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Professor Brett Ninness

Pro Vice-Chancellor

Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment (Electrical and Computer Engineering)

Career Summary

Biography

Brett Ninness began life in Singleton, Australia and received his BE, ME and Ph.D degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Newcastle, Australia, where he is currently appointed as Professor and has worked in Assistant Dean, Deputy Head of Faculty and Pro Vice Chancellor (Acting) roles.

His research interests are in the areas of dynamic system modelling, system identification, and stochastic signal processing, in which he has authored over a hundred papers. He has served on the editorial boards of Automatica, IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control and as Editor in Chief for IET Control Theory and Applications, and as a member of the Australian Research Council College of Experts.  He has also served as chair of international committees, included the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) Technical Committee on Modelling, Identification and Signal Processing and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Technical Committee on System Identification and Adaptive Control. 

Research Expertise
My research is concerned with the processing of noise corrupted signals. Within this theme, my home area is the science of System Identification which addresses the following problem. Given particular observations of the behaviour of a system, develop a mathematical model for it which can be used (for example) to control it via feedback, predict its performance under different operating regimes, compensate for limitations in its performance, or diagnose faults and changes in it. Recently, I have begun new research directions in the area of signal processing for wireless communications, largely via interaction with industry partners Bell Labs, Agere Systems and LSI Logic.

Teaching Expertise
My teaching experience over the last twenty years has covered a wide range of the electrical engineering and engineering mathematics curriculum. This includes the areas of systems and signal theory, signal processing, digital systems, embedded systems, circuit theory, communications and linear electronics.

Administrative Expertise
I have experience and hence expertise in School, Faculty and University wide governance. I served on the University promotions committee for three years, served as an Assistant Dean (Research Training) for my Faculty of three years, and am currently deputy head of faculty.

Collaborations
Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden. Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels Belgium

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Engineering, University of Newcastle
  • Master of Engineering, University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Automatic Control
  • Circuit Theory
  • Communications
  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Embedded Systems
  • Linear Electronics
  • Signal Processing
  • Signals and Systems
  • System Identification
  • Wireless communications

Languages

  • English (Fluent)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
090699 Electrical and Electronic Engineering not elsewhere classified 75
010299 Applied Mathematics not elsewhere classified 15
091399 Mechanical Engineering not elsewhere classified 10

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Professor University of Newcastle
School of Electrical Engineering and Computing
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2007 -  Chair - IEEE Technical Committee on Identification and Adaptive Control Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
Australia
1/09/2006 -  Editor in Chief Institution of Engineering and Technology - Control Theory and Applications
United Kingdom
1/07/2005 -  Chair - IFAC Technical Committee on Modelling, Identification and Signal Processing International Federation on Automatic Control
Australia
1/06/2004 - 1/04/2006 Organising Chair - 14th IFAC Symposium on System Identification International Federation on Automatic Control
Australia
1/01/2002 -  ARC Ozreader - Maths and IT RFCD ARC (Australian Research Council)
1/01/1993 -  Professor University of Newcastle
School of Electrical Engineering and Computing
Australia

Membership

Dates Title Organisation / Department
Associate Editor - Automatica Automatica Journal
Australia
Associate Editor - IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control
Australia

Awards

Distinction

Year Award
2001 Tall Poppy Award
Australian Institute of Policy & Science (AIPS)
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 37
Total funding $5,229,158

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20151 grants / $61,428

Smart Grid Testing Facility$61,428

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Professor Joe (Zhao) Dong, Professor David Hill, Dr Dylan Lu, Dr Gregor Verbic, Dr Jin Ma, Associate Professor Kashem Muttaqi, Professor Darmawan Sutanto, Dr Duane Robinson, Dr Philip Ciufo, Professor Sarath Perera, Doctor Andy Zhao, Professor Brett Ninness, Associate Professor Steven Weller
Scheme Linkage Infrastructure Equipment & Facilities (LIEF) Partner Funding
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1500095
Type Of Funding Scheme excluded from IGS
Category EXCL
UON Y

20141 grants / $488,531

Estimation of Complex Networked Dynamic Systems$488,531

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Professor Brett Ninness
Scheme Discovery Projects
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2016
GNo G1300431
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

20132 grants / $381,748

A novel framework for designing input excitation for system identification$361,748

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Associate Professor Kaushik Mahata, Professor Brett Ninness
Scheme Discovery Projects
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1200242
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

New System Identification and Estimation Methods using Convex Relaxation Techniques$20,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Professor Brett Ninness
Scheme Near Miss Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1300462
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20111 grants / $106,447

Multicore Computing of Advanced Engine Control Algorithms$106,447

Funding body: General Motors, USA.

