Michael Milford, PhD, BE (Hons 1)

Michael Milford is an old boy of Brisbane Grammar School, from which he graduated in 1998. From 1999 to 2002 he studied at the University of Queensland, undertaking a Mechanical and Space engineering degree. During this time Michael tutored high school students in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry.

Michael wrote his first educational textbook on Mathematics in the middle of 2000 when he was 18 years old. For the past six years he has continued his work in the field of education and followed the first book with a second on high school Physics. He has sold over 5000 books around Australia and internationally. He has particular experience in translating complicated or challenging school topics into student-friendly formats.

In 2003, Michael commenced a PhD in Robotics and Artificial Intelligence. You can access more details of this project on the homepage of the project, known as RatSLAM. He was awarded his PhD in 2006.

In February 2007 Michael will commence a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship on the Thinking Systems Project at the University of Queensland, working for the Queensland Brain Institute and the School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering. The core of the project is studying how brains understand spatial systems, both physical and conceptual, and implementing computational models on autonomous robots.

He will be working closely with several prominent researchers, including Professor Mandyam Srinivasan, an inaugural Australian Federation Fellow, and the recipient of the 2006 Prime Minister's Prize for Science, as well as Professor Perry Bartlett, the director of the Queensland Brain Institute, and many other distinguised scientists.

In his spare time Michael enjoys sport, music, and spending time with friends and family.

Educational Qualifications

Feb 2003 – Aug 2006

PhD in the field of Electrical Engineering

University of Queensland

Awarded November 2006

Feb 1999 – Dec 2002

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours Class I) in the field of Mechanical and Space Engineering

University of Queensland

Awarded the University of Queensland Medal

Grade Point Average of 6.9 out of 7

Feb 1994 – Nov 1998

Secondary School

Brisbane Boys Grammar School

Overall Position (OP) Score of 1 (in a range of 1 – 25; 1 = best)



Queensland Young Achiever of the Year

Science and Technology

ATSE Young Science Ambassador Award

Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering

2003 - 2006

Australian Postgraduate Award

Australian Research Council


University Medal for Outstanding Scholarship

University of Queensland

Rhodes Scholarship Final 6 Shortlist

Australian Rhodes Scholarship Committee

James Dowrie Memorial Prize

Faculty of Engineering, Physical Sciences and Architecture

University of Queensland

1999 – 2002

Dean’s Commendation for High Achievement

Faculty of Engineering, Physical Sciences and Architecture

University of Queensland


Australian Students Prize for Excellence

Department of Education, Science and Training, Australia

Queensland Core Skills Test Prize – Top 0.25%

Department of Education, Science and Training, Australia

Copyright 2007-2010 Michael Milford