Staff member of the School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications with responsibilities in research, teaching, and administrations:
Research: My research activities are primarily in signal processing and satellite systems with additional work in engineering education. My research in signal processing covers the following areas: radar target detection, global positioning systems and navigation systems, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, Bio-sonar (primarily the study of bat echolocation calls), and image processing. I have established ongoing collaborations with researchers at The Universities of Edinburgh, Cambridge and Athens, and most recently I have established a research collaboration with Prof. Moeness Amin from Villanova University (this collaboration has resulted in an MOU being signed with Villanova Uni). Locally I have strong collaborations with researchers at the UNSW NMR facility as well as the School of the Built Environment. I am a member of the Australian Centre of Space Engineering Research (ACSER). I established Australia’s only Masters program in Satellite Systems Engineering (with over $1M in funding), which I am currently running. I have also established and lead UNSW’s contribution to the QB50 project (UNSW’s satellite is called UNSW-EC0 and the project has a budget of $250k). I also supervise the BLUEsat team’s Stratospheric Balloon Launch activities and am developing this capability at UNSW. I conduct research into various aspects of satellite engineering for cubesats including structures, on-board computing, and constellation design. I have designed and established the Space Systems Laboratory within the School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications. I am currently supervising six PhD students.
Teaching: I have taught a number of diverse areas including signal and image processing (both at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels), ethics, and Design. My teaching experience also covers small, medium and large classes. In 2009 I started developing the 4th year undergraduate Design Proficiency subject including setting its teaching philosophy, aims and method of delivery. This subject is unique in the degree as it aims to test the students on their ability to function as professional engineers at a stage where they are quite close to their graduation. The delivery method of the course is innovative and covers both individual and teamwork. The novelty of the subject has allowed me to carry out research into the professional education of our graduates and I am in the process of preparing a number of publications on the topic. I have received the Faculty of Engineering Teaching Excellence Award for this course. I am involved in high school open days and have developed a successful demonstration of signal processing concepts to high school students (years 10-12). This work has led to a conference publication. I have also established the Masters of Satellite Systems Engineering Program. This worked involved setting the program aims and objectives, graduate attributes and learning outcomes. We then developed the program’s structure and a number of the courses. The entire program was developed and introduced in just under two years. It is currently running.
Administration: Since joining the school I have been heavily involved in various committees and been responsible for a number of administrative duties. I served as the chair of the Services and Finance committee that allocates funding for strategic expenditure in the school. I have proposed, designed and built a dedicated hardware laboratory for our undergraduate students and have obtained funding for and acquired hardware for the undergraduate teaching labs. I have also been regularly involved in various events and committees, such as the history book launch committee. I am the academic advisor for the BLUESat team and the IEEE UNSW student branch councillor. I am been involved in the high school open days during which I run a signal processing demonstration where we measure gravity using sound waves. I run the Satellite Masters Program and serve on the Engineering Faculty’s scholarship committee.
Funding: I have recently led a team that secured over $1M for the development of the first Australian masters program in Satellite Systems Engineering. The project consortium comprised Thales-Alenia Space, ISAE and Optus in addition to UNSW. The funding consisted of $675,000 from the ASRP and $349,000 from the consortium members. The in-kind contributions of the consortium members amounted to over $1.5M. Additionally, I obtained $5000 of internal funding to develop the grant proposal. In 2012 I received a further $230,000 to establish the QB50 project. In 2010, I secured $8,500 for a learning and teaching grant to develop an introductory course in satellite systems which laid the foundation for the ASRP grant. I also have received a faculty research grant (FRG) of $25,000 in 2010, and another FRG of $25,500 in 2008.
Member of the Signals and Systems Group. Mainly conducting Research in Space-Time Adaptive Processing (STAP) for airborne radar. I was part of the BAE strategic alliance team that includes four PhD students in addition to Professor Bernard Mulgrew. My research and work activities included:
During this period, I undertook a number of teaching duties, including lecturing, tutoring, laboratory supervision, and marking. I was involved in the Signal Processing, Signals and Systems, Introduction to Electrical Engineering, and Uncertainties and Risks in Engineering subjects. I also carried out academic work for the school of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications at the University of New South Wales.
I worked as a Visual C++ programmer on the FedSat Ka band earth station. My tasks included:
I was a member of the Cooperative Research Centre for Satellite Systems (CRCSS) team. In addition to my PhD research, I had the unique opportunity to carry out engineering work on the project. My responsibilities primarily included the frequency acquisition and tracking of the UTS Ka band earth station and I was heavily involved in the DSP implementation of the spatial and frequency acquisition. I contributed to the writing, debugging, and optimisation of the software both in C++ and assembly. I was also involved in the specification and design of various components of the communications payload for the FedSat satellite.
In 1997, I joined EnergyAustralia as a graduate engineer on their career rotation program. I spent two periods of six months each at the communications section and the Geographical Information Section. In 1998, I obtained leave and enrolled into the PhD program at UTS. During the next three years, I completed two eight-week long work placements at the Environmental Section and TCA respectively. My responsibilities during this four year period were varied and included:
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Paper titled "Rapid Accurate Frequency Estimation of Multiple Resolved Exponentials in Noise" published in Signal Processing.
Paper titled "Recent Advances in Indoor Localization: A Survey on Theoretical Approaches and Applications" published in IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials.
Paper titled "Fast Iterative Interpolated Beamforming for Accurate Single Snapshot DOA Estimation" Accepted for publication in IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters.