UC SPARK - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Dr Graeme Woodward

Wireless Research Centre

Fields of Research

  • Wireless Communications/Radio communications
  • Telecommunications
  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Error control coding methods
  • Precision Agriculture: enhanced primary sector productivity and food security
  • Emergency Response
  • Assisted Living: technology to support home care for the aged & improved health
  • Smart city. Sensors. Body Area Networks.
  • Animal tracking and trap monitoring: Protect natural environment & biodiversity

Researcher Summary

Signal processing expert with specialist skills in wireless communications- particularly multi-antenna and multiuser systems. Track record mapping algorithms to hardware and knowledge of future generation mobile wireless
standards. Strong publication record. 5+ years directing team research, including experience managing a lab of approximately 30 researchers across multiple teams with a diversity of skills. Inventor on 11 patents.
Always welcomes a challenge.

Subject Area: Disciplines

Research Groups

Future Research

  • Multiuser communications
  • Network coding
  • Self Optimising Networks (SON)
  • Modulation and Coding
  • Future Wireless Standards (LTE, LTE-Advanced, UWB, Cognitive Radio, PAN)
  • Multi-antenna and distributed multi-antenna systems (MU-MIMO, Macrodiversity systems, etc.)
  • Use of sensing for applications include smart city, future power grid and improved community health

Key Methodologies

  • Computer modelling, C and Matlab
  • Algorithm development
  • Mathematical analysis
  • Field measurements and trials
  • High performance computing to address computationally complex optimisation
  • Technological innovation and prototyping: support small enterprises and commercialisation of novel ideas
  • Facilitate government assistance for commercialisation of R&D (eg technology transfer voucher scheme, capability funding for students)


