International Advisory Subcommittee Ambassadors

Members of the FPE International Advisory Subcommittee are international Ambassadors representing their host country.  The Ambassadors inform professional colleagues in their country about the goals of FPE, and identify potential areas of collaboration among countries.


Australia - Gunther Paul 

Gunther Paul is an Ergonomist and Principal Research Fellow for Occupational Health and Safety at the Australian Institute for Tropical Health and Medicine (AITHM), and the Mackay Institute for Research and Innovation (MIRI). He holds a PhD in Ergonomics and MPhil in Control Engineering. His research focuses on complex work system related issues, such as health systems, respiratory health, human-in-the-loop modelling, or musculoskeletal disorders. He is currently leading a COCHRANE review into Dust Control Measures for Coal Mining Dust Lung Disease. Gunther has been the Chief Investigator in 17 research projects. He is the Editor-In-Chief of the International Journal of Human Factors Modelling and Simulation, and a reviewer for over 20 international journals. He chairs the International Ergonomics Association Technical Committee on Human Simulation and Virtual Environments, and is a Member of the Queensland Government Safety Leadership at Work Expert Reference Group, Member of the Commonwealth Department of Employment Research and Evaluation Services Panel, and Member of the Panel of Assessors, Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT). He has published over 100 journal articles, books and book chapters, and has been regularly presenting and chairing sessions at International conferences over the last 25 years. In his most recent previous employments, Gunther led the Health Safety Environment Discipline in the School of Public Health and Social Work at QUT, and before that he was Director of Ergolab at UniSA.

Finland - Jussi Kantola 

Jussi Kantola is a professor and head of the Department of Production at University of Vaasa, Finland. Jussi is the co-founder and head of Industrial Systems Analytics degree program at University of Vaasa. Earlier he worked as an associate professor at KAIST, Korea where he was the co-founder of the world’s first Knowledge Service Engineering department. During 2003-2008 he worked in various research roles at Tampere University of Technology and University of Turku, Finland. He has PhD degrees (IE) from the Center for industrial ergonomics at University of Louisville, KY, USA, 1998 and Tampere University of Technology, Finland, 2006. 1999-2002 he worked as an IT and business and process consultant in USA and in Finland. Jussi has M.Sc. degree in Mechanical (Production) engineering at Tampere University of Technology. Jussi’s research interests include organizational resource management, ontology-based modelling, soft computing, and design theory.

Hong Kong - Ravi Goonetilleke

Ravi Goonetilleke initiated the Human Factors and Ergonomics program at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) in 1994.  He has been in the field of Ergonomics for over 30 years. He is now a Professor and teaches Human-Centered Design at HKUST. His research interests are innovative design, product development and human performance modelling.  

Prior to HKUST, Ravi was the Human Factors Manager at the NIKE Sport Research Lab in Beaverton Oregon, and a Senior Ergonomist at the Biomechanics Corporation of America in Long Island New York. He has been a consultant for many multi-national companies such as Exxon-Mobil Corp., MTR Corporation, Hong Kong Telecom, Icon MediaLab (Asia), Honeywell, Inc, Motorola, Procter and Gamble, General Motors, Thomson Consumer Electronics, Dow Corning International, Steelcase, Inc., Lear Seating Corporation, MRC-SKF, Ford and many others in the area of Ergonomics and Product Design.  He has received several research grants in the area of human-centered design, and has eight US patents and has over 200 publications in the area of Human Factors and Ergonomics. Ravi is the editor of the book, “Science of Footwear” published by the CRC press in 2012. He is a fellow of Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (USA) and the Hong Kong Ergonomics Society.  

Japan - Atsuo Murata

Atsuo Murata received M.E and Ph.D. degree in industrial engineering in 1985 and 1987, respectively, from University of Osaka Prefecture (Osaka Prefectural University). From 1987 to 1989, he was an Assistant Professor at University of Occupational and Environmental Health, Japan. From 1989 to 1994, he was an Associate Professor at Fukuoka Institute of Technology. He belonged to Hiroshima City University (Associate Professor: from 1994 to 1997, Professor from 1997 to 2006). From 2006, he is a Professor at Dept. of Intelligent Mechanical Systems, Okayama University. From 2010 to 2014, he was a chair of Chugoku-Shikoku Branch and a director, Japan Ergonomics Society (JES). After 2016, he is also a chair of Chugoku-Shikoku Branch and a director, JES. From 2015, he is now a scientific advisory member and co-chair of CCDM (Cross-Cultural Decision Making), AHFE. 

Professor Murata’s current areas of research are mainly Accident Analysis and Safety Management, Cognitive Biases in Decision Making, and Prediction of Risky State due to Drowsy Driving using Physiological and Behavioral Measures. He has been actively conducting a joint research with Honda Honda Motor Co., Ltd, Hyundai Motor, Sharp, Sekisui Chemical, etc. He is also an author of world-wide Ergonomics Journals such as Ergonomics, Human Factors, Applied Ergonomics, International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, and International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction.

Peru - Carolina Ullilen Marcilla

Carolina Ullilen is a peruvian engineer of Hygiene and Industrial Safety with a bachelor’s degree from the National University of Engineering in Lima and a Master's Degree in Ergonomics, Health Engineering and Human Factors from the University of Paris Sud XI in France.  

