• 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 Engineerings research in nanoelectronics and is the Director for Centre for Neural Engineering.

    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 designs and manufactures semiconductor products for enterprise class wireless systems. At Bandspeed, Professor Skafidas co-invented Adaptive Frequency Hopping – an important standard component in Bluetooth devices. This technology has been incorporated in every Bluetooth product since ver 1.2. Bandspeed has been acquired by Broadcom

    In 2008 a team led by Professor Skafidas developed the worlds first completely integrated 60GHz transceiver on CMOS. This technology was spun as the Nitero spin out company which has received investment from leading venture funds such as Southern Cross Ventures and 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

    In 2010 Professor Skafidas joined the University of Melbourne. In 2011 Professor Skafidas was appointed the Director of the Centre for Neural Engineering.

    In November 2012, Professor Skafidas was elected as 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 standar   


Member of

  • IEEE - Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. Senior Member of IEEE (SMIEEE) 1997 -


Selected publications


Investigator on

Additional Grant Information

  • Chief Investigator, Bionic Vision Australia (BVA), ARC Special Research Initiative

    2012-2014: W. Moran, E. Skafidas and J. Vethecan, 'Implementation of cognitive radar techniques in resource limited radar systems', ARC Linkage Project with BAE Systems Australia, Australian Research Council, ARC funding $111,302

    2011: J. Brock, J. Furness and S. Skafidas, 'Nano-crystal laser interferometry microneurography for diagnosis and therapeutic evaluation', Interdisciplinary Seed Grant, Melbourne Materials Institute (MMI) and Melbourne Neurosciences Institute (MNI), University of Melbourne

    2011: L. Hollenberg, S. Skafidas and S. Petrou, 'Nanowire biosensors for the next generation of high throughput screening devices', Interdisciplinary Seed Grant, Melbourne Neurosciences Institute (MNI), University of Melbourne

    2010-2017: B. Moran and S. Skafidas, 'Radar-on-a-Chip (ROACH)', Victorian Science Agenda Investment Fund (VSAIF), Dept of Innovation Industry and Regional Development (DIIRD), $1,769,334   


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 1998
  • MEngSc, University of Melbourne 1995
  • BSc, University of Melbourne 1993
  • BEng, University of Melbourne 1992

Awards and honors

  • Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, 2012
  • Richard Newton Award for Research Excellence, University of Melbourne, 2009
  • INNOVIC's Next Big Thing Awards, 'Innovation Excellence' Winner for Gigabit Wireless Transceiver on CMOS project, INNOVIC, 2009
  • Fellow of the Institution of Engineers of Australia, 2007



Available for supervision

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