Research/Scholarly/Creative Works

  • Pham T., Le-Ngoc T., Woodward GK. and Martin PA. (2017) Channel Estimation and Data Detection for Insufficient Cyclic Prefix MIMO-OFDM. IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology 66(6): 4756-4768. http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TVT.2016.2613894. (Journal Articles)
  • Alnajjar KA., Smith PJ., Woodward GK. and Basnayaka DA. (2016) Design and Analysis of Reduced Complexity MRC V-BLAST Receiver for Massive MIMO. Edinburgh, UK: The 17th IEEE International workshop on Signal Processing advances in Wireless Communications, 3-6 Jul 2016. (Conference Contributions - Published)
  • Pham T., Woodward GK. and Martin PA. (2016) Channel Estimation and Data Detection for Insufficient Cyclic Prefix SIMO-OFDM with Pilot Sub-carriers. Melbourne, Australia: Australian Communication Theory Workshop (AusCTW) 2016, 20-22 Jan 2016. (Conference Contributions - Published)
  • Pham TM., Le-Ngoc T., Woodward GK., Martin PA. and Phan KT. (2016) Equalization for MIMO-OFDM Systems with Insufficient Cyclic Prefix. Nanjing, China: 2016 IEEE 83rd Vehicular Technology Conference, 15-18 May 2016. (In press) (Conference Contributions - Published)
  • Alnajjar KA., Smith PJ. and Woodward GK. (2015) Low complexity V-BLAST for massive MIMO with adaptive modulation and power control. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: 2015 International Conference on Information and Communication Technology Research (ICTRC), 17-19 May 2015 (Conference Contributions - Other)
  • Alnajjar KA., Smith PJ., Whiting P. and Woodward GK. (2015) Size and Array Shape for Massive MIMO. IEEE Wireless Communications Letters 4(6): 653-656. http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/LWC.2015.2477513. (Journal Articles)
  • Alnajjar KA., Smith PM. and Woodward GK. (2015) Co-located and distributed antenna systems: deployment options for massive multiple-input-multiple-output. IET Microwaves, Antennas and Propagation 9(13): 1418-1424. http://dx.doi.org/10.1049/iet-map.2014.0714. (Journal Articles)
  • Alnajjar K., Smith PJ. and Woodward GK. (2014) Performance of Massive MIMO V-BLAST with Channel Correlation and Imperfect CSI. Melbourne, Australia: 2014 Australasian Telecommunication Networks and Applications Conference (ATNAC), 24-28 Nov 2014 (Conference Contributions - Other)
  • Alnajjar KA., Smith PJ. and Woodward GK. (2014) Low complexity V-BLAST for massive MIMO. Sydney, Australia: 2014 Australian Communications Theory Workshop (AusCTW), 3-5 Feb 2014. : 22-26. (Conference Contributions - Published)
  • Arfeen MA., Woodward GK., Pawlikowski K., Sirisena H., Kind A. and van Leeuwen D. (2014) Quality of Experience Based Traffic Optimisation for Satellite IP Network.Commissioned by Defence Technology Agency. 76pp. (Reports)
  • Kind A., Cavers J. and Woodward G. (2014) Wideband OFDM Design for MIMOMax.Commissioned by MiMoMax Wireless Limited. 43pp. (Reports)
  • Kind A., Cavers J., Davis LM. and Woodward G. (2014) Antenna spacing for capacity-achieving LOS MIMO channels. Sydney, Australia: 2014 Australian Communications Theory Workshop (AusCTW), 3-5 Feb 2014 (Conference Contributions - Other)
  • Kind A., Willig A., Woodward G. and Barnsdale K. (2014) Investigation of Wireless Technologies for Warehouse Communications.Commissioned by Crown Equipment Corporation. 83pp. (Reports)
  • Kind A., Woodward G. and Green R. (2014) Infrared face detection for low light applications.Commissioned by Tait Communications. 11pp. (Reports)
  • Nordin R., Alsharif MH., Woodward GK. and Pau N. (2014) Dynamic Resource Block for Base Station Grouping in Macro-diversity Systems for LTE Public Safety Networks. Langkawi, Malayasia: International Symposium on Telecommunications Technologies, 24-26 Nov 2014 (Conference Contributions - Other)
  • Pham TM., Martin PA., Woodward G., Kongara KP. and Horn C. (2014) Receiver Design for SIMO-OFDM Systems with Insufficient Cyclic Prefix. Vancouver, Canada: IEEE 80th Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC2014-Fall), 14-17 Sep 2014. : 5pp. (Conference Contributions - Published)
  • Shang CYA., Smith PJ., Woodward GK. and Suraweera HA. (2014) Linear transceivers for full duplex MIMO relays. Sydney, Australia: 2014 Australian Communications Theory Workshop (AusCTW), 3-5 Feb 2014. : 11-16. (Conference Contributions - Published)
  • Woodward GK. (2014) Report on WRC Activities Related to the Tait Foundation Grant. Annual Report 2014.NZi3, University of Canterbury. 19. (Reports)
  • Alnajjar K., Pua N. and Woodward G. (2013) Aligned precoder in Long Term Evolution using SISO and MIMO. Baltimore, USA: Information Sciences and Systems (CISS), 2013 47th Annual Conference on, 20-22 Mar 2013 (Conference Contributions - Other)
