Our people

The Cybernetics Group is a multidisciplinary team of experts. With over 30 people, the team is comprised of Research Scientists, Post-Doctoral Fellows, Engineers, PhD & Masters Students and Industrial Trainees, Honour Students and Vacation Scholars.

The Group is distributed across two key teams: Microsystems and Communications & Signal Processing.

Dr Wei Ni, Principal Research Scientist | Group Leader for the Cybernetics Group

Wei Ni was awarded BE and Ph.D. degrees in Electronics Engineering in 2000 and 2005, respectively, both from Fudan University, Shanghai, China. He is a Principal Research Scientist in Cybernetics Group, CSIRO. He is also an Adjunct professor at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and an Honorary professor at Macquarie University (MQ). He was a Senior Researcher at Nokia Devices R&D (Jan 2008 – March 2009), and a Deputy Project Manager at Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs (Jan 2005 – Dec 2007).  

Wei has published over 150 journal papers and over 70 conference papers. He has also created 25 patents and 10 accepted IEEE standard proposals. His research interest includes stochastic optimization, reinforcement learning, game theory, and their applications to the integrity and efficiency of Cyber-Physical Systems. 

Wei serves as the Chair of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society (VTS) NSW chapter since 2020 and an Editor of IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications since 2018, served as the Secretary and Vice Chair of the IEEE VTS NSW chapter (2015 – 2018), Editorial Board Member for Hindawi Journal of Engineering (2012 – 2015), Track Chair of VTC2017-spring, Track Co-chair of VTC2016-spring, Publication Chair of BodyNet 2015, and Student Travel Grant Chair of WPMC 2014. He is a Senior Member of IEEE.  

Ms Jan Ellis, Site Coordinator

Jan Ellis has been with CSIRO since 1987 and has performed many and varied Administrative roles. Her current role is Sandy Bay site coordinator for Data61, Deputy Site Leader, and support to the Cybernetics Group.


  • Robert van Coppenhagen – Joint Venture
  • Chau Raymee – Joint Venture
  • Peng Cheng – Visiting Scientist
  • Stephen Hanly – Visiting Scientist


Microsystems Team

Mr Peter Marendy, Senior Engineer | Microsystems Team Leader

Peter Marendy holds a Bachelor of Computing (Hons) at James Cook University. Following the completion of his Honours degree, Peter worked as a contract programmer developing video analysis software. Peter was also involved in the Hands on Universe Project (HOU) which is based at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, University of California (Berkeley).

Peter has worked as a Software Engineer on a number of projects and he was recently working on the VizzzBees project (Data61) which is working towards producing a visual analytics platform for large and varied data sets. Peter is working with the “Bees with Backpacks”, the Global Initiative for Honey bee Health, and the Probing Biosystems Future Science Platform – Implantables projects.

In addition to Peter’s project work, he was the Tasmanian representative for the ICT Centre Project Management Working Group and he also fills the role of Student Coordinator for Data61 in Hobart, facilitating and supporting any student-based programs.

Peter is currently undertaking a part-time PhD in addition to his CSIRO duties that is looking to utilise context and data analytics to provide reasoning over both legacy and streaming sensor data.

Dr Umut Guvenc, Research Scientist – Microsystems Team 

Umut is an Electronics Engineer with a Ph.D. degree who specializes in Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) design with more than ten years of experience.

His professional career involves a commitment to governmental scientific and industrial research organisations. Umut has participated in high impact projects in the field of cryptography and he has implemented algorithms with a strong concern in information security.

Umut has also developed countermeasures against possible security threats at different levels and he gained experience in RTL coding for both ASIC and FPGA implementations by carrying on complex SoC designs to certified final products.

Dr Mohsen Radfar, Research Scientist – Microsystems Team 

Mohsen Radfar received Bachelor’s degree in Applied Mathematics/Computer Hardware from Mashhad University of Ferdowsi, Mashhad, Iran in 2004 and Master’s degree in Computer Architecture Engineering from Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran in 2008. He received his PhD in Electronics Engineering from La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia in 2014. Currently he is a research scientist in the Microsystems team, Cybernetics group, Data61, and an honorary research fellow in La Trobe University, Melbourne.

Prior to joining CSIRO, he was a research fellow at the Centre for Technology Infusion, La Trobe University (2014-2019) contributing to commercial mixed signal and RF ASIC projects as a team leader, researcher and R&D projects on smart sensor networks and AI IoT implementations as a data scientist, and supervising PhD and Master students.

He was also a visiting scholar at Purdue University, IN, for 6 months studying neuromorphic spintronic circuits and stochastic processing using nanomagnets.

He is the recipient of RFA grant from La Trobe University that led to development of an ultra-low power battery management technique, and Endeavour Postdoctoral Research grant from government to support his research into neuromorphic circuits.

His research interests are novel computing architectures (such as neuromorphic and stochastic processing), micro/nano-electronic ASIC design as well as hardware (ASIC/FPGA) accelerated AI systems for ultra-low power applications and sensory systems.

He is also serving as a reviewer for various journals such as IEEE Access and IEEE Transactions on Very Large Scale Integration Systems.

