Elias Aboutanios

At a Glance

I am Associate Professor with the School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications. I am the Deputy Director of Academic Studies responsible for the BE ME program Industry Placements. I am the academic mentor of BLUEsat which now boasts more than 65 members spanning three faculties and five schools and working on five projects: satellites, Ground stations, Off-world Rover, Drones, and high altitude balloons. I run the Space Systems laboratory at the school of Electrical Engineering. I established and led the UNSW-EC0 project that culminated in 2017 in the launch of Australia's first satellite (along with Inspire 2 and SUSat) since Fedsat in 2002. I have contributed to the reform of the Australian space activities act and teach Space Law and Radio Regulations to engineering students.

I received my BE in Electrical Engineering from UNSW in 1997 and the PhD from UTS in 2002. My PhD research was on the estimation of frequency for the frequency tracking for communications with a low earth orbit satellite. From 2003 to 2007 I was a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Digital Communications at the University of Edinburgh, where I conducted research on space-time adaptive processing for radar target detection. From 2007 to 2018 I was a senior lecturer at UNSW where I am now Associate Professor.


My research interests include:

  • Signal and Image Processing
  • Parameter Estimation
  • Signal Detection
  • Array Signal Processing
  • Statistical and multidimensional signal processing
  • Positioning and Localisation
  • Radar and sonar signal processing
  • NMR Signal Processing
I conduct research in the areas of nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, global navigation satellite systems (such as GPS), radar target detection, biologically inspired signal processing, power systems and smart grids, and theoretical signal processing. I am currently supervising 5 PhD students and have a number of available PhD topics.


I have taught third and fourth year undergraduate, as well as postgraduate subjects in a number of areas. In 2016, I will be teaching the following subjects:

  • ELEC4621: Advanced Digital Signal Processing
  • ELEC9762: Space Mission Development
  • ELEC9765: Space Law and Radio Regulations


I have set up and am the project leader for UNSW-EC0, which is UNSW's contribution to the European-led QB50 project.

Administrative Duties

Current Administrative Duties include:

PhD Topics Available

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Professional Profiles

News (updated December 2018)

UNSW-EC0 launch is now scheduled for 16 March as part of the Cygnus OA7 resuply mission to the ISS. The launch will take place from Cape Canaveral on an Atlas V rocket. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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.