18 June 2008
Overview of NICTA Victoria Research Laboratory
Hosted by the RMIT Platform Technologies Research Institute
The Platform Technologies Research Institute invites researchers, RMIT staff and interested individuals to the Institute Seminar on Thursday June 19 with Professor Rob Evans, Director of Victoria Research Laboratory of National ICT Australia.
Professor Rob Evans
This talk will overview the major research activities being carried out at the Victoria Research Laboratory (VRL) of NICTA. Since it was formed in June 2004 VRL has now grown to around 70 research staff and 90 PhD students. Major projects underway are in the area of CMOS chip design for millimeter wave gigabit data-rate wireless systems (GiFi), sensor networks for real-time closed-loop control of water systems (WIN), next generation optimization platforms (G12), peer-to-peer massively multiple on line games (P2P), bioinformatics projects (Biotala and Cancer Genomics), bionic eye, and optical networking and monitoring (ION, MAMI).
Professor Rob Evans completed a BE degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Melbourne in 1969, and a PhD in 1975 at the University of Newcastle followed by postdoctoral studies at the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems, MIT, USA and the Control and Management Department, Cambridge University, UK. In 1977 he took up an academic position at the University of Newcastle, where he was Head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering from 1986 - 1991, and Co-Director of the Centre on Industrial Control Systems between 1988 - 1991. In 1992 he moved to the University of Melbourne, where he was Head of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering until 1996 and has several times served for short periods as Dean of Engineering. He was Research Leader for the Cooperative Centre for Sensor Signal and Information Processing until 2000 and Director of the Centre for Networked Decision Systems until 2004. He is currently Director of the Victoria Research Laboratory of National ICT Australia.
Professor Evans has worked extensively with industry in Australia and overseas over the past 35 years. He has extensive experience in the design and implementation of both hardware and software for industrial real-time embedded microprocessor systems. He was Director of Technology for TUNRA Industrial Electronics from 1983-1992. He is currently a Director of HEARcrc. He has served on many national and international committees as well as Government and Academy committees. His research has ranged across many areas including theory and applications in industrial control, radar systems, signal processing and telecommunications. He has published around 450 research papers, supervised more than 50 PhD students. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA), a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (FTSE), a Fellow of the Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, USA (FIEEE) and Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia (FIEAust).