Mr David Hobbs

Mr David Hobbs
Position/s:Lecturer/PhD Candidate
School of Computer Science, Engineering and Mathematics
Phone: +61 8 82013167
Email:
Location: Engineering (459)
Postal address: GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Biography

David has extensive experience in the field of Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology, having worked at Novita Children's Services as a Senior Rehabilitation Engineer for 9 years (2001-2010), with a focus on research and development, technology transfer and national/international Standards Testing of rehabilitation products. David's research interests include Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES), mechanisms for inducing neuroplasticity, particularly in children with cerebral palsy (CP), and computer gaming for rehabilitation purposes.

David is passionate about science communication and regularly gives presentations through the "Speakers in Schools" program to highlight the role engineers play within the community. He is also passionate about International Development and through Engineers Without Borders has initiated a series of on-going and sustainable projects in Cambodia since 2004 and served on the National Board from 2004-2007.

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Qualifications

Bachelor of Science (Physics), Flinders University, 1992-1994

Bachelor of Science (Life Sciences) / Bachelor of Engineering (Biomedical) (Hons I), Flinders University, 1996 - 2000

Executive Diploma in Business Planning, Enterprise Development Institute, 2001

Accredited National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) Test Engineer (signatory status) - 2002

Honours, awards and grants

1st Prize, The Soft Technology Award, awarded by the Australian Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology Association (ARATA) for 'developments, improvements and innovations in service delivery to Assistive Technology users' (2012)

Finalist, Science Excellence Awards SA, Early Career STEM Educator of the Year, Tertiary Teaching (2012)

3 Minute Thesis (3MT) - Flinders University Winner (2011)

Fulbright Professional Scholarship in FES (Functional Electrical Stimulation) and cerebral palsy (2008)

South Australian "Top 50 Rising Stars" list (2007)

ABC-Australian Academy of Science Media Fellowship (2005)

Engineers Australia's "Top 100 Most Influential Engineers", in the 'Young Engineers Top 10 Newcomers' category (2005)

Engineers Australia's "Young Professional Engineer of the Year" Award (2004) 

Churchill Fellowship in Rehabilitation Engineering (2003)

The Entrepreneurial Award, a Scholarship to undertake the "South Australian Enterprise Workshop" (2001)

Engineer Australia's "Flinders University" Medal (2000)


Co-Associate Investigator with Dr Pammi Raghavendra and Ms Sonya Murchland (Novita Children's Services), Channel 7 Children's Research Foundation grant: Making music through movement: The efficacy of the Virtual Music Instrument (VMI) for developing early communicative and play behaviours in children with severe and multiple disabilities. (2008: $48,000 and 2009: $41,000).

Co-Associate Investigator with Dr James Rice (Women's and Children's Hospital), Channel 7 Children's Research Foundation grant: Electrical stimulation in botulinum toxin A use in children with cerebral palsy: a randomised trial. (2009: $50,000 and 2010: $40,000).

Russo, R., Hobbs, D., Hillier, S. and Reynolds, K., The Women's and Children's Hospital Foundation grant: Assessing the prevalence of tactile sensory agnosia in the hands of children with cerebral palsy. (2012: $45,342). 

Hobbs, D., Russo, R., Reynolds, K., and Hillier, S., Channel 7 Children's Research Foundation grant: Can children with cerebral palsy improve their hand sensation using special haptic computer games? A randomised controlled trial. (2013-2014: $65,000). 

