Derek Abbott

Derek Abbott

Derek Abbott (M’85–SM’99–F’05) was born in South Kensington, London, U.K., in 1960. He received the B.Sc. (Hons.) degree in physics from Loughborough University, Leicestershire, U.K., in 1982, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical and electronic engineering from The University of Adelaide, Adelaide, SA, Australia, in 1995, under the supervision of K. Eshraghian and B. R. Davis. From 1978 to 1986, he was a Research Engineer with the GEC Hirst Research Centre, London, U.K. From 1986 to 1987, he was a VLSI Design Engineer with Austek Microsystems, Australia. Since 1987, he has been with The University of Adelaide, where he is currently a Full Professor with the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. He coedited the book Quantum Aspects of Life (London, U.K.: Imperial College Press, 2008), co-authored Stochastic Resonance (Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press, 2012), and co-authored Terahertz Imaging for Biomedical Applications, (New York, NY, USA: Springer-Verlag, 2012). He holds over 1000 publications/patents and has been an invited speaker at over 100 institutions. His interests are in the areas of multidisciplinary physics and electronic engineering applied to complex systems. His research programs span a number of areas of stochastics, game theory, photonics, biomedical engineering, and computational neuroscience. Prof. Abbott is a fellow of the Institute of Physics, UK. He has won a number of awards, including the South Australian Tall Poppy Award for Science (2004), the Premier’s SA Great Award in Science and Technology for outstanding contributions to South Australia (2004), an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship (2012), the David Dewhurst Medal (2015) and the Barry Inglis Medal (2018). He has served as an Editor and/or Guest Editor for a number of journals, including the IEEE JOURNAL OF SOLID STATE CIRCUITS, the Journal of Optics B, the Microelectronics Journal, Chaos, Smart Structures and Materials, Fluctuation and Noise Letters, the PROCEEDINGS OF THE IEEE, and the IEEE PHOTONICS JOURNAL. He is currently on the editorial boards of IEEE ACCESS, Frontiers in Physics, Royal Society Open Science, and Nature’s Scientific Reports.


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