Funding body General Motors, USA.
Project Team Professor Brett Ninness, Doctor Adrian Wills
Scheme Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2011
GNo G1000979
Type Of Funding International - Non Competitive
Category 3IFB
UON Y

20102 grants / $500,000

System Identification of Complex System Models$330,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Professor Brett Ninness
Scheme Discovery Projects
Role Lead
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G0190055
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

New Model Predictive Control Design Methods$170,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Professor Brett Ninness, Associate Professor Steven Weller
Scheme Discovery Projects
Role Lead
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G0190095
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

20091 grants / $20,000

Fast and Robust Model Predictive Control$20,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Adrian Wills, Professor Brett Ninness, Doctor Geoffrey Knagge
Scheme Near Miss Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2009
Funding Finish 2009
GNo G0189828
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20081 grants / $15,000

Advanced nonlinear constrained control$15,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Adrian Wills, Professor Brett Ninness
Scheme Pilot Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo G0189105
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20071 grants / $246,090

Advancing System Identification using Modern Optimisation Methods$246,090

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Professor Brett Ninness, Doctor Adrian Wills
Scheme Discovery Projects
Role Lead
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2009
GNo G0186347
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

20062 grants / $885,282

New Approaches for the Estimation of Complex Dynamic System Models$336,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Professor Brett Ninness
Scheme Discovery Projects
Role Lead
Funding Start 2006
Funding Finish 2008
GNo G0185319
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

20054 grants / $1,029,933

New Methods and Microelectronics for Wireless Communication Systems$720,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Professor Brett Ninness, Associate Professor Steven Weller, Dr Graeme Woodward, Dr Mark Bickerstaff, Dr Adriel Kind, Dr L Davis
Scheme Linkage Projects
Role Lead
Funding Start 2005
Funding Finish 2009
GNo G0184265
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

New methods and microelectronics for wireless communication systems$250,000

Funding body: Agere Systems Australia Pty Ltd

Funding body Agere Systems Australia Pty Ltd
Project Team Professor Brett Ninness, Associate Professor Steven Weller
Scheme Linkage Projects Partner Funding
Role Lead
Funding Start 2005
Funding Finish 2009
GNo G0185973
Type Of Funding Contract - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFC
UON Y

Australian Communications Research Network (ACoRN)$50,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Associate Professor Steven Weller, Professor Brett Ninness, Associate Professor Sarah Johnson
Scheme Research Networks
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2005
Funding Finish 2009
GNo G0186088
Type Of Funding Scheme excluded from IGS
Category EXCL
UON Y

System Identification and Diagnosis via Markov Chain Monte Carlo Methods$9,933

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Professor Brett Ninness
Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2005
Funding Finish 2005
GNo G0184665
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20031 grants / $176,497

Robust Control and System Identification of Highly Resonant Systems.$176,497

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Professor Reza Moheimani, Professor Brett Ninness
Scheme Discovery Projects
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2003
Funding Finish 2005
GNo G0182060
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

20023 grants / $629,285

New Methods for Dynamic System Estimation$360,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Professor Brett Ninness
Scheme Discovery Projects
Role Lead
Funding Start 2002
Funding Finish 2005
GNo G0181106
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

Advanced Space-Time Coded Multiuser Wireless Communications via Test-bed Development$194,285

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Professor Brett Ninness, Associate Professor Steven Weller, Dr C Nicol, Dr L Davis
Scheme Linkage Projects
Role Lead
Funding Start 2002
Funding Finish 2004
GNo G0181156
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

Advanced Space-Time Coded Multiuser Wireless Communications via Test-bed Development.$75,000

Funding body: Lucent Technologies Australia Pty Ltd.

Funding body Lucent Technologies Australia Pty Ltd.
Project Team Professor Brett Ninness, Associate Professor Steven Weller, Dr C Nicol, Dr L Davis
Scheme Linkage Projects Partner Funding
Role Lead
Funding Start 2002
Funding Finish 2004
GNo G0181879
Type Of Funding Contract - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFC
UON Y

20011 grants / $14,000

Development of a Space-Time coded Wireless Local Area Network$14,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Associate Professor Steven Weller, Professor Brett Ninness
Scheme Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2001
Funding Finish 2001
GNo G0179970
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20003 grants / $248,400

Applications of Advanced Control to Materials Rolling$186,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Professor Brett Ninness, Emeritus Laureate Professor Graham Goodwin
Scheme Strategic Partnerships with Industry - Research & Training Scheme (SPIRT)
Role Lead
Funding Start 2000
Funding Finish 2002
GNo G0178641
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

Applications of Advanced Control to Materials Rolling.$60,000

Funding body: Industrial Automation Services

Funding body Industrial Automation Services
Project Team Professor Brett Ninness
Scheme SPIRT Partner Funding
Role Lead
Funding Start 2000
Funding Finish 2002
GNo G0181570
Type Of Funding Contract - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFC
UON Y

IFAC International Symposium on System Identification.$2,400

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Professor Brett Ninness
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2000
Funding Finish 2000
GNo G0180265
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

