Engineering and Information Sciences


Peter Vial

Current Positions:

Senior Lecturer School of Electrical Computer and Telecommunications Engineering
Member of the Emerging Networks and Applications Laboratory within ICTR
Member of the Engineering and Mathematics Education Research Group


Dr Vial graduated from University of Wollongong with a Bachelor in Electrical Engineering in May 1987. He worked for BHP Slab and Plate Products (now Blue Scope Steel) from 1981 to 1991. He completed a Masters in Telecommunications in 1997 on Congestion control in the presence of propagation delay in Frame Relay Networks. Between 1999 and 2000 he attempted a Diploma of Education specialising in High School Mathematics doing practical school placement at Warrawong and Warilla Public high schools and received his Diploma of Education in December 2000. He worked as an Associate Lecturer from 1992 to 2003. In 2004 he was promoted to Lecturer. He complete a PhD on Space Time Spreading systems applied to Ultra Wideband Time Hopping Pulse Position Modulation dual antenna / single receiver MIMO systems started under Professor Tad Wysocki (who is now at Omha in Nebraska as a full professor) in 2001 and he submitted the PhD under the supervision of Dr David Stirling and Dr Montse Ros, submitting in Feburary 2009. He graduated with a PhD on the 24th July 2009, with one of his PhD reviewers suggesting that his PhD was one of the better dissertations he had read. He now has two PhD students who he is principal supervisor working in 60GHz cellular networks and UWB channel measurements in different substances He is also co-supervising other PhD students. He has lectured in electrical circuit theory, internet technology, telecommunications queuing theory, network management (SNMPv3), electronics, wireless communications, stochastic systems, Java real time and telecommunications systems, and digital signal processing. He has developed various engineering laboratories in embedded internet systems, electronics, internet technology, and digital signal processing. He has supervised multiple Masters by research students to completion on the applications that included wireless communications using Simulink and network management modeling applied to customer satisfaction measures using ARENA. In January 2016 he was appointed Senior Lecturer and continues in that position.

Research Interests:

Current Research interests of Peter Vial include:
1) Network Management protocols (eg SNMPv3) and applications especially related to wireless networks and next generation systems (LTE, WiMax, 3G/4G /5Gsystems).
2) Ultra Wideband SISO and MIMO systems in presence of MAI, development of network management tools and relationships between the network and physical layer models in the internet .
3) Software Defined Radio test bed and applications for narrow and wideband wireless communication systems.
4) Embedded Internet systems and applications of wireless and physical layer interfaces to such systems (eg TINI/SNAP/JINI, Soccer Robot controlled over internet, portable desalination units, Arduino's with Ethernet etc..).
5) Security of wireless systems and encryption (investigation of how to do this efficiently over a wireless interface).
6) Modeling of telecommunications wireless systems and internet systems using various modeling languages such as C/C++, Java, MATLAB/Simulink, and ARENA.
7) Educational learning models and use of remote delivery of educational services (such as remote laboratory over the internet).
8) ISPs and delivery of Quality of Service internet models concentrating not just on efficiency but also on the satisfaction of telecommunications users.
9) Gallagher (sparse) and Turbo codes applied to different physical layer wireless interfaces such as wideband CDMA and Ultra Wideband Pulse Position Modulation Time Hopping systems and the effect and mitigation against Multiple Access Interference.
10) Resonance and micro-energy systems.
11) DTN and/or Adhoc Networks and/or Software Defined Radio systems
12) Spreading sequence pairs and orthogonality.
13) Ultra Wideband Channel Wireless coefficients through gaseous and liquid mediums.
14) Internet of Things devices as developed in project subjects and in development of home applications such as an automated intelligent medication dispenser.
15) Use of Brainwave measuring headsets to control devices such as drones or used for reading and writing statements.
16) Simulation of NBN technologies used in the multimode access developments specifically in Australia.
17) Video image identification technologies applied to medical diagnosis systems
18) Development of autonomous drones.

Professional Activities:

Senior Member of IEEE, Member of APESMA

Research Students

  • Qasim Al-Shebani : A Low complexity nearly Loss Less Image Compression System for Capsule Endoscopy
  • Brendan Halloran : Distributed Computer Vision Algorithms for UAV Swarms with On-board Vision Processing