  • Cavers J., Woodward G. and Kind A. (2013) Prospects for OFDM Signalling In Future MIMOMax Wideband Products.Commissioned by MiMoMax Wireless Limited. 106pp. (Reports)
  • Jamalipour A., Oppermann I., Ansari N. and Woodward G. (2013) Special issue on: Cooperative and distributed wireless communications. International Journal of Wireless Information Networks 20(3): 167-169. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10776-013-0221-9. (Journal Articles)
  • Kind A., Cavers J. and Woodward G. (2013) Design brief for MIMOMax.Commissioned by MimoMax Ltd. (Reports)
  • Kongara G., Woodward G. and Cavers J. (2013) Rician fading relay assisted MIMO channel model.Commissioned by Mimomax Wireless Limited. 24pp. (Reports)
  • Kongara G., Woodward G. and Cavers J. (2013) Rician fading relay assisted MIMO channel model-Capacity Analysis.Commissioned by Tait Communications. (Reports)
  • Wang X., Willig A. and Woodward G. (2013) Improving Fountain Codes for Short Message Lengths by Adding Memory. Melbourne, Australia: IEEE Eighth International Conference on Intelligent Sensors, Sensor Networks and Information Processing (ISSNIP), 2-5 Apr 2013. In Proceedings: 189-194. http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/ISSNIP.2013.6529787. (Conference Contributions - Published)
  • Wang XS., Willig A. and Woodward G. (2013) Investigation of Forward Error Correction Coding Schemes for a Broadcast Communication System. Christchurch, New Zealand: Australasian Telecommunication Networks and Applications Conference (ATNAC), 20-22 Nov 2013. : 136-141. (Conference Contributions - Published)
  • Banna R., Sontowski U., Ung L. and Woodward G. (2012) Receiver Employing Non-Pilot Reference Channels for Equalizing a Received Signal.Patent No. US8098723B2. (Intellectual Property)
  • Kongara G., Cavers J. and Woodward G. (2012) Capacity enhancing relay configurations.Commissioned by Mimomax Wireless Limited. 28pp. (Reports)
  • Woodbridge K., Chetty K., Young L., Harley N. and Woodward G. (2012) Development and demonstration of software-radio-based wireless passive radar. Electronics Letters 48(2): 120-121. http://dx.doi.org/10.1049/el.2011.2436. (Journal Articles)
  • Woodward GK. (2012) Support for Direct Mode Communication in 3GPP LTE, WRC049-006.Commissioned by Tait Communications. 51pp. (Reports)
  • Xu R., Morris K., Woodward G. and Kocak T. (2012) Low-Complexity High-Throughput Decoding Architecture for Convolutional Codes. EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking 2012 Article 151 http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1687-1499-2012-151. (Journal Articles)
  • Coon J. and Woodward G. (2010) Method and apparatus for reducing co-channel interference.Patent No. GB2469465A. (Intellectual Property)
  • Haines R., Woodward G. and Chin WH. (2010) Investigations into Cognitive Pilot Channel Benefits for femto-cells. Singapore: Femto Forum 12th Plenary and Working Group Meetings, 10-12 Mar 2010 (Conference Contributions - Other)
  • Woodward G. (2010) Dynamically selecting methods to reduce distortion in multi-carrier modulated signals resulting from high peak-to-average power ratios.Patent No. US 2010/0177847 A1. (Intellectual Property)
  • Xu R., Kocak T., Woodward G. and Morris K. (2010) Throughput Improvement on Bidirectional Fano Algorithm. Caen, France: 6th International Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing Conference (IWCMC'10), 28 Jun-2 Jul 2010. In Proceedings: 276-280. http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/1815396.1815460. (Conference Contributions - Published)
  • Xu R., Woodward G., Morris K. and Kocak T. (2010) A Discrete Time Markov Chain Model for High Throughput Bidirectional Fano Decoders. Miami, FL, USA: 2010 IEEE Global Telecommunications Conference (GlobeCOM 2010), 6-10 Dec 2010. In GlobeCOM 2010 Proceedings: 5pp. http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/GLOCOM.2010.5683855. (Conference Contributions - Published)
  • Banna., R., Bickerstaff., A M., Cooke., E M., Kind., P A., Li. and Y-C. (2009) HSDPA co-processor for mobile terminals.Patent No. US2009/0296798 A1. (Intellectual Property)
  • Bickerstaff MA., Li Y. and Woodward GK. (2009) Information Security and Delivery Method and Apparatus.Patent No. US2009/0036095. (Intellectual Property)
  • Knagge G., Bickerstaff M., Ninness B., Weller SR. and Woodward G. (2009) A VLSI 8x8 MIMO Near ML Detector with Preprocessing. Journal of Signal Processing Systems 56(2-3): 229-247. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11265-008-0222-6. (Journal Articles)
