SPM Members

The following lists the details of current members of the SPM group. Details of some of our previous members may be found in the SPM Alumni list.

Academic Staff

Prof. Brett Ninness

My research interests are in the areas of noise corrupted systems as they occur in control, signal processing and telecommunications applications, with particular interests in system identification and wireless communications.

A/Prof. Steve Weller

My current research projects fall into two distinct areas: applications of feedback systems theory and signal processing to problems arising from anthropogenic climate change (e.g. mitigation policy development, and identification of control-relevant climate models); and smart grids (e.g. integration of renewables and energy storage into the electricity grid, and smart grid signal processing).

A/Prof. Sarah Johnson

My research interests are in the field of error correction coding and information theory, and in particular low-density parity-check codes, repeat-accumulate codes, iterative decoding algorithms and coding for relay networks.

A/Prof. Chris Kellett

A/Prof. Kellett's research interests are in analysis and design of nonlinear dynamical systems, power systems, and information and communication theory.

Dr Lawrence Ong

Lawrence Ong received the BEng degree in electrical engineering from the National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore, in 2001. He subsequently received the MPhil degree from the University of Cambridge, UK, in 2004 and the PhD degree from NUS in 2008. Lawrence Ong was with MobileOne, Singapore, as a system engineer from 2001 to 2002. He was a research fellow at NUS, from 2007 to 2008. From 2008 to 2011, he was a postdoctoral researcher at The University of Newcastle, Australia. In 2011, Lawrence Ong was awarded the Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) [success rate: 12.8%] by the Australian Research Council (ARC). He is currently a DECRA fellow at The University of Newcastle.
Projects: Relay Networks

Dr Vikram Arkalgud Chandrasetty

Vikram Arkalgud Chandrasetty received Bachelor Degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Bangalore University (India) in 2004, Master Degree in VLSI System Design from Coventry University (UK) in 2008 and PhD in Computer Systems Engineering from University of South Australia (Australia) in 2012. He was working with Core Networks Division at Motorola as Software Engineer (2005–2007) and also with SoftJin Technologies as Senior Software Engineer (2007–2008). He is currently working as a Research Fellow at the University of Newcastle. He is also an author of the book 'VLSI Design' published by Springer.


Dr Duy T. Ngo

Duy T. Ngo received the B.Eng. (with First-class Honours and the University Medal) degree in telecommunication engineering from the University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW, Australia in 2007, the M.Sc. degree in electrical engineering (communication) from the University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada in 2009, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada in 2013. His research interest is in the area of radio resource allocation and interference management for wireless communications systems, with recent emphasis on dense small-cell heterogeneous networks.

Postgraduate Students

Ian Griffiths

I completed my undergradute studies in Computer Engineering in 2005. For my honours project I worked on implementing a 2x2 MIMO system using the Alamouti code on the first version of the testbed. I am currently investigating applications of Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) algorithms to MIMO communications systems as part of my postgraduate studies.

Soren Henriksen

Working with Markov-Chain Monte-Carlo analysis for multi-user detection and applications to system identification. My work with SPM also includes hardware design and embedded software development related to the MIMO wireless testbed. I have experience in the implementation and refinement of computational algorithms and have completed a masters degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Newcastle with a project implementing predictive current control for induction machines on an FPGA.


Adam Mills

Graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering (Computer) in 2006. Honors project was an LDPC Codec for an AWGN on an FPGA. Current research MPC and VLSI implementation of algorithms.

Alan Murray

Alan was awarded BEng (Comp) (Hons 1) and BCompSc Degrees as well as a GCertIC from the University of Newcastle in 2005 and 2007 respectively.

Previous to this, he completed an internship in the summer of 2003/2004 with the University of Newcastle working on a wireless communications testbed. In 2004 he was awarded the Agere Systems Australia and Australian Microelectronics Network's Undergraduate Award for Excellence in Microelectronics Design and Telecommunications Engineering which saw him complete a summer internship in 2004/2005 with the Agere Systems Sydney Design Office.

In 2005, Alan completed his honours project in conjunction with Agere Systems Australia. He has since been working on his PhD Thesis work on Microelectronics for Wireless Communications as part of the University of Newcastle Signal Processing Microelectronics group.


Elizabeth Ratnam

Elizabeth completed her B Engineering (Electrical) degree in 2006 with 1st class honours at the University of Newcastle. She was a recipient of an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) and CSIRO top-up scholarship in September 2011. She has approximately 7 years of industrial experience in power engineering. Elizabeth is currently investigating a demand management framework to mitigate the grid challenges associated with large-scale uptake of residential solar photovoltaic (PV).

Brenton Schulz


Behzad Asadi

Behzad Asadi received the M.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tehran in 2008. From 2008 to 2010, he was a Research Associate at WMC Laboratory, University of Tehran and from 2011 to 2013 he was with ZTE Corporation as a Solution Manager. Currently, he is pursuing his PhD degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Newcastle. His research interests include Information and Coding Theory, and Signal Processing in Wireless Networks.
Projects: Relay Networks

Sachini Jayasooriya

Sachini completed her Bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering with 1st class honours from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka in 2011. She was a temporary instructor in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka from September 2011 to June 2012 and she worked as a Research Engineer at Arthur C Clarke Institute for Modern Technologies, Sri Lanka from July 2012 to July 2013. Currently, she is pursuing her PhD in Electrical Engineering at the University of Newcastle. Her research interests are in the field of error correction coding and wireless network.
Projects: LDPC Codes

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