INNHF latest news

The INNHF project officially ended on 30/11/2015 and our first Early Stage Researchers successfully closed their PhD career!

On 11/03/2016 and 13/05/2016 Sameer Al Dahidi, Mehmood Ahmad, Jie Geng and Mohsen Shirani had their final defence, concluding their path inside INNHF project.

Thank you guys for your contributions and congratulations!

INNHF Workshop in Kragujevac on WP7/8/9

The workshop took place in Kragujevac from 16th January to 18th January 2015.

Please find below Schedule and key program presentations.

16th February





Introduction of the Workshop. Activities and Schedule

POLITO - M. Demichela

UKRA - I. Macuzic

11.00 – 13.00

Presentation of ESR and ER for validation purposes






Presentation of ESR and ER for validation purposes




Workshops on validation

Q&A session


POLITO - M. Demichela


17th February





Training on HF methodologies.


N. Balfe


Advancements and requirements for:





TCD – N. Balfe

ARIA – G. Camuncoli

DAPP – M. Pontiggia


Supervisory board

POLITO - M. Demichela


Late lunch


18th February





Group work for WP7-WP8-WP9


TCD – N. Balfe

ARIA – G. Camuncoli

DAPP – M. Pontiggia

11:00 – 13:00

Group work for WP7-WP8-WP9


TCD – N. Balfe

ARIA – G. Camuncoli

DAPP – M. Pontiggia



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INNHF Workshop and Summerschool 2015

Trinity College Dublin hosted from 2nd July to 8th July 2015 the INNHF workshop on WP8 & WP9 and the Statistics for Risk and Reliability Summer School 2015. Please find below the Schedules of the two events; documents and presentations will be uploaded in the reserved area of the website.

Agenda – InnHF Workshop

Dublin, 02/03 July 2015

Thursday, 02/07/15

09.00 – 09.30     Welcome and coffee

09.30 – 10.00     Project Progress Review (Micaela)

10.00 – 10.45     WP8 – Progress and inputs needed (Jane)

10.45 – 11.30 WP9 – Progress and inputs needed (Marco Pontiggia – DAPP)

11.30 – 13.00     Travel to Pfizer

13.00 – 13.30     Lunch at Pfizer

13.30 – 14.00     Introduction to Site and Safety Instructions

14.00 – 16.00     Pfizer site tour

16.00 – 16.30     Wrap Up

 Friday, 03/07/15

09.00 – 11.00     Supervisory Board Meeting

11.00 – 11.30     Coffee

11.30 – 12.30     WP7 – Progress and inputs needed (Nora, Ewan, Darren)

12.30 – 13.30     Lunch

13.30 – 15.00     Fellow presentations

15.00 – 15.30     Coffee

15.30 – 17.00     Fellow presentations

Statistics for Risk and Reliability Summer School 2015

Dates:        Monday 6th July to Wednesday 8th July 2015.

 Location:   The course will take place in rooms in the Lloyd Institute, Trinity College, Dublin.  The Lloyd Institute is located in the north-east corner of Trinity College’s campus.  For directions, see the College campus map at  Lectures are in rooms LB01 and LB04 that are located in the basement, level −2.   Software labs are in room LB119 on the first floor.



Monday 6th July




10:00 – 13:00

Room LB01                                             Room LB119

Statistical clinic (looking                           Software Labs




14:00 – 17:00

at any topic by request)                             Introduction to R

Prof. Simon Wilson                                    Dr. Arnab Bhattacharya

Room LB01

Regression, ANOVA, implementation in R

Dr. Arnab Bhattacharya


Tuesday 7th July



Room LB01


10:00 – 13:00


14:00 – 17:00

Model validation: model fitting, model comparison, model averaging

Prof. Simon Wilson

 Classification: nearest neighbour, logistic regression

Prof. Brett Houlding


Wednesday 8th July



10:00 – 13:00




14:00 – 17:00

Room LB01


Prof. Brett Houlding


Room LB01

Multidimensional analysis

Prof. Brett Houlding


Room LB04

Bayesian networks

Prof. Simon Wilson


Room LB119

Software Lab

Hugin tutorial

Hugin staff

Below: prof. Chiara Leva, Mehmood, Sameer, Costanza and Nora 

Below: Darren, Pavle and Farzad

InnHF web-seminars on Process Safety and Risk Management

Prof. Chiara Leva from Trinity College Dublin, together with dr. Marko Gerbec, organized for INNHF fellows a series of web-seminars related to Process Safety and Risk Management. The first web-seminar will take place on 02/04/2015.

Please find below some detailed information and the agenda.

  • Webinars are to be held on the planned dates from 14.00 to 16.00 IST (15.00 – 17.00 CET)
  • Webinars are performed via invited GoToMeeting service links received via email by participants
  • After each webinar, short questions and answers session is planned.
  • All course materials (textbook, slides in PDF, video files, and appendices) are available in a dedicated folder in the reserved area of INNHF web site (wp2 - Training).
  • The software tools to be used in Unit 5 are readily available freely over the internet at the vendor’s web sites (details to be provided later).

Summer School on “Maintenance Modelling and Applications” September 27 – October 2, Alghero, ITALY

The Summer School on “Maintenance Modelling and Applications”, organized and led by Politecnico di Milano took place in Alghero, Italy, from September 27 to October 2.

The presentations are available in a dedicated folder, in the reserved area of the website, under the WP Training.

Prof. Baraldi, the Summerschool organizer

During the exercises

Sameer, Farzad and Mehmood are thinking..

