Automation offers the mining industry great potential for improvements in productivity and safety. However, the experience of introducing automation in other industries has been that the full potential of new technology is not always realized. Designers are surprised, for example, to find that automation does not eliminate human errors. Unwanted and unexpected consequences also arise if the introduction of automation fails to consider how people will adapt to the new technology. A focus on the technical aspects of automation is necessary but not sufficient for success. The potential for improvements in productivity and safety promised by automation will only be achieved if the joint cognitive system that emerges from the combination of humans and automation is designed to perform the functions required for system success. Human-systems integration is the process by which human characteristics, abilities and limitations are incorporated within the design life-cycle to optimise performance and minimise costs. This program of work aims to develop tools and techniques for ensuring the optimal implementation of new technologies within the mining industry.