Dr James Webb

BE [Electronics/Communications] (Honours) 1997, PhD [Quantum Electronics] 2009
Space Situational Awareness Group Lead
College of Engineering & Computer Science

Areas of expertise

  • Astronomical And Space Instrumentation 020102
  • Photonics, Optoelectronics And Optical Communications 020504
  • Microwave And Millimetrewave Theory And Technology 100505
  • Quantum Optics 020604
  • Signal Processing 090609
  • Numerical Analysis 010301


Dr James Webb leads the ANU's Space Situational Awareness (SSA) program and undertakes research at the Advanced Instrumentation and Technology Centre (AITC).  Here he applies a diverse range of skills accumulated over more than 25 years in numerous Defence, academic, commercial and industrial Research and Development (R&D) roles.

After commencing studies with the Royal Australian Air Force in 1993 and graduating as an electronics engineer, James founded and worked in a series of start-ups developing high speed inkjet printers, smart card readers, image compression and cryptographic utilities. Following further studies in explosives, adaptive and quantum optics he spent time as a researcher with UNSW, then in Hawaii as an engineer at the UKIRT and JCMT telescopes.

Upon returning to Australia, Dr Webb resumed consulting in the areas of medical product development and applied electromagnetics for Defence while employed as an R&D engineer in the field of high accuracy radionavigation.  In 2015 he led the image processing and real-time laser and telescope control system efforts for an SSA research consortium while playing key engineering roles in the construction of an observatory in Western Australia.  He is currently focussed on the creation of optical SSA sensors and free space quantum optical laser communication systems.

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