Mr Alija Kajan, Senior Engineer – Microsystems Team 

Alija Kajan is Senior Research Engineer based in Sydney, Australia. He received B.E. degree from University of Sarajevo (Department of Electrical Engineering) in 1983. After his 5-year career as radio engineer with former Yugoslavia giant “Energoinvest”, he joined “Alcatel” in Sydney in 1989. Shortly after that he joined Sydney University School of Electrical Engineering where he received M.E.(RES) in 1993 with thesis “High-speed DSP Based Modems for Data Transmission Over Telephone Lines”.

After a brief period of time spent with “Aussat” working in the area of mobile satellite communications he joined CSIRO in 1992. His work includes satellite communications, radio-propagation, remote patient monitoring using wireless technologies and wireless tracking and sensing.

Mr Joseph Pathikulangara, Senior Engineer – Microsystems Team 

After graduation in 1984, until 1995, Joseph was with the Defence Research and Development Organisation in India developing Command, Control and Communication Systems for Missile and EW projects with a break in between to do M.Tech.

He joined CSIRO in 1995, engaged in the development of Signal Processors and Software Defined Radios in various forms and shapes for several projects and application spaces. He has also been involved in the Development of Hardware, Embedded Software, Interfaces to the PC and Windows, Device Drivers for several Data Acquisition, Signal Generation, Instrumentation and Controller oriented projects.

Presently, in addition to projects he is a key person developing specialist expertise in leading-edge Digital Techniques, Signal Processing and FPGA technologies, maintaining flexible and configurable/programmable building blocks that can be rapidly adapted to provide quick engineering solutions.

Mr Mark De Alwis, Senior Engineer – Microsystems Team 

Mark De Alwis is a senior engineer with over twenty years of experience. He is a graduate of Purdue University, Indiana USA where he earned his BSEE.

In the initial nine years of his professional career, he worked in the Silicon Valley, California for two global corporations REMEC and Filtronic. He was later relocated by Filtronic to the UK where he spent five years working as a senior applications engineer at Fitronic’s state of the art GaAs foundry at Newton Aycliffe in the county of Durham UK. One year after Filtornic sold their foundry to US based RFMD and following the GFC Mark moved to Australia where he took up his current role at CSIRO

Mr Nipun Bhaskar, Senior Engineer – Microsystems Team 

Nipun completed his B.E Degree in Electronics Engineering in 2003, and M.E in Microelectronics in 2005 from RMIT Melbourne and has 8-years of experience consistently delivering on various cutting-edge science projects.

He is a nationally recognized firmware architect, a specialist in implementing real-time digital baseband transceivers on FPGA platform for novel wireless technologies. Carrying on his previous experience working with Australia’s largest and most reputable research labs like NICTA and NEC, Nipun has been a significant contributor to the award-winning world’s first & breakthrough CSIRO Ngara technologies.

Nipun has been leading the firmware development component of various scientific research projects (both in-house and industrial) supporting delivery on the strategic goals set by the division. He has been instrumental in supporting the activities around the NGARA commercialization. He has been creatively working together with the team in the development of new technologies for existing and potential clients. Nipun has also been working closely with his project leaders in managing the timely delivery of the project milestones to foster research collaboration with the industry. He has been managing the acceptance of firmware from external vendors and overseas contractors. He has been actively involved to introduce the research team with the latest software development & project management tools available to enhance the productivity of the projects.

Nipun is enthusiastic about new technologies & motivated to contribute towards CSIRO’s objectives in achieving national goals. He has been serving the scientific community to facilitate networking and promote CSIRO brand.


Communications and Signal Processing Team


Dr Hajime Suzuki, Principal Research Scientist | Communications and Signal Processing Team Leader

Hajime received B.E. and M.E. from the University of Electro-Communications, Tokyo, Japan in 1993 and 1995, and PhD from the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia in 1999. Hajime has been working for CSIRO at the Radiophysics Laboratory in Marsfield since 1999. He was employed initially as a Research Scientist and was promoted to a Senior Research Scientist in 2003 and to a Principal Research Scientist in 2010.

Hajime was the Group Leader of the Communication Systems Group in Cyber-Physical Systems Program under Data61 leading approx 30 researchers from 2014 to 2017. Hajime belongs to the Division of Telecommunications and Industrial Physics from 1999 to 2003, to ICT Centre from 2003 to 20013, to Division of Computational Informatics from 2013 to 2014, to Digital Productivity and Services Flagship from 2014 to 2015, and currently to Data61.

From 2002 to present, he has been a project leader of various internally and externally funded projects delivering outcomes, including the Ngara Rural Broadband Access project ($8.7M for 2.5 years), Ngara at Macquarie University project ($1.5M for 2.5 years), and advanced public safety communication project ($2.0M for 2 years). From 2001 to 2005, he has served as the Chairman of the Subgroup 3K-3 on indoor and short-range propagation under the International Telecommunication Union Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R), an agency of the United Nations. He is currently the Vice-Chairman of Working Party 3K on point-to-area propagation. Hajime has published 17 journal papers and 68 conference papers and delivered 25 invited talks.

