Prof. Jonathan Manton's primary contributions have been to look at well-studied signal processing problems and find new angles of attack by using ideas and techniques from mathematics. His research is characterised by mathematical rigour and breadth of interest; his background includes signal processing, wireless communications, control, geometric and stochastic optimisation, dynamical systems, statistics and time series analysis, algebraic and differential geometry, and more recently, neuroscience. Graduating in 1998, Prof. Jonathan Manton spent the first part of his career (1998–2004) working on a wide range of topics. His focus was on solid and scientifically challenging work which would broaden his knowledge base. In 2005, when he took up a leadership role as a Professor at ANU, he changed his focus to establishing a research team to work on a grand challenge problem of societal importance, namely, how the brain works. He also commenced collaborations with neuroscientists from the John Curtin School of Medical Research. His ARC experience (2006–2008) reinforced in him the importance of outcome-orientated "big-picture" research.


Mathematics graduates, or graduates with a strong interest in mathematics, are especially encouraged to apply for PhD studies with Prof. Jonathan Manton.

Prof. Manton has a passion for teaching and mentoring and has established various activities and programs to help postgraduate students quickly gain fluency in areas of mathematics, signal processing and neuroscience relevant to their chosen research projects. Prospective students are encouraged to look at Prof. Jonathan Manton's current research and teaching activities and his publication page for an idea of the sorts of research he is interested in.

If you wish to study for your Masters or PhD under Prof. Jonathan Manton's supervision, please apply to the University of Melbourne and list Prof. Jonathan Manton as a potential supervisor on the application form. The Melbourne School of of Engineering has general information about research degrees in Engineering and study at Melbourne University.

International students do not need to apply separately for scholarships, however, if you wish to apply the deadline for scholarship applications each year is 31 August for International students. Scholarships and other information is available here. In order to gain a place at The University of Melbourne you must meet the language requirements.


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Industry Partners

Companies requiring specialised software to be written, or who are interested in research collaboration or consultation in the general areas of control, systems engineering, signal processing, optimisation or filtering, are welcome to send a description of their interests or needs. There are funding opportunities available for companies wishing to collaborate on research projects.