Stephen Giugni

Dr Stephen Giugni

Dr Stephen Giugni: Deputy Director, Minerals Down Under Flagship

Dr Stephen Giugni is leading research to address Australia's challenges in the minerals domain.

  • 4 July 2011 | Updated 12 October 2012

Current activities

CSIRO’s Minerals Down Under National Research Flagship encompasses a $90 million per year research effort to support and underpin the sustainable growth and development of the entire minerals value chain in Australia, from exploration to mining, processing and metals production.

As Deputy Director, Dr Giugni assists in the development of Flagship strategies and manages the governance, operational and financial performance of the Flagship.

He also leads the development of its eResearch strategy to help Minerals Down Under researchers deliver better outcomes in a data rich and complex environment.


Dr Giugni was previously leader of CSIRO's National Security Technologies research theme. He managed a program of research that focused on technologies to support identification of, and response to, national issues associated with emergency management, cyber security, surveillance and forensics.

From July 2006 to June 2011 Dr Giugni was founding Chief Executive of CSIRO's Tasmanian Information and Communication Technologies Centre (TasICTC), where he managed a team including 30 researchers.

CSIRO’s Minerals Down Under National Research Flagship encompasses a $90 million per year research effort to support and underpin the sustainable growth and development of the entire minerals value chain in Australia.

With funding from the Australian Federal Government through the Intelligent Island Program (administered by the Tasmanian Department of Economic Development, Tourism and the Arts) and CSIRO, TasICTC established itself as a fundamental component of the Tasmanian innovation system, developed strong state, national and international linkages and delivered research outcomes in water resources, coastal management, health and wellbeing, energy management and agribusiness.

Dr Giugni was instrumental in securing further funding for the TasICTC ($50 million over five years from 2011 to 2015) from CSIRO, the Australian and Tasmanian Governments and Industry.

In 2003 Dr Giugni was Acting Director of CSIRO’s then nascent ICT Centre. He was responsible its formation and the establishment of its initial research program. A year later, he became Deputy Director.

Previously, he was Assistant Chief of CSIRO Telecommunications and Industrial Physics.

Dr Giugni has been active in research, and led the expansion of CSIRO’s automated high-speed test facility that measured microwave monolithic integrated circuits (MMICs) to frequencies beyond 110 GHz.

He was also responsible for research and management of commercial projects developing wireless communications and surveillance technologies.

In 2001, he established a new research team to develop millimetre-wave radio technologies for multi-gigabit communications.

Prior to joining CSIRO in 1992, Dr Giugni worked for Comalco Aluminium. He also spent a year at Advanced Telecommunication Research near Nara, Japan.

Academic qualifications

Dr Giugni holds a:

  • Bachelor of Electrical Engineering with Honours, New South Wales Institute of Technology (now the University of Technology, Sydney), 1986
  • Doctor of Philosophy in semiconductor physics with applications at millimetre-wave frequencies, Macquarie University, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1991
  • Master of Business Administration, Deakin University, Victoria, Australia, 1998.


Dr Giugni is:

  • Board Member, Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network, 2011- Member, Tasmanian Science and Research Sector Advisory Council 2009–Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, 2003–. 

He has also been:

  • Board Member, Australian Research Centre for Aerospace Automation, 2011-2011
  • Member, School of Engineering Advisory Committee, University of Tasmania, 2007−2011
  • Adjunct Professor, School of Computing and Information Science, University of Tasmania, 2006–2011
  • Member, Computing and Information Systems Course Advisory Committee, University of Tasmania, 2010–2011
  • Member, Research College Board, University of Tasmania, 2008−2009
  • Co-chair, AusInnovate Forum, 2008
  • Co-chair, ICT Outlook Forum, 2006
  • Member, Industry Advisory Committee for Macquarie University Telecommunications Engineering Degree, 2005–2006
  • CSIRO board member, Queensland e-Health Research Centre, 2004–2005
  • Chair, ICT Outlook Forum, 2004
  • Member, National ICT Roundtable, 2003–2006.

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