Raja Jurdak 

CSIRO - Data61

University of Queensland - ITEE

University of New South Wales - CSE

Macquarie University - Department of Computing


Raja Jurdak



Prof Raja Jurdak         


Principal Research Scientist
CSIRO, Brisbane, Australia
Adjunct Professor
Macquarie University

Adjunct Associate Professor
University of Queensland
University of New South Wales

Email: rjurdak[at]ieee[dot]org
Phone: +61-7-33274059

CSIRO Data61
QCAT Technology Court
Pullenvale QLD 4069



Energy-neutral WSN


Camazotz Bat Tracking

SMS for Ebola

From bats to bikes





The driving interest of my research is around mobility and energy-efficiency in sensor networks. As our world embeds more resource-limited devices for digital data collection, coordinating among these devices to extract the most information value is key for better understanding the physical world and to determine how to best manage it. Sensor networks that operate in full harmony with the underlying dynamics of the environment they aim to monitor is the ultimate goal of my work.

I am a Principal Research Scientist at CSIRO's ICT Centre, where I lead the Distributed Sensing Systems Group in Brisbane and Hobart. I have a PhD in Information and Computer Science at University of California, Irvine in September 2005, an MS in Computer Networks and Distributed Computing from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at UCI (2001), and a BE in Computer and Communications Engineering from the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture at the American University of Beirut in (2000).

I have worked and studied in four continents (so far), in both academic and R&D organizations, and greatly enjoyed the diversity of these experiences, both professionally and personally. In 2005, I was a Project Scientist at UCI, before joining University College Dublin, Ireland as a research fellow in 2006. I then joined CSIRO, Australia in 2008, and was appointed as an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Queensland in 2009, and the University of New South Wales in 2013, and an Adjunct Professor at Macquarie University in 2016. I recently held a Visiting Scientist appointment at MIT's CSAIL Lab in 2011. 

Of course my interests are not solely focused on research, as I like to play sports (football, beach volleyball) and music (electric and acoustic guitar, as well as some piano).



Honours and Awards



Selected Presentations - All Presentations

Long-term Tracking in Batmon: Lessons and Open Challenges, MLSDA Keynote Speech, Gold Coast, Australia, December, 2014

Long-term Continental Scale Tracking of Flying Foxes: Where delay tolerance meets resource constraints, IEEE SenseApp Keynote Speech, Sydney, Australia, October, 2013.

Camazotz: Multimodal Activity-base GPS Sampling (presented by Philipp Sommer), IPSN, Philadelphia, USA, April 2013.

Adaptive GPS Duty Cycling with Radio Ranging for Energy-Efficient Localization, ACM Sensys, Zurich Switzerland. November, 2010.



Media Coverage

Tracker sind überall (German for Trackers are Everywhere), Netzpiloten Online Magazine, March, 2016.

The implications of tracking animals and people, interview on ABC Radio, Goldfields-Esperance, WA, Australia, February, 2016.

Tracking humans, Radio interview on SYN, Melbourne, February, 2016.

Imagine what we could learn if we put a tracker on everyone and everything, The Conversation, February, 2016.

City bikeshare programs may make commuters more active, Reuters, June, 2015.

Hard yakka cultivates an internet of modern farming, Tech Republic, March, 2015.

The Architect of a Social Network for Scientists, TIME, November, 2014.

SMS service could spot the next Ebola outbreak zone, Wired Magazine UK, October 2014.

How An Intelligent Text Message Service Aims To Tackle Ebola In Western Africa, MIT Technology Review, October, 2014.

Solar-Powered Fruit Bat Trackers Could Turn Bikeshare Programs Into Data Fleets, Fast Company, January, 2014.



