BA (Hons 1) (UWA), MA, PhD (Toronto)

Professor Penelope Sanderson is Professor of Cognitive Engineering and Human Factors at The University of Queensland, where she leads the Cognitive Engineering Research Group and directs the UQ Usability Laboratory. Her research focuses on analysing, modelling and designing human-system fit in complex safety-critical systems such as critical care environments, air traffic control, and chemical plants. Her research contributes to theory, methodology and substantive practical outcomes in these areas.

  • Professor of Computer Science at Swinburne University of Technolog; Inaugural Director of the Swinburne Computer Human Interaction Laboratory (SCHIL), 1997-2001.
  • Assistant Professor / tenured Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1985-1996.
  • Associate Editor: Human Factors, 2014-present; Journal of Experimental Psychology, 2012-2013; International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, 2002-2005.
  • Editorial Board: Journal of Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making; Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied; Cognition, Technology, and Work.
  • Fellow of the USA-based Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES), 2012
  • Franklin V Taylor Award, Division 21, American Psychological Association (APA), 2012
  • Paul M Fitts Educator Award, HFES, 2012
  • Distinguished International Colleague Award, HFES, 2004
  • Jerome Ely Award for the Best Paper in Human Factors, HFES, 1990 and again in 2005
  • Vuckovic, A., Sanderson, P., Neal, A., Gaukrodger, S., & Wong, W. (2013). Relative Position Vectors: An alternative approach to conflict detection in Air Traffic Control. Human Factors, 55(5), 946-964.
  • Anderson, J. & Sanderson, P. M. (2009). Sonification design for complex work domains: Dimensions and distractors. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, 15(3), 183-198.
  • Grundgeiger, T., & Sanderson, P. (2009). Interruptions in healthcare: Theoretical views. International Journal of Medical Informatics, 78(5), 293-307.
  • Sanderson, P. M., Watson, M. O., Russell, W. J., Jenkins, S., Liu, D., Green, N., Llewelyn, K., Cole, P., Shek, V., Krupenia, S. (2008). Advanced auditory displays and head mounted displays: Advantages and disadvantages for monitoring by the distracted anesthesiologist. Anesthesia and Analgesia, 106(6), 1787-1797.
  • Sanderson, P. (2006). The multimodal world of medical monitoring displays. Applied Ergonomics, 37(4), 501-512.
  • Naikar, N and Sanderson, P (2001) Evaluating system design proposals with work domain analysis, Human Factors 43(4), 529-542.