Professor Michael Frater

Rector, UNSW Canberra
School of Engineering and Information Technology
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Professor Michael Frater is the Rector of the University College of the University of New South Wales at the Australian Defence Force Academy. Previous leadership roles include Head of the School of Engineering and Information Technology (2009-2010), Head of the School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering (2007-2009), and Presiding Member of the University College Academic Board (2006-2007).

Michael Frater holds bachelor degrees in electrical engineering and science from the University of Sydney, a Masters in Higher Education from the University of New South Wales and a Doctor of Philosophy in systems engineering from the Australian National University. In 1995, he held the position of Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow, Institute of Computer Science at the University of Würzburg, Germany

His major research interest is in communications applications. He is currently pursuing projects in video communications and underwater networks. He is the author or co-author of six books and over one hundred refereed technical articles. From 2000-2001, he served as an associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Image Processing.

Michael Frater has also pursued practical application of this technology through involvement in the development of international standards, primarily through the Moving Picture Expert Group (MPEG), a working group of the International Standards Organisation (ISO). He served as head of the Australian delegation to MPEG for a number of years, and was the editor of a standard (ISO/IEC 14496-4, MPEG-4 Conformance), for which he was awarded an ISO Service Award in 2002.

He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, Australia.

Michael Frater has also been involved in a wide range of activities outside UNSW. He served as an officer in the Army Reserve (Royal Australian Corps of Signals) from 1996 until 2005, including roles as a troop commander, squadron operations officer and second in command of a signals squadron. This service has led him to develop expertise in military communications systems and electronic warfare. He has extensive experience as a consultant in telecommunications systems, both in technical design and in systems engineering. This has included work for the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, the Department of Defence and Australian defence industry.

Michael Frater is married to Emma. They have two daughters.

Books

Ryan MJ; Frater MR; Pickering MR, 2011, Fundamentals of Communications and Information Systems, Original, Argos Press, Canberra

Ryan MJ; Frater MR, 2007, Battlefield Communications Systems, Original, Argos Press, Canberra

Benson CR; Frater MR; Ryan MJ, 2007, Tactical Electronic Warfare, Original, Argos Press, Canberra, ACT Australia

Ryan MJ; Frater MR, 2002, Communications and Information Systems, Original, Argos Press, Canberra

Ryan MJ; Frater MR, 2002, Tactical Communications Systems for the Digitized Battlefield, Original, Artech House, Boston

Frater MR; Ryan MJ, 2001, Electronic Warfare for the Digitized Battlefield, 1st, Artech House Inc, 685 Canton Street, Norwood, MA, 02062, USA

Book Chapters

Rahman ; Frater MR, 2014, 'Delay tolerant networks (DTNs) for underwater communications', in Rodrigues J (ed.), Advances In Delay-Tolerant Networks (DTNs), Elsevier, pp. 81 - 104, https://www.elsevier.com/books/advances-in-delay-tolerant-networks-dtns/rodrigues/978-0-85709-840-5

Ryan MJ; Frater MR, 2002, 'Military Information Systems Security: Challenges and Vulnerabilities', in Jain LC; Ichalkaranje NS; Tonfoni G (ed.), Advances in Intelligent Systems for Defence, edn. Original, World Scientific Publishing Company

Journal articles

Haque MN; Pickering MR; Muhit A; Frater MR; Scarvell JM; Smith PN, 2014, 'A fast and robust technique for 3D–2D registration of CT to single plane X-ray fluoroscopy', Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering: Imaging & Visualization, vol. 2, pp. 1 - 14, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/21681163.2013.850447

Alam J; Huntington EH; Frater MR, 2013, 'Trade-Off between Bandwidth and Number of Array Elements in the Performance Enhancement of Passive Fathometer', Open Journal of Acoustics, vol. 03, pp. 16 - 24, http://dx.doi.org/10.4236/oja.2013.32a003

Alam J; Huntington EH; Frater MR, 2013, 'Effect of Biological Activity on Broadband Passive Fathometry', Open Journal of Acoustics, vol. 03, pp. 39 - 49, http://dx.doi.org/10.4236/oja.2013.32a005

