Electrical and computer engineering

Soloni Pal, postgraduate student in electrical and computer

Our research fields have a strong tradition of excellence, supported by some of the best-equipped facilities in New Zealand. UC is fortunate to be situated in a progressive, hi-tech community and we have strong ties with local industry. Entrepreneurial activities are especially notable and help to create an environment which is conducive to challenging research and professional development.

Electrical and Computer Engineering at UC encompasses many active research fields.  These include Electric Power Engineering, nanotechnology, computational imaging and signal processing, wireless communication and geospatial technology, neural engineering, power electronics, robotics, biomedical engineering, sensors, and more.

There are many interesting additional details to be found in the sections below. Please take some time to explore.

Research strengths

Areas of current research in acoustics include:

  • Synthetic Aperture Sonar (SAS) high-resolution undersea imaging

Research centres and groups

Researchers and supervisors

Staff actively working in these areas are:

Michael Hayes

Associate Professor
On sabbatical semester one 2019
Link Rm 504
Internal Phone: 94541

Areas of current research in communications, wireless and geospatial technology include:

  • High data capacity wireless systems
  • Security in wireless systems
  • Power efficiency in wireless systems
  • Reliability of coverage and range of wireless systems
  • Data analytics
  • Aerial Mapping Package for aerial photogrammetry
  • Precise Time Data Logger (PTDL) self-contained data logging solution
  • Algebraic coding theory
  • Coded modulation systems 
  • Optimum and sub-optimum reduced complexity receiver design
  • Digital Signal Processing (DSP) algorithms and systems implementation
  • Smart antenna systems
  • Space-time processing
  • Space-time coding
  • Blind adaptation 
  • High-speed networks
  • Cognitive radio
  • Cooperative and distributed communications 
  • Multiuser systems

Research centres and groups

Researchers and supervisors

Staff actively working in these areas are:

Philippa Martin

College of Engineering Dean (Intermediate)
Professor
John Britten Rm 114
Internal Phone: 94380

Desmond Taylor

Emeritus Professor
Link 306

Graeme Woodward

Research Lead
John Britten 203b
Internal Phone: 92390

Areas of current research in computational imaging include:

  • Acoustic imaging
  • Biomedical imaging and signal processing
  • Biophysical imaging
  • Remote sensing
  • Software for reconfigurable devices
  • Astronomical imaging

Research centres and groups

Researchers and supervisors

Staff actively working in these areas are:

Michael Hayes

Associate Professor
On sabbatical semester one 2019
Link Rm 504
Internal Phone: 94541

Rick Millane

Professor
Link 304
Internal Phone: 94536

Steve Weddell

Senior Lecturer
Director of Computer Engineering
Link Rm 510
Internal Phone: 94419

Richard Clare

Senior Lecturer
Co-Director of Mechatronics, Director of Studies – Mechatronics 2nd Pro Year
Link Rm 511
Internal Phone: 93721

Areas of current research in Power systems and electronics include:

  • Power Quality
  • Computer Analysis of Power Systems
  • Power Electronic Systems
  • Electrotechnology
  • Deregulation
  •  

    Electric Car Projects
  • Variable speed AC motor drives 
  • HV Pulse inverter for cancer therapy and liquid disinfection 
  • Active power filter
  • Characterisation and use of silicon-carbide devices in telecommunications power converters
  • High power lead-acid battery charger 
  • Smart power converter for small power generation systems

Research centres and groups

Researchers and supervisors

Staff actively working in these areas are:

Paul Gaynor

Associate Professor
Head of Department
Link Rm 506
Internal Phone: 94346

Neville Watson

Professor
EEE Third Professional Year Coordinator
Link Rm 515
Internal Phone: 94542

Alan Wood

Associate Professor
Deputy Head of Department
Link Rm 507
Internal Phone: 94433

Andrew Lapthorn

Senior Lecturer
EEE 2nd Pro Coordinator
Link Rm 307
Internal Phone: 94546

Stefanie Gutschmidt

Senior Lecturer
Civil Mechanical E507
Internal Phone: 92206

XiaoQi Chen

Director of Studies - Mechatronics 3rd Pro Year
Civil Mechanical E503
Internal Phone: 92190

Chris Pretty

Senior Lecturer
Co-Director of Mechatronics/ Director of Studies - Mechatronics 1st & 3rd Pro Year
Civil Mechanical E513
Internal Phone: 92393

Areas of current research in neural engineering include:

  • Lapses of responsiveness
  • Obstructive sleep apnoea
  • Forensic brainwave analysis

Research centres and groups

Researchers and supervisors

Staff actively working in these areas are:

Phil Bones

Professor
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Link Rm 503
Internal Phone: 94304

Steve Weddell

Senior Lecturer
Director of Computer Engineering
Link Rm 510
Internal Phone: 94419