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Professor Steven Moore

BE (Hons) MEngSci (UNSW) PhD (University of Sydney)
Deputy Dean - Research/Professor
School of Engineering and Technology
Centre for Intelligent Systems, Centre for Research in Equity & Advancement of Teaching & Education (CREATE)
Rockhampton North
Building 30 - 2-15
About Me

Whilst working as a biomedical engineer at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney I undertook a PhD on image processing techniques for accurate assessment of 3D eye movements. The eye tracking system was used clinically at RPAH in the diagnosis of vestibular (balance) disorders, and was also of interest to NASA as small rotational movements of the eye reflect output from the otoliths, the gravity-sensing 'accelerometers' of the inner ear that are affected in the virtual absence of gravity during orbital spaceflight. At the completion of my PhD in 1996 I was offered a position as a post-doctoral research associate at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City under Professor Bernard Cohen. I had the unique opportunity of managing a large international NASA-funded project that flew a human centrifuge, capable of generating 1-g of centripetal acceleration, aboard the shuttle Columbia during the 1998 Neurolab mission (STS-90). This was the first (and so far only) application of 'artificial gravity' in human spaceflight. I was also hired as a consultant by the European Space Agency (ESA) Directorate of Manned Spaceflight to oversee the development of the Neurolab video-oculography software, a critical experimental component used to assess otolith function during centrifugation in space and on the ground. Contrary to previous studies, otolith-ocular reflexes and orthostatic tolerance were preserved during and after the Neurolab flight. Based on these results I submitted a proposal to NASA hypothesizing that regular exposure to artificial gravity (centrifugation) aboard the Neurolab mission helped maintain otolith-ocular and otolith-sympathetic reflexes that are usually impaired following extended periods of microgravity. This, my first project as principal investigator, was awarded in 2000.

Over the subsequent 15 years I was the principal investigator on NASA flight studies totaling over US$6.3 million aboard the space shuttle and the Mir and International space stations (ISS). My last flight project, awarded in 2009, has assessed the ability of astronauts to operate complex machinery (simulated aircraft landings and driving a car) on the day of landing after 6-months aboard the ISS. Astronaut testing was completed in June 2015, and the study results were presented to NASA's mission architecture team to help plan early crew activities after lengthy transits in microgravity for future exploration-class missions. In 2005 I applied the measurement technologies developed in support of astronaut assessment to the evaluation of pathological gait in Parkinson's disease, and I have since received funding for this work from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Michael J. Fox Foundation. In 2016, after 20 years at Mount Sinai, I returned to Australia to start a new career as Deputy Dean for Research at CQUniversity. Since joining CQU I have had the pleasure of managing the diverse research portfolio within the School of Engineering of Technology, with dedicated research centres in railway engineering and intelligent systems, and research clusters in biofuels, renewable energy, agricultural technology, Internet of Things and big data analytics.

General
Universities Studied At

University of NSW

Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) 1982-1988

Master of Engineering Science 1988-1990

University of Sydney

Doctor of Philosophy 1993-1996

Universities Worked At

University of NSW

1988-1990

Research Associate, School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications

University of Sydney

1993-1995

Lecturer, RPAH Neuro-otology Department

Mount Sinai School of Medicine (now the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai) New York City

1996-2016

Currently Adjunct Professor of Neurology

CQUniversity

2016-

Professor, Deputy Dean for Research in the School of Engineering and Technology

Awards

Young Investigators Grant, Australian Brain Foundation, 1993

Dora Lush Biomedical Post-Graduate Scholarship, National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Australia, 1993-1995

NASA Certificate of Achievement ATLAS project on Neurolab STS-90, 1998

NASA Certificate of Recognition for a Space Act Award, November 8, 2005

Journal of Neuroscience Methods; Top-cited paper 2008-2010 'Ambulatory monitoring of freezing of gait in Parkinson's disease' 2010.

Australasian Society of Aerospace Medicine, Eric Stephenson Award, 2018.

Media Citations
Professional Memberships

Australasian Society for Aerospace Medicine

Australian Space Agency, Technical Advisory Group on space life science

Consultancy Work

European Space Agency

Directorate of Manned Spaceflight, Nordwijk, the Netherlands,1996-1998

Development of flight hardware for eye movement measurement aboard the Neurolab shuttle mission

Airbus

Toulouse, France, 2004-2006

Investigation of head-eye coordination during simulated tail strike

Neurocom Inc

Pittsburgh PA, 2004-2005

Development of commercial video-oculography system

Vesticon Inc

Portland OR, 2006

Development of commercial video-oculography system

Recent Research Projects
Assessing suitability of drones for heavy haul track inspection (HH15 - Drone Track Inspection)
From: 01/08/2018 to 01/04/2019
Grant: Contract Research (Category 3)
Funding Scheme: ACRI - Australasian Centre for Rail Innovation
Total Funding: $105,365.00
SBAS testbed - increased accuracy in on-animal spatio-temporal monitoring for livestock sensing applications
From: 18/09/2017 to 28/02/2019
Grant: Competitive Grant (Category 2: Other Public Sector)
Funding Scheme: Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information - Project Grants
Total Funding: $210,000.00
Research Supervision
Accreditation

I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:

  • 3209 Neurosciences
  • 4001 Aerospace Engineering
  • 4003 Biomedical Engineering

At the level of Mentor Supervisor


Current Capacity
I am currently available to supervise more research candidates
Current Supervision
Doctor of Philosophy
Advancing Information Security and Privacy for users of smartphones, smart devices, and IoT applications
Associate Supervisor
Doctor of Philosophy
Analysis and classification of biases in decision making process in cockpit environment using ocular measures/delphi study
Associate Supervisor
Doctor of Philosophy
Advancing software-based detection of rare bioacoustic events
Principal Supervisor
Doctor of Philosophy
Understanding transient, pulsed, bioacoustic signals
Principal Supervisor
Research Interests
Engineering

Biomedical Engineering - Biomedical Instrumentation

Medical And Health Sciences

Neurosciences - Central Nervous System
Space Adaptation Syndrome, Parkinson's Disease, Movement Disorders, Vestibular disorders

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