Human factors and automation in future railway systems


This special issue contributes to the achievement of challenges related to human factors and automation dedicated to future railway systems. It includes transverse research topics by considering several emerging trends as the design of learning systems, of grades of automation, of cooperative system, or of analysis approaches about feedback of experience. To do so, contributions are detailed in different railway organization levels as training, design, operation, or maintenance. There are based on field studies, on simulation environments or on accident reports. They reveal the value of taking the human into account in the control and supervisory loop for the design, the analysis and the evaluation of future railway systems. Human-centered automation can indeed make system more resilient to various risks and threats by including human contributions through different degrees of automation and modalities of human–machine interaction.

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Vanderhaegen, F., Burkhardt, JM., Fang, W. et al. Human factors and automation in future railway systems. Cogn Tech Work (2021).

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  • Grade of automation
  • Human error
  • Human–machine cooperation
  • Learning system
  • Rail accident
  • Railway maintenance
  • Human factors
  • Human-systems inclusion