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Curriculum vitae and research interests
Pierre Falzon is Professor of Ergonomics and neurosciences of work at the Conservatoire national des arts et métiers (Cnam), an academic insititution located in Paris, France.

After a PhD in Cognitive ergonomics, he worked for a dozen years at the Institut national de recherche en informatique et en automatique (INRIA ; National institute for research in computer science and automation), in the Ergonomics Psychology lab. His research then concerned mental representations, cooperative activities and communication, especially in the context of air traffic control. His works have led to establish the concept of operative languages, specialized sublanguages adapted to the task to be completed, which possess specific features. His research on this subject has been completed in part during a one-year stay at NASA (Moffett Field, CA, USA).

Pierre Falzon joined the Cnam in 1991. He leads the Ergonomics Lab, part of the Centre de Recherches sur la Travail et le Développement (CRTD ; Center for research on work and development). His present research interests concern on one hand the processes of competence development  and the construction of operational knowledge (especially in the context of medical decision-making), on the other hand human and organizational reliability. On a more general level, he is interested in epistemological issues related to the practice of ergonomics and to ergonomics as a discipline.

Scientific and professional responsabilities
Pierre Falzon is co-editor of  Applied Ergonomics and a member of the editorial boards of Ergonomics, Le Travail Humain, Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science, and Ergonomia.
Betwen 2000 and 2006, he has been successively Secretary General, then President of the International Ergonomics Association, world federation of national ergonomics societies. As past President, he is currently in charge of IEA Awards.

Books
Pierre Falzon as published or edited the following books :

Publications
A full list of publications by Pierre Falzon can be found at http://www.cnam.fr/ergonomie/publications/publications_auteur.htm

The texts of the publications listed below can be downloaded.

Work dialogues and work languages

Falzon, P. (1991). Cooperative dialogues. In J. Rasmussen, B. Brehmer and J. Leplat (Eds.). Distributed decision making: Cognitive models for cooperative work. New-York : John Wiley & sons.

Falzon, P. (1991). Les activités verbales dans le travail. In R. Amalberti, M. De Montmollin, & J. Theureau (Eds.), Modèles en analyse du travail (pp 229-252). Bruxelles : Mardaga.

Karsenty, L. & Falzon, P. (1993). L'analyse des dialogues orientés-tâche : Introduction à des modèles de la communication. In F. Six & X. Vaxevenoglou (Eds.), Les aspects collectifs du travail. Toulouse: Octarès.

Falzon, P. (1994). Dialogues fonctionnels et activité collective. Le Travail Humain, 57, 297-312.

Knowledge construction and operational learning

Falzon, P. (1994). Les activités méta-fonctionnelles et leur assistance. Le Travail Humain, 57 (1), 1-23.

Falzon, P. & Teiger, C. (1995). Construire l’activité. Performances Humaines et Techniques, Septembre, n° hors-série, 34-40.

Falzon, P. & Pasqualetti, L. (2000). L’apprentissage opportuniste. In T.H. Benchekroun & A. Weill-Fassina (Eds.), Le travail collectif. Perspectives actuelles en ergonomie (pp. 121-134). Toulouse : Octarès.

Sauvagnac, C. & Falzon, P. (2003). Organizational memory: the product of a reflexive activity. International Journal of Cognitive Technology, 8 (1), 54-60.

Mollo, V. & Falzon, P. (2004). Auto- and allo-confrontation as tools for reflective activities. Applied Ergonomics, 35 (6), 531-540.

Mollo, V. & Falzon, P. (2005). How practitioners do effectively articulate Evidence-based medicine and patient-based medicine in everyday practice? International Conference on Healthcare systems Ergonomics and Patient Safety (HEPS), Florence, Italy, March 30 – April 2, 2005.

Epistemology of ergonomics

Falzon, P. (1993). Médecin, pompier, concepteur : l’activité cognitive de l’ergonome. Performances Humaines et Techniques, septembre-octobre 1993, 66, 35-45.

Falzon, P. (1996). Des objectifs de l’ergonomie. In F. Daniellou (sous la direction de), L’ergonomie en quête de ses principes (pp.233-242). Toulouse Octarès.

Falzon, P. & Doppler, F. (1998). 10 ans après : l'évaluation à long terme d'une action ergonomique. XXXIIIème Congrès de la SELF. Paris, 16-18 Septembre 1998.

Falzon P. (1998). La construction des connaissances en ergonomie : éléments d’épistémologie. In M.F. Dessaigne & I. Gaillard (Eds) Des évolutions en ergonomie. Toulouse : Octarès.

Falzon, P. (2005). Ergonomie, conception et développement. Conférence introductive, 40ème Congrès de la SELF. Saint-Denis, La Réunion, 21-23 septembre 2005.

Falzon, P. (2005). Developing ergonomics, developing people. Plenary paper, 8th South-east Asian Ergonomics Society Conference SEAES-IPS. Denpasar, Bali, May 23-25, 2005.

Falzon, P. (2005). Analyzing ergonomists’ practice using ergonomics models. Plenary paper, NES’2005 Conference. Oslo, Norway, October 10-12, 2005.

Falzon, P. & Mas, L.(2007). Les objectifs de l'ergonomie et les objectifs des ergonomes. In M. Zouinar, G. Valléry & M.-C. Le Port (sous la coord. de) Ergonomie des produits et des services, XXXXIIème congrès de la SELF. Toulouse : Octarès.

Ergonomic of services

Falzon, P. & Lapeyrière, S. (1998). L'usager et l'opérateur : Ergonomie et relations de service. Le Travail Humain., T. 61, n° 1 , 69-90.

Cerf, C., Compagnon, C., & Falzon, P. (1999). Providing advice to farmers : a cooperative problem solving activity ? In Distributed cognition at work -Third European Conference on Cognitive Science. Sienne, Italie, Octobre.

Pochat, A., & Falzon, P. (2000). Quand faire c’est dire ou la reconnaissance du travail verbal dans l’activité d’accueil. In B. Mélier & Y. Quéinnec (Eds.), XXXVème Congrès de la SELF "Communication et Travail". Toulouse, 20-22 septembre (pp. 293-303). Toulouse : Octarès.

Design activities

Falzon, P. & Darses, F. (1992). Les processus de coopération dans des dialogues d'assistance. XXVIIème Congrès de la SELF. Lille, 23-25 Septembre 1992.

Darses, F. & Falzon, P. (1996). La conception collective : une approche de l'ergonomie cognitive. In G. de Terssac & E. Friedberg (Eds). Coopération et Conception. Toulouse : Octarès.

Falzon, P., Darses-de Montmollin, F. & Béguin, P. (1996). Collective Design Processes. COOP’96, Second International Conference on the Design of Cooperative Systems. Juan les Pins, 12-14 Juin  1996.  Pub. INRIA

 
 

 

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