• Control and instrumentation for irrigation networks (Water information networks, Large scale systems, Real time control, SCADA (Supervisory control and data acquisition))
  • Control theory and automation
  • Mathematical modelling of engineering systems, particular applications in power systems and water distribution systems
  • Signal processing and data modelling, with application in medical imaging (MRI) and EEG/ECG analyses
  • Systems engineering (Biomedical systems engineering)



  • Professor Iven Mareels obtained the (ir) Masters of Electromechanical Engineering from Gent University Belgium in 1982 and the PhD in Systems Engineering from the Australian National University, Canberra, Australia in 1987. Since 1996, he is a Professor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, the University of Melbourne. In June 2007, he became Dean of the Melbourne School of Engineering.

    Previously he was a Reader at the Australian National University (1990-1996), a lecturer at the University of Newcastle (1988-1990) and the University of Gent (1986-1988).

    Prof Mareels received the W.H. Kwon Award for Engineering Education (2013); the inaugural Grand Challenges Award from Taylor's University, Malaysia (2013); a Clunies Ross Medal, Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (2008) for his work on Smart Irrigation Systems; the inaugural Vice-Chancellors Knowledge Transfer Excellence award from the University of Melbourne (2007), for his work in large scale irrigation systems with Rubicon Systems Australia. In 2005, he was named IEEE CSS Distinguished Lecturer, and in 1994 he received the Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Australian National University.

    He is a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, Australia, a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (USA), a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Australia, and a Foreign Fellow of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts.

    In 2013 Professor Mareels, was named a Commander in the Order of the Crown of Belgium for meritorious services in engineering and science. In 2003 he received the Centenary Medal, for services to engineering education.

    Until June 2012 he was Vice-Chair of the Asian Control Association, and a member of the organising committee for the Asian Control Conference. He is on the



Member of

  • EngExec with Engineers Australia. Engineering Executive 2010 -
  • National Committee for Automation Control and Instrumentation. Chair of the committee 2005 -
  • Corporate Professional Engineer with Engineers Australia. Corporate Professional Engineer with 1996 -
  • The Institution of Engineers Australia. Chartered Professional Engineer 1996 -
  • The International Federation of Automatic Control. Chair of the Technical Board, ex-officio Vice-President of the IFAC, member of the Council 2008 - 2017


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Education and training

  • PhD, The Australian National University 1987
  • Ir, Ghent University 1982

Awards and honors

  • Order of the Crown, Commander (Belgium), CWN (CDR), 2013
  • Hyun Kwon Education Award, The Asian Control Association, 2013
  • 2008 Clunies Ross Medal, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, 2008
  • For services to education in electrical and electronic engineering, Centenary Medal 2003 - Queen Elizabeth II, 2003
  • Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, 2000
  • Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, 2000
  • CSS Distinguished Lecturer, IEEE Control Systems Society, 1995
  • Fellow of the Institution of Engineers of Australia, 1995
  • Vice-Chancellor's Award For Excellence In Teaching,, The Australian National University, 1994



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