Jiang F; Dong D; Cao L; Frater MR, 2013, 'Agent-based self-adaptable context-aware network vulnerability assessment', IEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management, vol. 10, pp. 255 - 270, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TNSM.2013.090313.120388

Tran QA; Vu MT; Frater M; Jiang F, 2012, 'Email user ranking based on email networks', AIP Conference Proceedings, vol. 1479, pp. 1512 - 1517, http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.4756451

Howlader MS; Frater MR; Ryan MJ, 2012, 'Delay-insensitive identification of neighbors using unslotted and slotted protocols', Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing, vol. 12, pp. n/a - n/a, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/wcm.2242

Tarannum N; Pickering MR; Frater MR, 2011, 'Automatic, robust global motion estimation using clustering', Signal Processing: Image Communication, vol. 26, pp. 61 - 74, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.image.2010.12.004

Li Q; Biswas M; Pickering MR; Frater MR, 2011, 'Two-shot sparse depth estimation using adaptive structured light', Electronics Letters, vol. 47, pp. 745 - 746, http://dx.doi.org/10.1049/el.2011.1093

Li Q; Biswas M; Frater MR; Pickering MR, 2011, 'Phase based disparity estimation using adaptive structured light and dual-tree complex wavelet', Proceedings - 2011 International Conference on Digital Image Computing: Techniques and Applications, DICTA 2011, pp. 78 - 83, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/DICTA.2011.21

Krutz A; Glantz A; Frater MR; Sikora T, 2011, 'Rate-distortion optimized video coding using automatic sprites', IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Signal Processing, vol. 5, pp. 1309 - 1321, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/JSTSP.2011.2166247

Lo EHS; Pickering MR; Frater M; Arnold J, 2011, 'Image Segmentation from Scale & Rotation Invariant Texture Features from the Double Dyadic Dual-Tree Complex Wavelet Transform', Image and Vision Computing, vol. 29, pp. 15 - 28, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.imavis.2010.08.004

Muhit AA; Pickering MR; Frater MR; Arnold JF, 2010, 'Video Coding Using Elastic Motion Model and Larger Blocks', IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology, vol. 20, pp. 661 - 672, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TCSVT.2010.2045804

Biswas M; Frater MR; Ryan MJ, 2010, 'Determination of hub port attenuation satisfying radio link path losses for hardware emulation', Simulation - Transactions of the Society for Modeling and Simulation International, vol. 87, pp. 1 - 13, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0037549710373601

Guo X; Frater MR; Ryan MJ, 2009, 'Design of a propagation-delay-tolerant MAC protocol for underwater acoustic sensor networks', IEEE Journal of Oceanic Engineering, vol. 34, pp. 170 - 180, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/JOE.2009.2015164

Paul M; Frater MR; Arnold JF, 2009, 'An efficient mode selection prior to the actual encoding for H.264/AVC encoder', IEEE Transactions on Multimedia, vol. 11, pp. 581 - 588, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TMM.2009.2017610

Davidovic A; Huntington EH; Frater MR, 2009, 'Discretization in time gives rise to noise-induced improvement of the signal-to-noise ratio in static nonlinearities', Physical Review E, vol. 80, pp. 11119 - 011119, http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevE.80.011119

Shen Z; Frater MR; Arnold JF, 2008, 'Quad-tree block-based binary shape coding', IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology, vol. 18, pp. 845 - 850, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TCSVT.2008.919086

Biswas M; Frater MR; Arnold JF, 2008, 'Multiple description wavelet video coding employing a new tree structure', IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology, vol. 18, pp. 1361 - 1368, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TCSVT.2008.2004916

Albahrani SA; Frater MR; Huntington EH, 2008, 'Linearly filtered estimation of the time-domain Green's function from measurements of ambient noise (L)', Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, vol. 124, pp. 2699 - 2701, http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.2981049

Robilliard C; Huntington EH; Frater MR, 2007, 'Digital transmission for improved synchronization of analog chaos generators in communications systems', Chaos, vol. 17, pp. 023130-1 - 023130-7, http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.2745922

