Robert Galler is Mining Engineer with specialization in Geotechnics and Tunnelling; he graduated at Montanuniversität Leoben (MUL), Austria. In 1997 he obtained a Ph.D. in Tunnelling. From 1997 to 2007 he worked with GEOCONSULT, an international consultant in the field of underground constructions. From 2001 to 2004 he was head of the underground construction division with about 50 employees and as such Project Manager for several underground projects. From end of 2004 until becoming Professor at MUL in November 2006 he was head of GEOCONSULT Innsbruck and as such Project Manager of an international JV working on the design of the Brenner Base Tunnel. He has experience in several national and international research projects e.g. being involved in the European research project “UPTUN – upgrading of existing tunnels” in which 41 companies and institutions were involved. From 2011 to 2016 he was Project Coordinator of the Research Project “DRAGON – Development of Resource-efficient and Advanced underground technologies” funded by the EU-commission within the 7th Framework Programme. From 2015 to 2018 he was project coordinator of the Horizon 2020 Projekt „RICAS - Underground Research Infrastructure for Advanced Adiabatic Compressed Air Energy Storage“ and is involved in several tunnel projects.
Robert Galler is head of the departments ZAB – Zentrum am Berg, an underground 1:1 scale research and training center for all fields of underground engineering. Furthermore he is also head of the department „MRE – Mineral Resources Engineering“.
Since the year of 2000 Robert Galler is Member of the management board of the Austrian Society for Geomechanics (ÖGG – www.oegg.at), since 2005 he is the Austrian representative of the International Tunnelling Association (www.ita-aites.org) and head of the editorial board of the journal “Geomechanics and Tunnelling”. Since 2013 Robert Galler is Chairman of ITA-CET, the committee on education and training within the International Tunnelling Association.