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Rajendran Parthiban completed his Bachelor of Engineering with first class honours in 1997, and his PhD in optical networks in 2004 from the University of Melbourne, Australia. He worked at Akbar Brothers Pvt. Ltd. (Sri Lanka) from 1998 to 2000, where he computerized many of the company functions. In 2004, he joined the ARC Special Research Centre for Ultra-Broadband Information Networks (CUBIN) at the University of Melbourne. In CUBIN, he conducted research in developing new and cost-effective optical network architectures for carrying future Internet traffic. He joined as a lecturer at the School of Engineering in Monash University Malaysia in 2006, where he served as the Chair of Photonics, Semiconductor and Communications Technology Research Strength and the Discipline Head of the Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering from July 2009 to July 2010. He also served as the Deputy Head of School of the School of Information Technology from August 2014 to June 2021. He was appointed as the Deputy Head of School (Education) of the School of Engineering in August 2010. He was also a Professor at the same school until July 2022. He has now moved to Monash Australia and is currently the Associate Dean (Education) of the Faculty of Engineering. He has experience in teaching five undergraduate and one postgraduate  subjects. He has achieved exceptional unit evaluation scores for subjects taught. His research interests are in optical networks, visible light communications, vehicular communication, Internet of Things and engineering education. He has over 90 journal and conference publications. He obtained external grants worth over A$800k. Fifteen PhD and two Master students have completed their studies under his supervision. He is a member of Engineers Australia (EA)  and a senior member of Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (IEEE) and Optica (formerly known as the Optical Society of America (OSA)).

Research interests

  • Optical Networks
  • Visible Light Communication
  • Vehicular Communication
  • Internet of Things
  • VR/AR in Education

Monash teaching commitment

  • ECE4122 Advanced Electromagnetics (2017 - present)
  • ECE6885 Energy Efficient Lighting (2017 - 2018)
  • ECE5885 Energy Efficient Lighting (2016 - 2018)
  • TRC4801 Digital Communication (2007 - 2010)
  • ECE4044 Telecommunication Protocols (2008 - 2013)
  • ECE4045 Network Performance (2007 - 2014)
  • ECE4604 Large Scale Digital Design (2007)
  • ECE4414 Performance of Telecommunication Networks (2006 - 2007)
  • ECE3022 Wireless and Guided Electromagnetics (2007 - 2016)
  • ECE3202 Electromagnetic Propagation (2006)
  • ECE2041 Telecommunications (2006 - 2011)
  • ENG1030 Electrical Systems (2012)

Education/Academic qualification

Higher Education, Graduate Certificate, MONASH UNIVERSITY

1 Jul 200830 Jun 2010

Award Date: 17 Oct 2013

Optical Networks, Doctor of Philosophy, University of Melbourne

1 Sep 200030 Jun 2004

Award Date: 25 Aug 2004

Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Bachelor (First Class), University of Melbourne

3 Jan 199430 Nov 1997

Award Date: 18 Dec 1997

Research area keywords

  • Optical Networks
  • Visible Light Communication
  • Vehicular Communication
  • Internet of Things
  • VR/AR in Education


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