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Research associate, Australian National University

David Harvey is a systems engineer with an interest in robotics and control. He holds a bachelor degree and a doctorate both in the field of mechatronics. His Ph.D. project involved the design and implementation of a robot capable of tracking an airborne plume to its source. The plume tracking algorithms developed were based upon observations of insect plume tracking behaviour. The successful testing of this robot in natural outdoor wind conditions was a world first. David has also worked on a range of other robotics projects in the fields of control and navigation both in a consultative and supervisory role. David is currently leading the Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) program at Aerospace Concepts. The immediate focus of this project is the development and use of an MBSE tool to assist in operational analysis and complex capability definition.


  • 2008–present
    Model Based Systems Engineering Program Lead, Aerospace Concepts Pty Ltd
  • 2007–2008
    Engineering Consultant, Self-employed


  • 2007 
    The University of Adelaide, PhD, Engineering Science
  • 2001 
    The University of Adelaide, BE (Mechatroics)

Research Areas

  • Satellite, Space Vehicle And Missile Design And Testing (090108)
  • Control Systems, Robotics And Automation (090602)