  • Xu R., Kocak T., Woodward G., Morris K. and Dolwin C. (2009) Bidirectional Fano algorithm for high throughput sequential decoding. Tokyo, Japan: 20th International Symposium on Personal, Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications, 13-16 Sep 2009. In Proceedings: 1809-1813. http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/stamp/stamp.jsp?tp=&arnumber=5450140. (Conference Contributions - Published)
  • Kind AP. and Woodward GK. (2008) Equalizer for Equalizing Multiple Received Versions of a Signal.Patent No. US 2008/0069197 A1. (Intellectual Property)
  • Sontowski U. and Woodward G. (2008) Receiver having multiple stages of equalization with tap coefficient copying.Patent No. US2008/0075159. (Intellectual Property)
  • Baliga J., Grant A., Woodward G. and Kind A. (2007) A Gradient Based Peak-to-Average Power Ratio Reduction Method. Washington DC, USA: 2007 IEEE Global Telecommunications Conference (GLOBECOM '07), 26-30 Nov 2007. In GLOBECOM 2007 Proceedings: 3807-3811. http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/GLOCOM.2007.723. (Conference Contributions - Published)
  • Bickerstaff MA., Pope GE., Widdup BJ. and Woodward GK. (2007) Method and apparatus for block and rate independent decoding of LDPC codes.Patent No. US 2007/0038914 A1. (Intellectual Property)
  • Chiera B., Hong Y., Letzepis N., Rasmussen L., Rasmussen LK., Woodward G., Weller S., Teal P., Johnson S. and Hanlen L. (2007) Welcome: Message from the technical programme committee. In 8th Australian Communication Theory Workshop, AusCTW 2007 (Conference Contributions - Published)
  • Knagge G., Bickerstaff M., Ninness B., Weller SR. and Woodward G. (2006) A VLSI 8x8 MIMO Near-ML Decoder Engine. Banff, Canada: IEEE Workshop on Signal Processing Systems Design and Implementation (SIPS '06), 2-4 Oct 2006. In Proceedings: 387-392. http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/SIPS.2006.352614. (Conference Contributions - Published)
  • Ridler O., Widdup BJ. and Woodward GK. (2006) Selection of 1-out-of-n scrambled code blocks.Patent No. US 2006/0239457 A1. (Intellectual Property)
  • Thomas C., Cooke M., Ridler O., van den Beld K., Yip D., Sontowski U., Kind A., Gongyu Z., Yi-Chen L. and Long U. (2006) A Scalable 7.2 Mb s 3GPP HSDPA Co-processor with Advanced NLMS Receiver and Receive Diversity for Mobile Terminals. San Jose, CA, USA: IEEE Custom Integrated Circuits Conference (CICC '06), 10-13 Sep 2006. In Proceedings: 539-542. http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/CICC.2006.320922. (Conference Contributions - Published)
  • Garrett D., Woodward GK., Davis L. and Nicol C. (2005) A 28.8 Mb/s 4 × 4 MIMO 3G CDMA receiver for frequency selective channels. IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits 40(1): 320-330. http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/JSSC.2004.837931. (Journal Articles)
  • Knagge G., Davis L., Woodward G. and Weller SR. (2005) VLSI Preprocessing techniques for MUD and MIMO Sphere Detection. Brisbane, Australia: 6th Australian Communications Theory Workshop, 2 Feb 2005. In Proceedings: 221-228. http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/AUSCTW.2005.1624255. (Conference Contributions - Published)
  • Knagge G., Woodward G., Weller SR. and Ninness B. (2005) A VLSI optimised parallel tree search for MIMO. Brisbane, Australia: 6th Australian Communications Theory Workshop, 2 Feb 2005. In Proceedings: 215-220. http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/AUSCTW.2005.1624254. (Conference Contributions - Published)
  • Widdup BJ., Woodward GK. and Knagge GS. (2005) Highly parallel tree search architecture for multi-user detection.Patent No. US 2005/0050072 A1. (Intellectual Property)
  • Garrett D., Woodward G., Davis L., Knagge G. and Nicol C. (2004) A 28.8 Mb/s 4×4 MIMO 3G high-speed downlink packet access receiver with normalized least mean square equalization. San Francisco, CA, USA: Solid-State Circuits Conference, 15 Feb 2004 (Conference Contributions - Other)
  • Knagge G., Woodward G., Weller S. and Ninness B. (2004) An Optimised Parallel Tree Search for Multiuser Detection with VLSI Implementation Strategy. Dallas, TX, USA: Global Telecommunications Conference (GLOBECOM 2004), 29 Nov 2004. : 2440-2444. http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/stamp/stamp.jsp?tp=&arnumber=1378445. (Conference Contributions - Published)
  • Mailaender LE., Venkatesan SK. and Woodward GK. (2004) Equalizer and method for performing equalization in a wireless communications system.Patent No. US20040001426A1. (Intellectual Property)
