We are a vibrant community of internationally recognised researchers focused on addressing major challenges in power systems, computation networks, electronic devices and materials, and systems engineering.
Communications and networks
We analyse, design and optimise communications systems and networks for a variety of emerging applications. We use tools and approaches from communication theory, coding, information theory, detection and estimation, systems theory, stochastic processes, game theory, signal processing, network optimisation and much more.
Control and signal processing
We undertake research, education, and industry engagement activities that relate to the modelling, optimisation, monitoring and automation of dynamical systems. Our research expertise ranges from the mathematical foundations of systems engineering, to applications in water and power system management, defence, and biomedical technology.
Electronic and photonic systems
Advancing the frontiers in photonics and electronics towards the development of novel devices and systems for emerging applications. Our research spans electronics, nano-electronics, photonics, nano-photonics, antenna engineering, microwave and millimetre-wave engineering, and systems engineering.
Power and energy
Electrical networks are the backbone of the future low-carbon energy infrastructure. Our research spans power and energy system modelling (transmission and distribution), techno-economic modelling, stochastic optimisation, integration of low-carbon technologies, and Smart Grids, from both planning and operational perspectives.
About the department
The Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering was established in 1947 as part of the Melbourne School of Engineering, which has been offering degrees at The University of Melbourne since 1889.
The Department offers both PhD and Masters level research higher degrees. Our flagship programs are the Master of Engineering (Electrical) and the Master of Engineering (Electrical with Business) — with a Bachelor degree pathway via an Electrical Systems Major via the Bachelor of Science.
Both the Master of Engineering (Electrical) and Master of Engineering (Electrical with Business) are professionally recognised under two major accreditation frameworks — EUR-ACE® and the Washington Accord (through Engineers Australia).
The Department is host to a vibrant internationally recognised research program, which receives exceptional support from industry and government. The Department has strengths in these main discipline areas:
- Communication systems and networks
- Control and signal processing
- Photonic and electronic systems
- Power and energy systems
These disciplines reflect the core ingredients of our research and research training programs, across a number of centres, institutes and laboratories.
- Australia-US Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (AUSMURI)
- ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery (OzGrav)
- Trusted Autonomous Systems CRC
- Electronics Lab
- Melbourne information, decision and autonomous systems (MIDAS)
- Tucker Lab
Professor Chris Manzie
Head of Department
Industry engagement in teaching
We recognise the value of a curriculum guided by industry. We invite industry members to contribute to the ongoing refinement of our curriculum.
Host a student intern
Host a Masters student within your organisation through our internship programs.
Student industry projects
Engage our students to work on a technical project of relevance to your organisation. These projects are undertaken by Masters students on campus.
Our advisory group provides valuable insights on our strategic planning, teaching, and research programs, to ensure they are relevant to industry needs.
Study with us
The Electrical Systems major is offered in the Bachelor of Science and leads to masters-level study in Electrical Engineering.
At the coursework masters level, we offer two accredited courses: the Master of Engineering (Electrical) and the Master of Engineering (Electrical with Business).
Our graduate research programs — the MPhil and the PhD — are built on world-leading projects and are led by staff with international recognition for their multi-disciplinary research contributions.
A unique opportunity to practise technical skills in a real-life work environment, supported by a dedicated workplace and an academic supervisor. Gain practical experience to enhance your employment prospects and networking opportunities.
Electrical engineering and mechatronics graduates are known for their strong analytical and problem solving skills. They find employment in a variety of capacities, ranging from research and technical engineering work to management and finance, across a broad array of areas, including the energy, telecommunications, computer, electronics, defence, manufacturing, automation, transport and biotechnology industries.
- Prof Chris Manzie
Head of Department
- Prof Girish Nair
Deputy Head (Research & Research Training)
- Prof Christina Lim
Deputy Head (Academic Programs)
- Lyn Buchanan
Department Administrator and EA to Chris Manzie
- Michelle Nelthropp
News and events
- NBN upgrades explained: how will they make internet speeds faster?
