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Robert Randall

University of New South Wales
Visiting Emeritus Professor
Bob Randall is a visiting Emeritus Professor in the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, Australia, which he joined as a Senior Lecturer in 1988. Prior to that, he worked for the Danish company Brüel & Kjær for 17 years, after ten years’ experience in the chemical and rubber industries in Australia, Canada and Sweden. His book “Frequency Analysis”, published by Brüel & Kjær in 1977 with a new edition in 1987, was widely distributed around the world, and translated into Japanese and Russian. A Chinese translation of the first edition was made in about 1980. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1996 and to Professor in 2001, and was made an Emeritus Professor on his retirement in 2008. He has degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Arts (Mathematics, Swedish) from the Universities of Adelaide and Melbourne, respectively. He is the invited author of chapters on vibration measurement and analysis in a number of handbooks and encyclopedias, and a member of the editorial boards of four journals including Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing, Trans. IMechE Part C, and the International Journal of Comadem. His book Vibration-based Condition Monitoring: Industrial, Aerospace and Automotive Applications was published in 2011 by Wiley. He is the author of more than 300 papers in the fields of vibration analysis and machine diagnostics, and has successfully supervised seventeen PhD projects in those areas. From 1996 to 2011 he was Director of the DSTO (Defence Science and Technology Organisation) Centre of Expertise in Helicopter Structures and Diagnostics at UNSW, with the main effort on diagnostics and prognostics of gears and bearings in helicopter gearboxes and gas turbine engines. He has been a visiting professor at a number of universities in France, Belgium, the UK, Sweden, and Italy. He has given lectures in English, French, German, Danish, Swedish and Norwegian. He is still active in research, for example being a co-author of fourteen journal papers in the last two years.