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About Faculty of Engineering

Department of Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering
Arthur Lowery

Arthur Lowery

+61 3 990 53475
Room 214, Building 35, Clayton Campus
BSc(Hons) Dunelm, PhD Nottingham, SMIEEE, FIEE
Optical Communications, Photonic Systems and Circuits, Bionic Vision, Simulation

Arthur Lowery is an engineer, innovator and educator with a proven success record transforming ground breaking technical innovations into successful international businesses. His core competencies in management of research and development, communications technology, intellectual property management, export marketing, and innovative teaching. He has a proven track record launching Australian businesses in US and Europe, and has extensive contacts in the global scientific and technical business communities.

Arthur built the global Photonic Design Automation (PDA) industry from his fundamental research in semiconductor laser modeling (see ). In 1996 he founded Virtual Photonics Pty Ltd (later Inc) with Phil Gurney, to commercialise OPALS, a software tool for designing optical communications devices and circuits. In 1997 GOLD was launched to an enthusiastic and rapidly-growing market. GOLD (Gigabit Optical Link Designer) was developed in a joint project with Telstra and the University of Melbourne. Phil and Arthur merged Virtual Photonics Inc with BNeD Inc, a competitor out of the Hienrich Hertz Institute (Berlin) that had obtained government funding and VC money, to form VPI Virtual Photonics Inc in late 1998 (known in the industry as VPI, but now officially VPIsystems.

VPI has grown by technology acquisition and internal development to be the leading supplier of design tools for communication components, systems and networks (see and ). VPI boasts 150 corporations as customers and VPIs software tools are used by over 130 universities for research and teaching. Free software tools are available for teaching ( Arthur was appointed Chair of Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering, at Monash University (15 km SE of Melbourne City) in September 2004.

Teaching Commitments:

  • ECE4081
  • ECE4043


  • Over 250 publications, 7 patents and several book chapters. See my homepage.


Arthur is seeking students to work on exciting and commercially-relevant creative research.

Professional Association:

Fellow, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering
Fellow, Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (USA)

Research Interests:

  • 1) Bionic Vision: I am the leader of the Monash Vision Group, which is developing a cortical visual prosthesis, funded by an ARC Special Research Initiative
  • 2) Nonlinear Photonic Processing: I am the Science Leader of the Terabit per Second Systems Project in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Ultrahigh bandwidth Devices for Optical Communications (CUDOS). We are developing nonlinear optical circuits to improve the bandwidth and performance of optical systems, including mid-span spectral invertors to compensate optical fiber nonlinearity.
  • 3) Optical OFDM Systems: I am sole CI on an ARC Discovery Project on Next Generation optical OFDM. This is developing linear optical circuits to perform OFDM processing and electronic methods of nonlinearity compensation.
  • 4) Research Efficiency and Commercialisation developing processes that enhance creativity, collaboration and commercial outcomes of research.