Robert Anderson

Dr Robert Anderson

Adjunt Associate Professor

Centre for Automotive Safety Research

Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


Robert Anderson holds the title of Adjunct Associate Professor. He commenced his research career in 1993 at the University's Road Accident Research Unit (RARU), investigating crashes for a study on airbag effectiveness. In 1999 he completed his PhD on the biomechanics of impact-induced diffuse axonal injury (one of the most common and debilitating forms of brain injury), which earned him the Elizabeth Penfold Simpson Prize for Brain Injury Research.

Robert was appointed Deputy Director at RARU in 1999 and then at the Centre for Automotive Safety Research that replaced it. During that time he conducted research on nearly all aspects of road safety. Over the last 15 years he oversaw the development of a test facility for testing vehicles for pedestrian safety for the Australasian New Car Assessment Program, developed expertise in pedestrian kinematics and pedestrian injury biomechanics and chaired an international committee on computer simulation of pedestrian crash mechanics.

He is now a director and principal of Anderson Hall Pty Ltd, providing expert technical services to the legal and insurance industries.

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2018 Director and Principal Anderson Hall Pty Ltd
    2016 Adjunct Associate Professor University of Adelaide
    2014 - 2018 Consultant Hall technical
    2009 - 2015 Associate Professor University of Adelaide
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    1987 - 1990 University of Adelaide Australia BE (Hons)
    University of Adelaide Australia PhD
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  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2013 - 2016 Principal Supervisor Improvement of Pedestrian Safety: Response of Detection Systems to Real Accident Scenarios Doctor of Philosophy under a Jointly-awarded Degree Agreement with Doctorate Full Time Mr Hedi Hamdane
    2008 - 2012 Principal Supervisor The Influence of Test Conditions on the Results of Pedestrian Headform Impact Tests Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Daniel Searson
    2006 - 2012 Principal Supervisor Alternative Injury Response Functions for Evaluating Head Accelerations, with Application to Pedestrian Headform Testing Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Jeffrey Dutschke
    2006 - 2015 Principal Supervisor Crash avoidance by Electronic Stability Control on Australian high speed rural roads: an analysis of braking interventions Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Dr Jamie Mackenzie
  • Position: Adjunt Associate Professor
  • Phone: 0883312369
  • Email: robert.anderson@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8232 4995
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Engineering Annex
  • Org Unit: Centre for Automotive Safety Research

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