Keynote Speaker


About the Speaker
Rob Evans was born in Melbourne, Australia, in 1947. After completing a BE degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Melbourne in 1969, he worked as a radar systems engineering officer with the Royal Australian Airforce. He completed a PhD in 1975 at the University of Newcastle followed by postdoctoral studies at the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems, MIT, USA and the Control and Management Department, Cambridge University, UK.

In 1977 he took up an academic position at the University of Newcastle, where he served as Head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and a Chief Investigator and Co-Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence on Industrial Control Systems.

In 1992 he moved to the University of Melbourne, where he has served in many roles including Head of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Research Leader for the Cooperative Research Centre for Sensor Signal and Information Processing, Director of the Defence Science Centre of Excellence in Networked Decision and Sensor Systems, Director of the Victoria Research Laboratory of National ICT Australia, Executive Dean of Engineering at the University of Melbourne, and Director of the Defence Sciences Institute. He is currently a Chief Investigator in the OzGrav ARC Centre of Excellence for gravity wave detection.

He has served on numerous national and international committees including many Government and Academy committees. He was a founding member of the Asian Control Conference Committee, co-chair of the international program committee for the 1993 IFAC World Conference, General Chair of the 2003 International Data Fusion Conference, General Chair of the 2004 Asian Control Conference. He was a member of the Council of the International Federation for Automatic Control from 2002 until 2008. He was Director of Hearing CRC from 2007-2015.

His research and industry engagement has ranged across many areas including theory and applications in industrial control, industrial and integrated electronics, radar systems, signal processing and telecommunications. He has published over 500 research papers, holds 21 granted patents around the world and has supervised over 100 PhD students. He is a Melbourne University Laureate Professor, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA), a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (FTSE), a Life Fellow of the Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, USA (FIEEE) and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia.

Abstract
The idea of a universal RF radiating structure capable of operating over a wide frequency band and supporting multiple simultaneous steerable radiating beams operating at different frequencies is emerging as the next exciting wave in RF technology. This concept is particularly relevant for modern highly integrated RF circuits capable of supporting many simultaneous sensing and communication functionalities all on the same chip. In this talk we look back at the development of RF radiating systems over the past 50 years with a focus on the theory and practice of multiport array systems. We examine the many difficult challenges faced and how these were overcome resulting in today’s impressive RF array industry. We also examine some of the new challenges facing the dream of a universal RF radiating system.