Macnicol J; Pickering M; Frater M; Arnold J, 2006, 'Network traffic demand patterns for video over relative differentiated services networks', Signal Processing: Image Communication, vol. 21, pp. 169 - 180, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.image.2005.09.003

Zhang F; Macnicol JR; Pickering MR; Frater MR; Arnold JF, 2006, 'Efficient streaming packet video over differentiated services networks', IEEE Transactions on Multimedia, vol. 8, pp. 1005 - 1009, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TMM.2006.879865

Arnold JF; Frater MR; Pickering MR; Wei J; Boman JA; Zeng AW, 2005, 'Tile-Boundary Artifact Reduction Using Odd Tiel Size and the Low-Pass First Convention', IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, vol. 14, pp. 1033 - 1042, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TIP.2005.849772

Frater MR; Ryan MJ, 2005, 'A Taxonomy for Military Space Operations', Journal of Battlefield Technology, vol. 8, pp. 13 - 19

Arnold JF; Frater MR; Macnicol JR, 2005, 'Scalable Video Coding by Stream Morphing', IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology, vol. 15, pp. 306 - 319, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TCSVT.2004.841692

Macnicol JR; Frater MR; Arnold JF, 2003, 'Rate Control for MPEG-2 SNR Scalability and Stream Morphing Using Codeword Estimation and Overhead Modelling', Signal Processing - Image Communication, vol. 18, pp. 837 - 853, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.image.2003.08.014

Ryan MJ; FRATER , 2001, 'Vulnerability of Digitized Platforms to Modern RF Electromagnetic Weapons', Proceedings of SPIE—The International Society for Optical Engineering, http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.438310

Ryan MJ; Frater MR, 2001, 'Seamless integration of the various elements of the tactical communications system', Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering, vol. 4396, pp. 156 - 164, http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.438313

Frater MR; Arnold JF; Vahedian A, 2001, 'Impact of Audio on Subjective Assessment of Video Quality in video conferencing applications', IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology, vol. 11, pp. 1059 - 1062, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/76.946522

Grasse M; Frater MR; Arnold JF, 2000, 'Testing VBR video traffic for stationarity', IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology, vol. 10, pp. 448 - 459, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/76.836291

Frater MR; Lee WY; Pickering MR; Arnold JF, 2000, 'Error concealment in video coding of arbitrarily shaped objects', Signal Processing - Image Communication, vol. 15, pp. 631 - 641, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0923-5965(99)00042-9

Frater MR; Arnold JF, 2000, 'Coding of 12-bit video from thermal imaging systems', Signal Processing - Image Communication, vol. 15, pp. 907 - 916, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0923-5965(99)00038-7

Lee WS; Pickering MR; Frater MR; Arnold JF, 2000, 'A robust codec for transmission of very low bit-rate video over channels with bursty errors', IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology, vol. 10, pp. 1403 - 1412, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/76.889033

Arnold JF; Frater MR; Wang Y, 2000, 'Efficient drift-free signal-to-noise ratio scalability', IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology, vol. 10, pp. 70 - 82, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/76.825862

Zhang G; Arnold JF; Frater MR, 2000, 'A cell loss concealment technique for MPEG 2 coded video', IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology, vol. 10, pp. 659 - 665, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/76.845011

Vahedina A; Arnold JF; Frater MR; Cavenor MC; Godara LC, 1999, 'Improving Videophone Subjective Quality using Audio Information', International Journal of Imaging Systems and Technology, vol. 10, pp. 86 - 95, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/(SICI)1098-1098(1999)10:13.0.CO;2-B

Grasse M; Frater MR; Arnold JF, 1999, 'A new approach to long-range dependence in variable bit rate video traffic', Telecommunication Systems, vol. 12, pp. 79 - 100, http://dx.doi.org/10.1023/A:1019134409970

Arnold JF; Frater MR; Zhang J, 1999, 'Error Resilience in the MPEG-2 Video Coding Standard for Cell Based Networks - A Review', Signal Processing - Image Communication, vol. 14, pp. 607 - 633, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0923-5965(98)00059-9