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Dr Matt Ebbatson

Senior Lecturer, Aviation


Dr Matt Ebbatson is the Aviation Postgraduate Course Director in the Faculty of Science, Engineering & Technology at Swinburne University. He holds a BSc Hons (Physics) from the University of Leeds, as well as an MSc (Human Factors & Safety Analysis in Aviation) and PhD from Cranfield University, a highly specialised aviation postgraduate institution. Matt has over 10 years of experience engaging with the aviation industry to investigate and resolve human factors and safety related challenges in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. Matt commenced his career in operations as a Flight Data Analyst and Safety Management Advisor for Monarch Airlines, London. In 2010 he joined academia whilst maintaining and expanding a strong set of industry relationships, including providing assistance to Air New Zealand, Air Nelson and Airways New Zealand in order to safely deploy advanced automation capabilities within their respective operations.

Matt’s research interests include Human Machine Interface design, pilot performance assessment and development, automation effects, flight simulation and pilot/operator training. Matt has a particular interest in the application of technology to improve safety and efficiency in aircraft operations, including enhanced pilot performance sensing and monitoring, advanced flight deck automation, and innovative training methodologies.

Matt is committed to the delivery of exemplary higher education in aviation which is both engaging and authentic. In 2016 Matt was awarded a Faculty of Science, Engineering & Technology Teaching Excellence Award as a recognition of this pursuit.  

Research interests

Aviation Human Factors; Aviation Policy; Aviation Safety; Pilot Performance; Flight Simulation; Aviation Risk; Airline Fuel Performance; Accident Investigation; Pilot Training

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.


Available to supervise honours students.

Honours topics and outlines

Attitudes towards safety in recreational flying: In Australia ultralight aircraft are not governed by the national aviation regulator, CASA. Instead they are self-managed by a recreational aviation body. To date there has been no general assessment of whether the unique characteristics of the recreational aviation community influence the resultant safety attitudes and behaviours of those who participate in it.

Fields of Research

  • Transportation, Logistics And Supply Chains - 350900
  • Other Psychology - 529900
  • Specialist Studies In Education - 390400

Teaching areas

Aviation Human Factors;Aviation Safety;Pilot Performance;Safety Management Systems;Aviation Risk;Accident Investigation;Safety Engineering;Safety Analysis;Research Methods


  • 2016, Swinburne, Faculty of Science Engineering and Technology Teaching Excellence Award, Swinburne University


Also published as: Ebbatson, Matt; Ebbatson, M.; Ebbatson, Matthew
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2022: Regional AAM Surrogate Trial (RAST) *; TEXTRONE SYSTEM AUSTRALIA FUND SCHEME
  • 2021: Artificial Intelligence as the Most Valuable Player: Enabling cyber-human teams to achieve decision superiority *; Defence Science Technology Group
  • 2020: Understanding human and artificial intelligence collaboration on time-critical decision-making *; Next Generation Technologies Fund
  • 2017: Advanced Interactive Rail Learning *; Workforce Training Innovation Fund
  • 2016: Baseline Australian heliports to evaluate levels of compliance with ICAO Annex 14 *; Civil Aviation Safety Authority

* Chief Investigator