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Dr. M. Chiara Leva
Visiting Research Fellow, Psychology


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.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Leva M.C., Naghdali F., Ciarapica Alunni C. , Human Factors Engineering in System Design: A Roadmap for Improvement , Procedia CIRP , 38 , ( ), 2015, p94 - 99 Journal Article, 2015 URL DOI TARA - Full Text

Ewan Douglas, Samuel Cromie, M. Chiara Leva, Nora Balfe, Modelling the Reporting Culture within a Modern Organisation, Chemical Engineering Transactions, 36, 2014, p589 - 594 Journal Article, 2014 URL DOI TARA - Full Text

Farzad Naghdali*a, M. Chiara Leva, Nora Balfe, Samuel Cromie, Human Factors Engineering at Design Stage: Is There a Need for More Structured Guidelines and Standards?, Chemical Engineering Transactions, 36, 2014, p577 - 582 Journal Article, 2014 DOI URL

Monferini, A., Konstantinidou, M., Nivolianitou, Z.,Weber, S., Kontogiannis, T., Kafka, P., Kay, A., Leva, C. and Demichela, M,, A compound methodology to assess the impact of human and organizational factors impact on the risk level of hazardous industrial plants , Reliability Engineering & System Safety, 119, 2013, p280 - 289 Journal Article, 2013

Samuel Cromie, Paul Liston, Derek Ross, Siobhan Corrigan, Lindita Vani, Darragh Lynch, Solonas Demosthenous, Chiara Leva, Vangelis Demosthenous, Human and Organisational Factors Training as a Risk Management Strategy in an Aviation Maintenance Company, Chemical Engineering Transactions, 33, 2013 Journal Article, 2013 TARA - Full Text

Liston, P., Kay, A., Cromie, S., Leva, M.C., D'Cruz, M., Patel, H., Langley, A., Sharples, S., and Aroma, S., Evaluating the iterative development of VR/AR human factors tools for manual work., Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment and Rehabilitation, 2012, p2208 - 2215 Journal Article, 2012

Leva, C., Kay, A., Smith T., Diez A., Azpiazu J., Liston, P. and Cromie S., The Use of Augmented Reality to Support Maintenance: Human Factors Issues and Advantages. , Irish Ergonomics Society Annual Conference , June 2011, 2011 Conference Paper, 2011

P. Clancy, M.C. Leva, V. Hrymak, Michael Sherlock, Safety and/or hazard near miss reporting in an international energy company, Irish Ergonomic Society Annual Conference, Trinity College Dublin, 9 June, 2011, 2011 Conference Paper, 2011 TARA - Full Text

Leva, C.; Liston, P.; Kay, A.; Cromie, S.; Krassi, B; Aromaa, S, Human Factors Methods in ManuVAR: A Contribution to Go beyond Leand and Agile Approaches , Proceedings Irish Ergonomics Society Annual Conference 2010, Irish Ergonomics Society Annual Conference 2010, Limerick, Oct. 2010, ISSN 1649-2102, 2010, pp17 - 26 Conference Paper, 2010 URL

A. Monferini, M. Konstandinidou, Z. Nivolianitou, S. Weber, T. Kontogiannis, P. Kafka, A.M. Kay, M.C. Leva, M. Demichela, Human & Organizational Factors impact on risk level in an NG treatment and storage plant, ESREL, Rhodes, Greece, 5-9 September , 2010 Conference Paper, 2010

Liston, P., Cromie, S., Leva, C., Helin, K., D'Cruz, M., ManuVAR Training: Supporting the Implementation and Design of VR/AR Quality-improvement Tools for Manual Handling, Proc. of the 3rd International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics AHFE2010, Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics - AHFE , Florida, USA, 2010, AHFE, 2010 Conference Paper, 2010

M.C. Leva, J.Cahill, A.M.Kay, G.Losa, N.McDonald, The Advancement of New Human Factiors Report- 'The Unique Report' - Faciliating Flight Crew Auditing of Performance/Operations as part of an Airline's Safety Management system , Ergonomics , 2009 Journal Article, 2009

