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Safaei, Farzad Professor

Chair of Telecommunications Engineering

  • Coordinator - Emerging Networks & Applications Research Laboratory
  • Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences
  • School of Electrical, Computer and Telecommunications Engineering
  • Coordinator - ICT Research Institute

Overview


Farzad Safaei graduated from the University of Western Australia with the degree of Bachelor of Engineering (Electronics) and obtained a PhD in Telecommunications Engineering from Monash University, Australia. Currently he is a Professor of Telecommunications Engineering at the University of Wollongong. Before joining the University of Wollongong, Professor Safaei was the Manager of Internetworking Architecture and Services Section in Telstra Research Laboratories.

Professor Safaei's achievements with respect to research commercialisation include:

Founder and CEO, iSee Video Collaboration Pty Ltd (iseevc.com) specializing in scalable multiparty video communications.
Co-founder of Spatial Voice Corp specialising in 3D voice communication technology, acquired by Dolby corporation in 2007.

Professor Safaei has received the following awards:

Winner of NSW top award in ICT R&D in 2012.
Winner of Australian National iAwards in R&D category, which is the top award in Australia for ICT innovation 2012.
Winner of Asia Pacific ICT Awards (APICTA) in ICT R&D amongst 14 participating nations from the Asia Pacific region for development of iSee video collaboration technology.
Recipient of a Medal of Honour from Telstra for his contribution to the design of Telstra’s Internet infrastructure.

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • Multimedia Communications, immersive multimedia, free viewpoint TV, information theory, advanced communication technology, body area networks, smart garments

Available as Research Supervisor

Selected Publications


Investigator On


Impact Story


  • <p>Customers buying the finest wool-based clothing can confirm they’re getting what they paid for, thanks to technology developed by University of Wollongong (UOW) researchers, with the support of the NSW Government.</p><p>Mittagong-based Bluey Merino has developed a Near Field Communications (NFC) label with the University to incorporate in its range of active and outdoor wear made with the softest rare grade, super-fine merino wool. Customers can scan the label with their mobile phones to confirm the origin of the wool in their new garment.</p><p>Bluey Merino worked with the University of Wollongong as part of the NSW Government’s $18 million <a href="http://www.industry.nsw.gov.au/business-and-industry-in-nsw" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Boosting Business Innovation Program</a> to open up university research centres to local companies.</p><p>“This is an outstanding example of a local company working with our university sector through the Boost program to deliver a true ‘value-add’ for our regional primary industry sector,” Deputy Premier and Minister for Industry John Barilaro said.</p><p>“Throughout the world NSW products are renowned for their high quality so it’s critical that we guard against their counterfeiting with technology that guarantees their provenance.<br /><a href="https://www.uow.edu.au/media/2019/uow-developed-wearable-tech-to-beat-foreign-fakes.php" title=" UOW developed wearable tech to beat foreign fakes" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Researchers work with Mittagong company to develop counterfeit-proof garments</a></p><p><br />UOW research lead Dr <a href="display/javad_foroughi" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Javad Foroughi</a> said, “It has been a pleasure to collaborate with Andrew and to apply breakthrough research to real world problems. It also gave the PhD students a chance to interact with industry.”</p><p>Bluey Merino’s next step is to develop body-sensing capabilities within their garments to monitor the wearer’s vitals such as blood pressure and temperature, with applications in fields including athletics, defence, healthcare and aged care.</p><p>The Boosting Business Innovation Program connects the state’s businesses with the NSW university sector’s research and testing capabilities, helping push the development of new products and services and further strengthening the NSW economy.</p>
  • <p>Over a period of 12 years (2004 - 2016), Farzad made significant contributions to the field of immersive multimedia services and its large-scale delivery over the Internet. These efforts resulted in two commercial products.</p><p>The first was a multi-party voice communication system, which was the outcome of four years of research and development (R&D led by Farzad.  The project, resulted in important intellectual property, protected by four international patents. The research prototype underwent a number of successful user evaluations and was  launched as a commercial product in 2006 through a start up company, called Spatial Voice Pty Ltd (SVC). The start up was later acquired by Dolby Digital, the world leader in spatial audio technology. The product has been released under the brand name of Dolby Voice and is a worldwide success. The market success of this product has resulted in recruitment of a team of 40 in Dolby labs in Sydney.</p><p>Next, Farzad continued and extended the research focusing on a multi-party video conferencing system, which enables a large number of people - tens or hundreds - to effortlessly meet within a virtual space. This product was released under the trademark of iSee. Farzad initiated and led the research project that investigated the major challenges in scalable delivery of video services. These included advanced methods for video coding and distribution, as well as adjustment of video quality in response to user perceptions. The resulting intellectual property is protected by four international patents. In 2012, iSee was the winner of NSW iAwards and the Australian National iAwards in the R&D category, and then representing Australia in Asia Pacific ICT Awards (APICTA) won the top place in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) R&D amongst 14 participating nations from the Asia Pacific region.</p>The start up company, called iSee Video Collaboration Technology Pty Ltd, was launched in 2013. In 2012, iSee was highlighted as a potential disruptive technology during the launch of the NBN by the Prime Minister of Australia in Tasmania. During this event, the Prime Minister and the Minister of communications used iSee to talk to a group of Sydney primary schools students in a virtual classroom.

