Keynote Speakers

Professor Drew Dawson BA(Hons)Psych PhD
Director, Appleton Institute
CQUniversity – Adelaide Campus

Professor Drew Dawson is nationally and internationally recognised for his contributions to the scientific community and to industry in the areas of sleep and fatigue research, organisational psychology and human behaviour, industrial relations negotiations, and the human implications of hours of work.

Professor Dawson has worked extensively with the aviation, manufacturing, retail, entertainment, transportation and mining sectors in Australia, and is a world-renowned expert on fatigue in the workplace. He has instigated fatigue management programs, developed shift work and fatigue policy, undertaken pre-employment assessments, and facilitated shift work education sessions. Professor Dawson also regularly presents at national and international conferences and has provided expert witness testimony in many fatigue-related court cases.

As director of the internationally recognised Appleton Institute, he oversees basic and applied research into the effects of shift work and sleep loss on the health and well-being of employees. Basic research programs are focused on the interactions of the sleep and circadian systems, the effects of sleep loss and the ways people protect themselves against fatigue-related errors.

Dr. Robert ForsterLee
Fatigue Management Specialist
Civil Aviation Safety Authority – CASA

Dr. ForsterLee is presently engaged as the Fatigue Management Specialist within the Civil Aviation Safety Authority – CASA. While at CASA he has been primarily involved with the CAO 48.1 Fatigue regulation project. He has also contributed to the training team by facilitating Human Factors courses, and acted as a subject matter expert on human factors and fatigue related matters for the CASA Flyer and Flight Safety Australia publications.

Robert has also presented on Safety and Fatigue related matters at various professional fora around Australia as a representative of CASA or the Department of Defence.

Robert was previously the Aviation Psychologist for the Head Quarters Fleet Air Arm of the Royal Australian Navy for over a decade. His role within the Fleet Air Arm Safety Cell was the development and evaluation of the Safety Management Systems. The analysis of Safety Attitudes, Human Factors, and on-the-job performance provided evidence for predictive trends on influences of capability and safety performance of Aircrew and Maintenance personnel. Robert’s experience with fatigue risk management developed from the reporting of fatigue by Navy aviation personnel within the SMS. Multidimensional fatigue measures and counter-measures (training, policy, awareness campaigns) were developed and integrated into the RAN safety culture.

Prior to taking on his role within defence, Robert was a private consultant and Senior lecturer in Psychology working at various universities around Australia.

Mark R. Rosekind, Ph.D
Chief Safety Innovation Officer
Zoox, Inc

Mark R. Rosekind, Ph.D., is a passionate safety professional with more than
30 years of experience promoting innovation through science and leadership
in complex environments.

In April 2017, Dr. Rosekind joined the executive team at Zoox, Inc. as the
Chief Safety Innovation Officer. He will lead efforts at Zoox to safely develop, test, and deploy autonomous vehicles. Prior to Zoox, Dr. Rosekind was appointed by President Obama to be the 15th Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Serving from 2014 to 2017, Dr. Rosekind led significant transformation, instilling a proactive safety culture while driving both the Agency and automobile industry to be future-oriented. His initiatives included the development and issuance of the first-ever Federal Automated Vehicles Policy, the founding of the Road to Zero coalition to develop a 30-year plan to eliminate traffic fatalities, and aggressive oversight of safety in the automobile industry, including leading the Agency through the nation’s largest product safety recall in U.S history.

Before becoming NHTSA Administrator, Dr. Rosekind was appointed by President Obama and served as the 40th member of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) from 2010 to 2014. He was the on-scene board member for seven major transportation accidents and participated in almost 50 accident Board Meetings, along with numerous NTSB public events on diverse safety topics. Dr. Rosekind advanced the agency’s advocacy goals on substance-impaired driving, fatigue, fire safety, and rail mass transit.

Prior to his appointment to the NTSB, Dr. Rosekind founded Alertness Solutions, a scientific consulting firm that specialized in fatigue management, and served as the company’s first president and chief scientist. He previously directed the Fatigue Countermeasures Program at NASA’s Ames Research Center and was chief of the Aviation Operations Branch in the Flight Management and Human Factors Division. He launched his professional career as the director of the Center for Human Sleep Research at the Stanford University Sleep Disorders and Research Center.

Administrator Rosekind is an internationally recognized expert on human fatigue, credited with leading the field in innovative research and implementing programs in all modes of transportation. His work has been widely published, and his awards include the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Sleep Foundation; NASA’s Exceptional Service Medal and six other NASA group/team awards; the Mark O. Hatfield Award for Public Policy from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine; two Flight Safety Foundation honors; and Fellow of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Administrator Rosekind earned his B.A. with honors from Stanford University, his M.S., M.Phil., and Ph.D. from Yale University, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Brown University Medical School.

“Living Safety: From Attitudes to Actions”

This keynote will focus on living safety and identifies 5 attitudes that are the basis for 5 actions to incorporate safety into everyone’s activities. These are based on lessons learned over my safety career in science/academics, NASA, NTSB, NHTSA, and now Zoox (Silicon Valley startup building autonomous mobility from the ground up). (So one attitude/one action from each of those 5 environments.) The lessons learned and attitudes/actions can be broadly applied.

Jaques Reifman, Ph.D.
Senior Research Scientist
U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command

Jaques Reifman, Ph.D., is a U.S. Department of the Army Senior Research Scientist and a member of the Army’s Civilian Senior Executive corps. He serves as the Director of the DoD Biotechnology High Performance Computing Software Applications Institute, which he created to leverage the use of computation, including mathematical modeling, AI and machine learning, bioinformatics, and systems biology, in DoD’s basic and applied research efforts. He establishes multi-institutional, interdisciplinary research teams and leads them to develop solutions to optimize and enhance Warfighter performance, as well as to prevent, diagnose, and treat military-relevant injuries and diseases. One of his most impactful works was the development of individualized prediction models that help reduce the risk of non-battle injuries and enhance Warfighter performance.

Prior to coming to the Army in 2001, Dr. Reifman was a Section Manager at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory, where he conducted and led basic and applied research in computational methods, AI, advance control algorithms, and statistical pattern recognition.

Dr. Reifman received his Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He has authored more than 240 peer-reviewed articles and is the inventor of eight U.S. patents. He serves on multiple review and advisory boards and is an Associate Editor of the journal BMC Bioinformatics. He is the recipient of the Mark Mills Award, R&D 100 Award, Arthur S. Flemming Award, two Presidential Rank Awards from President Obama, Army R&D Achievement Award, Superior Civilian Service Award, and was elected to the Order of Military Medical Merit. Dr. Reifman and the APPRAISE Team received the 2016 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal (“Sammies”) for Science and Environment.

Key Dates:

25 Mar 2019 Abstract Submissions Open
1 Apr 2019 Early Bird Registration Opens
31 Jul 2019 Abstract Submission Deadline
2 Oct 2019 Authors Advised of Outcome
24 Oct 2019 Author registration required by
24 Oct 2019 Early Bird Registration Closes
16-19 Mar 2020 Conference