IEEE SA CAES Seminar – Next Generation RF Systems

Dear IEEE members and invited guests,

The next IEEE Control, Aerospace and Electronic Systems (CAES) seminar will be on September 7th, 2020 at 7:30pm (Adelaide time).

The speaker is Mr Brian Reid a Principal Consultant for Southtome Pty Ltd. and they will be presenting a seminar on:

Next Generation RF Systems

Please aim to join the WebEx meeting before hand, so we can start on time.

Event number (access code): 130 798 0452


Waddah Al-Ashwal

IEEE SA CAES Chapter Vice Chair

Next Generation RF Systems

Every major advance in platform or weapons technology over the last 10-20 years has been underpinned by an increasing dependence of these systems on using the EM spectrum for situational awareness, targeting, communicating/networking and navigation. Our ability to deny the use of the spectrum to our potential adversaries while at the same time optimally exploiting the spectrum for our own purposes will have a major influence on the outcome of future conflicts.

This presentation will explore recent advances in system technologies (such as the RF System on a Chip) that will have a major impact on the way that we build and deploy future RF systems and describes what future land vehicle, missile seeker and ISREW systems should and will be capable of. It will also discuss the potential for and the challenges associated with the development of these future systems within Australia to support the ADF. 


Brian Reid, Principal Consultant with Southtome Pty Ltd.

Mr Reid graduated with a degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from the University of Adelaide in 1983. From 1982 to 1993 he worked in DSTO in the area of Microwave Radar developing signal processing hardware and software and was the System Architect and Project Leader for the Australian project which successfully designed, built and demonstrated a high-resolution airborne imaging radar known as the AuSAR radar. This was followed by an 18-month period working with the Canadian Defence R&D Center in Ottawa researching the radar characteristics of sea clutter and, after returning to Australia, he established a group developing models for predicting the detection performance of maritime surveillance radars operating in various sea clutter states. In 1999 he was promoted to the position of Head, ES Systems Group within the Electronic Warfare Division of DST Group where he led a group responsible for performing R&D into Electronic Support Systems technology including the hardware, software, algorithms and control of Radar Warning Receivers, ES systems and ELINT systems. 

In 2005, after a 2 posting to the US in the role of Mission Systems S&T Advisor for the Australian JSF project office, he was promoted into the position of Research Leader, EW Systems Integration where he led a branch of between 40-50 researchers performing R&D into radar and communication EW systems and Electromagnetic Battle Management. Key areas of technology being progressed within this branch include distributed EW, single and multi-ship emitter geolocation techniques, DRFM based Electronic Attack technology development, high fidelity and force level modelling and simulation tool development and Position, Navigation & Timing R&D including Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) countermeasure and EP development. In July 2014 he transferred into the position of Program Leader, Combined Arms Fighting Systems Integration where he developed a DSTO wide program of work supporting the modernisation of the Australian Army with a focus on systems of systems integration. Focus areas in this role included vehicle and force level architectures, active self-protection systems and land based Electronic Warfare. In this role he was also responsible for managing a number of international engagements including the CLASP program with the UK and the TORVICE program with the US. In late 2017 he took on the role of Program Leader High Speed Weapons responsible for establishing a long S&T program covering a range of high-speed weapon related technologies. 

After leaving DST in early 2019, he has worked in Industry providing subject matter expertise in the areas of EW, M&S and software defined radio technology and is currently a Principal Consultant for Southtome Pty Ltd.

Getting Started in AI and Machine Learning

A webinar presented by the Women in Engineering Affinity Group & the Computer Society

Have you ever imagined working in artificial intelligence and machine learning? What educational background, experience and skills do you need? What job opportunities are available? What real-world problems do people solve? How do you get started? It turns out there are many diverse pathways you could follow. 

Please join us on Tuesday July 28 6pm to meet three South Australian women who are currently working in the field, to hear about the work they do, along with their unique stories and insights. 

Register here:

IEEE SA CAES Seminar Recent Experimental Advances in Quantum Radar

Recent Experimental Advances in Quantum Radar

Dear IEEE members and invited guests

The next IEEE Control, Aerospace and Electronic Systems (CAES) seminar will be on August 10th, 2020 at 7:30pm (Adelaide time).

The speaker is Dr Ben Sparkes from the Defence Science and Technology Group and they will be presenting a seminar on:

Recent Experimental Advances in Quantum Radar.

Please aim to join the WebEx meeting before hand, so we can start on time.

Meeting number:130 668 7592scWcN526
Meeting password:pvSscWcN526


Waddah Al-Ashwal

IEEE SA CAES Chapter Vice Chair

Recent Experimental Advances in Quantum Radar

Quantum-based techniques for stand-off imaging and ranging, known collectively as “quantum radar”, have long promised significant improvement over classical radars in areas such as sensitivity, resolution, jamming resistance, and the detection of stealth aircraft. In this talk I will provide an overview of the advantages and disadvantages of different types of potential quantum radar implementations, focusing on several exciting recent experimental implementations.


Ben Sparkes of Defence Science and Technology Group

Ben obtained his PhD from the Australian National University in 2013, where he developed techniques to store and manipulate optical quantum information. He then moved to the University of Melbourne to work on the creation of a cold atom electron and ion source. In 2017 Ben was awarded an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellowship and joined the Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing, University of Adelaide working towards realising a fibre-based optical quantum information network for absolutely-secure communications and next-generation computing. In 2020 Ben joined the Defence Science and Technology Group as a Quantum Technology Researcher, where he is working on projects ranging from compact atomic clocks through to extremely sensitive magnetometers. Other career highlights include spending three months working at Columbia University in New York City in 2019 on a Fulbright Future Scholarship and being named the South Australian Tall Poppy of the Year in 2018.

EMC Virtual Technical Presentation

An Introduction to Electromagnetic Time Reversal and its Applications to Electromagnetic Compatibility

Tuesday 23rd July 2020 | REGISTER HERE

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International Women in Engineering Day 2020


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Life Members Affinity Group Newsletter and Lunch

The IEEE LMAG is pleased to announce the scheduled program for 2019 and the following Partner’s Lunch Meeting:

  • Title: Charles Todd, The Government Electrician
  • Presenter: Richard Venus – Researcher, Illustrator and Forensic Heritologist
  • Date: 5th June 2019
  • Venue: Buckingham Arms.

Download the newsletter by clicking here.

LMAG Site Visit – 03 July 2019

The IEEE Life Members Affinity Group is welcoming all IEEE members to attend the following site visit:

Host: Frank Seeley – Founder and Executive Chairman of Seeley International

Date: Wednesday 3 July 2019

Venue: Seeley International, 112 O’Sullivan Beach Rd, Lonsdale SA 5160.

Download the flyer by clicking here. Registration is required for this event, please download the registration form by clicking here