  • Widdup B., Woodward G. and Knagge G. (2004) A highly-parallel VLSI architecture for a list sphere detector. Paris, France: 2004 IEEE International Conference on Communications, 20 Jun 2004 (Conference Contributions - Other)
  • Davis LM., Garrett DC., Woodward GK., Bickerstaff MA. and Mullany FJ. (2003) System Architectureand ASICs for a MIMO 3GPP-HSDPA Receiver. Jeju, Korea: 57th IEEE Semiannual Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC 2003), 22 Apr 2003. 2: 818-822. http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/stamp/stamp.jsp?tp=&arnumber=1207739. (Conference Contributions - Published)
  • Bickerstaff MA., Garrett D., Prokop T., Thomas C., Widdup B., Zhou G., Davis LM., Woodward G., Nicol C. and Yan RH. (2002) A Unified Turbo/Viterbi Channel Decoder for 3GPP Mobile Wireless in 0.18-m CMOS. IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits 37(11): 1555-1564. http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/stamp/stamp.jsp?tp=&arnumber=1046101. (Journal Articles)
  • Woodward G., Mailaender L. and Venkatesan S. (2002) Chip Equalisation for Third Generation MIMO High Data Rate Applications. Rosslyn, VA, USA: Sensor Array and Multichannel Signal Processing Workshop, 4 Aug 2002. : 590-593. http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/stamp/stamp.jsp?tp=&arnumber=1191109. (Conference Contributions - Published)
  • Woodward G. and Honig ML. (2001) Performance of Adaptive Iterative Multiuser Parallel Decision Feedback with Different Code Rates. Helsinki, Finland: IEEE International Conference on Communications, 11 Jun 2001. 3: 852-856. http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/stamp/stamp.jsp?tp=&arnumber=937359. (Conference Contributions - Published)
  • Honig ML., Woodward G. and Alexander PD. (2000) Adaptive multiuser parallel-decision-feedback with iterative decoding. Sorrento, Italy: IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, 25 Jun 2000. : 335. http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/stamp/stamp.jsp?tp=&arnumber=866633. (Conference Contributions - Published)
  • Woodward G., Oppermann I. and Talvitie J. (1999) Outdoor-Indoor Temporal and Spatial Wideband Channel Model for ISM Bands. Amsterdam, Netherlands: 50th Vehicular Technology Conference (VTS), 19 Sep 1999. : 136-140. http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/stamp/stamp.jsp?tp=&arnumber=797071. (Conference Contributions - Published)
  • Woodward G., Ratasuk R. and Honig ML. (1999) Multistage Multiuser Decision Feedback Detection for DS-CDMA. Vancouver, Canada: IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC '99), 6 Jun 1999. : 68-72. http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/stamp/stamp.jsp?tp=&arnumber=767891. (Conference Contributions - Published)
  • Liu E., Wong C., Shami Q., Mohapatra S., Landy R., Sheldon P. and Woodward G. (1998) Complete mixed-signal building blocks for single-chip GSM baseband processing. In Proceedings of the IEEE Custom Integrated Circuits Conference: 101-104. (Conference Contributions - Published)
  • Rapajic PB., Honig ML. and Woodward G. (1998) Multiuser decision-feedback detection: performance bounds and adaptive algorithms. Boston, MA, USA: IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, 16 Aug 1998. : 34. http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/stamp/stamp.jsp?tp=&arnumber=708614. (Conference Contributions - Published)
  • Woodward G., Honig ML. and Vucetic BS. (1998) Lattice-Based Subspace Decomposition for DS-CDMA Detection. Sun City, South Africa: IEEE 5th International Symposium on Spread Spectrum Techniques and Applications, 2 Sep 1998. : 164-168. http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/stamp/stamp.jsp?tp=&arnumber=726219. (Conference Contributions - Published)
  • Woodward G., Oppermann I. and Vucetic BS. (1996) Adaptive techniques for increased satellite cellular mobile system capacity. Atlanta, GA, USA: Vehicular Technology Conference, 28 Apr 1996 (Conference Contributions - Other)
  • Woodward G., Rapajic P. and Vucetic BS. (1996) Adaptive Algorithms for Asynchronous DS-CDMA Receivers. Taipei, Taiwan: 7th IEEE International Symposium on Personal, Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications (PIMRC'96), 15 Oct 1996. : 583-587. http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/stamp/stamp.jsp?tp=&arnumber=567462. (Conference Contributions - Published)
  • Woodward G., Rapajic P. and Vucetic B. (1995) CDMA cellular mobile system capacity improvement by combination with TDMA and adaptive interference suppression. Long Island, USA: Wireless Communication System Symposium, 27 Nov 1995 (Conference Contributions - Other)