19993 grants / $198,740

System Identification of Nonlinear Dynamic Systems for Closed Loop Control Applications$176,240

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Professor Brett Ninness
Scheme Large Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1999
Funding Finish 2001
GNo G0177795
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

Nonlinear Identification and Control via Pilot Plant Experimentation.$11,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Professor Brett Ninness
Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1999
Funding Finish 1999
GNo G0178097
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

Signature Set Design for Code-Division Multiple Access Communications.$11,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Associate Professor Steven Weller, Professor Brett Ninness
Scheme Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 1999
Funding Finish 1999
GNo G0178106
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

19981 grants / $2,400

Mathematical Theory of Networks and Systems, Italy 6-10 July 1998$2,400

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Professor Brett Ninness
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1998
Funding Finish 1998
GNo G0180371
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

19963 grants / $99,400

EXAMINATION OF THE USE OF ORTHONORMAL BASIS FUNCTIONS IN SYSTEM IDENTIFICATION$90,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Professor Brett Ninness
Scheme Large Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1996
Funding Finish 1998
GNo G0175249
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

Development of improved methods for estimation of audio signals for applications in speech compression and recognition.$7,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Professor Brett Ninness, Dr Salvatore Crisafulli
Scheme Small Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1996
Funding Finish 1996
GNo G0175657
Type Of Funding Scheme excluded from IGS
Category EXCL
UON Y

International Federation of the Automatic Control World Congress - San Fransisco$2,400

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Professor Brett Ninness
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1996
Funding Finish 1996
GNo G0176347
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

19951 grants / $2,500

European Control Conference (Rome) - 22-25 August 1995$2,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Professor Brett Ninness
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1995
Funding Finish 1995
GNo G0175625
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

19943 grants / $111,177

Analysis of the Interplay between system identification and robust controller design$102,677

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Professor Brett Ninness
Scheme Large Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1994
Funding Finish 1996
GNo G0175453
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

Speech coding and reconstruction for the purposes of arbitrary time scale modification, pitch modification and data compression.$6,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Professor Brett Ninness
Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1994
Funding Finish 1994
GNo G0174761
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

10th IFAC Symposium on system Identification & Annual Baltimore/Copenhagen American Control Conference - 29 June-1 July & 4-6 July 1994$2,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Professor Brett Ninness
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1994
Funding Finish 1994
GNo G0175109
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

19931 grants / $2,300

'Annual IEEE Conf. on Decision & Control', San Antonio, Texas, 15 - 17 Dec 1993$2,300

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Professor Brett Ninness
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1993
Funding Finish 1993
GNo G0174433
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

19921 grants / $10,000

Research On Industrial Control Projects$10,000

Funding body: Department of Industry, Science & Resources

Funding body Department of Industry, Science & Resources
Project Team Emeritus Laureate Professor Graham Goodwin, Professor Brett Ninness
Scheme DIST Advanced Manufacturing Technology (Defunct)
Role Investigator
Funding Start 1992
Funding Finish 1992
GNo G0173426
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed10
Current0

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2016 Masters Computational Solutions for Bayesian Inference in Dynamical Systems M Philosophy(Elec Engineering), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2014 PhD Soft Detection of Spatially Diverse Wireless Communications via Stochastic Sampling PhD (Computer Engineering), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2013 PhD Algorithms and Hardware Implementation of a Processor for Low Complexity and High Performance Multi-Antenna Receivers PhD (Computer Engineering), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2013 PhD Computational Bayesian Methods for Communications and Control PhD (Electrical Engineering), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2010 PhD Vibration and Position Control of Piezoelectric Tube Scanners for Fast Atomic Force Microscopy PhD (Electrical Engineering), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2009 Masters A Reconfigurable Prototyping System for Multiple-Input Multiple-Output Communications M Engineering (Elec & Comp)[R], Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2009 Masters Design of Low-Density Parity-Check Codes for Multiple-Input Multiple-Output Wireless Systems M Engineering (Elec & Comp)[R], Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2007 PhD Algorithms and Application Specific Integrated Circuits for Combinatorial Optimisation in Wireless Communications PhD (Computer Engineering), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2003 PhD Maximum Likelihood Estimation of Multivariable Dynamic Systems via the EM algorithm PhD (Electrical Engineering), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle Sole Supervisor
2002 Masters Modern CDMA Wireless Communication Systems M Engineering (Elec & Comp)[R], Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle Sole Supervisor
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News

UON engineer recognised for global impact on humanity

January 5, 2017

A University of Newcastle (UON) academic has received global recognition for his work contributing to the advancement and application of engineering, resulting in a significant impact on society.

Professor Brett Ninness

Position

Pro Vice-Chancellor
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment

Focus area

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Contact Details

Email brett.ninness@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 6025
Mobile 0438614163
Fax (02) 4921 6993

Office

Room EF107
Building Engineering A Building
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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