Available as Research Supervisor

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy In-Band Full Duplex Communications for Cooperative Wireless Networks Li, Jiaman
    Master of Philosophy Sensor Localization using WBAN Channel Properties Yang, Zanru
    Doctor of Philosophy Light Field Acquisition for Free-viewpoint Video. FU, Shichao

Keywords


  • telecommunication-engineering, electronics-engineering, multimedia-communications, immersive-multimedia, free-viewpoint-tv, information-theory, advanced-communication-technology, body-area-networks, smart-garments

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • Multimedia Communications, immersive multimedia, free viewpoint TV, information theory, advanced communication technology, body area networks, smart garments

Selected Publications


Investigator On


Impact Story


  • <p>Customers buying the finest wool-based clothing can confirm they’re getting what they paid for, thanks to technology developed by University of Wollongong (UOW) researchers, with the support of the NSW Government.</p><p>Mittagong-based Bluey Merino has developed a Near Field Communications (NFC) label with the University to incorporate in its range of active and outdoor wear made with the softest rare grade, super-fine merino wool. Customers can scan the label with their mobile phones to confirm the origin of the wool in their new garment.</p><p>Bluey Merino worked with the University of Wollongong as part of the NSW Government’s $18 million <a href="http://www.industry.nsw.gov.au/business-and-industry-in-nsw" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Boosting Business Innovation Program</a> to open up university research centres to local companies.</p><p>“This is an outstanding example of a local company working with our university sector through the Boost program to deliver a true ‘value-add’ for our regional primary industry sector,” Deputy Premier and Minister for Industry John Barilaro said.</p><p>“Throughout the world NSW products are renowned for their high quality so it’s critical that we guard against their counterfeiting with technology that guarantees their provenance.<br /><a href="https://www.uow.edu.au/media/2019/uow-developed-wearable-tech-to-beat-foreign-fakes.php" title=" UOW developed wearable tech to beat foreign fakes" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Researchers work with Mittagong company to develop counterfeit-proof garments</a></p><p><br />UOW research lead Dr <a href="display/javad_foroughi" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Javad Foroughi</a> said, “It has been a pleasure to collaborate with Andrew and to apply breakthrough research to real world problems. It also gave the PhD students a chance to interact with industry.”</p><p>Bluey Merino’s next step is to develop body-sensing capabilities within their garments to monitor the wearer’s vitals such as blood pressure and temperature, with applications in fields including athletics, defence, healthcare and aged care.</p><p>The Boosting Business Innovation Program connects the state’s businesses with the NSW university sector’s research and testing capabilities, helping push the development of new products and services and further strengthening the NSW economy.</p>
  • <p>Over a period of 12 years (2004 - 2016), Farzad made significant contributions to the field of immersive multimedia services and its large-scale delivery over the Internet. These efforts resulted in two commercial products.</p><p>The first was a multi-party voice communication system, which was the outcome of four years of research and development (R&D led by Farzad.  The project, resulted in important intellectual property, protected by four international patents. The research prototype underwent a number of successful user evaluations and was  launched as a commercial product in 2006 through a start up company, called Spatial Voice Pty Ltd (SVC). The start up was later acquired by Dolby Digital, the world leader in spatial audio technology. The product has been released under the brand name of Dolby Voice and is a worldwide success. The market success of this product has resulted in recruitment of a team of 40 in Dolby labs in Sydney.</p><p>Next, Farzad continued and extended the research focusing on a multi-party video conferencing system, which enables a large number of people - tens or hundreds - to effortlessly meet within a virtual space. This product was released under the trademark of iSee. Farzad initiated and led the research project that investigated the major challenges in scalable delivery of video services. These included advanced methods for video coding and distribution, as well as adjustment of video quality in response to user perceptions. The resulting intellectual property is protected by four international patents. In 2012, iSee was the winner of NSW iAwards and the Australian National iAwards in the R&D category, and then representing Australia in Asia Pacific ICT Awards (APICTA) won the top place in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) R&D amongst 14 participating nations from the Asia Pacific region.</p>The start up company, called iSee Video Collaboration Technology Pty Ltd, was launched in 2013. In 2012, iSee was highlighted as a potential disruptive technology during the launch of the NBN by the Prime Minister of Australia in Tasmania. During this event, the Prime Minister and the Minister of communications used iSee to talk to a group of Sydney primary schools students in a virtual classroom.

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy In-Band Full Duplex Communications for Cooperative Wireless Networks Li, Jiaman
    Master of Philosophy Sensor Localization using WBAN Channel Properties Yang, Zanru
    Doctor of Philosophy Light Field Acquisition for Free-viewpoint Video. FU, Shichao

Keywords


  • telecommunication-engineering, electronics-engineering, multimedia-communications, immersive-multimedia, free-viewpoint-tv, information-theory, advanced-communication-technology, body-area-networks, smart-garments
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