Professor Stan Skafidas, from the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, leads the Melbourne School of Engineering's research in nanoelectronics and is the Director for Centre for Neural Engineering.
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 products for enterprise class wireless systems. At Bandspeed, Professor Skafidas co-invented Adaptive Frequency Hopping – an important standard component in Bluetooth devices. This technology has been incorporated in every Bluetooth product since ver 1.2. In 2014 alone, there were over 3 Billion devices sold incorporating this technology. Bandspeed was acquired by Broadcom
In 2008 a team led by Professor Skafidas developed the world's first completely integrated 60GHz transceiver on CMOS. A single chip wireless system that is 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 to commercialise this technology. Nitero received investment from leading venture funds such as Southern Cross Ventures and Austin Ventures. The technology and products based on this technology were 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 and chipsets is enabling wireless virtual reality headsets and systems. In March 2017 Nitero was acquired by technology multinational Advanced Micro Devices (AMD).
In 2010 Professor Skafidas joined the University of Melbourne. In 2011 Professor Skafidas was appointed the Director of the Centre for Neural Engineering.
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
University of Melbourne 1998
University of Melbourne 1995
University of Melbourne 1993
University of Melbourne 1992
Awards and honors
Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering,
Richard Newton Award for Research Excellence, University of Melbourne,
INNOVIC's Next Big Thing Awards, 'Innovation Excellence' Winner for Gigabit Wireless Transceiver on CMOS project, INNOVIC,
Fellow of the Institution of Engineers of Australia,