49th ESReDA Seminar
October 29, 2015 – October 30, 2015 all-day
Clos Chapelle-aux-Champs
1200 Woluwe-Saint-Lambert
Micaela Demichela

The 49th ESReDA Seminar on:
Innovation through Human Factors in Risk Assessment and Maintenance
October 29-30, 2015, Clos Chapelle-aux-Champs, B-1200, Brussels, Belgium

Several research projects and programs on system safety engineering and Quantitative Risk Analysis in the last 40 years offered very strong evidence of the crucial role that human and organizational factors (HOFs) play in major accidents. According to this increasing concern toward the relevance of HOFs in limiting safety performance of complex socio-technical systems, considerable research effort has been spent worldwide in the last couple of decades. This resulted in a quite rich literature covering areas from theoretical bases, to accident investigation methods and application to major disasters, to very sophisticated modelling approaches and techniques of HOFs in Quantitative Risk Analysis.

Nevertheless, many of the models and applications described in scientific literature demonstrated a limited impact and a lack of integration with the standard procedures and the technical standards applied for the evaluation of the safety of critical equipment and infrastructures, resulting in to non-optimized management of risks.

This seminar will focus, amongst others, on the contributions of the researchers involved in the Marie Curie Project InnHF (www.innhf.eu) that – during its lifetime – addressed the problems described above. Addressing these problems is carried on through the formalization of theoretical and applied approaches able to integrate the current and to develop advanced assessment methods. The integrating approaches should comply with the recommendations and requirements expressed by recognized industrial standards and methodologies. Required approaches should be easy to use but and completely integrating human factors and comprehensive system health management approaches.

The aim of the seminar is thus to share within a wider scientific and technical community, to discuss and to compare the results of the proposed approaches, demonstrating how they can be translated into a factual design improvement initiatives for new or existing plants, machinery and critical infrastructures. Seminar’s conclusions should be able to provide leverages to achieve competitive and safe performances of complex systems (maximum availability, minimum unscheduled shutdowns of production, economic maintenance, minimum incident and accident, increased resilience and so on).

EU experts, researchers and engineers are invited to propose draft papers (max. 12 pages, not later than September 11th). The proposal should include clearly the subject, the co-authors, the layout of the work and its main features, a detailed description of the work done and the work still to be done with a general description of the expected results and a preliminary bibliography…

Topics include (but are not limited to)

  • Risk assessment and management techniques
  • Human and organisational factors assessments
  • Resilience Modelling and Simulation
  • Decision Support Systems (DSS)
  • Data collection, expertise & treatment
  • Reliability and maintenance
  • Prognostic, health monitoring and management
  • Maintenance modelling and planning
  • Maintenance effectiveness: indicators and measures
  • Maintenance and incidents/accidents occurrence
  • Maintenance: standards and specifications


  • Electrical power generation & supply
  • Gas & Oil production & transport
  • Railway transportation
  • Air transport
  • Process industry
  • Automotive industry
  • Mechanical industry
  • Supply chain process
  • Food industry…

Technical program committee

Emmanuel Ardillon (FR)
Piero Baraldi (IT)
Alaa Chateauneuf (FR)
Samuel Cromie (IE)
Micaela Demichela (IT)
Mohamed Eid (FR)
Luis Ferreira (PT)
Vittorio Flacco (CH)
Jean-Luc Gala (BE)
Henrik Kortner (NO)
André Lannoy (FR)
Chiara Leva (IE)
Ivan Macuzic (RS)
Tomasz Nowakowski (PL)
Mohammad Raza (CH)
John Stoop (NL)

Instructions for authors

The seminar language is English. Proposals of contributions (draft-papers) not longer than 12 pages in Words format following the instructions to authors that are available on ESReDA site:


Proposals should be sent before September 11th, 2015, to Micaela Demichela ([email protected]) with Mohamed Eid ([email protected]) in Cc.


Micaela Demichela ([email protected]) from Politecnico di Torino (Italy) and Mohamed Eid ([email protected])  from the CEA (France).

Also to visit:        https://www.esreda.org/

Registration & Fees

A registration form and information package for the venue will be available soon on the ESReDA website. Please notice that:

  • Speakers: One speaker per accepted paper is exempted.
  • ESReDA members: 3 participants/members are taken in charge by ESReDA.
  • Participants: Fees are 300 € to be paid by bank transfer to ESReDA account.


  • Deadline for draft-paper: September 11th, 2015
  • Notification to authors: September 25th, 2015
  • Submission of full papers: October 15st, 2015
  • ESReDA Project Group Meetings: October 28th, 2015
  • Date of Seminar: October 29-30th, 2015

Seminar Place


October 28, from 9 am to 5 pm : Vecquée 2 and Vecquée 9



October 29 and 30, from 9 am to 6 pm : room 42B


Accommodation in Brussels

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