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Nemai Karmakar

Nemai Karmakar

Associate Professor
+61 3 9905 1252
Room 230, 14 Alliance Lane, Clayton Campus

Nemai Chandra Karmakar (IEEE StM91, M 91, SrM99) obtained the B.Sc (EEE) and M.Sc (EEE) from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka in 1987 and 1989 respectively, the M.Sc (EE) degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada in 1991, the PhD degree from the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia in 1999, Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching in Higher Education (PGDipTHE) from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore in 2001 and Master in Higher Education (MHEd) from Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia in 2007. His MHEd research is on "Developing Engineering Students' Transferable Skills Through Work Placement at NTU, Singapore." His PhD thesis work concerned the area of switched beam and phased array antennas for mobile satellite communications. His PhD work was one of the most significant findings at The University of Queensland in 1998 and published in national media such as ABC Radio and Canberra Times. His PhD work was elected the third best student paper in 1997 Asia Pacific Microwave Conference held in Hong Kong.
From 1989 to 1990, he worked as an Assistant Engineer in Electronics Institute, Atomic Energy Research Establishment, Dhaka, Bangladesh. In August 1990, he was a Research Assistant at the Communications Research Group, University of Saskatchewan, Canada. From 1992 to 1995 he worked as a Microwave Design Engineer at Mitec Ltd., Brisbane, Australia where he contributed to the development of land mobile satellite antennas for the Australian Mobilesat. From 1995 to 1996 he taught final year courses on Microwaves and Antenna Technologies at Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia. From September 1998 to March 1999 he worked as a research engineer within the Radar Laboratory, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. From March 1999 to July 2004 he was an Assistant Professor and Graduate Advisor in the Division of Communication Engineering, the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. From July 2004 to date he is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering, Monash University, Clayton, Australia.
Dr. Karmakar's research interests cover areas such as RFID, smart antennas for mobile and satellite communications, electromagnetic bandgap structure (EBG) assisted RF devices, planar phased array antennas, broadband microstrip antennas and arrays, beam-forming networks, near-field/far-field antenna measurements, microwave device modeling, monostatic and bistatic radars. He has published more than 200 referred journal and conference papers, 3 books and twenty four book chapters. His biography has been included (by invitation) in Marquis Who's Who in Science and Technology 2002-2003, 2004-2005, 2005-2006 edition as a pioneer in planar phased arrays and Marquis Who's Who in the World (by invitation) 2007.
He is a member of the editorial board of a number of journals.

Teaching Commitments:

  • ECE3022
  • ECE4094
  • ECE4095
  • ECE4081


  • 7. Y. C. Chang, H. L. Kao, C. H. Kao, C. H. Yang, J. S. Fu, N.C. Karmakar, and L. C. Chang, "A 0.18 m CMOS UWB LNA with New Feedback Configuration for Optimization Low Noise, High Gain and Small Area, Proc. IEEE Symposium on Design and Diagnostics of Electronic Circuits and Systems (DDECS), April 2009, Taiwan, PRC.(cited 22)
  • 8. S K Padhi, N C Karmakar and L C Law, An EM‐coupled dual‐polarized microstrip patch antenna for RFID applications, Microwave and Optical Technology Letters, Vol 39, no. 5, pp. 354360, 5 December 2003 (cited 21)
  • 9. S. Preradovic, I. Balbin, N. C. Karmakar, G. Swiegers, A Novel Chipless RFID System Based on Planar Multiresonators for Barcode Replacement, Proc. 2008 IEEE RFID Conference, pp. 289-296, April 16-17, 2008, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA (cited 22)
  • 10. N.C. Karmakar, P Hendro and L S Firmansyah, Shorting Strap Tunable Single Feed Dual-band PIFA, IEEE Microwave and Wireless Component Letters, vol. 13, no. 1, January 2003, pp. 13-15.(cited 17)
  • 11. S. Preradovic, I. Balbin, N. C. Karmakar, G. F. Swiegers, Multiresonator-based chipless RFID system for low-cost item tracking, IEEE Trans. Microwave Theory & Tech., Vol. 57, Issue 5, Part 2, May 2009 Page(s):1411 - 1419 (cited 14)
  • 12. SK Padhi, NC Karmakar, CL Law, A dual polarized aperture coupled microstrip patch antenna with high isolation for RFID applications, Antennas and Propagation Society International Symposium, 2001. IEEE Issue Date: 2001, page(s): 2 - 5 vol.2, 08 Jul 2001 - 13 Jul 2001, Boston, MA , USA (cited 13)
  • 1. C Sun, A Hirata, T Ohira, NC Karmaka Fast beamforming of electronically steerable parasitic array radiator antennas: Theory and experiment IEEE Trans. Antennas and Propagation, Vol. 52, Issue 7, pp. 1819-1832, July 2004(cited 84)
  • 2. N C Karmakar and M. N. Mollah, Investigations into Non-uniform Photonic Bandgap Microstripline Lowpass Filters, IEEE Trans. Microwave Theory Technique, vol. 51, no. 2, February 2003, pp. 564-572(cited 77) S K Padhi, N C Karmakar, C L Law and S Aditya, A Dual Polarized Aperture Coupled Circular Patch Antenna Using a C-Shaped Coupling Slot, IEEE Trans. Antena. Propagt., v 51, n 12, December, 2003, pp. 3295-3298 (cited 40)
  • 3. N C Karmakar, Shorting strap tunable stacked patch PIFA, IEEE Trans. Antena. Propagt, vol. 50, no. 7, July 2002, pp. 944 952 (cited 32) N C Karmakar, Investigations into A Cavity Backed Circular Patch Antenna, IEEE Trans. Antena. Propagt., vol. 50, no. 12, December 2002, pp. 1706-171532
  • 5. N C Karmakar, Improved Performance of Photonic Bandgap Microstripline Structures Using Chebyshev Distribution, Microwave and Optical Technology Letters, vol. 33, no. 1. April 5, 2002, pp. 1-5(cited 24)
  • 6. N C Karmakar, S M Roy and I Balbin, Quasi-static modeling of defected ground structure, IEEE Trans. Microwave Theory and Techniques, vol. 54, no. 5, pp. 2160-2168, May 2006(cited 22)
  • 4. N C Karmakar and M E Bialkowski, "Circularly Polarised Aperture Coupled Circular Microstrip Patch Antennas for L-Band Applications", IEEE Trans. on Antenna and Propagation, Vol. 47, No. 5, May 1999, pp. 933-940 (cited 29)


  • (i) International Journal of RF and Microwave Computer Aided Engineering; (ii) International Journal on Smart Sensing and Intelligent Systems; (iii) International Journal of Automated Identification Technology; and (iv) International Journal of Ultra Wideband Communications and Systems; Invitation for E-book Series, Bentham Science Publishers, The Netherlands


Sushim Mukul Roy -PhD Student
Project: Passive RFID Tag Development with Passive Microwave Resonant Structures
Stevan Preradovic - PhD Student
Project: Development of Reader for Passive RFID Tag
Isaac Balbin - MSc Student
Project: Meta-materials for Microwave Circuits

Professional Association:

Senior Member - IEEE, IEEE APS, IEEE MWTTS, IEEE Education Society
Graduate member - IEAust (1991)

Research Interests:

  • RFID, Microstrip Antennas, Planar Phased Arrays, Array Signal Processing, Microwave Active and Passive Designs, Radar Systems, Direct Conversion Receivers, Satellite Communications