hinckfuss
    PhD student
    Location: MC138 McElwain Building, UQ
    E: kelly.hinckfuss@uqconnect.edu.au

    Research Interests/Activities: Monitoring neonatal physiological status

  • Tara McCurdie
    PhD student (ITEE)
    Location: Gordon Greenwood Level 5
    E: tara.mccurdie@uqconnect.edu.au

    Research Interests/Activities: Healthcare human factors and interruptions

  • Mike Pascale
    PhD Student (Psych)
    Location: MC138 McElwain Building
    E: m.pascale@uq.edu.au

    Research Interests/Activities: Human factors and multimodal display systems

  • Caitlin Browning
    BPsySci(Hons) thesis student, Psychology
    Location: MC138/MC142
    E: caitlin.browning@uqconnect.edu.au

    Research Interests/Activities: Head-worn displays and auditory alerts; LiveCode programming

  • Estrella Paterson
    PhD Student (Psych)
    Location: MC138/MC441 McElwain Building
    E: estrella.paterson@uqconnect.edu.au

    Research Interests/Activities: Auditory information systems in healthcare

  • Sokyee Leong
    BPsySci(Hons) thesis student, Psychology
    Location: MC138/MC441 McElwain Building
    E: sokyee.leong@uq.net.au

    Research Interests/Activities: Spearcons for patient monitoring

  • Hai Ping Lim
    BPsySci(Hons) thesis student, Psychology
    Location: MC138/MC441 McElwain Building
    E: hai.lim@uq.net.au

    Research Interests/Activities: Pitch-based earcons for patient monitoring

  • Erik Wolf
    University of Würzburg
    Location: MC138/MC441 McElwain Building
    E: e.wolf@uq.edu.au

    Research Interests/Activities: Multiple-patient monitoring with auditory displays and head-worn displays

  • Sara Klueber
    University of Würzburg
    Location: MC138/MC441 McElwain Building
    E: s.klueber@uq.edu.au

    Research Interests/Activities: Multiple-patient monitoring with auditory displays and head-worn displays

  • Jonathan Gao
    PhD student, Griffith University
    Location: Macrossan Building, Griffith University
    E: jonathan.gao@griffithuni.edu.au

    Research Interests/Activities: Interruptions in healthcare



Non-UQ collaborators on current grants


  • University of Arizona
    Location: University of Arizona
    E: rloeb@u.arizona.edu

    Research Interests/Activities: Simulation in healthcare; design of novel displays for medical equipment (ARC DP140101822)

  • Director of Research, PAH ICU
    Location: PAH ICU

    Research Interests/Activities: Critical care, workplace interruptions (PA Foundation Grant 2013, ARC DP140101821)

  • Prof, Griffith Uni; PAH
    Location: PAH; Griffith University

    Research Interests/Activities: Critical care, workplace interruptions (PA Foundation Grant 2013, ARC DP140101821)

  • Prof, Griffith University; Honorary Prof, School of Psychology, Univ of Queensland
    Location: Macrossan Building, Griffith University

    Research Interests/Activities: Resilience engineering, cognitive systems engineering (ARC DP140101821)

  • Honorary Research Fellow, School of Psychology, UQ; ARC grant co-PI; Lecturer, Univ of Wurzburg
    Location: University of Wurzburg, Germany

    Research Interests/Activities: Interruptions, distractions, and prospective memory (ARC DP140101821)

  • Senior Research Scientist, DSTO
    Location: Joint and Operational Analysis Division, DSTO Edinburgh
    E: david.crone@dsto.defence.gov.au

    Research Interests/Activities: Cognitive work analysis. (DSTO RA 2013/1192983/1)

  • Senior Staff Specialist, Neonatology
    Location: Mater Mothers Hospital South Brisbane

    Research Interests/Activities: Neonatal resuscitation training

  • Location: Lingnan University, Hong Kong
    E: simonli2@Ln.edu.hk

    Research Interests/Activities: Spearcons for patient monitoring; interruptions



Other Collaborators and recent alumni


  • Location: Monash Medical Centre
    Ph: 0404 055 671
    E: stumarshall@netspace.net.au

