Dr Tara Hamilton

Research Program: Biomedical Engineering and NeuroscienceTara Hamilton


Tara Julia Hamilton completed the BE (Electrical) Hons I and BCom (Economics and Marketing) in 2000 from the University of Sydney. During this time Tara was an Energy Australia Scholar. In 2000 Tara began working at Cochlear Ltd. first as a Quality Engineer and then as an Integrated Circuit (IC) Design Engineer. During this time Tara completed a MEngSc (Biomedical) from the University of New South Wales.

In 2004 Tara began a PhD at the University of Sydney. During this time Tara lectured Digital Integrated Circuit Design and Electronics. Tara also worked as a consultant for a number of companies including: Cochlear Ltd., Surgical Diagnostics Pty. Ltd., G2 microsystems and Perceptia Design Services. Tara was awarded a PhD from the University of Sydney in 2008.

In 2008 Tara started at the University of Queensland as a lecturer in Electronics. Also in 2008 Tara was awarded an Australian Research Council (ARC) Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship (APD) and an ARC discovery grant for 4 years commencing in 2009. This grant is for research into neuromorphic binaural sensors aimed at solving the "cocktail party problem" in both artificial systems and hearing aid devices.

In 2010 Tara started at the University of NSW as a lecturer in digital systems design. Along with her ARC discovery grant, Tara's other research activities include low power analogue and digital IC design, neuromorphic engineering (modelling neurons and neural systems), biomedical engineering (medical devices), auditory signal processing and electronics.

Research Interests

  • A binaural neuromorphic hearing sensor
  • Neuromorphic algorithms
  • Nanometer integrated circuit design
  • Biomedical sensor fusion

Qualifications and Honours

  • Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering (Conferred February 2, 2009), University of Sydney
  • Master in Engineering Science (Biomedical) 2003, University of New South Wales
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) (1st Class Honours) 2001, University of Sydney
  • Bachelor of Commerce (Economics and Marketing) 2001, University of Sydney


  • Lecturer, University of New South Wales, Sydney, December 2009 – present
  • Lecturer, University of Queensland, St. Lucia, 2008 – December 2009
  • Consultant Engineer (contract), self employed, 2004 – 2009
  • Lecturer (contract), Teaching Assistant, University of Sydney, 2005 – 2008
  • Integrated Circuit Design Engineer, Cochlear Ltd., 2001 – 2004 
  • Quality Engineer, Cochlear Ltd., 2000 – 2001


For a full listing of my publications, please see my Western Sydney University profile page.(opens in a new window)

Contact Tara

Phone+61 2 4736 2519
LocationWestern Sydney University Penrith campus (Kingswood)