The Legacy of Jens Rasmussen

Adjunct ODAM 2014 Symposium

August 20th noon – August 21st noon, 2014 

Call for Papers

The work of Jens Rasmussen over the course of the last half century represents some of the most influential contributions to the field of safety science, human error and accident research. His work has influenced researchers and practitioners in a number of fields including psychology, engineering, sociology and human factors. In more recent years a large amount of research has been inspired by theoretical and practical aspects of Rasmussen’s work including his models of the boundaries of safe operation and performance and methods such as Cognitive Work Analysis and graphical support for accident investigation such as AcciMaps. To take only one instance, his work on the Risk Management Framework has been cited over 1000 times since its original publication in 1997. In 2013, Jens Rasmussen was elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering of the USA.

See also recently published overview  in: Le Coze, JC. 2014. Reflecting on Jens Rasmussen,s legacy. A strong program for a hard problem. Safety Science.

In this adjunct symposium to the ODAM 2014 conference we want to celebrate and reflect on the legacy of Jens Rasmussen’s work. A key aim of the symposium is to generate discussion and debate in the light of Rasmussen’s work about the new directions and the future of safety science.

A special issue in the journal Applied Ergonomics will be devoted to papers selected from the Symposium.

Keynote: Penelope Sanderson, (University of Queensland) Cognitive systems engineering: Shaping understanding with constraints

Confirmed presentations: Richard Cook (Kungliga Tekniska Hogskölan/Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden), Neelam Naikar (Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO), Australia), Robert Wears (University of Florida, USA/Imperial College, London, UK), Paul Salmon (University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia), Jean-Christophe Le Coze (Institut National de l’Environnement Industriels et des Risques, France), David Embrey (Human Reliability Associates, UK), and Patrick Waterson (Loughborough University, UK),

Registration for this Legacy Symposium is possible independent of or in combination with registration for the ODAM/NES conference. .

Day 1 of the symposium will take place at the venue of the ODAM conference at DGI-Byen in central Copenhagen and Day 2 will be held at Risø, the former nuclear test reactor facility where Jens for many years headed the Electronics Dept. and where he began his work on human-machine interaction. Buses will take participants between the venues and to Copenhagen airport.

Programme flyer




Registration fees 

Registration until August 5: 150 Euros

Registration after August 5: 250 Euros

Dinner Wednesday evening August 20: 65 Euros

Programme Committee: Patrick Waterson (Chair), Jean-Christophe Le Coze, John Paulin Hansen, Henning Boje Andersen

Local organising committee: Henning Boje Andersen (Chair), John Paulin Hansen, Ole Broberg, Tina Weller
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