PROF Chris Manzie

PROF Chris Manzie


  • Control and optimisation (Mechatronics, energy, automotive, autonomous systems)



  • Chris Manzie is currently a full Professor and Head of Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Melbourne, and also the Director of the Melbourne Information, Decision and Autonomous Systems (MIDAS) Laboratory, which includes academics from multiple faculties including Engineering, Science and Law. Over the period 2003-2016, he was an academic in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, with responsibilities including Assistant Dean with the portfolio of Research Training (2011-2017), and Mechatronics Program Director (2009-2016). Professor Manzie was also a Visiting Scholar with the University of California, San Diego in 2007 and a Visiteur Scientifique at IFP Energies Nouvelles, Rueil Malmaison in 2012.

    His research interests are in model-based and model-free control and optimisation, with applications in a range of areas including systems related to energy, transportation and mechatronics and he has published over 170 refereed journal and conference articles. He is currently supported by industry collaborations with Toyota Motor Corporation, ANCA Motion and the Defence Science and Technology Group, and has been an investigator on over $15M of grant funding and research contracts.

    He is currently an Associate Editor for Elsevier Control Engineering Practice; IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics; IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology; and Elsevier Mechatronics.   


Member of

  • IEEE. Senior Member of IEEE 2014 -


Selected publications


Investigator on

Additional Grant Information

  • Recent grants include:
    2017 DSTG Research contract Submarine energy use optimisation, (Brear, Manzie).

    2017 DSTG CERA Program Shared Control Framework for Human-Robot Collaborative Teams, (Oetomo, Manzie, Tan, Ling).

    2017 DSTG Contract Maritime Future Technology Watch, (Brear, Manzie).

    2017 DSTG Contract Intelligent Selection and Development of Scenarios and Use Cases for Future Naval Platform Acquisitions, (Manzie, Kutadinata).

    2016 AFOSR contract, Characterisation and control of a flap undergoing hypersonic fluid-structure interaction, (Neeley, Buttsworth, Jahn, Manzie).

    2016 DSTO Research contract, Energy Recovery from the Turbocharger of a Marine Diesel Engine (Manzie, Brear).

    2015 University of Melbourne MCRIC Melbourne Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Platform (MUASIP) (Western, Ryu, Rajabifard, Burvill, Oetomo, Manzie, Fuentes, Smith, Rutherfurd, Sheridan, Kennedy).

    2015: ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre Advanced Manufacturing of Prefabricated Housing (4th CI).

    2015: ANCA Motion Research Contract Modelling, control and optimisation of CNC drives and machine tools (Manzie).

    2014: Southern Farming Systems, Research Contract Subsoil amelioration investigation (Manzie, Burvill).

    2014: Toyota Motor Corporation Japan, Research Contract Model-based controller development and calibration for diesel engine air path (Manzie).

    2013-2014: Achieving cost-effective abatement from Australian electricity generation, (Brear, Manzie, Alcpan, Dargaville, MacGill) Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism funding.

    2011: 'Future transport scenarios', (Manzie, Scales, Martin, Crawford, Glover and Herps) Interdisciplinary Seed Grant, Melbourne Energy Institute (MEI), University of Melbourne.

    2010: EU student and staff exchange program relating to European Union / Aust   


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2001
  • BEng (Hons), University of Melbourne 1996
  • BSc, University of Melbourne 1996

Awards and honors

  • ARC Future Fellowship 2011-2014, Australian Research Council (ARC), 2011
  • Tall Poppy Science Award 2009, Australian Institute of Policy and Science, 2009
  • Teaching Excellence Award, Faculty of Engineering, The University of Melbourne, 2005


Available for supervision

  • Y