Teaching

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Research and supervision

Research expertise

  • Biomedical engineering

Research interests

Functional Electrical Simulation (FES) and mechanisms for inducing neuroplasticity

Rehabilitation Engineering, Assistive Technology and cerebral palsy related research

Universal Design

Commercialisation and technology transfer of medical devices and Assistive Technologies 

Supervisory interests

  • Rehabilitation engineering and assistive technology

Publications

Book chapters
  • Chau, T., Memarian, N., Leung, B., Treherne, D., Hobbs, D.A., Worthington-Eyre, B., et al. (2012). Home-Based Computer Vision Access Technologies for Individuals with Severe Motor Impairments. In JC Augusto, M Huch, A Kameas, J Maitland, P McCullagh, J Roberts, A Sixsmith & R Wichert, ed. Handbook of Ambient Assisted Living - Technology for Healthcare, Rehabilitation and Well-being. Amsterdam, Netherlands: IOS Press, pp. 581-597. [10.3233/978-1-60750-837-3-581]
Refereed journal articles
  • Diment, L. and Hobbs, D.A. (2014). A gesture-based virtual art program for children with severe motor impairments - development and pilot study. Journal of Assistive, Rehabilitative & Therapeutic Technologies, 2[Link]
  • Walker, L., Svistounov, A., Symonds, B. and Hobbs, D.A. (2012). Investigating the Effects of Varying the Angle of Application and Increasing the Ignition Source Flow Rate During ISO Ignitability Testing on Foam and Vinyl. Assistive Technology, 24(3) pp. 214-219. [10.1080/10400435.2012.659833]
  • Hobbs, D.A., Close, J.K., Downing, A., Reynolds, K.J. and Walker, L. (2009). Developing a national research and development centre in assistive technologies for independent living. Australian Health Review, 33(1) pp. 152-160.
  • Nguyen, T., Garrett, R., Downing, A.R., Walker, L.T. and Hobbs, D.A. (2008). An interfacing system that enables speech generating device users to independently access and use a mobile phone. Technology and Disability, 20(3) pp. 225-239. [Link]
  • Nguyen, T., Garrett, R., Downing, A.R., Walker, L. and Hobbs, D.A. (2007). Research into telecommunications options for people with physical disabilities. Assistive Technology, 19(2) pp. 78-93.
  • Nguyen, T., Garrett, R., Downing, A., Walker, L. and Hobbs, D. (2006). Telecommunications Access - Matching Available Technologies to People with Physical Disabilities. Australasian Physical and Engineering Sciences in Medicine, 29(1) pp. 87-97. [Link]
Refereed conference papers
  • Diment, L.E., Hobbs, D.A. and Chau, T. (2013). A Gesture-based Virtual Art Program for Children with Severe Motor Impairments - Development and Pilot Study. In K Oh, P Thajchayapong & WT Ang, ed. Proceedings of i-CREATe '13. Singapore: Singapore Therapeutic, Assistive & Rehabilitative Technologies Centre. 7th International Convention on Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technology. Goyang, South Korea. Aug 2013. [Link]
  • Henschke, M., Hobbs, D. and Wilkinson, B.G. (2012). Developing serious games for children with cerebral palsy: case study and pilot trial. In V Farrell, G Farrell, C Chua, W Huang, R Vasa & C Woodward, ed. Proceedings of the 24th Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference. New York, USA: ACM. OzCHI '12. Melbourne, VIC. Nov 2012, pp. 212-221. [10.1145/2414536.2414574]
  • Hobbs, D.A. and Worthington-Eyre, B.L. (2008). The Efficacy of Combining Augmented Reality and Music Therapy with Traditional Teaching Preliminary Results. In P Thajchayapong, Z Koh, W Phantachat & W T Ang, ed. Proceedings of the 2nd International Convention on Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technology. Kaki Bukit, Singapore: Singapore Therapeutic, Assistive & Rehabilitative Technologies (START) Centre. i-CREATe '08. Bangkok, Thailand. May 2008, pp. 241-244. [Link]

