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Professor Robert Betz

Professor

School of Electrical Engineering and Computing (Electrical and Computer Engineering)

Career Summary

Biography

Research Expertise
- Control of electric machines, industrial electronics, microprocessor systems - Real-time operating systems, power engineering, electrical engineering 

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Newcastle
  • Master of Engineering, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Honours), University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Engineering, University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Electrical engineering
  • Industrial electronics
  • Microprocessor systems
  • Power engineering

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
090699 Electrical and Electronic Engineering not elsewhere classified 95
080699 Information Systems not elsewhere classified 5

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

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

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
Reviewer - Industrial Drives Committee IEEE Industry Applications Society
Australia
Reviewer - Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
Australia
1/01/1998 - 1/01/1999 Visiting Professor - Danfoss Aalborg University
Denmark

Awards

Research Award

Year Award
1993 British Council Fellowship
British Council
1993 Australian Academy of Science Fellowship
Australian Academy of Science
1990 Senior Research Fellow
Science and Engineering Research Council

Invitations

Participant

Year Title / Rationale
1998 Short course in the Brushless Doubly Fed Reluctance Machine
Organisation: ABB Corporate Research, Vaestras Sweden Description: As one of the few people who is working on Brushless Doubly Fed Reluctance Machine (BDFRM) I was invited to present a 2 day short course on this machine to ABB Corporate Research in Vaestras Sweden.
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 29
Total funding $2,552,265

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20151 grants / $60,000

CRC for Mining Management and Research Projects$60,000

Funding body: CRCMining

Funding body CRCMining
Project Team Professor Robert Betz, Doctor Terrence Summers
Scheme Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1201058
Type Of Funding CRC - Cooperative Research Centre
Category 4CRC
UON Y

20131 grants / $177,333

DC Motor Duty Meter Prototype - Stage 3$177,333

Funding body: Australian Coal Research Limited

Funding body Australian Coal Research Limited
Project Team Doctor Galina Mirzaeva, Doctor Steve Mitchell, Professor Robert Betz, Doctor Terrence Summers
Scheme Australian Coal Association Research Program (ACARP)
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1200841
Type Of Funding CRC - Cooperative Research Centre
Category 4CRC
UON Y

20122 grants / $93,490

Teaching Relief - Berretta$50,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Professor Robert Betz, Professor Regina Berretta
Scheme Career Enhancement Fellowship for Academic Women
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G1101203
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

Control of Converters in Distributed Generation Systems$43,490

Funding body: CRCMining

Funding body CRCMining
Project Team Doctor Terrence Summers, Professor Robert Betz
Scheme Scholarship
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1200690
Type Of Funding CRC - Cooperative Research Centre
Category 4CRC
UON Y

20102 grants / $524,800

Improved design and control of brushless doubly-fed reluctance machine generators for wind power applications$310,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Professor Robert Betz, Dr David Dorrell
Scheme Discovery Projects
Role Lead
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G0189978
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

DC Motor Duty Meter Extension - Stage 2$214,800

Funding body: Australian Coal Research Limited

Funding body Australian Coal Research Limited
Project Team Doctor Galina Mirzaeva, Doctor Terrence Summers, Professor Robert Betz
Scheme Australian Coal Association Research Program (ACARP)
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G1200842
Type Of Funding CRC - Cooperative Research Centre
Category 4CRC
UON Y

20091 grants / $20,986

Control of Multilevel H-Bridge Converters$20,986

Funding body: CRCMining

Funding body CRCMining
Project Team Doctor Terrence Summers, Professor Robert Betz
Scheme Scholarship
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2009
Funding Finish 2010
GNo G0190038
Type Of Funding CRC - Cooperative Research Centre
Category 4CRC
UON Y

20072 grants / $178,000

DC Motor Duty Meter$158,000

Funding body: Australian Coal Research Limited

Funding body Australian Coal Research Limited
Project Team Doctor Galina Mirzaeva, Professor Robert Betz, Doctor Terrence Summers, Doctor Colin Coates
Scheme Australian Coal Association Research Program (ACARP)
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2008
GNo G0187375
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Non Commonwealth
Category 1NS
UON Y

Control of H-Bridge Multilevel STATCOMs Under Unbalanced Conditions$20,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Professor Robert Betz
Scheme Near Miss Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2007
GNo G0187178
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20042 grants / $323,509

A high performance, robust and sensorless natural field oriented controller for induction machine drives$195,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Professor Robert Betz
Scheme Discovery Projects
Role Lead
Funding Start 2004
Funding Finish 2006
GNo G0182795
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

Multilevel converters$128,509

Funding body: AmpControl Pty Ltd

Funding body AmpControl Pty Ltd
Project Team Professor Robert Betz, Mr G Kirk
Scheme Linkage Projects Partner Funding
Role Lead
Funding Start 2004
Funding Finish 2006
GNo G0182780
Type Of Funding Contract - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFC
UON Y

20031 grants / $374,202

Multilevel converters$374,202

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Professor Robert Betz, Mr G Kirk
Scheme Linkage Projects
Role Lead
Funding Start 2003
Funding Finish 2006
GNo G0182779
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

20021 grants / $12,504

Control of emitted noise from switched reluctance drives using shunted piezoelectric transducers$12,504

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Professor Reza Moheimani, Doctor Colin Coates, Professor Robert Betz
Scheme Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2002
Funding Finish 2002
GNo G0181289
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20012 grants / $341,113