    Research Interests/Activities: Team performance and communication in anesthesia

  • UQ Postdoctoral Researcher and 2014 UQ Fellowship from AAA, held at Harvard Medical School
    Ph: 0401 204 295
    E: mbthompson@psy.uq.edu.au

    Research Interests/Activities: Multimodal displays, judgment and decision-making, fingerprint ID, science communication

  • Location: St Louis MO, USA
    E: cara.stitzlein@uqconnect.edu.au

    Research Interests/Activities: Human factors in healthcare and health informatics

  • Alumna and coauthor
    Location: MISCH at UQ
    E: maureen.hassall@uqconnect.edu.au

    Research Interests/Activities: CWA and chemical engineering

  • Alumna and coauthor
    Location: MISCH at UQ
    E: maestrotania@gmail.com

    Research Interests/Activities: Organisational psychology; workplace coordination; CWA

  • Alumnus and coauthor
    Location: MC138 McElwain Building, UQ
    E: matthew.tsai@uqconnect.edu.au

    Research Interests/Activities: Head-mounted displays

  • Senior Research Engineer (NICTA)
    Location: NICTA Queensland Research Laboratory
    E: clinton.freeman@nicta.com.au

    Research Interests/Activities: Databrary; UserMetrix; OpenSHAPA

  • Research collaborator
    Location: Haifa, Israel

    Research Interests/Activities: Simulation in healthcare and aviation

  • Alumna
    Location: Airservices Australia

    Research Interests/Activities: Cognitive systems engineering, ATC, mining industry, hydropower.

  • CERG International Research Affiliate
    Location: Head, Interaction Design Centre, Middlesex University
    E: w.wong@mdx.ac.uk

    Research Interests/Activities: Hydropower system control room and display design (ARC and ACCS funding)

  • Research collaborator; Research Engineer, Powerlink P/L
    Location: Grid Controls Planning Powerlink Queensland P/L
    Ph: 3866-1432
    E: rmemisevic@powerlink.com.au

    Research Interests/Activities: Power system stability and control; cognitive engineering

  • Research collaborator; Director of Research, Dept of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, RAH
    Location: Royal Adelaide Hospital and University of Adelaide
    E: john.russell@adelaide.edu.au

    Research Interests/Activities: Advanced auditory and visual displays for anaesthesia (ARC DP PI and NHMRC co-CI) and associate advisor of MPhil student David Liu

  • Research collaborator; Staff Anaesthetist, RAH Clinical Lecturer, Univ of Adelaide
    Location: Royal Adelaide Hospital and University of Adelaide Simulation Unit
    E: sjenkins@mail.rah.sa.gov.au

    Research Interests/Activities: Anaesthesia simulation, human factors as applied to anaesthesia (ARC collaborator and NHMRC co-CI)

  • Research collaborator; Senior Staff Specialist Anaesthetist, RPAH
    Location: Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney

    Research Interests/Activities: Anaesthesia standards and alarms (ANZCA co-CI)

  • CERG PhD graduate; Research Engineer
    Location: Human Factors & Cognition Research Lab, Thales Res &Tech NL
    E: stas.krupenia@icis.decis.nl

    Research Interests/Activities: Visual and auditory attention, head-mounted displays

  • Assoc Professor School of Medicine
    Location: QH Skills Development Centre and School of Medicine, Herston
    Ph: 3636-6516 or 0447 189 758 (m)
    E: marcus_watson@health.qld.gov.au

    Research Interests/Activities: Sonification; simulation in healthcare; medical education

  • Location: University of Würzburg, Germany
    E: paul.schlosser@stud-mail.uni-wuerzburg.de

    Research Interests/Activities: Head-worn displays for patient monitoring



CERG and UQUL Areas


Function Location Comments
Whole CERG group All staff and students in CERG group cerg@itee.uq.edu.au
Usability Laboratory Control Room Scheduled experimenters 24A-143 (UQUL area)
3365-6400
Test room phone numbers suppressed to avoid disruption to experiments.
UQUL AV/Data Analysis Room Part time UQUL users and research assistants 24A-183 (UQUL area)
3365-7194
UQUL Briefing Room Part time UQUL users and research assistants 24A-139 (UQUL area)
n/a