John W. Senders, PhD, FAAAS

Professor Emeritus, Industrial Engineering

Research: Cause of Human Error; Medical Error and Safety; Mathematics of Human Attention; Human Performance in Automobile Driving; Electronic Publication

Email: jwsenders@post.harvard.edu | Tel: 416-769-5071

Research Areas

  1. Human Factors/Ergonomics


John Senders is Professor Emeritus of Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto, Adjunct Professor of Law at York University (Toronto), and James Marsh Professor-at-Large, University of Vermont, Burlington. Other appointments have included: Lecturer and Senior Research Associate in Psychology, Brandeis University (1965-72); Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1966-67); Research Professor of Engineering and Psychology, University of Maine (1981-88); Professor of Safety Science, Medical School of the University of Miami (2003-04). He co-founded the Institute for Safe Medication Practices—Canada in 1999, and continues as a Member of the Board of Directors.

He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the Association for Psychological Science (APS), the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES), and the American Psychological Association (APA). He is a Charter Member of the Psychonomic Society and a Senior Member of Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. He was also Fellow of the American Rocket Society and an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

He has worked on a great diversity of problems: the mathematics of visual attention; the attentional demand of automobile driving; the causal mechanisms of human error, especially medication and surgical error; perceptual-motor skills, and electronic publication. Professor Senders founded the world’s first electronic journal in 1975 and is the first recipient, in 2008, of The University of Toronto’s Knowledge Media Design Institute Pioneer Award for "an outstanding contribution to the field of electronic publication."