And will the regions miss out?Conversation
- Best thesis prize
Congratulations to Dr Alejandro Maass Martinez, who has been awarded the 2019 Best Thesis Prize by the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering!Feature
- Tingting Song awarded IEEE Photonics Society Graduate Student Scholarship
Tingting Song, a Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering PhD candidate supervised by Christina Lim, Thas Nirmalathas and Elaine Wong, is one of ten graduate researchers worldwide to have been awarded an IEEE Photonics Society Graduate Student Scholarship.
Further information can be found on the IEEE Photonics Society website.News
- Molecular communication a new nanotechnology health frontier
Imagine swallowing a pill that, as it dissolves, releases microscopic nanomachines programmed to go to a specific location in your body and collect information at the cellular level for a medical diagnosis.Feature
- A Black Swan Event is making us focus on “Innovation that Matters”
As the world move through COVID19 pandemic, health concerns, financial disruption, and the breakdowns of supply chains have had a very adverse impact on our society.
Video of a webinar presented by Professor Ikhlaq Sidhu, Chief Scientist and Founding Director, Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology, UC Berkeley.Webinar video
- ‘Gig State’ to rival NBN: NSW plans fibre rollout as federal government tables regional broadband tax
NSW is planning to rollout its own fibre broadband network that could undercut the NBN in regional areas, as the federal government tables broadband tax.
An article featuring commentary from Thas Nirmalathas in The New Daily.News
- Can our internet cope with so many of us at home?
More of us are schooling, working and streaming from home amid COVID-19; University of Melbourne looks at whether our internet can cope with the pandemic load.Engineering & Technology
- On the privacy of TraceTogether, the Singaporean COVID-19 contact tracing mobile app, and recommendations for Australia
The Australian government is exploring the use of contact tracing mobile apps as a tool for public health officials and communities to fight the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.News
- NBN urged to intervene as pandemic tests broadband connections
The national broadband network is facing calls to temporarily slash wholesale prices to help telcos meet surging consumer demand caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
An article featuring commentary from Thas Nirmalathas in The Sydney Morning Herald.News
- ‘Not up to operational standards’: NBN under pressure as HFC outages soar
An article from The New Daily featuring commentary from Thas Nirmalathas.News
- A robot nose for a true brew
The aroma of beer is a key indicator of its quality, now new University of Melbourne technology can ‘sniff’ a beer to help brewers create top notch tasty brews.Animals
- PhD candidate Han Wang explains her research
In 2018, Han Wang won a nomination to attend Stockholm International Youth Science Seminar. Han, who has just submitted a PhD in the Power and Energy Systems group under the supervision of Prof Pierluigi Mancarella, talks about her research.News
- Ambitious plans to transform Melbourne using energy technology
Melbourne is forging ahead with ambitious plans to transform the city using the world’s fastest energy technology. Prof Pierluigi Mancarella is interviewed by Nine News Australia.News
- Road to Endeavour: Smart support cane
Master of Engineering (Electrical) students Yaameen, Andrea and Tom identified an opportunity to use cutting-edge guidance and navigation technology to assist the visually impaired.News
- Electrical engineering strikes a chord
Dr Gavin Buskes is Assistant Dean (Teaching and Learning) at the Melbourne School of Engineering. For Gavin, there’s a lot of crossover between electrical engineering and his first passion: music.News
- New night vision optics revolutionise infrared sensing
Light has a special relationship with information. In the form of visible light, it can create images of the world in the human brain. But visible light is just a small portion of a larger electromagnetic spectrum, and that spectrum makes astonishing applications possible.Case study
- Colour analysis
Picture a top interior designer on holidays sitting by a forest stream. Suddenly she spies a moss-covered rock with exactly the shade of green she’s been looking for.3010
- Dr Mohammad Taha named one of Australia’s 30 most innovative by Engineers Australia
Dr Mohammad Taha is a newly minted PhD, and they like the sound of those words; Dr Taha.News
- 5G is coming
Thas A Nirmalathas, Director of Networked Society Institute and Professor with the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, has contributed to an article published on allconnect.com titled 5G is coming: What to know about the tech that will change everything.News