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Adaptive learning technology - the future of marine fatigue risk mitigation

Working with an industry leader in learning solutions (Training Works Inc.) and a global leader in geospatial interoperability (Compusult), this project explored fatigue risk mitigation strategies in the marine industry. Funded through the Ocean Super Cluster, this project included the development of a fatigue monitoring application which incorporated biodata (realtime heart rate), subjective assessments of fatigue, sleep quality and duration, reaction time (psychomotor vigilance task), and vessel environmental conditions (movement, temperature, air quality, and vibration). The results from this project will be used to further develop a greater understanding of fatigue risk for a personal and industry-wide perspective. 

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In-flight emergency Response

We collected real-time physiological data such as heart rate, respiration rate, and galvanic skin response during simulated in-flight emergencies. We also collected flight instrument visual scanning through wireless eye tracking. The findings have been published in two peer-reviewed journal articles.

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Offshore Helicopter Crew Training

As part of a larger study over a three year period, we investigated aspects of training related to skill development and crew resource management. Our findings have been published in two peer-reviewed journal articles.

Lifeboat Operations

We have explored piloting an offshore lifeboat in icy conditions and the integration of survival equipment into emergency abandonment procedures. The findings from these projects have been published in two peer-reviewed journal articles.

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Helicopter underwater egress training

While working for several organizations, we have completed a number of studies to explore human performance during the completion of helicopter underwater egress training. Primary areas of focus explored the influence of crash attenuating seats, forces required to jettison emergency exits, immersion suit snag hazards analyses, integration of emergency breathing systems during egress, and how types of emergency exits influence overall survival rates.  The results of these studies have been published in 15 peer-reviewed journal articles.

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long-term cold exposure

To replicate the conditions that might be experienced after a ship grounding or plane crash in a remote northern location, we explored physiological and cognitive functioning during 24-hours of exposure at an ambient temperature 7.5˚C. To date, this is the longest cold-exposure experiment ever completed under controlled conditions. Participants completed a battery of cognitive tests every 6 hours while all physiological functions (heart rate, respiration rate, and heat flow) were continuously monitored. Cortisol levels, neuromuscular functioning, and cold induced vasodilation measures were also collected at regular intervals. Findings from this study have been published in two peer-reviewed journal articles. 

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Offshore Emergency response

We explored the offshore emergency response process through a human system integration approach. Specifically, we considered the team's response in relationship to internal and external resources, available technology, and individuals involved in managing the situation. As part of this research, we developed an emergency response focus board that provided real-time visual aids to increase the level of situation awareness for the entire onshore and offshore team. The findings have been published in a peer-reviewed journal article.

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