Dr Ian Oppermann.

Dr Ian Oppermann, Director, Digital Productivity and Services Flagship

Dr Ian Oppermann: Director, Digital Productivity and Services Flagship

Dr Ian Oppermann is Director of the Digital Productivity and Services Flagship. The flagship is a $40 million research initiative from CSIRO to help improve the way services are delivered in health, financial and government sectors and to help organisations make the most of national broadband infrastructure.

  • 15 July 2011 | Updated 29 May 2014

In this article

  1. Overview
  2. Publishing History

Overview

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Current activities

Dr Ian Oppermann heads up Australia’s leading multidisciplinary ICT and services research activity, targeting productivity growth in Australia through frontier services innovation and by unlocking the value of a national broadband infrastructure.

As Director of the Digital Productivity and Services Flagship Dr Oppermann oversees ICT and services research in:

Dr Ian Oppermann is bringing his extensive international experience to bear in his role as Director of the Digital Productivity and Services Flagship.

  • Government and Commercial Services
  • Smart Secure Infrastructure
  • Health Services

His role involves driving:

  • scientific research
  • engagements with industry, government and business
  • business strategy
  • growth and development opportunities.

His research interests include:

  • signal Processing and decision systems
  • large scale, distributed information systems
  • radio channel measurement and modelling
  • location and positioning systems
  • radio communication systems including code division multiple access (CDMA) and Ultra wideband (UWB) systems
  • network optimisation

Outside CSIRO, Dr Oppermann is Chairman of the Executive Committee of the IEEE International Conference on Ultra Wideband (ICUWB), a position he has held since 2004, and was most recently the chairman of the IEEE Personal Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications Conference (PIMRC) in 2012. IEEE is a professional engineering body.

Dr Oppermann has contributed to 6 books as editor or chapter author, authored or co-authored approximately 30 journal and 90 conference papers. Dr Oppermann has a Doctor of Philosophy in electrical engineering from Sydney University and an MBA from the University of London. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Australia, a Fellow of the IEEE and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Background

Dr Oppermann took up the role as Director of the Digital Productivity and Services Flagship in July 2012, bringing with him extensive international experience and a track record of successful industry engagements as Director of CSIRO's ICT Centre.

Dr Oppermann lead CSIRO’s ICT Centre from 2010-2012. The ICT Centre addresses major scientific challenges in Wireless Communications, Robotics, Information Theory, environmental sensing and eHealth.

Prior to joining CSIRO in 2010, Dr Oppermann headed Sales Partnering for Nokia Siemens Networks’ software business, and was Director of Radio Access Performance Business at Nokia.

In this role his responsibilities included:

  • driving business growth
  • selecting and developing business partner relationships
  • formulating business strategy, engagement models and go-to-market models
  • driving multi-vendor capability
  • major partner relationship management
  • developing and enacting internal governance models

Dr Oppermann's previous roles include:

  • Director of CSIRO ICT Centre
  • Global Head, Sales Partnering OSS/BSS, Nokia Siemens Networks
  • Director of Radio Access Performance Business, Nokia Siemens
  • Director (previously Assistant Director) of the Centre for Wireless Communications, a self-funded research centre in the University of Oulu, Finland
  • Founder and Chief Technology Officer of SP Communications in Sydney, Australia
  • Communications Engineer with OTC Australia.

Academic qualifications

Dr Oppermann has been awarded a:

  • Bachelor of Science in computer science and pure mathematics, The University of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1990
  • Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (First Class Honours), The University of Sydney, 1992
  • Doctor of Philosophy in electrical engineering in mobile communications, The University of Sydney, 1997
  • Master of Business Administration in international business management, University of London, United Kingdom, 2005.
  • Diploma, Australian Institute of Company Directors, 2011

Achievements

Dr Oppermann has co-authored several technical books, authored or co-authored more than 120 papers in technical journals or conference proceedings and edited the special editions of several leading scientific publications. He continues to publish in the scientific and business press.

Dr Oppermann has been General and Technical Chairman of such major conferences as:

  • General Chairman, IEEE International Conference on Ultra-wideband, Sydney, Australia, 2013
  • General Chairman, IEEE International Symposium on Personal Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications, Sydney, Australia,2012 
  • TPC Co-Chairman, IEEE International Symposium on Personal Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications, Helsinki, Finland,2006
  • TCP Chairman, IEEE International Conference on Ultra-wideband, Zurich, Switzerland, 2005
  • General Chairman, IEEE International Symposium on Spread Spectrum Technologies and Applications, 2004, Sydney, Australia
  • General Chairman, International Workshop on Wireless Ad hoc Networks, 2004, Oulu, Finland
  • General Chairman, International Workshop on Ultra Wideband Systems, 2003, Oulu, Finland

From 2002-05 he was Assistant Marketing Director of the Wireless World Research Forum, an industry body that looks to define the direction of wireless communication research beyond the third generation.

Dr Oppermann's skills in teaching have been recognised with two excellence in Teaching awards from Sydney University. In 2011, Dr Oppermann received a Leadership award from the Australian Davos Connection (ADC) Forum.

Affiliations

Dr Oppermann holds the following positions:

  • professional associations
    • Fellow, Engineers Australia (FIEAust)
    • Senior Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (SMIEEE)
    • Graduate, Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD)
  • boards and councils
    • Member Minister’s Innovation Council (DIISRT) for ICT
    • Member, NSW Government ICT Strategy Council
    • Member, NSW Government Digital Economy Taskforce
    • Member, Strategic Advisory Committee, Australian Joint Technical Committee for the International Standards Organization (ISO) for ICT
    • Member, Board of Directors, Australian e-Health Research Centre
    • Member, Board of Directors, Australian Research Centre for Aerospace Automation
    • Member, VTT Scientific Advisory Board (VTT Finland)
    • Chairman, ICT Diversity Council
    • Member, Steering Committee, IBM Global R&D Laboratory (Australia)
    • Member, Steering Committee, CSIRO / Centrelink Alliance
    • Member, Steering Committee, CSIRO / Boeing Alliance
    • Member, Steering Committee, CSIRO / Orica Alliance

    Dr Oppermann was also a Member of the Australia Radio Telescope National Facility Steering Committee from 2010-2012.

  • academic associations
    • Chairman, Advisory Council, Department of Electronic Engineering, Macquarie University, Sydney Australia
    • Member, Advisory Council, Institute for Telecoms Research, University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia 
    • Adjunct Professor (Docent) in Digital Signal Processing, University of Oulu, Finland
    • Adjunct Professor, Macquarie University, Sydney Australia
    • Visiting Professor, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China.

Dr Oppermann was also Chairman of the IEEE Communications Society, Finland Chapter from 2002-2005.

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