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Research Biography

David has bachelor degrees in Physics (1992-1994) and Biomedical Engineering (1996-2000), with First Class Honours, and a PhD (2010-2018, in Rehabilitation Engineering) from Flinders University. He has extensive experience as a Rehabilitation Engineer in the field of disability, rehabilitation engineering and assistive technologies, and is currently a Senior Lecturer and academic staff member within the College of Science and Engineering and a researcher within the Medical Device Research Institute (MDRI) at Flinders University. 

David's professional honours to date include being awarded a Churchill Fellowship in the field of rehabilitation engineering and Universal Design (2003); Engineers Australia's Young Professional Engineer of the Year (2004); Engineers Australia's Top 100 Most Influential Engineers (2005); and a Fulbright Professional Scholarship in the field of paediatric rehabilitation engineering (2008).

David has experience working in rehabilitation engineering research and industry institutions in Australia, England, Canada and the United States, holds a patent for his PhD work, and has twice won first prize in the College of Biomedical Engineers' Better Technology Awards for novel assistive technologies. He is an invited TEDx speaker, has delivered numerous invited and keynote presentations, and he has represented Australia at the Global Research, Innovation, and Education in Assistive Technology Summit at the WHO in Geneva. 

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Research Interests

  • Rehabilitation Engineering, Assistive Technology and cerebral palsy related research
  • Universal Design
  • Commercialisation and technology transfer of medical devices and Assistive Technologies

Career Highlights

Churchill Fellowship in paediatric Rehabilitation Engineering - 2003 

Fulbright Professional Scholar in Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) - 2008 

Fellow, Engineers Australia - 2021 

Life Member, the Australian Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology Association (ARATA) - 2023 

Completed Supervisions

Dr Meseret Teferra; thesis title: "Dressing heart smart: an e-textile based garment for home-based ECG monitoring

Dr Robert (Robbie) Trott: "Novel Control for a Post-Stroke Gait Rehabilitation Exoskeleton

Supervisor Philosophy

My Supervision Philosophy is to work alongside and guide my students (from Honours through to PhD) so they can achieve their project outcome, providing expertise in rehabilitation engineering and assistive technologies, as well as professional development and training. In 2023 I was awarded the FUSA Student-Led Teaching Awards 'Most Supportive Supervisor Award' in recognition of my supervision. 

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Can a Novel ‘Serious Gaming’ Technology Improve Upper Limb Sensation and Function in Children with Cerebral Palsy? A Population-based Cohort Study and Pilot Randomised Controlled Trial, Flinders University

20 Jun 20104 Jun 2018

Award Date: 18 Dec 2018

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours), Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Engineering (Biomedical)(Hons), Flinders University

1 Mar 199630 Nov 2000

Award Date: 9 Apr 2001

Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science (Physics), Flinders University

1 Mar 199230 Nov 1994

Award Date: 10 Apr 1995

External positions

Adjunct Senior Lecturer, University of South Australia

4 Mar 2019 → …


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Research Areas

  • Biomedical engineering
  • Clinical rehabilitation
  • Knowledge translation and implementation science

Supervisory Interests

  • Rehabilitation engineering and assistive technology
  • Technology and disability
  • Universal Design
  • Assistive Technology


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