Complementary skills course

In the week between the 12 and the 16th of may 2014 the complementary skills course on "Scientific Writing - Presentation - Outreach communication" was held at the Politecnico di Torino. The Program is in the annex. The training materials are in the Reserved area of the website.

Pictures: InnHF fellows' team-working for the preparation of papers and presentations!

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Task Analysis Course 2013

The Task Analysis Course was organized and held in Turin on the 30th of october 2013 by the Trinity College Dublin Research Team (prof. Sam Cromie, prof. Chiara Leva and Nora Balfe, InnHF Experienced researcher).

Task analysis is used to describe and evaluate the human interactions in a system. As such, it forms the basis of human factors risk assessments. The training consisted of an introduction to task analysis concepts and approaches, the methods of conducting a task analysis and the potential uses. It included a practical exercise in conducting a risk assessment on a simple system (Truffle making). Finally, the link from task analysis to risk assessment was explained and illustrated.

The InnHF fellows during the practical exercise: TRUFFLE MAKING!

During the practical exercise..

TCD Summerschool + GDRR Symposium 2013

During the month of July 2013, the INNHF fellows participated in two important educational events, which took place in Ireland:

  • The TCD Summerschool at TCD College, DUBLIN, 11th and 15th-19th July 2013
  • The GDRR 2013, Third Symposium on Games and Decisions in Reliability and Risks, at Trident hotel, Kinsale, County Cork, 8th-10th July 2013. Website:

The Summerschool was expressly organized for the Fellows by the INNHF partner TCD (Trinity College Dublin); the Researchers also attended the Symposium for its relevance for the development of the INNHF research.

In the attachment, the schedules of the TCD Summerschool provided by Trinity College Dublin.




The workshop took place in Kragujevac - from 22/04 to 26/04/2013

The documentation and materials presented during the workshop are available in the Reserved area, under WP3 Files

InnHF team during the visit to tetrapak plant in Serbia

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Zeroing course: HUMAN FACTORS


1. "Introduction on Human and Organizational Factors in practice" by C. Leva - TCD

2. "Human reliability analysis challenges and promises" by C. Leva - TCD

3. "Organizational aspects and their influence on safety" by M. Stefanovic - UKRA

Zeroing course: MAINTENANCE


1. "Maintenance: basic concepts 1 & 2" by P. Baraldi - POLIMI

2. "Lean concepts in industry and lean safety" by I. Macuzic - UKRA

3. "The safety pillar in WCM" by L. Massone - FIAT

4. "RAMS analysis in process plant" by M. Pontiggia - DAPP


Zeroing course: RISK ASSESSMENT


1. "Definition of technological risks; Tolerability Criteria; Tools for risk assessment" by M. Demichela - POLITO

2. "Work related accidents and health impairments" by M. Patrucco - POLITO

3. "Risk based decision making" by M. Demichela - POLITO

4. "Risk assessment for the presence of potentially explosive atmosphere in a food industry" by S. Murè - ARIA

5. "Risk analysis in process plant" by M. Pontiggia - DAPP

Training activities

The INNHF Training activities are founded on three main areas: Risk Assessment, Human Factors and Maintenance Management.

Risk Assessment
In the Risk Assessment area the researchers learn about the three primary components of Risk analysis namely, risk assessment, risk management and risk communication. The courses provide methods for comprehensive probabilistic risk studies, including formal decision techniques for risk management. The courses also have a special emphasis on treatment of uncertainties in the model and parameters used in the analysis as a critical part of any PRA practice. Topics are clarified using practical examples of engineering systems, thanks to the
contribution of industrial partners and engineering companies.
Human Factors
Human Factors training is most highly developed in the aviation industry, with international regulations requiring some form of human factors training in aviation maintenance and flight
operations. Requirements to address human factors in chemical, pharmaceutical and other industries are emerging, but lagging behind aviation. There is, however, a strong focus in
these industries on risk assessment and safety management. These provide a strong context for the implementation of human factors, but generally do not strongly address the human factors aspects of risk and safety. Within this project the training on HF is developed to address this weakness, and also to bring a stronger pedagogical basis to it - relying less on lengthy powerpoint presentations, and basing the course around exercises that illustrate the issues and help trainees take an active part in exploring their solutions
Maintenance Management
Maintenance management, or equipment asset management, is based on the principle of implementing better and reliable practices in a factory or plant. It involves the use of fundamental safeguarding of asset management principles. This philosophy is called the results oriented maintenance. Other philosophies such as reliability centered maintenance, total productivity maintenance, total quality management and six sigma are normally implemented. Preventive Maintenance is an important factor in the implementation of the maintenance management training. It first identifies the gap existing between practices and the actual performance of the plant. It conveys to the plant what a good condition monitoring and preventive maintenance program looks like. Topics are clarified using practical examples of engineering systems, thanks to the contribution of industrial partners and engineering companies.

The training activities are organized mainly within the network at a local scale, but are also foreseen network-wide activities, in order to exploit intersectoral aspects of the training and of the project, and namely:
• Workshops at a completion of each work package, in order to share the retrieval of the different WPs in the different area of expertise and to receive feed-back from external experts;
• Summer schools, open also to external researchers and experts from industries and academia other than those in the network, in order to disseminate the achieved results of the WPs carried on, but also to include them in a wider context. In general terms the summer schools organized will have as subjects: Risk assessment - Maintenance management - Human and Organizational Factors.
• A final network conference will be organized to show to the scientific and industrial community the achievement of the project.
The training plan will also foresee the participation at International Conferences where the early stage researchers will be able to enhance their knowledge in specific subjects (based on theoretical courses and continuous bibliographic research) and can acquire proficiency in oral and written communication and exposure of their work.