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Book chapters
  • Chau, T., Memarian, N., Leung, B., Treherne, D., Hobbs, D.A., Worthington-Eyre, B., et al. (2012). Home-Based Computer Vision Access Technologies for Individuals with Severe Motor Impairments. In JC Augusto, M Huch, A Kameas, J Maitland, P McCullagh, J Roberts, A Sixsmith & R Wichert, ed. Handbook of Ambient Assisted Living - Technology for Healthcare, Rehabilitation and Well-being. Amsterdam, Netherlands: IOS Press, pp. 581-597. [10.3233/978-1-60750-837-3-581]
Refereed journal articles
  • Diment, L. and Hobbs, D.A. (2014). A gesture-based virtual art program for children with severe motor impairments - development and pilot study. Journal of Assistive, Rehabilitative & Therapeutic Technologies, 2[Link]
  • Walker, L., Svistounov, A., Symonds, B. and Hobbs, D.A. (2012). Investigating the Effects of Varying the Angle of Application and Increasing the Ignition Source Flow Rate During ISO Ignitability Testing on Foam and Vinyl. Assistive Technology, 24(3) pp. 214-219. [10.1080/10400435.2012.659833]
  • Hobbs, D.A., Close, J.K., Downing, A., Reynolds, K.J. and Walker, L. (2009). Developing a national research and development centre in assistive technologies for independent living. Australian Health Review, 33(1) pp. 152-160.
  • Nguyen, T., Garrett, R., Downing, A.R., Walker, L.T. and Hobbs, D.A. (2008). An interfacing system that enables speech generating device users to independently access and use a mobile phone. Technology and Disability, 20(3) pp. 225-239. [Link]
  • Nguyen, T., Garrett, R., Downing, A.R., Walker, L. and Hobbs, D.A. (2007). Research into telecommunications options for people with physical disabilities. Assistive Technology, 19(2) pp. 78-93.
  • Nguyen, T., Garrett, R., Downing, A., Walker, L. and Hobbs, D. (2006). Telecommunications Access - Matching Available Technologies to People with Physical Disabilities. Australasian Physical and Engineering Sciences in Medicine, 29(1) pp. 87-97. [Link]
Refereed conference papers
  • Diment, L.E., Hobbs, D.A. and Chau, T. (2013). A Gesture-based Virtual Art Program for Children with Severe Motor Impairments - Development and Pilot Study. In K Oh, P Thajchayapong & WT Ang, ed. Proceedings of i-CREATe '13. Singapore: Singapore Therapeutic, Assistive & Rehabilitative Technologies Centre. 7th International Convention on Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technology. Goyang, South Korea. Aug 2013. [Link]
  • Henschke, M., Hobbs, D. and Wilkinson, B.G. (2012). Developing serious games for children with cerebral palsy: case study and pilot trial. In V Farrell, G Farrell, C Chua, W Huang, R Vasa & C Woodward, ed. Proceedings of the 24th Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference. New York, USA: ACM. OzCHI '12. Melbourne, VIC. Nov 2012, pp. 212-221. [10.1145/2414536.2414574]
  • Hobbs, D.A. and Worthington-Eyre, B.L. (2008). The Efficacy of Combining Augmented Reality and Music Therapy with Traditional Teaching Preliminary Results. In P Thajchayapong, Z Koh, W Phantachat & W T Ang, ed. Proceedings of the 2nd International Convention on Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technology. Kaki Bukit, Singapore: Singapore Therapeutic, Assistive & Rehabilitative Technologies (START) Centre. i-CREATe '08. Bangkok, Thailand. May 2008, pp. 241-244. [Link]
Conference publications
  • Hobbs, D.A., Wilkinson, B., Wesson, B., Hughes, M., Walker, A., Hillier, S., et al. (2014). The design of an accessible, engaging and haptic serious gaming system for tactile sensory training of children with cerebral palsy. In 7th Biennial Scientific Conference of the Australasian Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AusACPDM) Mac Keith Press / Wiley Online Library. 7th Biennial Scientific Conference of the Australasian Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AusACPDM) Hunter Valley, NSW. Mar 2014, pp. 22-22. [10.1111/dmcn.12368]
  • Hobbs, D.A., Russo, R., Hillier, S. and Reynolds, K. (2014). Tactile sensory impairments are common in the hands of children with cerebral palsy - preliminary results from a cohort study. In 7th Biennial Scientific Conference of the Australasian Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AusACPDM) Mac Keith Press / Wiley Online Library. 7th Biennial Scientific Conference of the Australasian Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AusACPDM) Hunter Valley, NSW. Mar 2014, pp. 20-20. [10.1111/dmcn.12368]
