In ERA 2015, research in electrical and electronic engineering received a rating of 4 out of 5 – ‘performance above world standard.’ Biomedical engineering was rated for the first time and was rated at world standard.

Research in Macquarie University’s Department of Engineering is predominantly focused on future wireless networks, reconfigurable electronics and antennas, biomedical imaging and sensing, and sustainable energy systems. It has strong links with industry partners, including the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Optus, Telstra, Cochlear, GE Health, M/A-COM, BCS International, and Siemens Health, among others.

Macquarie University’s research in engineering also has growing strengths in optical and photonics engineering, and materials engineering. This includes several partnerships with external organisations as well as close collaboration with the Photonics Research Centre.


Three of our researchers are Fellows of the Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), one is an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer, and others serve on international committees including the Board of Governors of the IEEE Information Theory Society. Our researchers are highly cited and have won a number of prestigious international best papers awards, including the IEEE Communications Society and Information Theory Society Joint Paper Award, the IEEE Communications Society Stephen O. Rice Best Paper Award, and the IEEE Communications Society Best Tutorial Paper Award.

Macquarie University Research Centres

Photonics Research Centre 

  • Associate Professor David Coutts (Director) 

Wimed Research Centre

Professor Alberto Avolio

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