David Logan

Assoc Professor

Accepting PhD Students

1996 …2024

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Supervision interests

Associate Professor David Logan is a Senior Researcher at MUARC, leading the Traffic Engineering and Vehicle Safety (TEVS) team and working closely with the Injury Analysis & Data teams.  

After obtaining a PhD in Mechanical Engineering, he spent several years in engineering consulting, working in a variety of areas including vibration analysis, low volume vehicle compliance, heavy vehicle brake system testing, and acoustics and noise control.

Joining MUARC in 2001, David is involved currently in road safety strategy modelling and implementation; and pedestrian and intersection safety numeric modelling.  He managed the multidisciplinary real-world crash investigation team for nine years and has substantial research expertise in this area, as well as presenting invited lectures to both school and professional groups.  

He coordinated a program to commission two instrumented on-road vehicles, permitting semi- and fully-automated real-time acquisition of a variety of naturalistic driving data.  David also provides expertise to industry in safe vehicle purchasing, feature selection and operation to improve workplace road safety.

In the last ten years A/Prof. Logan has developed unique expertise in the modelling and development of road safety strategies, working with both national and international jurisdictions with the interrogation of road safety data and the selection and development of appropriate road safety initiatives.  He leads the development of the eMETS model for estimating the population level reductions in fatal and serious trauma possible from both individual countermeasures, as well as scenario modelling of packages of countermeasures making up road safety strategies.  

David has based his road safety career around the principles of the Safe System and Swedish Vision Zero philosophies, working towards this approach in all facets of his research.

He has worked with the World Health Organization and World Bank on several projects in low- and middle-income countries, including a review of Thailand’s status against the 12 UN voluntary road safety goals, which was presented to Thai Members of Parliament, senators and high-level road safety stakeholders. 

David was the expert academic advisor on a World Bank project with PwC Private, India, to develop a plan to convert the Accident Research Institute in Bangladesh into a Centre of Excellence in the South Asian region.

Assoc. Prof. Logan also conducts special crash investigations, primarily in the area of passenger car and heavy vehicle crashes, in order to understand the contributing factors leading to their occurrence. 

He is currently a main or associate supervisor for eight PhD students investigating:

  • future road trauma benefits of automated vehicles (Iniya Arularasu)
  • naturalistic driving (Fletcher Howell)
  • optimisation of automated speed and red light enforcement (Mayssaa Mezher)
  • bus company safety (Ha Anh Nguyen)
  • safety consequences of travel mode shifts (Mohammad Nabil Ibrahim)
  • public perception and acceptance of autonomous vehicles (Xin Zou)
  • the path to the Safe System (Jessica Truong)
  • child seat safety (Inam Ahmad)

Supervision interests

  • Road safety strategy development and modelling
  • Automated vehicles
  • Translation of the Safe System to low- and middle-income countries
  • Safety of e-scooters and other personal mobility devices

University Service

  • Acting Chair, MUARC OHSE Committee

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Education/Academic qualification

Engineering, mechanical, PhD, Using the correlation dimension for the detection of faults in rolling element bearings, MONASH UNIVERSITY


Award Date: 8 Oct 1997

Engineering, Mechanical, B.E. (Hons Class I), MONASH UNIVERSITY


Award Date: 12 Apr 1991

Research area keywords

  • Active Safety
  • Crash
  • Serious Injury
  • Investigation
  • Safe Vehicles
  • Road Safety
  • Crashworthiness
  • Strategy Development
  • Strategy Modelling
  • Road Safety Management
  • Crash Avoidance

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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  • Submission to Inquiry into Road Safety

    David Logan (Contributor), Stuart Newstead (Contributor) & Sjaan Koppel (Contributor)

    Aug 2021

    Activity: External Academic EngagementSubmissions to industry or govt committees, commissions and inquiries

  • Sustainability (Journal)

    David Logan (Associate editor), Sjaanie Koppel (Associate editor) & Brian Fildes (Guest editor)

    Aug 2021Apr 2022

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial responsibility

  • Submission to Inquiry into the Increase in Victoria’s Road Toll during 2019

    Maxwell Cameron (Contributor), Brian Fildes (Contributor), David Logan (Contributor), Sharon Newnam (Contributor), Stuart Newstead (Contributor), Karen Stephan (Contributor) & Kristie Young (Contributor)


    Activity: External Academic EngagementSubmissions to industry or govt committees, commissions and inquiries

  • MUARC - TAC Safe Systems Workshop 1

    Michael Fitzharris (Organiser), Michael Lenne (Member of programme committee), Bruce Corben (Member of programme committee), Tandy Pok Arundell (Speaker), Michael Nieuwesteeg (Session chair), Samantha Cockfield (Speaker), Johan Strandroth (Speaker), Chris Jones (Speaker), Stuart Ballingall (Speaker), Jane Richards (Speaker), Nicole Downing (Speaker), Amanda Stephens (Speaker), David Logan (Speaker), Hayley McDonald (Speaker), Arthur Vulcan (Speaker), Samantha Kate Buckis (Speaker), Jessica Di-Quan Truong (Speaker) & Ian Johnston (Speaker)

    9 Aug 201616 Aug 2016

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to workshop, seminar, course

  • MUARC - TAC Safe Systems Workshop 2

    Michael Fitzharris (Organiser), Bruce Corben (Speaker), Michael Lenne (Speaker), Claes Tingvall (Keynote/plenary speaker), Samantha Cockfield (Speaker), Antonietta Cavallo (Speaker), Michael Nieuwesteeg (Speaker), Jane Richards (Speaker), Chris Jones (Speaker), Tandy Pok Arundell (Speaker), David Healy (Speaker), David Logan (Speaker), Sujanie Peiris (Speaker) & Amanda Stephens (Speaker)

    15 Nov 201622 Nov 2016

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to workshop, seminar, course