News & Events

Upcoming Events

University College London (UCL) Electronic and Electrical Engineering Research Overview and Radar Activities - Prof Karl Woodbridge (University College London)

2nd May 2014
Room G3, Ground floor, Electrical Engineering Building (G17), UNSW Kensington Campus

University College London is one of the world’s premier Universities with Nobel Prizes being awarded to 21 former academics and graduates. The Electronic and Electrical Engineering Department was the first to be established in the UK in 1885 with J.A. Fleming as it’s first Professor. Today Internationally leading research is carried out in a range of areas including communications, electronic materials, photonics, optical networks and sensor systems. Within the Systems, Circuits and Sensors group there is an active radar systems research group involving a total of around 30 academic and research staff, visitors and students. Research activities range from simulation and modeling through signal processing and hardware design to system build and field trials. Areas of interest cover a wide range of applications and include, target recognition and classification, multi-static/netted sensing, sea clutter/maritime target detection, passive radar, land mine detection and terrain monitoring. In this seminar, following some brief background on UCL and the EEE Department some selected examples of research in the areas of micro-Doppler target classification, multi-static sea clutter/maritime target detection and airborne passive radar will be presented.

Karl Woodbridge is Professor of Electronic Engineering in the Electronic and Electrical Engineering Department at University College London. Prior to joining UCL he worked for 10 years in semiconductor device research at Philips Research Laboratories. Current research interests include semiconductor devices, multi-static radar systems, maritime surveillance, target tracking and classification and passive sensing. He has published over 200 journal and conference papers in the above areas and has been involved in organizing and technical committees for many national and international seminars and conferences. He is a Fellow of the IET, a Fellow of the UK Institute of Physics and a Senior Member of the IEEE. He is also currently a visiting Professor at the University of Cape Town and Chairman of the IET Sonar, Radar and Navigation Technical and Professional Network Executive.

ACSER @ CeBIT Australia 2014

5th - 7th May 2014
Sydney Olympic Park

As a delta-V Space Enterprise Accelerator founding member, ACSER will be present at this year's CeBIT exhibition in an effort to provide national leadership for Australian space engineering research by fostering collaborations between researchers, industry and government and to nurture links between our national and international partners to achieve Australia’s space ambitions.

If you'd like to visit us at CeBIT you can qualify for FREE REGISTRATION by using the code above-right.

GNSS Futures Workshop and the Return of the UNSW SNAP Lab

7th - 8th July 2014
UNSW Kensington Campus

The Satellite Navigation and Positioning (SNAP) Laboratory at UNSW has been a global leader in GNSS research for over two decades. On the 7th and 8th of July 2014, we will celebrate the relaunching of the SNAP Lab with the “GNSS Futures” workshop, examining where GNSS, and positioning/navigation technology in general will go in the coming decades. Click here for more information.

Off-earth Mining: The research questions

22nd July 2014
Old Main Building, Room 51
UNSW Kensington Campus

The aim of this event is to identify researchers in cross-disciplinary fields who might be interested in engaging in the very broad issues relating to off-earth mining.

Past Events

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ACSER in the Media


Circuits for Satellites (Australasian Science Magazine, April 2014)

The search for MH370: Why can’t we find it? (Cosmos Magazine, 15 April 2014)

How many satellites are watching Earth? (ABC Local Radio QLD, 27 March 2014)

Detection of MH370 debris required a 'human eyeball operation' (Sydney Morning Herald, 22 March 2014)

Flight MH370: Indian Ocean objects might have drifted hundreds of miles (The Guardian, 21 March 2014)

Interview with Prof. Andrew Dempster on using satellites to find the missing MH370 flight (ABC Radio 702, 21 March 2014)

Interview with Prof. Andrew Dempster on Australian Satellite Technology (ABC TV News ACT, 19 March 2014)

Interview with Prof. Andrew Dempster on Australia's role in Space (ABC TV News NSW and News 24, 14 March 2014)

Dude, where's my satellite? (TripleJ, 6 March 2014)

For 2013 and earlier coverage click here.


13th Australian Space Science Conference (ASSC)

October 2013

ACSER assisted in organising the 13th Australian Space Science Conference (ASSC), held in Sydney at the University of NSW. This was the seventh ASSC jointly sponsored and organised by the National Committee for Space and Radio Science (NCSS) and the National Space Society of Australia (NSSA), with the support of the Australian Space Research Institute (ASRI). The ASSC is intended to be the primary annual meeting for Australian research relating to space science. It welcomes space scientists, engineers, educators, and workers in Industry and Government.

The scope of the conference covers fundamental and applied research that applies to space technologies, and includes the following:

  • Space science, including space and atmospheric physics, Earth observation and remote sensing from/of space, planetary sciences, astrobiology and life sciences, and space-based astronomy and astrophysics.
  • Space engineering and technology, including communications, navigation, space operations, propulsion, and spacecraft design, testing, and implementation.
  • Space industry
  • Space archaeology
  • Current and future Australian space projects
  • Government, international relations and law
  • Education and outreach, including a dedicated student session.

For more information please visit the 13th Australian Space Science Conference (ASSC) website.

Thomas Cooney has been awarded 2012 VSSEC-NASA Australian Space Prize

May 2013

ACSER's Thomas Cooney has been awarded the 2012 VSSEC-NASA Australian Space Prize, and will be attending the NASA Aeronautics Academy at Ames from the 17th June to the 23rd August this year.

The prize, run by the Victorian Space Science Education Centre, offers an Australian university student the opportunity to attend the NASA Academy programs at NASA Ames Research Centre, and work with a lead scientist or engineer on a current NASA project. The NASA Academy is an intensive, select-entry program that provides recent graduates with access to advanced science and engineering R&D, and an awareness of the complex managerial, political, financial, social, and human issues faced by the current and future aerospace programs.

Thomas' entry was judged on his 4th Year Honours Thesis entitled: "Electronics for L-Band Synthetic Aperture Phased Array Radar" completed at the School of Electrical Engineering at UNSW under Dr Torsten Lehmann as part of the Garada Project at the Australian Centre for Space Engineering Research (ACSER), also at UNSW. After being selected as the "Data Processing and Electronics" category winner, an application was made directly to NASA along with 3 other category winners.

To read more about these stories and other ACSER News click here.

Social Events

ACSER Christmas Party 2013

13 December 2013

The ACSER Christmas Party for 2013 was held at the Coogee Bowling Club, which is a stone throw away from the water with picturesque views of Sydney's East coast beaches. It was a great end to a productive year for ACSER which saw the completion of several key projects and the farewell of a few ACSER staff.

Photos from the event can be viewed from here.

To read more about this social event and other previous social events at ACSER click here.