Dr Shenghong Li, Senior Research Scientist – Communications and Signal Processing Team 

Shenghong Li received the B.S. degree in communication engineering from Nanjing University, Nanjing, Jiangsu, China, in 2008, and the Ph.D. degree in electronic and computer engineering from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), Hong Kong, in 2014, respectively.

He joined CSIRO as an OCE postdoctoral fellow in 2014 and has been a research scientist with the Communications and Signal Processing team since 2017. His research interests include wireless tracking, cooperative localization, data fusion in localization systems, and wireless communication. Shenghong has published 9 journal papers and 10 conference papers. He received two best paper awards on wireless tracking.

Dr Xin Yuan, Research Scientist – Communications and Signal Processing Team

Xin Yuan received the B.E. degree from Taiyuan University of Technology, Shanxi, China, in 2013, and dual Ph.D. degrees from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications (BUPT), Beijing, China, and University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Sydney, Australia, in 2019 and 2020, respectively. She was a postdoctoral researcher in UTS from 2019 to 2020. Xin joined CSIRO as a Research Scientist with the Communications and Signal Processing team in 2020.

Her research interests include the performance optimization and analysis of mobile platforms from an information-theoretic aspect, the autonomous navigation and secure communication of the platforms, waveform signal design for joint communication and radio sensing, and trusted federated learning of distributed mobile platforms with restrictive resources.

She has served as a reviewer for many high-impact journals, such as IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, IEEE Transactions on Communications, and IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology. She also served on the Technical Program Committee (TPC) for IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC 2018).

Dr Chang Sung, Research Scientist – Communications and Signal Processing Team 

Chang Kyung Sung received his B.S. (Cum Laude) and M.S. degrees in computer science and engineering from Sogang University, Seoul, Korea, in 1994 and 1997, respectively, and Ph.D. degree in radio science and engineering from Korea University, Seoul, Korea in 2007. Currently he is a research scientist of Wireless and Networking Laboratory at the Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).

Prior to joining CSIRO, he was a senior engineer at Samsung Electronics (1997-2008) and contributed to the world first commercial deployment of CDMA, CDMA 2000 1x, CDMA 2000 EVDO and mobile WiMAX; a visiting professor of Korea University (2007-2009).

His research interests are in the area of multiuser MIMO systems, wireless ad-hoc (sensor) networks, wireless localisation, and machine learning for cognitive radio.

Sung served as a member of the Technical Program Committee for IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference (WCNC) 2010, IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC) 2016-2017, and IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC) 2015-2017. He served an editor of Journal of Communications and Information Science and a board member of Korean Convergence Software Society.

Dr Mark Johnson, Senior Engineer – Communications and Signal Processing Team 

Mark is a senior research engineer based at Marsfield in Sydney. He received a B.Sc degree, majoring in pure mathematics and physics, and a B.E. (Electrical) degree with first-class honours, both from the University of Sydney. He worked in research support roles for the Department of Electrical Engineering on optical fibre transmission, image and signal processing, and VLSI design and testing, before commencing a part-time Ph.D., in the field of urban spread spectrum signal processing. During that period, he also worked as a senior hardware engineer for a start-up company, Global Tracking Systems, designing hardware and algorithms for a real-time positioning system for vehicle tracking. On return to the university he worked as a lecturer, teaching in the areas of circuit theory, electronics, semiconductor physics, and communication statistics, also completing the Ph.D.

After joining CSIRO, Mark worked on custom GaAs/InGaP HBT design and modelling to develop integrated 30 GHz circuits for the Broadband Wireless Access project and holds a joint patent for ideas developed in that project. At a later period, he continued related work as a senior research engineer for the start-up Epitactix Pty Ltd. Other projects at CSIRO included developing subsystems and concepts for a joint NASA CSIRO project for future aerospace vehicles, and an internal Ka band VSAT system.

Mark’s current work is mostly in the area of system design and analysis for localisation systems. This has included the WASP system which is used in commercial mining operations. Other work has been in the areas of inertial navigation, through rock communications, and micro sensing applications. During the period at CSIRO he has presented an external digital communications course for Sydney University and an invited lecture for Macquarie University, and supervised more than a dozen undergraduate student projects and coordinated the local site vacation scholarship presentations.

Dr David Abbott, Senior Research Engineer – Communications and Signal Processing Team 

David Abbott holds a Ph.D. in the field of radio astronomical signal processing. He is a Senior Research Engineer in CSIRO. His expertise include achieving reliable wireless communications in unstructured, ad-hoc, and hostile scenarios, and sensing, tracking and localisation from wireless observations.


  • Kai Wu – Postgraduate
  • Chenshan Margaret Ren – Postgraduate
  • Zhaohui Luo – Postgraduate
  • Baoling Shan – Postgraduate
  • Yulong Tang – Postgraduate
  • Lingfei Hu – Postgraduate
  • Dongwen Yang – Postgraduate
  • Jingwei Liu – Postgraduate
  • Yingjie Xu – Postgraduate
  • Muna Al-Hawawreh – Postgraduate
  • Gio Miguel Bayabos – Industrial Trainee
  • Patrick Vout – Industrial Trainee
  • Bailey Murzecki-Hince – Industrial Trainee