Mr Christopher Robert Walker

Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Biomedical Engineering, University of Auckland

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Doctoral Candidate - Doctor of Philosophy


Born and raised in the rural town of Kaitaia (NZ), Chris is now hosted at the Auckland Bioengineering Institute (ABI) as a Doctoral Candidate. Chris enjoys the underwater realm and therefore targets both his research and recreational time to it. His research is based around bringing sensors and feedback underwater with the aim of making humans a little smarter underwater. In his free time he is a lead engineer and pilot of the Taniwha submarine. The human-powered Taniwha currently holds the world title as fastest human-powered subamrine. This title was achieved in 2016 at the European International Submarine Races in Gosport, England.     

Research | Current

Chris is a Doctoral Candidate pursuing a PhD in Bioengineering at the ABI. He is working to further develop commercially available strain sensors to be accurate underwater. His overall intention is to integrate sensors into underwater garments to analyse human motion and provide real-time feedback to the user about that motion. This area has potential applications in rehabilitation, blood disorder patient mobility, recreational aquatic exercise, diving and performance swimming.   

Teaching | Current

Chris is employed as a part-time tutor at the University of Auckland. He has experience tutoring the following papers:

 - ENGSCI 111 (Mathematical Modelling 1)

 - ENGSCI 211 (Mathematical Modelling 2)

 - ENGGEN 131 (Introduction to Engineering Computation and Software Development)

Postgraduate supervision

Main PhD Supervisor: Iain Anderson

Secondary Supervisor: Richard Clarke


Spark Innovation Challenge Winner 2015

Spark $100k Challenge Fianlist 2015

Velocity Innovation Challenge Winner 2016


Contact details

Primary office location

Level 5, Room 539
New Zealand