Dr Peter Pudney is a Senior Research Fellow in the Barbara Hardy Institute at the University of South Australia (UniSA). He is also Deputy Director of the Centre for Industrial and Applied Mathematics at UniSA.
His research expertise is in applied optimisation and operations research. In particular, he is interested in low-energy transportation and renewable energy.
He is co-inventor of the Energymiser Driver Advice System, which keeps trains on time and reduces energy use; the system is being used on freight and passenger trains around the world.
He has also designed and built solar racing cars and electric cars. In 2010-11 the 300 kg electric car Trev, designed and built at UniSA, was driven 28000 km around the world using just $400 worth of electricity.