Selected Publications - All Publications

P. Sommer, J. Liu, K. Zhao, B. Kusy, R. Jurdak, A. McKeown, D. Westcott, "Information Bang for the Energy Buck: Energy- and Mobility-Aware Tracking," In proceedings of The International Conference on Embedded Wireless Systems and Networks (EWSN), Graz, Austria, February, 2016.Winner of Best Paper Award

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P. Sommer, B. Kusy, R. Jurdak, N. Kottege, J. Liu, K. Zhao, A. McKeown, D. Westcott, “From the Lab into the Wild: Design and Deployment Methods for Multi-Modal Tracking Platforms,” Available online at Pervasive and Mobile Computing, September, 2015.

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R. Rana, M. Hume, R. Jurdak, J. Soar, J. Reilly, “Transforming knowledge capture in healthcare: Opportunistic and Context-aware affect Sensing on Smartphones,” Accepted at IEEE Pervasive Computing, August, 2015.

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R. Jurdak, K. Zhao, J. Liu, M. AbouJaoude, M. Cameron, D. Newth, “Understanding Human Mobility from Twitter,” PLOS ONE, 10(7): e0131469. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0131469. July, 2015.

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R. Jurdak, A. Elfes, B. Kusy, A. Tews, W. Hu, E. Hernandez, N. Kottege, P. Sikka, ''Autonomous Surveillance for Biosecurity", Trends in Biotechnology, 33(4):201-207, 2015.

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K. Zhao, R. Jurdak, J. Liu, D. Westcott, B. Kusy, H. Parry, P. Sommer, A. McKeown, ''Optimal Lévy-flight foraging in a finite landscape", Journal of the Royal Society Interface 12, 20141158 January 2015.

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J. Liu, K. Zhao, P. Sommer, S. Shang, B. Kusy, & R. Jurdak . Bounded Quadrant System: Error-bounded Trajectory Compression on the Go," In proceedings of the 31st IEEE International Conference on Data Engineering (ICDE), Seoul, Korea, April, 2015.

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R. Jurdak  (2013) The Impact of Cost and Network Topology on Urban Mobility: A Study of Public Bicycle Usage in 2 U.S. Cities. PLoS ONE  8(11): e79396. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0079396

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R. Jurdak, B. Kusy, P. Sommer, N. Kottege, C. Crossman, A. McKeown, D. Westcott, "Camazotz: Multimodal Activity-based GPS Sampling," In proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Information Processing in Sensor Networks (IPSN), Philadelphia, USA, April, 2013.

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R. Jurdak, P. Corke, A. Cotillon, D. Dharman, C. Crossman, and G. Salagnac, "Energy-efficient Localisation: GPS Duty Cycling with Radio Ranging,"   ACM Transactions on Sensor Networks, Vol. 9, Iss. 2, May 2013. 

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B. Thomas, R. Jurdak, and I. Atkinson, "SPDYing Up the Web",  Communications of the ACM, 55(12):64-73, December 2012.

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B. Kusy, C. Richter, W. Hu, M. Afanasyev, R. Jurdak, M. Bruenig, D. Abbott, C. Huynh, and D. Ostry. "Radio Diversity for Reliable Communication in WSNs," In Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Information Processing in Sensor Networks (IPSN), Chicago, USA, April, 2011.


R. Jurdak, P. Corke, D. Dharman, and G. Salagnac. "Adaptive GPS Duty Cycling and Radio Ranging for Energy-Efficient Localization," In proceedings of the 8th ACM Conference on Embedded Networked Sensor Systems (SENSYS), pages 57-70. Zurich, Switzerland, November 2010. 


P. Corke, T. Wark, R. Jurdak, W. Hu, P. Valencia, and D. Moore. "Environmental Wireless Sensor Networks," Proceedings of the IEEE, Special Issue on Emerging Sensor Network Applications, Vol. 98, No. 11, pages 1903-1917, November 2010. (Invited paper)

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R. Jurdak, A. G. Ruzzelli, and G.M.P. O'Hare. "Radio Sleep Mode Optimization in Wireless Sensor Networks,"  IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, Vol. 9 No. 7, July,  2010.
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R. Jurdak, P. Baldi, and C.V. Lopes. "Adaptive Low Power Listening for Wireless Sensor Networks," IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing. Volume 6, Issue 8, pp. 988-1004. August, 2007.
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