The Electrical & Electronic Engineering Department has exciting research programs funded by partnerships with Federal and State Governments as well as industry partners targeting significant problems faced in the society – development of bionic implants, energy efficient telecommunications, sensor networks for irrigation and water resource management, and ultra-broadband wireless and optical communications.

Research Labs

The department is recognised for its research strengths in its key discipline areas:

Communications & Networks

Electrical & Electronic Engineering has major strengths in communications, networks and systems. It is involved in the design of large telecommunications and computer-communications networks, and in the development of photonic technologies underpinning modern communications networks and systems.

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Control & Signal Processing

Control and Signal Processing Lab contributes to the theoretical foundations of its discipline, develops analysis and design tools for real-world systems, and initiates and participates in transdisciplinary projects. The current long-term focus is on large-scale distributed systems, and systems biology.

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Future Grid

The Future Grid Laboratory develops tools and technologies to optimise current and future energy grids and manage changing demand patterns. Our research expertise includes: power system dynamics, operation, stability and control, power electronics, signal processing, optimisation, and data mining.

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NeuroEngineering is about using scientific methods to understand and model the nervous system, and to use this knowledge to engineer systems that interact with, augment, or mimic nervous system functionality. NeuroEngineering is closely related to the fields of experimental and computational neuroscience.

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Photonics & Electronics

The Photonics and Electronics Laboratory is exploring new frontiers in electronics and photonics towards the development of novel devices, subsystems, and systems for emerging applications.

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Centres and Institutes

Departmental staff and students are major contributors to research activities of a number of Centres and Institutes, which provide scale, focus, partnership, and collaboration opportunities for our staff and students.

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Our research activities are tackling some of the critical problems faced by society – reducing water wastage in irrigation networks through sensor networks, improving energy efficiency of telecommunications, developing radar-on-chip technologies for automotives and defense, and developing a bionic eye to restore vision for those suffering from macular degeneration.

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Biomedical engineering

Biomedical engineering is the fastest growing, most exciting, and most challenging area in engineering today. Our central aim here at Melbourne University is to work and train at the intersection of engineering and biology, so as to develop new techniques in medicine and the treatment of disease.

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