Research Group Leader, Control and Signal Processing
Victoria Research Laboratory
Professor Rob Evans was born in Melbourne, Australia, in 1947. After completing a BE degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Melbourne in 1969, he worked as a radar systems engineering officer with the Royal Australian Air Force. He completed a PhD in 1975 at the University of Newcastle followed by postdoctoral studies at the Laboratory for Information and decision Systems, MIT, USA and the Control and Management Department, Cambridge University, UK.
In 1977 he took up an academic position at the University of Newcastle, where he was Head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering from 1986 - 1991, and Co-Director of the Centre on Industrial Control Systems between 1988 - 1991.
In 1992 he moved to the University of Melbourne, where he was Head of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering until 1996 and has several times served for short periods as Dean of Engineering. He was Research Leader for the Cooperative Centre for Sensor Signal and Information Processing until 2000 and Director of the DSTO Centre of Excellence in Networked Decision Systems until 2004. He is currently Director of the Victoria Research Laboratory and Managing Laboratory Director of National ICT Australia.
He has worked extensively with industry in Australia and overseas over the past 40 years. He has been heavily involved with the development of a number of products for industry, including the development of variable speed AC drives, development of star and satellite servo tracking systems for large antennae now installed in many countries, large fault-tolerant SCADA systems, radar systems for defence, target tracking systems for defence and civil aviation etc. He has extensive experience in the design and implementation of both hardware and software for industrial real-time embedded microprocessor systems. He was Director of Technology for TUNRA Industrial Electronics from 1983-1992. He is currently a Director of Hearing CRC.
He has served on many national and international committees and numerous Government and Academy committees. He was a fo
unding member of the Asian Control Conference Steering Committee, co-chair of the international program committee for the 1993 IFAC World Conference, General Chair of the 2003 International Data Fusion Conference, General Chair of the 2004 Asian Control Conference, and has been a member of the program committees of around 75 international conferences. He was chair of the ARC Engineering 2 panel from1994-1996. He was a member of the Council of the International Federation for Automatic Control from 2002-2008.
His research has ranged across many areas including theory and applications in industrial control, radar systems, signal processing and telecommunications. He has published around 500 research papers, supervised 50 PhD students. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA), a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (FTSE), a Fellow of the Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, USA (FIEEE) and Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia (FIEAust).
- A member of the Board of the Hearing CRC which governs the CRC for Hearing. I am also on the Finance and Audit Committee and the Science Committee of the Board, from 2002-2008.
- A member of the Council of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) which is the peak international body for automatic control research. The IFAC headquarters are located in Austria and IFAC represents 54 countries. There are 12 council members.
- A member of the College of Experts for the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), UK. This allocates research funds in the UK.
- A member of the Institute of Electrical Engineers (IEE) Signal Processing International Advisory Committee in the UK.
- Chair of Sectional Committee 11of the Australian Academy of Science, covering selection of AAS Fellows (2205-2008).
- A member of several Review Committees and Advisory Committees including:
- The DSTO Long Range Research review committee
- The Institute of Telecommunications Research (ITR) review panel, SA
- The centre for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (CIAM) Scientific Advisory Board, SA
- CSIRO IT Research Division review committe
- Numerous research centers, CRC, academic department review committees
- A member of many international conference steering committees and technical program committees. I have served in various capacities on more than 50 conferences in the past 10 years
- A member of several Academy and Government Committees including two federally funded National ICT review committees
- Academic advisor and examiner for Masters degree courses for NTU, Singapore