Sixth Rector


Appointment of Professor Michael Frater as the fifth Rector of the University College.


Professor Michael Frater, FTSE

Professor Michael Frater is the Rector of UNSW Canberra 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 seven books and over two 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.

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.

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