Dr Alphonse Chapanis Bibliography

The Centre and its members have been recognised for their innovative research and for their contribution to knowledge and practice. Recent awards include:


Paul Salmon (ARC Discovery Project) was awarded $387,756 over 3 years for his project titled “NextGen Accident Prevention: a new theory and toolkit for safer systems”

Gemma Read (ARC DECRA) was awarded $361,996 over 3 years for her project titled “Human factors approaches for the safe introduction of autonomous vehicles”


It gives me great pleasure to advise that our team is the winner of  the USC’s 2017 Advance Award.

“Your team application has been assessed by a carefully selected group of your peers, and I have taken their expert advice that your contribution is worthy of an ASE award for Advancing the Student Experience. This award is for individual staff or teams who engage with students outside of the classroom or teaching environments to make an outstanding contribution that substantially improves their overall experience at USC”.



The Awards for Excellence in Research, which recognise outstanding contributions and achievements that have advanced research productivity and output, were presented to Dr Gemma Read.


Tony Carden, Paul Salmon and Natassia Goode received the best paper award at the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human FactorsAnnual conference for their paper ‘Setting the Standard: A Systems Approach to the Design and Evaluation of Safety Standards’.


Paul Salmon was awarded the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Australia’s Ron Cumming Memorial Medal for his contribution to Human Factors research and practice. Here is Paul receiving the award at the HFESA annual conference on the gold coast.

Timothy Neville was awarded the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society’s Alphonse Chapanis best student paper award at the 60th annual meeting in Washington for his paper on teamwork in AFL umpiring teams.


Amanda Clacy nominated for best student paper at the Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics Conference 2015 (co-authored with Natassia Goode and Paul Salmon)

Nick Stevens, OLT citation awards in recognition for his significant contribution to USCs urban planning teaching programs

Nick Stevens, Best Art in Research, USC Research Week

Amanda Clacy and Clare Dallat, Joint winners of Best HDR presentation, USC Research Week


Paul Salmon awarded the University of the Sunshine Coast’s Vice Chancellor and President’s Medal for Research Excellence

Gemma Read, Monash Injury Research Institute 3 minute thesis winner

Paul Salmon received the Australian Aviation Psychology Symposium best paper award for a co-authored paper on decision making at rail level crossings


Paul Salmon received the Peter Vulcan Award for Best Research Paper at the 2013 Australasian Road Safety Research, Policing and Education Conference for a first authored paper on cyclist situation awareness. The award was judged based on the following criteria: scientific/ technical merit of the work, potential contribution to road safety, and originality of approach

Natassia Goode received the Best presentation award at the Faculty of Arts and Business Day,  USC Research Week


Paul Salmon and Gemma Read received the Australian Aviation Psychology Symposium best paper award for a co-authored paper on the Kerang rail level crossing crash

Paul Salmon received the Monash University Award for Excellence in Research by Early Career Researchers (Central Portfolios), August


Paul Salmon was nominated as a finalist (1 of 3) in the  Scopus Young Australian Researcher of the Year Award. Humanities and Social Sciences. Award based on last two years of research outputs, and involves research impact and esteem measures using the objective Scopus database


Paul Salmon was awarded the Monash University Accident Recent Centre’s Early Career Researcher Award 2009, and subsequently nominated for the Monash University Vice Chancellor’s ECR Award 2009.


Paul Salmon and his colleagues from the Human Factors Integration Defence Technology Centre consortium were awarded the Ergonomics Society Presidents Medal Award 2008. The Presidents medal is awarded to groups whose work has made a significant contribution to original research, development of methodology or application of knowledge within the field of ergonomics.


Paul and his colleagues were awarded the 2007 Royal Aeronautical Society’s Hodgson Medal and Bronze Award for best research and paper for a research project and journal article on the development of a method to predict pilot errors.

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One of his most notable projects was his work as a consultant on the development of the keypad for push-button telephones. He tested six configurations of buttons, one with two vertical rows of five keys, one with two horizontal rows of five keys, and four three-by-three arrangements with the 10th key placed either above, below or to either side of the square. The configuration that was chosen has remained the standard, even with the miniaturization of phones brought on by mobile technology.

Dr. Chapanis was also a consultant on the development of teleconferencing and voice mail, and helped improve oil exploration techniques and commercial shipping operations.

Alphonse Chapanis was born in Meriden, Conn., on March 17, 1917. He is survived by his wife, Vivian, of Towson, Md.; two children, Roger, of Seattle, and Linda Chapanis Fox of Honolulu; four stepchildren; and seven grandchildren.

In his 1999 autobiography, ''The Chapanis Chronicles,'' he reviewed his career and provided a history of his field, which has been known as psychophysical systems research, engineering psychology, human factors, human engineering and, finally, ergonomics. He also revealed his cold war intelligence-gathering on government-sponsored trips to Europe, where he reported on the Soviet space program.

He also shed light on the attitudes of some corporate executives in the years before huge product-liability judgments. He described a meeting in a private showroom with Lynn A. Townsend, the chairman of Chrysler.

''I was looking at a sporty model that had a steering column with a sharply pointed tip extending an inch or two beyond the steering wheel,'' he wrote. ''Townsend asked me what I thought about it. My exact, or very nearly exact, words were: 'Mr. Townsend, do you know what you've designed here? You've designed a spear aimed at the driver's heart.' I also remember distinctly his cynical reply, 'Doc, it'll sell.' ''

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