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Senior Research Fellow, University of South Australia

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.


  • –present
    Senior Research Fellow, Barbara Hardy Institute, University of South Australia


  • 2000 
    University of South Australia, PhD/Mathematics
  • 1986 
    South Australian Institute of Technology, Master of Applied Science/Computer Studies
  • 1982 
    South Australian Institute of Technology, Bachelor of Applied Science/Computer Studies

Research Areas

  • Applied Mathematics (0102)
  • Renewable Power And Energy Systems Engineering (Excl. Solar Cells) (090608)
  • Road Transportation And Freight Services (150703)
  • Rail Transportation And Freight Services (150702)
  • Operations Research (010206)