Donald Harris


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1992 …2019
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Don has over 30 years of experience in Human Factors in the Aerospace, Automotive and Defence Industries. He is a Fellow and a Chartered Member of the Institute for Human Factors and Ergonomics and a Chartered Psychologist. He is currently engaged with COMAC (the new Chinese aircraft manufacturer) on the design and certification of flight deck interfaces and is working on an innovative aircraft concept with a UK consortium of consisting of GE; BAE Systems Southampton University and Coventry, funded by Innovate UK.

Don was a member of the FAA/EASA Human Factors Certification Working Group that developed the new certification rules for civil aircraft flight decks and was an accident investigator attached to the Division of Army Aviation. Don is a member of the Human Factors National Technical Committee for Aerospace and Defence; is the Human Factors Special Adviser on the National Air Traffic Services Safety Review Committee and is a Visiting Professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. He was also a Visiting Academic in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan RoC. Don was awarded the 2006 Hodgson prize by the Royal Aeronautical Society and in 2008 was part of the team that received the Ergonomics Society President’s Medal. Don has been chair of the Engineering Psychology and Cognitive Ergonomics conference series since 1996. He has published over 250 journal, conference papers and book chapters and has edited or written 22 books on Human Factors.

Area of Expertise:

Human Factors in Aviation

Research Interests

Human Factors; Human-System Integration

Vision Statement

My current research is aimed at embedding Human Factors into all aspects of engineering System design, development and operation. Modern Human Factors is no longer simply concerned with design of products and interfaces. By adopting an integrated Systems approach (encompassing design; training; person specification; operations; health and safety and environmental issues) significant enhancements in capability, safety and reductions in operational cost can be achieved. Using this ‘through life’ approach my current research interests are in developing novel concepts for design and operation (especially in the aerospace sector) and the spin out of human factors applications developed in this arena to other domains (e.g. the automotive, rail and marine sectors).

Education/Academic qualification

Doctorate, Cranfield University

… → 1988

External positions

Visiting Professor, Shanghai Jiao Tong University


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Research Output 1992 2019

Dissociation Between Mental Workload, Performance, and Task Awareness in Pilots of High Performance Aircraft

Mansikka, H. P., Virtanen, K. & Harris, D., Feb 2019, In : IEEE Transactions on Human-Machine Systems . 49, 1, p. 1-9 9 p., 8506440.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Man machine systems

Editorial: Ergonomics and Human Factors in Aviation

Stanton, N. A., Li, W-C. & Harris, D., 2019, In : Ergonomics. 62, 2, p. 131-137 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Human Engineering
Human engineering
air traffic

Taking to the Skies: Developing a Dedicated MSc Course in Aviation Human Factors

Stedmon, A. W., Grant, R., Harris, D., Legg, S., Scott, S., Richards, D., Huddlestone, J. & Blundell, J., 1 Jan 2019, Proceedings of the 20th Congress of the International Ergonomics Association (IEA 2018) - Volume IV: Organizational Design and Management ODAM, Professional Affairs, Forensic. Springer-Verlag London Ltd, Vol. 821. p. 57-61 5 p. (Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing; vol. 821).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference proceeding

Human engineering
Cabins (aircraft)

Comparison of NASA-TLX scale, Modified Cooper-Harper scale and mean inter-beat interval as measures of pilot mental workload during simulated flight tasks

Mansikka, H., Virtanen, K. & Harris, D., 30 Apr 2018, In : Ergonomics. (In-Press), p. (In-Press) 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Human Engineering
Artificial Intelligence

Activities 1994 2016

  • 62 Participation in conference

18th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction

Donald Harris (Chair)
17 Jul 201622 Jul 2016

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17th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction

Donald Harris (Chair)
2 Aug 20157 Aug 2015

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EUROCONTROL Annual International Safety Seminar

Donald Harris (Speaker)
5 Oct 20157 Oct 2015

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Royal Aeronautical Society Conference The Aircraft Commander In The 21st Century: Decision - Making - Are We On The Right Path?

Donald Harris (Speaker)
25 Mar 201426 Mar 2014

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First South African Symposium on Human Factors in Aviation

Donald Harris (Keynote Speaker)
28 Jan 201430 Jan 2014

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Award for Best Applied Defence Research

Don Harris (Recipient), 2007

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

air force
decision making
decision making

Best Paper of 77th Aerospace Medical Association Annual Scientific Meeting

Don Harris (Recipient), 2006

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

factor analysis

Ergonomics Society President’s Medal

Don Harris (Recipient), 2008

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Human engineering

Royal Aeronautical Society Bronze Award (2006) including Hodgson Prize

Don Harris (Recipient), 2006

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)