Professor Thiel has active research interests in the fields of communications (smart antennas, wireless sensor networks, antenna measurements, RFID, antennas in difficult environments), electronics packaging (Circuits in Plastic, RoHS, WEEE compliance), electromagnetic modelling (Impedance method, inverse problems). His work has direct applications in human monitoring (elite athletes, team sports, the elderly and infirmed) and electromagnetic geophysics applications (subsurface modelling and interpretation of impedance data). He is Deputy Head of School (Research) in the Griffith School of Engineering, at Griffith University
He has made contributions to the study of electromagnetic precursors for earthquakes, surface based electromagnetic geophysics, odour sensing robots, smart antennas, numerical modelling for earth propagation problems, elite athlete monitoring and artificial dielectrics.
Professor Thiel is currently Chair of the IEEE Wave Propagation Standards Committee, and a member of the IEEE Antennas Standards Committee. He is a Griffith University representative for StEP (Solving the Electronic Waste Problem) (http://www.step-initiative.org/ ) in Task Force 2: ReDesign.
Fellow, I.E. Aust. (C.P.Eng)