Personal profile


Dr. Nemai Karmakar (PhD(ITEE), MHEd, MSc(EE), MSc(EEE), PGDipTHE, BSc (EEE)) works in the Faculty of Engineering at Monash University as an Associate Profession within the department of Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering (ECSE).

He is the Director, Monash Microwave, Antenna, RFID and Sensor Laboratory (MMARS), Director, ECSE External Industry Engagement Committee, ECSE Discipline Coordinator Continuous Professional Development (CDP), ECSE Discipline Coordinator ENG5006 Research Practice; ECSE Coordinator ECSE ENG5006 Research Methods; Coordinator TRC3500 Sensors and Artificial Perception; Senior Member of IEEE (1999), P-ENG and Graduate Member of IEAust.  


He obtained the B.Sc (EEE) and M.Sc (EEE) from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka in 1987 and 1989 respectively, the M.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada in 1991, the PhD degree from the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia in 1999, Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching in Higher Education (PGDipTHE) from The National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore in 2001 and Master in Higher Education (MHEd) from Griffith University in 2007. His PhD thesis work concerned the area of the switched beam and phased array antennas for mobile satellite communications. His PhD work was one of the most significant findings at The University of Queensland in 1998 and published in UQ NEWS and the national media such as ABC Radio and Canberra Times. His PhD work was elected the third best student paper in the 1997 Asia Pacific Microwave Conference held in Hong Kong.

From 1989 to 1990, he worked as an Assistant Engineer in Electronics Institute, Atomic Energy Research Establishment, Dhaka, Bangladesh. In August 1990, he was a Research Assistant at the Communications Research Group, University of Saskatchewan, Canada. From 1992 to 1995 he worked as a Microwave Design Engineer at Mitec Ltd., Brisbane, Australia where he contributed to the development of land mobile satellite antennas for the Australian Mobilesat. Hundreds of these antennas were sold to Queensland Rails for Optus Mobilesat communications. From 1995 to 1996 he taught final year courses on Microwaves and Antenna Technologies at Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia. From September 1998 to March 1999 he worked as a research engineer within the Radar Laboratory, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. From March 1999 to July 2004 he was an Assistant Professor and Graduate Advisor in the Division of Communications Engineering, the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. From July 2004 to December 2010 he was a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering (ECSE), Monash University, Clayton, Australia. Currently, he is holding Associate Professor and Director of Monash Microwave, Antenna, RFID and Sensor (MMARS) Laboratory within ECSE, Monash University


He leads a world-class research team of approximately 22 research staff comprised of 16 PhD students, PDFs and RAs. He has national and international researchcollaborations with many Australian and overseas organisations such as MIT Auto-ID Lab and Xerox PERC, USA. 

Research interests

A/prof. Dr. Karmakar is the world leader of chipless RFID and publishes profusely in the field. His research interests cover areas such as RFID, IoT, smart antennas for mobile and satellite communications, EBG assisted RF devices, planar phased array antennas, broadband microstrip antennas and arrays, beamforming networks, near-field/far-field antenna measurements, microwave device modelling, monostatic and bistatic radars and microwave biomedical engineering. He has published referred twelve books, thirty-seven book chapters, 138 refereed journal and 235 conference papers, thirteen provisional patent applications, ten workshop notes, and five technical reports. He is a member of editorial boards for a number of international journals. His biography has been included (by invitation) in Marquis Who’s Who in Science and Technology 2002-2003, 2004-2005, 2005-2006 edition as a pioneer in planar phased arrays. He is a senior member of IEEE since 1999.

Supervision interests

Chipless RFID, Smart antennas for 5G and Beyond communications, MIMO signal processing, Microwave Biomedical Engineering, Microwave and mm-wave technology, RF in precision agriculture, microwave remote sensing technology, Printed Electronics and nano-fabrication for chipless RFID, Machine learning for wireless communications, chipless RFID security, Li-Fi Technology. Fully printable RFID sensors, smart materials fabrication and characterisation in microwave bands, wireless sensors for smart grid, radar systems, MMIC (GaAs, GaN) phase shifters, smart antenna signal processings

Monash teaching commitment

Coordinator and Chief Examiner, ECE4122 Advanced Electromagnetics

Coordinator and Chief Examiner, ECE5122 Advanced Electromagnetics, 

ECSE Discipline Coordinator, Continuous Professional Development (CPD)

ECSE Discipline Coordinator, ENG5006 Research Practice 

ECSE Coordinator, ECSE ENG5006 Research Methods

Coordinator and Chief Examiner, TRC3500 Sensors and Artificial Perception



Smart Antennas

Defence Science


Community service

President, Bengali Puja and Cultural Society of Victoria (BPCSV)

Editorial Board Member, Guest Editor, Special Session Organisor, Invited Lecturer, Reviewer, OZReader of ARC Research Grants Applications. 

University Service

Mentor for ECRs

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

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