Professor Stan Skafidas

  • Room: Level: 05 Room: 510
  • Building: Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Campus: Parkville

Research interests

  • Antenna technology
  • Medical Biotechnology Diagnostics
  • Medical Devices
  • Microelectronics and Integrated Circuits
  • Nanoelectronics


Professor Stan Skafidas, from the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, leads the Melbourne School of Engineering's research in nanoelectronics.
Professor Skafidas received a PhD from The University of Melbourne in 1997. Before joining NICTA in 2004, he was Chief Technology Officer at Bandspeed (1998-2004), a company he cofounded, based in Austin Texas, which designed and manufactured semiconductor chipsets for wireless systems and products. At Bandspeed, Professor Skafidas co-invented Adaptive Frequency Hopping – A coexistence technology that allows Bluetooth devices to sense and avoid radio interference. This technology transformed Bluetooth into the robust and easy to use radio communication medium that it is today. AFH has been incorporated in every Bluetooth product since ver 1.2. In 2014 alone, there were over 3 Billion devices sold incorporating this technology. The Bandspeed company was acquired by multinational semiconductor provider Broadcom Inc.
In 2008, a team led by Professor Skafidas developed the world's first completely integrated 60GHz transceiver on CMOS. This single chip wireless system was able to deliver 5Gbps data rate at cost of approximately $1 whilst being only 5mm x 5mm in size. Professor Skafidas co-founded Nitero, the spin out company formed to commercialise 60GHz technology. Nitero received investment from leading venture funds such as Southern Cross Ventures and US based Austin Ventures. The technology and products based on this technology have been the recipient of multiple industry awards including the 2015 CES Innovation award. The CES Innovation Awards is the premier international annual competition honoring outstanding design and engineering in consumer technology products. Today, this technology, that has both high throughput and low latency, is being used to produce chipsets for wireless virtual reality systems. In March 2017 the Nitero company was acquired by technology multinational Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) and has led to the establishment of AMD's global wireless research and development centre in Australia.
Professor Skafidas has over 300 publications in the fields of nanoelectronics, neural engineering, biosensors and wireless communications. He is listed as an inventor on 28 International patents.
Professor Skafidas is a Fellow to the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE).  Professor Skafidas is recognised for his vision, leadership and major technical accomplishments in industry, research institutions, academia and international standardisation committees. Adaptive frequency-hopping technology that he developed now forms a critical part of the Bluetooth standard and has been incorporated in several billion devices. His research in nano-electronics has advanced the disciplines of wireless communications, single chip radars and medical diagnostic systems.

