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College Photo Name Leva, M. Chiara
Main Department Psychology
College Title Research Fellow
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Maria Chiara Leva is a research assistant for the APRG (Aerospace Psychology Research Group) in Trinity College Dublin. She was awarded a PhD in Industrial Engineering at Politecnico di Milano. The main research area of her PhD regarded "Planning and management of human factors for transport systems safety". At the moment she is working on a EU funded project called Virthualis aimed at developing the possible use of Virtual reality within the process industry for Training and other Human Factors and Safety Management applications. Her previous experience started in the International Institute for Applied System Analysis (IIASA) in Laxenburg, Austria studying Human Error Analysis in Industrial Accidents and Safety Management Systems, in relation to the EU Seveso II directive. Subsequently she has been working in four projects involving Human Factors: i.e.IRIS for Westinghouse Electric where she is involved in the Human Reliability Analysis for the Probabilistic Risk Assessment at the design stage of a new Nuclear Power Plant; A European projects Safedor in the maritime Sector; in which she was involved in a Work Package with D’Appolonia Consultancy that aimed at providing a methodological approach for modelling the operator in predicting the probability of collision and grounding events. A further project named PROCOS, concerning the development of a cognitive simulator for assessing human reliability within the Probabilistic safety assessment for the commissioning Phase of an Ammonia Urate Plant. The project was developed in conjunction with the Human Factor Department in the EC Joint Research Centre, Ispra, Italy and Snamprogetti (a major Engineering and Contracting Company, ENI Group). The DRM Research Project in collaboration with Eurocontrol, Brussels, concerning the evaluation of a Dynamic Risk Model to be applied within the context of Human Reliability Analysis for Air Traffic Management.
Membership of Professional Institutions, Associations, Societies
Details Date From Date To
Member of The Irish Ergonomics Society 16/02/2008
Graduate Memeber of Institute of Occupational Ssafety and Health 15/03/2007
Language Skill Reading Skill Writing Skill Speaking
English Fluent Fluent Fluent
German Basic Basic Basic
Italian Fluent Fluent Fluent
Description of Research Interests
• Human Reliability Analysis • Accident investigations and Accident Databases • Safety management systems in the Process industry • Human factors auditing
Research Interests
Accident Databases Accident Investigations Human & Organisational Factors Human Error
Human Reliability Analysis Safety Management Systems
Publications and Other Research Outputs
Peer Reviewed
Trucco P., Leva M.C, A Probabilistic Cognitive Simulator For HRA Studies (PROCOS) , Reliability Engineering and system Safety, 92, (8), 2007, p1117 - 1130
Leva M.C., De Ambroggi M., Grippa D, De Garis R., Trucco P., Straeter O. , Quantitative analysis of ATM safety issues by means of Dynamic Risk Modelling (DRM), Safety R&D Seminar, Barcellona, 25-27 October 2006, edited by Eurocontrol , 2006
Leva M.C. Hansen P.F. Sonne Ravn E., Lepsøe A, SAFEDOR: A PRACTICAL APPROACH TO MODEL THE ACTION OF AN OFFICER OF THE WATCH IN COLLISION SCENARIOS, Esrel 2006, Estoril Portugal, 18-22 September 2006, edited by Soares G., Zio E. , Taylor & Francis Group, 2006
Leva M.C., Raffetti A., Perassi A, MODELLING OF CAUSATION FACTORS FOR SHIP UNDER POWER AND MODEL OF THE OPERATOR, Human Factor Workshop, Genoa Italy, 6th of October 2005, edited by Cetena , 2005
Trucco P., Leva M.C., Corti G., Gallarati G. , Probabilistic Cognitive simulators and HRA studies, Chem. Eng. Transactions, CISAP 1 Italian Convention on Safety & Environment in Process Industry, Palermo, 28-30 november 2004, 5, 2004, pp139 - 145
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