Available supervisors

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Dr Soufiane Boufous

Field of Research (FoR): Road Safety
Tel: +61 2 9385 6227
Email: soufiane@unsw.edu.au

Recent or suggested topics include:

  • Reporting of aviation crashes in Australian newspapers.
  • Airline safety in the age of social media.
  • The analysis of digital flight data to monitor the performance of flying students.
  • Trends and characteristic s of runway incursions in Australia. Analysis of ATSB aviation safety investigations and reports.
  • Factors that contribute to pilot shortage in Australia.
  • Data integration and aviation safety.

Dr Carlo Caponecchia

Field of Research (FoR): Human Factors and Safety
Tel: +61 2 9385 7184
Email: carloc@unsw.edu.au

Recent or suggested topics include:

  • Driving home drowsy: drowsiness on commuter trips.
  • Validation of selection tests for trainee pilots.
  • Assessing safety knowledge, skills and competencies in management.
  • Assessing the validity of trainee Pilot selection tests.
  • Methods for providing feedback on trainee pilot visual scanning.
  • Driver distraction from smartphone use, including voice control activation.
  • Driver drowsiness on short commuter trips.
  • Reliability and usability of methods for understanding complex systems and incidents (eg., FRAM).
  • Evaluating methods for error and incident classification. 
  • Safety management, practices and responsibilities for transnational operations.
  • Aviation health and wellbeing: physical and mental health of crew and passengers.
  • Improving injury data classification and management.

Dr Tay T.R. Koo

Field of Research (FoR): Air Transportation and Freight Services, Human Geography, Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Tel: +61 2 9385 6737
Email: t.koo@unsw.edu.au

Recent or suggested topics include:

  • Modelling sustainable air travel choices and practices by consumers of aviation.
  • Methods and tools for mapping spatial and temporal dynamics of the air transport-tourism system.
  • Commercial, recreational, research-based airborne drone management, policy, and governance.
  • Research methods in air route development for stakeholders such as airports and tourism.

Associate Professor Brett Molesworth

Field of Research (FoR): Personality, Abilities and Assessment, Sensory Processes, Perception and Performance, Psychology and Cognitive Sciences, Computer-Human Interaction
Tel: +61 2 9385 6757
Email: b.molesworth@unsw.edu.au

Recent or suggested topics include:

  • Using EEG spectral components to assess the fatiguing effect of aircraft noise.
  • Effect of tone of feedback on the performance of student pilots.
  • Effect of visual and auditory feedback on student pilots’ learning outcome.
  • Investigating predictors of risk in the general population and the pilot population.
  • Passenger attention during in-flight safety video.
  • Pilot Psychology: Health and wellbeing.

Dr Anthony Webber

Field of Research (FoR): Airline Fuel and FX Hedging; Airport Finance; Airline Finance; Airline Revenue Forecasting and Yield Modelling; Aircraft Configuration; Passenger Forecasting; Route Profitability Modelling
Tel: +61 2 9385 7186
Email: a.webber@unsw.edu.au

Recent or suggested topics include:

  • A critical assessment of the Virgin Australia Game Change Strategy.
  • Towards an understanding of the trend reduction in reliability rates on key Australian domestic routes.
  • An analysis of the impact of market share targeting on airline profitability in the Australian domestic market.
  • Estimating the price elasticity of demand for domestic air travel through the cross-sectional impact of sector length on demand.
  • An examination of the J-curve Hypothesis in a tourism context: The case of inbound and outbound tourism in the Australia-Japan market.
  • Estimating the elasticity of yield to domestic capacity and the bend in the medium run airline revenue curve: The case of Qantas in the domestic market.
  • The role of the Australian dollar in causing switch between domestic and overseas holidays.

Associate Professor Richard CL Wu

Field of Research (FoR): Airline Management/Performance
Tel: +61 2 9385 4191
Email: c.l.wu@unsw.edu.au

Recent or suggested topics include:

  • The impact of personalised mobile marketing on passenger shopping behaviours in the airport terminal.
  • Assessing the effect of textual and visual information presentation on the usability of airline web interface with eye-tracker and EEG.
  • The impact of personalised mobile marketing on passenger shopping behaviours in the airport terminal.
  • Understanding and predicting consumer behaviour based on an analysis of clickstream and frequent flyer data.
  • Effects of enterprise bargaining and agreement clauses on operating cost of airline ground crew scheduling.