Liston, P., Cromie, S., Leva, M.C. , Training Best Practice: How to Support the Implementation of Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality Quality-Improvement Tools in High-Value, High-Knowledge Manual Work, ICERI2009 Proceedings CD, International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation - ICERI , Madrid, 2009, 1, IATED, 2009 Conference Paper, 2009 DOI

Leva M. C., Mattei F., Kay A, Kontoggiannis T., Cromie S, The Development of a method and a tool for dynamic task representation as part of a Virtual Reality Application, Reliability, Risk, and Safety: Theory and Applications , ESREL , Prague, 2009, edited by Radim Bris, Carlos Guedes Soares, Sebastián Martorell , 1, ESREL, 2009, pp104 - 126 Conference Paper, 2009

Rignér, J., Ulfvengren, P., Cooke, M., Leva, C. and Kay, A., Study of safety performance indicators and contributory factors as part of an airline systemic safety risk data model, 17th world congress on Ergonomics, IEA 2009, Bejing, China, 9-14 August, 2009 Conference Paper, 2009

Leva M. C., Mattei F., Kay A, Kontoggiannis T., Cromie S., The Development Of A Tool For Modelling Tasks In Safety Critical Environments And Its Implications In The Development Of User Centred Virtual Reality Simulations, Irish Ergonomics Review , 5, 2009, p34 - 41 Journal Article, 2009 URL

Leva M.C. De Ambroggi M., Grippa D.,De Garis R, Trucco P. and Sträter O, Quantitative analysis of ATM safety issues using retrospective accident data: The DRM project, Safety Science, 47, (2), 2009, p250 - 264 Journal Article, 2009 TARA - Full Text

Leva M. C Kay A., Mattei F. Kontoggiannis, T., Deambroggi M., Cromie S., A Dynamic Task Representation Method for a Virtual Reality Application, Engineering Psychology and Cognitive Ergonomics , 5639, 2009, p32 - 42 Journal Article, 2009 URL

M.C. Leva, F. Mattei, A. Kay, S. Cromie, The Development of a Tool for Modeling Tasks in Safety Critical, Irish Ergonomic Society Annual Review, Dublin, June, 2009 Conference Paper, 2009

M.C. Leva, A.M. Kay, F.Mattei, T. Kontogiannis,M. De Ambroggi, S.Cromie, Dynamic Task Representation Method for a Virtual Reality Application , HCI International , San Diego, U.S.A, July 19-24, 2009 Conference Paper, 2009

Leva M.C.Kay A., Solazzi N. Cromie S., Dynamic Task Representation Method (DyTRaM): A use of Task Analysis aimed at identifying safety critical deviations, Irish Ergonomics Review, 4, 2008, p24 - 40 Journal Article, 2008 URL

A. M. Kay, M.C. Leva, S.D. Cromie, N. Solazzi, Competency Framework - A particular use in the technical domain, Psychological Society of Ireland/British Psychological Society joint annual conference, Dublin, April 4-8, 2008 Conference Paper, 2008

Trucco P., Leva M.C, A Probabilistic Cognitive Simulator For HRA Studies (PROCOS) , Reliability Engineering and system Safety, 92, (8), 2007, p1117 - 1130 Journal Article, 2007

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 Conference Paper, 2006

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 Conference Paper, 2006

Maioli A., Finnicum D.J., Oriani L., Leva M.C., Lamperti D., Ricotti M., RISK-INFORMED DESIGN PROCESS OF THE IRIS REACTOR, Probabilistic Safety Analysis PSA '05, San Francisco, September 11-15 2005, edited by PSA 05 , conference Proceedings, 2005 Conference Paper, 2005

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 Conference Paper, 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 Conference Paper, 2004

Research Expertise


. Human Reliability Analysis . Accident investigations and Accident Databases . Safety management systems in the Process industry . Human factors auditing


Accident Databases; Accident Investigations; Human & Organisational Factors; Human Error; Human Reliability Analysis; Safety Management Systems



Member of The Irish Ergonomics Society 16/02/2008

Graduate Memeber of Institute of Occupational Ssafety and Health 15/03/2007