Biomedical Engineering
School of ITEE

Researcher Profile

What is your area of research?

I’m interested in the development of clinically useful devices that can measure and then analyse signals from the human body. Examples might be devices that: check the hearing of new born children; guide neurosurgeons to implant deep-brain neuro-stimulators; control total artificial hearts; or assist radiologists and pathologists in the detection and diagnosis of cancer.

What are the major scientific challenges facing your area of research?

Extracting the desired signal, buried deep in a heap of unwanted noise.

Why did you become a biomedical engineer?

To work on interesting problems with the potential to significantly improve health care outcomes.

Who has been/is the biggest influence on your career and why?

Undoubtedly my mum, for allowing her youngest son to take household appliances apart to see how they worked - important stuff for developing my inner-engineer. Also, for supporting me when I wanted to give up a perfectly good job, move half-way around the world, and become a student (again!).

If you could choose one person to sit next to on a plane, whom would it be?

Nate Silver, the author of "The Signal and the Noise.” Probably one of the best books around detailing the art of using probability and statistics to solve real-world prediction problems.

Professor, Biomedical Engineering
ARC Future Fellow 

School of Information Technology 
& Electrical Engineering