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Research LeadGraeme Woodward

Wireless Research Centre, 51 Creyke Rd - Rm104
Internal Phone: 92390

Qualifications & Memberships

Research Interests

Signal processing expert with specialist skills in wireless communications- particularly multi-antenna and multi-user systems. Industry track record mapping algorithms to hardware and knowledge of future generation mobile wireless standards. 10 years directing team research, including experience managing a lab of approximately 30 researchers across multi-disciplinary teams. Inventor on 11 patents.

Application areas include critical communications, private wireless networks, UAV (drone) swarming, biosecurity (pest tracking/remote trap monitoring), connected and autonomous vehicles, vehicle automation within warehouses, indoor positioning.

Recent Publications

  • Lavrenko A., Cavers JK. and Woodward GK. (2022) Harmonic Radar With Adaptively Phase-Coherent Auxiliary Transmitters. IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing 70: 1788-1802.
  • Barry D., Willig A. and Woodward G. (2021) An information-motivated exploration agent to locate stationary persons with wireless transmitters in unknown environments. Sensors 21(22)
  • Lavrenko A., Barry Z., Norman R., Frazer C., Ma Y., Woodward G. and Pawson S. (2021) Autonomous Swarm of UAVs for Tracking of Flying Insects with Harmonic Radar. In IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference 2021-April
  • Pell S., Willig A. and Woodward G. (2021) Evaluating V2X Technologies for Warehouse Intelligent Transportation Systems. In.
  • Khan H., Clark A., Woodward G. and Lindeman R. (2020) Improved Position Accuracy of Foot-Mounted Inertial Sensor by Discrete Corrections from Vision-Based Fiducial Marker Tracking. Sensors 20(18): 5031-5031.


Graeme Woodward joined the University of Canterbury in January 2011 as Research Leader of the Wireless Research Centre.

Prior to joining UC, he was Research Manager in the Telecommunications Research Laboratory, Toshiba Research Europe working closely with the University of Bristol and participating in numerous collaborative projects within the UK & European research communities.

Graeme has extensive industrial research experience covering mobile phone standards. He joined Bell Laboratories Research Sydney (Lucent Technologies) in 2001 to research 3G systems, multiuser detection, interference suppression, multi-antenna systems and adaptive digital filter algorithms for equalisation. He was part of the team which pioneered VLSI (Very Large Scale Integration) designs for MIMO (Multi-in/Multi-out antenna) reception of HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access). With the Bell Labs group transitioning to Agere Systems Australia and subsequently LSI Logic in 2003 and 2007 respectively, the focus moved to terminal-side algorithms for HSDPA and Long Term Evolution (LTE) with an increased emphasis on low power design.

His earlier experience includes digital switching systems with Alcatel Australia and channel modelling, and multiuser detection for CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) systems, with SP Communications in collaboration with The University of Oulu, Finland.

Graeme was awarded B.Sc and BE and Ph.D. degrees from The University of Sydney in 1990, 1992 and 1999 respectively. Dr Woodward has authored ten journal articles, more than 30 conference papers and is an inventor on numerous US patent. He has served on several conference committees, including VTC’06, ISSSTA04 and multiple AusCTW workshops. He is a member of APESMA (The Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers Australia) and a senior member of the IEEE.


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