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PROF Stan Skafidas


  • 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 Engineering's research in nanoelectronics.

    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 designed and manufactured semiconductor chipsets for wireless systems and products. At Bandspeed, Professor Skafidas co-invented Adaptive Frequency Hopping – A coexistence technology that allows Bluetooth devices to sense and avoid radio interference. This technology transformed Bluetooth into the robust and easy to use radio communication medium that it is today. AFH has been incorporated in every Bluetooth product since ver 1.2. In 2014 alone, there were over 3 Billion devices sold incorporating this technology. The Bandspeed company was acquired by multinational semiconductor provider Broadcom Inc.

    In 2008, a team led by Professor Skafidas developed the world's first completely integrated 60GHz transceiver on CMOS. This single chip wireless system was able to deliver 5Gbps data rate at cost of approximately $1 whilst being only 5mm x 5mm in size. Professor Skafidas co-founded Nitero, the spin out company formed to commercialise 60GHz technology. Nitero received investment from leading venture funds such as Southern Cross Ventures and US based 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. Today, this technology, that has both high throughput and low latency, is being used to produce chipsets for wireless virtual reality systems. In March 2017 the Nitero company was acquired by technology multination   


Member of

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


Selected publications


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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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