Professor Stan Skafidas

  • Room: Level: 01 Room: 108
  • Building: Centre for Neural Engineering
  • Campus: Parkville

Research Interests

  • Antenna technology
  • Medical Biotechnology Diagnostics
  • Medical Devices
  • Microelectronics and Integrated Circuits
  • Nanoelectronics


Professor Stan Skafidas, from the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, leads the Melbourne School of Engineering's research in nanoelectronics and is the Director for Centre for Neural Engineering.

Professor Skafidas received a PhD from The University of Melbourne in 1997. Before joining NICTA in 2004, he was Chief Technology Officer at Bandspeed (1998-2004), a company he cofounded, based in Austin Texas, which designed and manufactured semiconductor chipsets for wireless systems and products. At Bandspeed, Professor Skafidas co-invented Adaptive Frequency Hopping – A coexistence technology that allows Bluetooth devices to sense the and avoid radio interference. This technology transformed Bluetooth into the robust and easy to use radio communication medium that it is today. AFH has been incorporated in every Bluetooth product since ver 1.2. In 2014 alone, there were over 3 Billion devices sold incorporating this technology. The Bandspeed company was acquired by multinational semiconductor provider Broadcom Inc.

In 2008, a team led by Professor Skafidas developed the world's first completely integrated 60GHz transceiver on CMOS. This single chip wireless system was able to deliver 5Gbps data rate at cost of approximately $1 whilst being only 5mm x 5mm in size. Professor Skafidas co-founded Nitero, the spin out company formed to commercialise 60GHz technology. Nitero received investment from leading venture funds such as Southern Cross Ventures and US based Austin Ventures. The technology and products based on this technology have been the recipient of multiple industry awards including the 2015 CES Innovation award. The CES Innovation Awards is the premier international annual competition honoring outstanding design and engineering in consumer technology products. Today, this technology, that has both high throughput and low latency, is being used to produce chipsets for wireless virtual reality systems. In March 2017 the Nitero company was acquired by technology multinational Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) and has led to the establishment of AMD's global wireless research and development centre in Australia.

Professor Skafidas has over 300 publications in the fields of nanoelectronics, neural engineering, biosensors and wireless communications. He is listed as an inventor on 28 International patents.

In November 2012, Professor Skafidas was elected as a Fellow to the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE).  Professor Skafidas is recognised for his vision, leadership and major technical accomplishments in industry, research institutions, academia and international standardisation committees. Adaptive frequency-hopping technology that he developed now forms a critical part of the Bluetooth standard and has been incorporated in several billion devices. His research in nano-electronics has advanced the disciplines of wireless communications, single chip radars and medical diagnostic systems.