Recent publications

  1. Walla A, Hassan B, Yong J, Liang Y, Yu Y, Nasr B, Nirmalathas A, Skafidas E. A Fully Printed Backscatter Radio Transceiver. 2019 IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium (IMS). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. 2019, Vol. 2019-June.
  2. Erlichster M, Goudey B, Skafidas E, Kwan P. Cross-ethnicity tagging SNPs for HLA alleles associated with adverse drug reaction. PHARMACOGENOMICS JOURNAL. Nature Publishing Group. 2019, Vol. 19, Issue 3. DOI: 10.1038/s41397-018-0039-z
  3. Low Y, Chan J, Soraya G, Buffet C, Abeyrathne C, Huynh D, Skafidas E, Kwan P, Rogerson S. Development of an Ultrasensitive Impedimetric Immunosensor Platform for Detection of Plasmodium Lactate Dehydrogenase. SENSORS. Molecular Diversity Preservation International. 2019, Vol. 19, Issue 11. DOI: 10.3390/s19112446
  4. Wang K, Yuan Z, Wong E, Alameh K, Li H, Sithamparanathan K, Skafidas E. Experimental Demonstration of Indoor Infrared Optical Wireless Communications With a Silicon Photonic Integrated Circuit. JOURNAL OF LIGHTWAVE TECHNOLOGY. IEEE - Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. 2019, Vol. 37, Issue 2. DOI: 10.1109/JLT.2018.2889252
  5. Yong J, Liang Y, Yu Y, Hassan B, Hossain M, Ganesan K, Rajasekharan Unnithan R, Evans R, Egan G, Chana G, Nasr B, Skafidas E. Fully Solution-Processed Transparent Artificial Neural Network Using Drop-On-Demand Electrohydrodynamic Printing. ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces. American Chemical Society. 2019, Vol. 11, Issue 19. DOI: 10.1021/acsami.9b02465
  6. Wang K, Lim C, Wong E, Alameh K, Kandeepan S, Skafidas E. High-Speed Reconfigurable Free-Space Optical Interconnects with Carrierless-Amplitude-Phase Modulation and Space-Time-Block Code. JOURNAL OF LIGHTWAVE TECHNOLOGY. IEEE - Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. 2019, Vol. 37, Issue 2. DOI: 10.1109/JLT.2018.2881728
  7. Erlichster M, Bedo J, Skafidas E, Kwan P, Kowalczyk A, Goudey B. Improved HLA-based prediction of coeliac disease identifies two novel HLA risk modifiers, DQ6.2 and DQ7.3. . 2019. DOI: 10.1101/561308
  8. Gouhier B, Lee K, Nirmalathas A, Lim C, Skafidas E. Optical comb-based, wide bandwidth hybrid electro-optic probing system. Proceedings 2015 European Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics - European Quantum Electronics Conference, CLEO/Europe-EQEC 2015. 2019, Vol. Part F4-CLEO 2015.
  9. Chan J, Soraya G, Craig L, Uddin S, Todaro M, Huynh D, Abeyrathne C, Kostenko L, McCluskey J, Skafidas E, Kwan P. Rapid Detection of HLA-B*57:01-Expressing Cells Using a Label-Free Interdigitated Electrode Biosensor Platform for Prevention of Abacavir Hypersensitivity in HIV Treatment. Sensors. Molecular Diversity Preservation International. 2019, Vol. 19, Issue 16. DOI: 10.3390/s19163543
  10. Prabhakar R, Hossain M, Zheng W, Athikam PK, Zhang Y, Hsieh Y-Y, Skafidas E, Wu Y, Shanov V, Bahk J-H. Tunneling-Limited Thermoelectric Transport in Carbon Nanotube Networks Embedded in Poly(dimethylsiloxane) Elastomer. ACS APPLIED ENERGY MATERIALS. American Chemical Society. 2019, Vol. 2, Issue 4. DOI: 10.1021/acsaem.9b00227
  11. Soraya G, Abeyrathne C, Buffet C, Huynh DH, Uddin SM, Chan J, Skafidas E, Kwan P, Rogerson S. Ultrasensitive and label-free biosensor for the detection of Plasmodium falciparum histidine-rich protein II in saliva.. Scientific Reports. Nature Publishing Group. 2019, Vol. 9, Issue 1. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-019-53852-5
  12. Wang K, Nirmalathas A, Lim C, Wong E, Alameh K, Li H, Skafidas E. 80 Gb/sFree-Space Reconfigurable Optical Interconnects with Carrierless-Amplitude-Phase Modulation and Space-Time Block Code. 2018 OPTICAL FIBER COMMUNICATIONS CONFERENCE AND EXPOSITION (OFC). IEEE. 2018, Vol. Part F84-OFC 2018. DOI: 10.1364/OFC.2018.M2K.6
  13. Asaduzzaman M, Bakaul M, Skafidas E, Khandokar M. A compact silicon grating coupler based on hollow tapered spot-size converter. SCIENTIFIC REPORTS. Nature Publishing Group. 2018, Vol. 8, Issue 1. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-20875-3
  14. Fu M, Skafidas E, Mareels I. A Novel Delay-Based GFSK Demodulator in 65 nm CMOS for Low Power Biomedical Applications. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF INTERDISCIPLINARY TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND NETWORKING. 2018, Vol. 10, Issue 3. DOI: 10.4018/IJITN.2018070103
  15. Soraya G, Chan J, Nguyen T, Huynh D, Abeyrathne C, Chana G, Todaro M, Skafidas E, Kwan P. An interdigitated electrode biosensor platform for rapid HLA-B*15:02 genotyping for prevention of drug hypersensitivity. BIOSENSORS & BIOELECTRONICS. Elsevier. 2018, Vol. 111. DOI: 10.1016/j.bios.2018.01.063

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