Resilience Engineering


Dr. Tarcisio Abreu Saurin, Chair
Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul,BrazilEmail:
Dr. Alessandro Jatobá, Co-chair

Fundação Osvaldo Cruz, Brazil

Paulo Victor Carvalho, Dr, Cochair

Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Riccardo Patriarca, PhD, Cochair

Sapienza University of Rome, Italy

Robyn Clay-Williams, PhD, Cochair

Macquarie University, Australia

Tor Olav Grotan, PhD, Cochair

SINTEF and Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway


Contact Dr. Tarcisio Abreu Saurin for more information or to join this Technical Committee



Socio-technical systems have grown larger and more interconnected, implying higher levels of complexity that challenge existing theories and methods based on linear thinking. Resilient performance (RP), which is the systems property that enables adaptation and survival in face of both expected and unexpected circumstances, is paramount under high complexity conditions. RP is emergent, partly arising from the self-organization of people who fill out gaps in work system design and partly from resources designed ahead of time. These two dimensions of RP interact with each other as well as with several performance dimensions of socio-technical systems such as safety, productivity, quality, sustainability, and reliability.

Resilience engineering (RE) is a thriving field concerned with understanding and influencing RP in a variety of sectors such as healthcare, aviation, maritime, software engineering, manufacturing, and construction, among others. For that purpose, RE has developed new theories and methods, often re-interpreting existing human factors and ergonomics approaches. In line with core human factors and ergonomics values, RE is systems-oriented and regards variability as an inevitable portion of everyday work, which is responsible for both desired and undesired outcomes.


  • Contribute to IEA conferences and other relevant conferences with special sessions, workshops, papers, and group meetings on resilience engineering;
  • Collect and share educational materials (e.g., lectures, videos, serious games) on resilience engineering;
  • Foster the dialogue of resilience engineering practitioners and academics with the broader human factors and ergonomics community; and
  • Support international collaboration on resilience engineering, ideally with funded research projects with participants from multiple countries.

Examples of topics of interest

  • Resilience engineering (RE) and safety management
  • Safety-II
  • Measurement of resilient performance
  • RE, climate change, natural and man-made disasters
  • Modelling of complex socio-technical systems
  • Contribution of digital technologies and industry 4.0 to resilient performance
  • Cyber-resilience
  • RE and sustainability
  • RE and naturalistic decision-making
  • Design for resilient performance
  • Design and management of resilient procedures, policies, and rules
  • Regulations and resilient performance
  • Leadership for resilient performance
  • Management of trade-offs in socio-technical systems
  • Cross-learning opportunities from RE in multiple sectors – e.g., healthcare, aviation, maritime, manufacturing, construction

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Main planned activities for 2022 – 2024

  • Annual course(s) on RE with lectures given by leading international scholars. The course(s) will be run in the distance learning format;
  • Webinars, occasionally in collaboration with other scientific associations; and
  • Special session/workshop at the 2024 IEA Triennial Conference in South Korea.



Report of activities – Resilience Engineering TC 2023

Report of activities – Resilience Engineering TC June 2023

Report TC 2nd semester 2022