A/PROF Marcus Brazil

A/PROF Marcus Brazil


  • Infrastructure for Electric Vehicles (EVs, Power Distribution Grid, Smart Grid, Green Energy)
  • Network Optimisation (Minimum cost networks, Steiner Trees)
  • Underground Mine Planning (Mining, Access Design, Optimisation)
  • Wireless Sensor Networks - Localisation and Deployment (Relay deployment, Sensor deployment, relay placement)



  • A/Prof Marcus Brazil is an Associate Professor and Reader in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at The University of Melbourne. He studied English and Mathematics as an undergraduate at The University of Melbourne, and received a Ph.D. in Mathematics (in the field of Computational and Geometric Group Theory) from La Trobe University in 1995.

    Currently, his main research interest is in Optimal Network Design with applications to Telecommunications, Wireless Sensor Networks, VLSI Physical Design, Underground Mining, and Infrastructure for Electric Vehicles. He also combines this with more theoretical work, particularly in the area of Steiner Trees. His research and consultancy work in optimisation for underground mine design has been particularly successful, having received strong support from a number of Industry bodies such as BHP Billiton and  Newmont Australia Ltd. He is also a founder and director of the company MineOptima.   


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Additional Grant Information

  • 2004: D. Thomas and M. Brazil, Coursework Design and Development Program, Multimedia Student Education Support Tools in Engineering Analysis, $38,492   


Education and training

  • BSc, University of Melbourne 1995
  • PhD, La Trobe University 1995

Awards and honors

  • Best Paper Award, 2013 Australasian Computer Science Conference (ACSC), Computing Research & Education (CORE), 2013
  • Best Paper Award, 2007 International Conference of Wireless Networks (ICWN'07), The International Association of Engineers (IAEng), 2007



Available for supervision

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