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Dr David Logan is a Senior Research Fellow at MUARC, working with the Human Factors and 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 significant 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 in safe vehicle purchasing, feature selection and operation.

Dr 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 supervising or co-supervising five PhD students investigating bus roadworthiness, the safety consequences of travel mode shifts, child seat safety, cyclists safety and wire rope safety barrier performance.


  • Active Safety
  • Crash
  • Serious Injury
  • Investigation
  • Motor Vehicle
  • Road Safety
  • Passive Safety
  • Strategy Development
  • Strategy Modelling
  • Vehicle Crashworthiness

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Projects 2003 2019

Research Output 1996 2018

  • 27 Conference Paper
  • 25 Article
  • 7 Commissioned Report
  • 1 Chapter (Book)

Are older drivers’ driving patterns during an on-road driving task representative of their real-world driving patterns?

Koppel, S., Charlton, J. L., Hua, P., Liu, P. Y., Pham, H., Stephan, K., Logan, D., St. Louis, R. M., Gao, G., Griffiths, D., Williams, G., Witharanage, T., Di Stefano, M., Darzins, P., Odell, M., Porter, M. M., Mazer, B., Gelinas, I., Vrkljan, B. & Marshall, S., 21 Mar 2018, In : Traffic Injury Prevention. 19, S2, p. S173-S175 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleOtherpeer-review

Cyclist exposure to the risk of car door collisions in mixed function activity centers: A study in Melbourne, Australia

Lawrence, B. M., Oxley, J. A., Logan, D. B. & Stevenson, M. R., 28 Feb 2018, In : Traffic Injury Prevention. 19, S1, p. S164-S168 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Exploring road design factors influencing tram road safety – Melbourne tram driver focus groups

Naznin, F., Currie, G. & Logan, D., 1 Jan 2018, In : Accident Analysis and Prevention. 110, p. 52-61 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Investigating the impact of static roadside advertising on drivers' situation awareness

Young, K. L., Stephens, A., Logan, D. & Lenne, M. G., 1 Apr 2017, In : Applied Ergonomics. 60, p. 136-145 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Key challenges in tram/streetcar driving from the tram driver's perspective: A qualitative study

Naznin, F., Currie, G. & Logan, D., 1 Aug 2017, In : Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour. 49, p. 39-48 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review