  • Hobbs, D., Hughes, M., Wilkinson, B.G., Walker, A., Russo, R., Hillier, S., et al. (2013). An accessible, haptic gaming system for children with cerebral palsy. Interactive Technologies and Games Conference (iTAG) Oct 2013.
  • Hobbs, D., Wilkinson, B.G., Henschke, M. and Reynolds, K. (2012). Game on! Accessible gaming for children with disabilities. In Australian Rehabilitation & Assistive Technology Association (ARATA) Conference. Australian Rehabilitation & Assistive Technology Association (ARATA) Conference. Canberra, Australia.
  • Aldwehi, M., Reynolds, K. and Hobbs, D.A. (2011). Biomedical Technology Management: Procurement & replacement planning. In Proceedings of the Engineering and Physical Sciences in Medicine and the Australian Biomedical Engineering Conference. Melbourne, VictoriaThe Engineering and Physical Sciences in Medicine and the Australian Biomedical Engineering Conference. Darwin, NT. Aug 2011, pp. 48-48.
  • Hobbs, D.A. (2010). Electrical stimulation and neuroplasticity. In Proceedings of the ARATA (Australian Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology Association) national conference. Hobart, TasmaniaAustralian Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology Association (ARATA) Biennial National Conference. Hobart, Tasmania. Aug 2010. [Link]
  • Hobbs, D.A. (2010). Neuroplasticty and electrical stimulation for cerebral palsy: a question of practice, dose and duration. In P. Baxter and H.M. Hart, ed. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology. Oxford, UK: Blackwell Publishing. Australasian Association for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AusACPDM) Christchurch, New Zealand. Mar 2010, pp. 27-28. www.blackwellpublishing.com/dmcn.
  • Murchland, S., Raghavendra, P., Hobbs, D.A., Shiosaki, P. and Jose, R. (2010). Making music to learn new skills in a virtual world. In Proceedings of the ARATA (Australian Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology Association) national conference. Hobart, TasmaniaAustralian Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology Association (ARATA) Biennial National Conference. Hobart, Tasmania. Aug 2010. [Link]
  • Raghavendra, P., Murchland, S., Shiosaki, P. and Hobbs, D.A. (2010). Enabling children with severe physical disabilities using the Virtual Music Instrument. In P. Baxter and H.M. Hart, ed. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology. Oxford, UK: Blackwell Publishing. Australasian Association for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AusACPDM) Christchurch, New Zealand. Mar 2010, pp. 45-45. www.blackwellpublishing.com/dmcn.
  • Bessell, T.J., Randell, M.S., Knowles, G.P. and Hobbs, D.A. (2006). Connecting people with the environment: A new accessible wireless remote control. In Connecting people and community through technology : proceedings of the of the ARATA national conference 2006. Australian Rehabilitation & Assistive Technology Association. ARATA National Conference 2006: Connecting People and Community Through Technology. Fremantle, WA. Oct 2006. [Link]

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Professional and community engagement

Member, Society of Medical & Biological Engineering (SMBE): 2001 - present

Member, National Committee on Rehabilitation Engineering (NCRE), through Engineers Australia: 2001 - present

Member and former National Board Member (2004 - 2007),Engineers Without Borders (EWB) Australia: 2003 - present

Member and former National Board Member (2004 - 2010), Australian Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology Association (ARATA): 2001 - present

Member, Medical Device Partnering Program (MDPP): 2008 - present

Chair, College of Biomedical Engineers (SA Chapter), through Engineers Australia: 2009 - present

Member, College of Biomedical Engineers National Board, through Engineers Australia: 2009 - present

Chair, Australian Fulbright Alumni Association (SA Chapter): 2010 - present

Member, Fulbright South Australian State Selection Committee: 2010 - present

Technical member, State Government Department for Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI) Equipment Evaluation Sub-Committee: 2010 - present 

Expertise for media contact

  • Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology

Subject/s

  • Engineering - Biomedical
  • Rehabilitation


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