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The Australian National University

Professor Brian Anderson

Distinguished Professor
ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
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 interests have included many contributions in the area of circuits, signal processing and control, and currently his work focuses on distributed control of multiagent systems, sensor network localization, and econometric modelling.

  • Undergraduate degrees in Mathematics and Electrical Engineering at Sydney University
  • Doctoral degree in 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

    He has 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 the Prime Minister's Science, Engineering and Innovation Council. He was a member of the Board 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 the Universities of Sydney, Melbourne, New South Wales and Newcastle, and the University of Technology, Sydney. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia... » Read more

  • Researcher's projects

    1. National ICT Australia (with Defence Science and Technology Organization):Cooperative Muiltiagent Formations and Networks
    2. Australian Research Council: Spatially Distributed Complex Multiagent Systems  nformation Architectures.
    3. Australian Research Council: Modelling, Forecasting, and Control for Econometrics based on Generalized Dynamic Factor Models: a system theoretic approach
    4. Australian Research Council: Information Consensus and Coordination of Multiagent Systems

    Available student projects

    This project is available for a very talented undergraduate student.

    Consider two unmanned airborne vehicles (UAVs) flying separate paths. One is equipped with GPS, the other with inertial navigation, with the absolute reference lacking for its coordinates. The paths are three dimensional. A series of measurements are taken for the distance between the two airborne vehicles. THe task is to put the navigation data applicable to each UAV together with the inter-UAV distance information to fully localize the UAV which only has inertial navigation capability. 

    This project originates from Defence Science and Technology Organization. A veriosn of the problem applicable in a two-dimensional ambient space has been solved. 

    Specific questions include: what is the minimum number of inter-UAV distance measurements required? How should noise be handled? How do errors in the inter-UAV distance measurements translate into errors in the localized positions of the UAV with inertial navigation? Are there particular choices of path for which the problem cannot be solved, or for which it can be eaisly solved?

    Current student projects

    1. Zhiyong Sun: Robust Control of Multi-Agent Formations (PhD)
    2. Bomin Jiang: Safest Path for Detection Avoidance
    3. Alireza Motevallian: Redundant Localizability of Wireless Sensor Networks (PhD)

    Past student projects

    (Since 2012)


    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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