Design and Sensorless Control of Brushless Doubly Fed Reluctance Machines$172,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Professor Robert Betz, Dr Milutin Jovanovic
Scheme Large Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2001
Funding Finish 2003
GNo G0179238
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

Instantaneous Power Control of AC Machines$169,113

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Professor Robert Betz, Professor Rick Middleton, Dr Brian Cook
Scheme Large Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2001
Funding Finish 2003
GNo G0179249
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

20003 grants / $122,716

Improved Soft Starter for Induction Machines$60,803

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Professor Robert Betz, Doctor Colin Coates, Dr Brian Cook
Scheme Strategic Partnerships with Industry - Research & Training Scheme (SPIRT)
Role Lead
Funding Start 2000
Funding Finish 2001
GNo G0178630
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

Improved Soft Starter for Induction Machines. 2000 SPIRT PARTNER.$59,413

Funding body: Zener Electrical (Newcastle) Pty Ltd

Funding body Zener Electrical (Newcastle) Pty Ltd
Project Team Professor Robert Betz, Doctor Colin Coates, Dr Brian Cook
Scheme SPIRT Partner Funding
Role Lead
Funding Start 2000
Funding Finish 2001
GNo G0179333
Type Of Funding Contract - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFC
UON Y

IEEE-IAS Annual Meeting and World Congress on the Applications of Electrical Energy, Italy 8 - 12 October 2000$2,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Professor Robert Betz
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2000
Funding Finish 2000
GNo G0180188
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

19991 grants / $2,351

European Power Electronics Conference, Switzerland, 7-9 September 1999$2,351

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Professor Robert Betz
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1999
Funding Finish 1999
GNo G0179100
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

19981 grants / $11,500

PWM rectifier based inverter test system for variable speed drive applications.$11,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Professor Robert Betz, Gerard Ledwich
Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1998
Funding Finish 1998
GNo G0177371
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

19972 grants / $172,000

Control of Brushless Doubly-fed Induction and Reluctance Machines.$164,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Professor Robert Betz
Scheme Large Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1997
Funding Finish 1999
GNo G0176141
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

PWM rectifier based inverter test system for variable speed drive applications$8,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Professor Robert Betz
Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1997
Funding Finish 1997
GNo G0176617
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

19961 grants / $9,500

Dynamic dynamometer$9,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Professor Robert Betz
Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1996
Funding Finish 1996
GNo G0175680
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

19952 grants / $11,209

Dynamic Dynamometer Systems$9,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Professor Robert Betz
Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1995
Funding Finish 1995
GNo G0174968
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

IEEE Industry Applications Society Annual Meeting, Florida USA, 8-12/10/95$2,209

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Professor Robert Betz
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1995
Funding Finish 1995
GNo G0175947
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

19943 grants / $106,052

94,95GRANT. High Performance Synchronous Reluctance Motor Drives$91,052

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Professor Robert Betz, Dr D Platt
Scheme Large Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1994
Funding Finish 1995
GNo G0172906
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

Switched Reluctance Machine Experimental System$10,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Professor Robert Betz
Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1994
Funding Finish 1994
GNo G0174729
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

Software kernels for real-time applications$5,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Aprof PETER Moylan, Professor Robert Betz
Scheme Small Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 1994
Funding Finish 1994
GNo G0174816
Type Of Funding Scheme excluded from IGS
Category EXCL
UON Y

19931 grants / $11,000

Synchronous Reluctance Machine Experimental System$11,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Professor Robert Betz
Scheme Small Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1993
Funding Finish 1993
GNo G0172766
Type Of Funding Scheme excluded from IGS
Category EXCL
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed7
Current7

Total current UON EFTSL

Masters0.25
PhD1.4

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2017 PhD The Impact of Emerging Technologies upon Australia's National Electricity Network PhD (Electrical Engineering), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2017 Masters Wearable Electric Field Detection Device M Philosophy(Elec Engineering), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2016 PhD Control of Grid Connected Power Electronic Devices to Facilitate the Distributed Generation Future PhD (Electrical Engineering), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2016 PhD Control and Modulation Strategies for the Modular Multilevel Converter PhD (Electrical Engineering), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2014 PhD Control of Grid Connected Power Electronic Devices PhD (Electrical Engineering), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2013 Masters A Novel Electric Drive Design For Mining Application M Philosophy(Elec Engineering), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2010 PhD Modelling of Earth Potential Rise in Transmission Systems PhD (Electrical Engineering), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2016 PhD Control and Performance of a Cascaded H-Bridge Photovoltaic Power System PhD (Electrical Engineering), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2016 Masters Measurement of Off-Frequency Signals During Live High Voltage Earthing System Testing M Philosophy(Elec Engineering), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2014 PhD Enhanced Power Frequency Droop Control for Microgrids PhD (Electrical Engineering), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2013 PhD Control and Modulation Strategies for a Multi-level H-bridge StatCom PhD (Electrical Engineering), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2012 PhD Modelling and Control of Inverter Sources within a Low Voltage Distributed Generation System PhD (Electrical Engineering), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2011 PhD Power Transformer Modelling to Support the Interpretation of Frequency Response Analysis PhD (Electrical Engineering), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2006 PhD Instantaneous Power Control of Induction Machines PhD (Electrical Engineering), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
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Professor Robert Betz

Position

Professor
Power Electronics, Machines and Variable Speed Drives
School of Electrical Engineering and Computing
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment

Focus area

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Contact Details

Email robert.betz@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 6091
Mobile 0419249948
Fax (02) 4921 6993

Office

Room EAG16
Building Engineering A Building
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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