Currently, Ms. Ullilen works as a specialist in ergonomics/human factors for different companies in Peru such as industrial plants, port terminal, hydroelectric plants, services and others. Ms. Ullilen contribute and give a greater value to the prevention of occupational risks. She has written numerous articles about the integration of ergonomics into production system and others issues related to working conditions in her blog.  Ms. Ullilen teaches Ergonomics and Workplace Design at the National University of Engineering. In addition, she is an active member of the Peruvian Society of Ergonomics. 

Poland - Ewa Gorska 

Ewa Gorska Eur.Erg. is a professor at Faculty of Management, Warsaw University of Technology. She is the head of Laboratory of Ergonomics, runs Postgraduate Studies: Ergonomics, Occupational Safety and Environment Protection as well as Safety, Work Hygiene and Ergonomics. Her scientific and didactic interests concern issues related to working environment management in industrial organizations, in the fields of: ergonomics, safety, environment protection, work and workstation organization.

Scientific and research activity is realized by her in close connection with industrial practice. She deals with coordination of activities related to elaboration and introduction of quality management, occupational safety management and environment protection management systems as well as ergonomic improvement of both processes and workstations in Polish and foreign production companies or service providers, among others in: Faurecia, Toyota, Mars Poland, Reckitt Benckiser, L'Oréal Polska, Nestle.

She is the Vice-President of Polish Ergonomics Society, a member of Ergonomics Committee of Polish Academy of Sciences, a member of Work Protection Council of Polish Parliament and a member of Polish Quality Award Committee.

Portugal - Pedro Arezes

Pedro Arezes is a Full Professor on Ergonomics and Human Factors Engineering at the School of Engineering of the University of Minho (UMinho), in Portugal. He is also a visiting scholar at MIT and Harvard University, in USA. He coordinates the Human Engineering research group at the UMinho and he is  also the current National Director of the MIT Portugal Program, a government strategic partnership between Portuguese Universities, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and partners from industry and government.

He was the supervisor of more than 70 MSc. theses in several universities and of 17 completed PhD theses. He was also the host supervisor of some post-doc projects with colleagues coming from different countries, such as Brazil, Poland, Spain and Turkey.

Pedro Arezes is the (co-)author of more than 70 papers published in international peer-reviewed journals, author/editor of more than 40 books published internationally, as well as the (co-)author of more than 300 papers published in international conference proceedings with peer-review.

Saudi Arabia - Awad Aljuaid 

Awad Aljuaid is an Assistant Professor at Mechanical Engineering Department at Taif University, Saudi Arabia. He is also  a Director of strategic planning & information department, Taif University, Saudi Arabia . He holds a B.S.(2003) in Systems Engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Saudi Arabia. Also, he holds an M.S. (2009) in Industrial Engineering from King Abdul-Aziz University, Saudi Arabia, and a Ph.D. (2016) in Industrial Engineering from University of Central Florida, USA. He has been working as safety engineer at SABIC (2003) and he participated in several HS&E workshops and conferences. Recently, he has been working  on neuroergonomic studies.​

Slovak Republick – Juraj Sinay

Juraj Sinay is a professor at the Department of Production Safety and Quality, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Technical University of Kosice in Slovakia.  He graduated from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the Technical University in Kosice. From 1988 to 1991 he worked at the University of Berg in Wuppertal Germany and was subsequently appointed professor in 1991. He obtained the title of Doctor of Technical Sciences – DrSc in 1995.  From 2000 to 2007 he was Rector of the Technical University of Kosice and the President of the Slovak Rector's Commission.  From 2007 to 2015 he was Vice-Rector for marketing and external relations.  From 2015 to 2018 Juraj was president of the Association of Automotive Industry of the Slovak Republic.  He is currently a member of its Executive Committee. 

In the field of science and research, he is engaged in risk management systems for technical systems in integrated security systems in the context of the Intelligent Industry Strategy with a focus on the automotive industry. In this area he is the author and co-author of 15 monographs and 35 scientific articles in Slovak and foreign sources. He presented the results of his work at scientific and professional conferences both in EU countries and overseas.

Tawain - Ren-Liu Jang

Ren-Liu Jang is an assistant professor of ergonomics at Ming Chi University of Technology in New Taipei City, Taiwan. He received his PhD in ergonomics from the University of Louisville in 2001. His research is focused on human factors engineering and occupational ergonomics. Past projects had focused on prevention of musculoskeletal disorders and industrial safety.

Turkey - Erman Çakıt 

Erman Çakıt received his Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Central Florida, Orlando, USA, in 2013. He is currently working as an assistant professor at the Department of Industrial Engineering, Aksaray University, Turkey. His research interests include applications of human factors / ergonomics and cross cultural decision making using soft computing, applied statistics, and geographic information systems.

United Kingdom - Robert S. Bridger  

Robert Bridger is a researcher, consultant and teacher in Human Factors and Ergonomics (HFE).   He is the Director of his own company, ‘Knowledge Sharing Events, Ltd’ and helps organisations and universities develop their expertise and programs in HFE through practical problem solving.   He has a PhD in functional anatomy and biomechanics, an MSc in Ergonomics and a first degree in Psychology.  Robert’s career has spanned a wide area of HFE, from academics to mining to the Royal Navy’s Institute of Naval Medicine in the United Kingdom.  He has published over 70 journal articles, presentations, and book chapters, and regularly presents and chairs sessions at International conferences. 

Robert recently authored the fourth edition of the textbook, Introduction to Human Factors and Ergonomics, and, A Guide to Active Work in the Modern Office: Homo Sedens in the 21st Century.  He serves on the editorial board of several journals.  Robert is  currently supporting safety investigations in health care and serving as the 2020 President of the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors.

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