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Iven Mareels

Chair Of Electrical & Electronic Eng
Electrical And Electronic Engineering
Biomedical systems engineering
Water information networks
Large scale systems
Real time control
SCADA (Supervisory control and data acquisition)
science & technology
engineering, electrical & electronic
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Iven Mareels

Primary Interest
Systems engineering
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Iven Mareels


Redmond Barry Distinguished 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 2017 Harold Chestnut Control Engineering Textbook Prize, for Feedback and Control for Everyone; 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. He was named twice IEEE CSS Distinguished Lecturer (2005-2006) and (2016-2017). In 1994 he received the Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Australian National University.He is a Fellow of the International Federation of Automatic Control, of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (USA), and of the Institute of Engineers Australia. He is 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 steering committee for the Mathematical Theory in Networks and Systems conference. Over the period Jan 2003-Dec 2005 he was a member of the Board of Governors of the Control Systems Society IEEE. He is registered with the Institute of Engineers Australia as a professional engineer. He is a member of the National Committee for Automation, Control and Instrumentation (Australia). From June 2008 till Sep 2014 he is Chair of the Technical Board of the International Federation of Automatic Control and ex-officio Vice-President. He was co-editor in chief for Systems & Control Letters from 1997 to 2007.He has extensive experience in consulting for both industry and government. He has strong interests in education. He has taught a broad range of subjects in both mechanical and electrical engineering curricula. He was one of the developers of the Bachelor of Engineering at the Australian National University and one of the architects of the new 3+2 Master of Engineering education at Melbourne. His research interests are in large scale systems, which he studies using techniques from nonlinear control theory and dynamical systems theory, as well as adaptive and learning control methods. At present his research is focused the modelling and control of water distribution systems, the electrical grid and the brain (in particular the epileptic brain).Iven Mareels has published widely, one general book about systems engineering, four research monographs, in excess of 130 journal publications and 250 conference publications. He has supervised to completion 35 PhD students and is currently supervising 5 PhD students and 1 MPhil student. He is also co-inventor of a family of 23 international patents related to autonomous water distribution systems.


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Scholarly Works

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Honours, Awards and Fellowships


Order of the Crown, Commander (Belgium)


Hyun Kwon Education Award

The Asian Control Association


2008 Clunies Ross Medal

Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering


For services to education in electrical and electronic engineering

Centenary Medal 2003 - Queen Elizabeth II


CSS Distinguished Lecturer

IEEE Control Systems Society


Vice-Chancellor's Award For Excellence In Teaching,

The Australian National University


Fellow of the International Federation of Automatic Control


FIEEE - Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers


FTSE - Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering


FIEAUST - Fellow of the Institution of Engineers of Australia





Chair Of Electrical & Electronic Eng

Electrical And Electronic Engineering

Engineering Executive

EngExec with Engineers Australia

Chair Of The Technical Board, Ex-Officio Vice-President Of The Ifac, Member Of The Council

The International Federation of Automatic Control

Chair Of The Committee

National Committee for Automation Control and Instrumentation

Chartered Professional Engineer

The Institution of Engineers Australia

Corporate Professional Engineer With

Corporate Professional Engineer with Engineers Australia


Doctor of Philosophy (Systems Engineering)

The Australian National University

Master of Electromechanical Engineering

Ghent University