Brett Ninness


Brett Ninness began life in Singleton, Australia and received his BE, ME and Ph.D degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Newcastle, Australia, where he is currently appointed as Professor and has worked in Assistant Dean, Deputy Head of Faculty and Pro Vice Chancellor (Acting) roles.

His research interests are in the areas of dynamic system modelling, system identification, and stochastic signal processing, in which he has authored over a hundred papers. He has served on the editorial boards of Automatica, IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control and as Editor in Chief for IET Control Theory and Applications, and as a member of the Australian Research Council College of Experts.  He has also served as chair of international committees, included the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) Technical Committee on Modelling, Identification and Signal Processing and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Technical Committee on System Identification and Adaptive Control.

Research Expertise
My research is concerned with the processing of noise corrupted signals. Within this theme, my home area is the science of System Identification which addresses the following problem. Given particular observations of the behaviour of a system, develop a mathematical model for it which can be used (for example) to control it via feedback, predict its performance under different operating regimes, compensate for limitations in its performance, or diagnose faults and changes in it. Recently, I have begun new research directions in the area of signal processing for wireless communications, largely via interaction with industry partners Bell Labs, Agere Systems and LSI Logic.

Teaching Expertise
My teaching experience over the last twenty years has covered a wide range of the electrical engineering and engineering mathematics curriculum. This includes the areas of systems and signal theory, signal processing, digital systems, embedded systems, circuit theory, communications and linear electronics.

Administrative Expertise
I have experience and hence expertise in School, Faculty and University wide governance. I served on the University promotions committee for three years, served as an Assistant Dean (Research Training) for my Faculty of three years, and am currently deputy head of faculty.

Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden. Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels Belgium