Professor Aniruddha Desai, La Trobe University

Professor Aniruddha (Ani) Desai holds a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Electronics, a Master’s degree in Micro-electronics and PhD in Computer Science specialising in micro-computer architecture. Professor Desai is currently a Research Professor and Director of La Trobe University's Centre for Technology Infusion, a Tier 1 Research and Innovation Centre specialising in delivering technology-based commercial innovations to industry and government. 

Professor Desai has successfully led several multi-million-dollar R&D programs in socially relevant high impact application areas such as intelligent transportation systems, energy management, logistics/supply chain and precision agriculture. Nearly every major project delivered by Professor Desai has involved live field use of the new technology or solution being developed, and most of his projects have been profiled on TV, radio and in print media. Professor Desai’s work has resulted in several innovative designs and patent applications which have underpinned a number of start-up companies. 

Professor Desai has received many prestigious industry innovation awards recognising excellence in R&D innovation at state, national and international levels, and he was also the winner of Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Research Excellence in 2016. Professor Desai has served on technical and advisory groups for a number of government departments and institutions. Professor Desai is currently the Chief Technology Officer of SensaData – an innovative technology company partnering with his Centre to develop and commercialise next-generation intelligent RFID technology for logistics and supply-chain applications.