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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

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Flinders University

20 Jun 20104 Jun 2018

Award Date: 18 Dec 2018

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours), Flinders University

1 Mar 199630 Nov 2000

Award Date: 9 Apr 2001

Bachelor of Science, 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 Output

A Custom Serious Games System with Forced-Bimanual Use can Improve Upper Limb Function for Children with Cerebral Palsy: Results from a Randomised Controlled Trial

Hobbs, D. A., Hillier, S. L., Russo, R. N. & Reynolds, K. J., 17 Jul 2019, Technology and Disability. Desideri, L., de Witte, L., Chattat, R. & Hoogerwerf, E-J. (eds.). s1 ed. Amsterdam: IOS PRESS, Vol. 31. p. S147-S148 2 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

  • A Modular Hybrid Exoskeletal-Soft Glove for High Degree of Freedom Monitoring Capability

    Trott, R. E., Kleinig, T. J., Hillier, S. L., Hobbs, D. A. & Reynolds, K. J., 1 Jun 2019, p. 577-582. 6 p.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

  • Appropriate Assistive Technology Co-Design – from Problem identification through to Device Commercialisation

    Hobbs, D., Walker, S. & Layton, N., 2019, Global perspectives on assistive technology: proceedings of the GReAT Consultation 2019. Layton, N. & Borg, J. (eds.). Geneva, Vol. Volume B. p. 342-358 17 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

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    Electronic textile-based electrocardiogram monitoring in cardiac patients: a scoping review

    Teferra, M. N., Ramos, J. S., Kourbelis, C., Newman, P., Fleury, A., Hobbs, D., Reynolds, K. J. & Clark, R. A., 1 Oct 2019, In : JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports. 17, 10, p. 1958-1998 41 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)


    2002 - Churchill Fellowship

    Hobbs, David (Recipient), 1 Nov 2002


  • 2016 - Distinguished Alumni Award

    Hobbs, David (Recipient), 24 Nov 2017