ENHANCing Human Performance in Complex Socio-Technical SystEms (RISE Projekt)

What is it about?

ENHANCing Human Performance in Complex Socio-Technical SystEms - or ENHANCE - is part of the European Union funded project RISE.

The main focus is improving safety and effectiveness of employees in the maritime sector. It aspires to get a better understanding of the human role within socio-technical systems and develop new trainings and performance assessment methodologies.

Therefore, training courses are to be developed in cooperation with international partners in practice and researchers in various work packages. The cooperation takes place through secondments of researchers.

Why are we doing it?

At large, over 75% of accidents can be traced back to Human Erroneous Action. Therefore training of employees in the maritime industry is the first step to improve the safety in this sector.

Annual Overview of Marine Casualties and Incidents, 2018

Klostermann, M., Brandhorst, S. & Kluge, A. (2020, July 16-20). What the Maritime Industry Can Learn from Safety Training in the Process Industry and Why Non-Technical Skills Are Indispensable for Mariners in Critical Situations. 11th AHFE International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics, AHFE2020 - Virtual Conference, San Diego, USA. (Abstract)

Where is Enhance taking place?

ENHANCE is a project with an international and cross sectional team. There are partners in Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy, Norway, Pakistan, China and Malaysia. The cooperation takes place between universities and practice partners.

Work Package Overview

The project is divided into several work packages. Work packages that the RUB ENHANCE Team is participating in are highlighted.

The main aspects that is being focused on in the first eight work packages are:

  • Commontalities among socio-technical systems

  • Development of performance indicators

  • Human Reliability Analysis

  • Analysis of existing training methods

  • Designing Training methods

  • Design of experiments

  • Implementing trainings in simulators

  • Validating training effects

Insights of the first Work Package

One highlight of the first work package was the ninth TARG workshop in Norway. Our secondee Marina Klostermann was invited to give a presentation on her work progress.

Here's a small insight into the workshop:

Latest news about the Enhance project

This article was published in the Norwegian magazine Gjengangeren at the end of last year:
"Tyring to save people, the environment and the economy:-It's easy to blame individuals when accidents happen"

Gjengangeren article   (1.4 MB)

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 823904