Recent publications

  1. Wang K, Nirmalathas A, Lim C, Wong E, Alameh K, Li H, Skafidas E. 80 Gb/s free-space reconfigurable optical interconnects with carrierless-amplitude-phase modulation and space- time block code. Optics InfoBase Conference Papers. 2018, Vol. Part F84-OFC 2018. DOI: 10.1364/OFC.2018.M2K.6
  2. Asaduzzaman M, Bakaul M, Skafidas E, Khandokar M. A compact silicon grating coupler based on hollow tapered spot-size converter. SCIENTIFIC REPORTS. Nature Publishing Group. 2018, Vol. 8, Issue 1. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-20875-3
  3. Soraya G, Chan J, Nguyen T, Huynh D, Abeyrathne C, Chana G, Todaro M, Skafidas E, Kwan P. An interdigitated electrode biosensor platform for rapid HLA-B*15:02 genotyping for prevention of drug hypersensitivity. Biosensors and Bioelectronics. Elsevier. 2018, Vol. 111. DOI: 10.1016/j.bios.2018.01.063
  4. Abu-Akel A, Testa R, Jones H, Ross N, Skafidas E, Tonge B, Pantelis C. Attentional set-shifting and social abilities in children with schizotypal and comorbid autism spectrum disorders. AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY. Blackwell Science Asia. 2018, Vol. 52, Issue 1. DOI: 10.1177/0004867417708610
  5. Wang K, Nirmalathas A, Lim C, Wong E, Alameh K, Li H, Skafidas E. Experimental demonstration of a 12.5 Gb/s indoor optical wireless communication system with silicon integrated photonic circuit. Optics InfoBase Conference Papers. 2018, Vol. Part F84-OFC 2018. DOI: 10.1364/OFC.2018.M1F.2
  6. D'Abaco G, Mattei C, Nasr B, Hudson EJ, Alshawaf AJ, Chana G, Everall I, Nayagam B, Dottori M, Skafidas E. Graphene foam as a biocompatible scaffold for culturing human neurons. ROYAL SOCIETY OPEN SCIENCE. The Royal Society Publishing. 2018, Vol. 5, Issue 3. DOI: 10.1098/rsos.171364
  7. Hossain M, Duc HH, Jiang L, Rahman S, Phuong DN, Al-Dirini F, Hossain F, Bahk J-H, Skafidas E. Investigating enhanced thermoelectric performance of graphene-based nano-structures. NANOSCALE. Royal Society of Chemistry. 2018, Vol. 10, Issue 10. DOI: 10.1039/c8nr00134k
  8. Abu-Akel A, Bousman C, Skafidas E, Pantelis C. Mind the prevalence rate: overestimating the clinical utility of psychiatric diagnostic classifiers. PSYCHOLOGICAL MEDICINE. Cambridge University Press. 2018, Vol. 48, Issue 8. DOI: 10.1017/S0033291718000673
  9. Alshawaf A, Viventi S, Qiu W, D'Abaco G, Nayagam B, Erlichster M, Chana G, Everall I, Ivanusic J, Skafidas E, Dottori M. Phenotypic and Functional Characterization of Peripheral Sensory Neurons derived from Human Embryonic Stem Cells. SCIENTIFIC REPORTS. Nature Publishing Group. 2018, Vol. 8, Issue 1. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-19093-0
  10. Erlichster M, Tye-Din J, Varney MD, Skafidas E, Kwan P. Rapid, Loop-Mediated Isothermal Amplification Detection of Celiac Disease Risk Alleles. JOURNAL OF MOLECULAR DIAGNOSTICS. American Society for Investigative Pathology. 2018, Vol. 20, Issue 3. DOI: 10.1016/j.jmoldx.2018.01.005
  11. Nasr B, Chatterton R, Yong J, Jamshidi P, D'Abaco G, Bjorksten AR, Kavehei O, Chana G, Dottori M, Skafidas E. Self-organized nanostructure modified microelectrode for sensitive electrochemical glutamate detection in stem cells-derived brain organoids. Biosensors. MDPI AG. 2018, Vol. 8, Issue 1. DOI: 10.3390/bios8010014
  12. Klopper F, Testa R, Pantelis C, Skafidas E. A cluster analysis exploration of autism spectrum disorder subgroups in children without intellectual disability. RESEARCH IN AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS. Elsevier. 2017, Vol. 36. DOI: 10.1016/j.rasd.2017.01.006
  13. Wang K, Song T, Liang T, Nirmalathas A, Lim C, Alameh K, Skafidas E. A Dual-Infrared-Transmitter Optical Wireless Based Indoor User Localization System with High Accuracy. 2017 OPTICAL FIBER COMMUNICATIONS CONFERENCE AND EXHIBITION (OFC). IEEE. 2017.
  14. Soraya G, Nguyen T, Abeyrathne C, Huynh D, Chan J, Nguyen P, Nasr B, Chana G, Kwan P, Skafidas E. A Label-Free, Quantitative Fecal Hemoglobin Detection Platform for Colorectal Cancer Screening. BIOSENSORS-BASEL. MDPI AG. 2017, Vol. 7, Issue 2. DOI: 10.3390/bios7020019
  15. Yong J, Hassan B, Liang Y, Ganesan K, Rajasekharan Unnithan R, Evans R, Egan G, Kavehei O, Li J, Chana G, Nasr B, Skafidas E. A Silk Fibroin Bio-Transient Solution Processable Memristor. SCIENTIFIC REPORTS. Nature Publishing Group. 2017, Vol. 7, Issue 1. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-15395-5

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