Prof. Aboutanios obtained his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Technology, Sydney in 2003. Between 2003 and 2007 he was a postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Edinburgh where he worked on space-time adaptive processing (STAP) for radar target detection in heterogeneous environments. In 2007 he joined UNSW Sydney, where he is currently Associate Professor in Signal Processing. His research interests are primarily in Signal detection and Parameter Estimation with applications to various areas including radar, positioning timing and navigation, power systems, and NMR spectroscopy. In radar, he has undertaken significant work on target detection heterogeneous environments where he developed a novel single data set approach for overcoming the degradation in performance by eliminating the need for training data. He then extended this approach to hybrid detection schemes. More recently, he focused on maritime environments where he developed new approaches that yield enhanced detection performance. Prof. Aboutanios has also undertaken research in direction-of-arrival estimation where he made fundamental advances in Fourier-based techniques that can achieve high resolution and hence rival the traditional subspace-based techniques. This is of special significance as the algorithms provide high resolution at a much lower order to computational cost. Most recently, Prof. Aboutanios has made pioneering advances in research on dual-function radar communications systems, in particular in frequency-hopped radar.
Prof. Aboutanios has served as an Associate Editor for IET Signal Processing, IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, and is currently Associate Editor for Digital Signal Processing. He is a member of the IEEE SAM-TC and has been elected as vice-chair of the committee for 2023. He is an active reviewer for TAES and the radar conferences sponsored by the society. He has acted as track chair for both the IEEE Radar Conference (RadarConf) and for the international radar conference. He is also the recipient of the best paper award at the 2022 international radar conference in Edinburgh and his student received the best student paper award at the 2018 radar conference in Brisbane. Prof. Aboutanios has given numerous invited presentations at conferences and universities.