Professor Brian Anderson

Emeritus Professor
ANU College of Engineering, Computing and Cybernetics
T: +61 2 6125 8667

Areas of expertise

  • Control Systems, Robotics And Automation 090602
  • Automation And Control Engineering 091302
  • Calculus Of Variations, Systems Theory And Control Theory 010203
  • Signal Processing 090609
  • Networking And Communications 080503
  • Navigation And Position Fixing 090904
  • Wireless Communications 100510
  • Circuits And Systems 090601


Research interests:
Professor Anderson's research includes many contributions in the area of circuits, signal processing and control; currently his work focuses on distributed control of multiagent systems and econometric modelling.

  • Undergraduate degrees in Mathematics and Electrical Engineering at Sydney University
  • PhDin Electrical Engineering at Stanford University.
  • Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Newcastle, Australia from 1967 through 1981.
  • Professor and Head of the Department of Systems Engineering at the Australian National University in Canberra, 1994 to 2002.
  • Director of the Research School of Information Sciences and Engineering from 1994 to 2002.
  • Inaugural CEO of the newly formed National ICT Australia from May 2002 to May 2003.
  • Chief Scientist of NICTA, From May 2003 to June 2006
  • Distinguished Researcher, NICTA then Data61-CSIRO from June 2006
  • Emeritus Professor, ANU July 2016
  • Distinguished Professor, Hangzhou Dianzi University, from July 2016
  • He held many visiting appointments in the United States, Europe and Asia, including the University of California, Berkeley, Stanford University, Yale University, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and Tokyo Institute of Technology.

    Professor Anderson has served as a member of a number of government bodies, including the Australian Science and Technology Council and  Prime Minister's Science Council. He was a board member of Cochlear Limited, the world's major supplier of cochlear implants, from 1995 to 2005. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, and an Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, Australia. In 1989, he became a Fellow of the Royal Society, London, and in 2002 a Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Engineering. He holds honorary doctorates of the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, and five Australian universities. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 1993 and Companion in 2016... » Read more

    Researcher's projects

    1. Australian Research Council: Cooperative Control of Networked Systems with Constraints
    2. Australian Research Council: Control and Optimization of Distributed Multiagent Formations

    Available student projects

    There are no further available student projects at this time

    Past student projects

    (Since 2012)


    Zhiyong Sun: Robust Control of Multi-Agent Formations (PhD)

    Mengbin (Ben) Ye: Control of Euler-Lagrange Systems and Opinion Dynamics (PhD)

    James Russell: Localizaiont of GPS-Denied UAVs (BE)

    Mohsen Zamani: Econometric Modelling and Linear Systems (PhD)

    Mohammad Deghat: Control of multi-agent formations (PhD)

    Lu Xia: Sensor Network Localization (BE)

    Zijie Zhang: The Theoretical Analysis of Information Dissemination Process in Wireless Multi-hop Networks (PhD)

    Baoqi Huang: Performance Evaluation in Sensor Network Localization (PhD)

    Sehchun Ng: Graph-theoretic Analysis on the fundamental properties of
    Wireless Multi-hop Network (PhD)

    Yiming Ji: Bias analysis and reduction in localization problems (PhD)


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