Research Leadership

Program Leaders

Alertness Measurement, Prediction and Testing - Shantha Rajaratnam

Professor Shantha Rajaratnam is Deputy Head of the Monash School of Psychological Sciences, Leader of the Sleep and Circadian Medicine Laboratory at Monash and Chair of the Monash Sleep Network, which combines scientific and clinical expertise in sleep research within Monash University and its affiliated hospitals. He is dual trained in Psychology and Law.  He has more than 20 years of experience in studying circadian biology and medicine, in particular the circadian regulation of sleep-wakefulness. His postdoctoral training was from the Centre for Chronobiology at the University of Surrey, UK and Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, USA. He is a registered psychologist, Chartered Psychologist in the UK and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. He is Immediate Past President of Australasian Sleep Association and is a member of the Harvard Work Hours, Health and Safety Group. Read more..

Safety and Productivity Improvements - Steven W. Lockley

Dr. Lockley is a Neuroscientist in the Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Sleep Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston USA. He is also a Professor in the School of Psychological Sciences at Monash University. Dr. Lockley has 20 years' experience in sleep and circadian rhythm research, and is a specialist in the effects of light on the circadian pacemaker and other ‘non-visual’ responses to light in sighted and blind individuals. He is a leading expert on the effects of blindness on sleep, circadian rhythm and alertness.  He has  led studies confirming the efficacy of treatment with melatonin, and later with a melatonin agonist, to reset the circadian clock, the data from which led to the first approved treatment for non-24-hour sleep-wake disorder in the blind. Read more

Sleep health -  Ron Grunstein

Ron Grunstein is Professor of Sleep Medicine, Woolcock Institute of Medical Research, University of Sydney and senior staff physician in Respiratory and Sleep Medicine at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney. He heads the NHMRC Centre of Clinical Research Excellence (NHMRC CRE) for Translational Research in Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology (‘NeuroSleep”) and NHMRC supported Australasian Sleep Trials Network. He has been a Practitioner Fellow of the NHMRC since 2002. He leads the Sleep and Circadian Research Group, Woolcock Institute of Medical Research and has been lead investigator for three successive NHMRC CREs since 2004. Read more...

Theme Leaders

Real Time Biomarkers of Alertness - Clare Anderson

Clare Anderson is an Associate Professor in the School of Psychological Sciences and the Institute of Clinical and Cognitive Neuroscience at Monash University. She is also a Lecturer in Medicine in the Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Boston (USA) and Assistant Neuroscientist in the Division of Sleep Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston (USA). Associate Professor Anderson was awarded a PhD assessing sleep and wake electroencephalographic correlates of neuropsychological functioning in 2003, before undertaking postdoctoral training in applied sleep research at the Loughborough Sleep Research Centre in the UK. She held a faculty position in the Department of Human Sciences at Loughborough University, UK (2005-2008) and was an Assistant Neuroscientist at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, USA and Instructor of Medicine in the Division of Sleep Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA (2008-2011). In 2011, she joined Monash University and leads her research team in the Sleep and Circadian Medicine Laboratory at the BASE facility. Read a short profile piece about Clare here.

Technologies for detecting and predicting alertness  ​ –  Mark Howard

Associate Professor Mark Howard is a respiratory and sleep specialist, Chair of the Senior Medical Staff and Director of the Victorian Respiratory Support Service at Austin Health. He is a board member of the Institute for Breathing and Sleep and Australasian Sleep Association. Mark has developed practical programs to improve the management of sleep disorders and alertness in clinical and occupational settings, twice receiving Victorian Public Health Awards. Mark contributes to ongoing education and development of regulations for managing sleep and alertness in occupational settings, including the Australian Fitness to Drive Guidelines.

As leader of the Alertness Technology theme, Dr Howard will facilitate the development and evaluation of the next generation of tools for detecting impaired alertness, working with CRC partners to link the outputs to practical applications. The technologies will be used in conjunction with alertness prediction algorithms from the CRC to optimise monitoring and prediction of alertness. Read a short profile piece about Mark here.

Dynamic Scheduling Systems - Mark Wallace

Professor Wallace is a world leader in constraint programming, known for combining academic contributions to the field, with solving real world large scale combinatorial problems using the technology.  The ECLiPSe constraint programming system developed by his team at Imperial College London, in use at over 700 research institutions, was bought by Cisco Systems in 2004.

He was awarded a Chair at Monash in 2004.  He is Chief Technology Officer of the Monash spin-out company Opturion.  He also established the CTI-Monash Centre for Optimisation in Travel, Transport and Logistics and, as a Fellow of National ICT Australia, co-led a $10M six year project to design and implement the G12 optimisation software platform, now commercialised by Opturion.

As leader of the scheduling theme, Professor Wallace will facilitate the development and evaluation of the next generation of work and time planning and control tools for alertness management in occupational settings using both organisation wide and individual level approaches. Within the theme algorithms and software systems will be developed that cover the workload with minimal risk, ensuring that all active workers will meet both generic and individual requirements to ensure alertness.  Dynamic rescheduling and rerostering will be implemented to enable the system to react to individual alertness monitoring systems.

Personalised Sleep Health Management - Doug McEvoy

Professor Doug McEvoy is the Senior Director of the Adelaide Institute for Sleep Health, Professor of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Flinders University and Senior Principal Research Fellow, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute. He is a past President of the Australasian Sleep Association and is currently a Board member of the Sleep Health Foundation.

His research interests range from respiratory/sleep physiology and trials of new diagnostic, treatment and management methods for sleep apnoea, to sleep deprivation/alcohol interactions and effects on driving. He is Principal Investigator of the international, multi-centre, randomised controlled Sleep Apnoea cardioVascular Endpoints (SAVE) trial which is designed to determine whether continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) treatment of sleep apnoea can reduce the incidence of cardiovascular events. He is an NHMRC Practitioner Fellow and  and is currently chief investigator on six NHMRC funded projects.

Integrated Platform for Data Management and Analysis – Sanjay Chawla

Dr Sanjay Chawla is a Professor in the School of Information Technologies, University of Sydney. He served as the Head of School during 2008-11.

 His research work has appeared in leading data mining journals and conferences including leading research journals. He is an associate editor for the Institute of Electronic Engineers Transactionson Knowledge and Data Engineering (IEEE TKDE) and serves on the editorial board of Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery.

He served as a Program Co-Chair of Pacific-Asia Conference in Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining 2013 (PAKDD 2012).  He received his PhD in 1995 from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA under Professor Suzanne Lenhart.

Device planning and development - Karen Reynolds

Professor Karen Reynolds is Director of the Medical Device Research Institute and the Medical Device Partnering Program as well as Deputy Dean of the School of Computer Science, Engineering and Mathematics at Flinders University.  Bridging the divide between research and industry, Karen is considered as one of Australia’s leading researchers in biomedical engineering.  She is Chair of the College of Biomedical Engineers within Engineers Australia, Chair of the Academy of Technological Sciences & Engineering’s Health & Technology Forum and member of the Therapeutic Goods Administration’s Advisory Committee on Medical Devices. 

In recognition of her significant contribution to industry development and medical device innovation, Karen was awarded South Australian Scientist of the Year 2012, elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences (2011), and awarded Australian Professional Engineer of the Year (2010).  In 2013 and 2012, Karen was named by Engineers Australia as one of Australia’s ‘Top 100 Most Influential Engineers’.