Dr Andrew Charles Mallory Austin

BE (Hons); PhD


Andrew C. M. Austin received the BE (Hons) and PhD degrees in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Auckland in 2007 and 2012, respectively. From 2011 to 2013 he was a postdoctoral researcher with the Electromagnetics Group at the University of Toronto, Canada. From 2014 to 2016 he was a scientist with the Telecommunication Circuits Laboratory at Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland. In November 2016 he returned to The University of Auckland to take up an academic post with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Research | Current

My current research is focused around five related themes: 

  • Analysis and design of future wireless systems and networks, with a focus on hardware implementations of machine learning and artificial neural networks for wireless communications, including: true full-duplex, low-complexity MIMO, and mmWave systems.

  • Radar systems, with a focus on novel architectures for small satellites;

  • Radiowave propagation and channel characterisation, particularly in man-made structures such as buildings; 

  • Antenna design, with a focus on space applications for small satellites, and indoor mmWave wireless systems; and 

  • Computational electromagnetics, with a focus on developing novel techniques, including machine learning and artificial intelligence to efficiently estimate uncertainty and sensitivity. 

I have a number of on-going research projects in these areas and welcome any inquiries from prospective ME and PhD students.  A list of currently available ME and PhD projects is available though FindaThesis.


Teaching | Current

  • Radio Systems ELECTENG 721

  • Advanced Radio Systems ELECTENG 737

  • Wireless Communications ELECTENG 701

  • Digital Communications ELECTENG 726

  • Advanced Digital Communications ELECTENG 741

  • Analog and Digital Design ELECTENG 209

  • Software, Data and Intelligent Automation ENGGEN 101G

Postgraduate supervision


  • Dev Singh, PhD, multidisciplinary trust in heterogenous fifth generation mobile communication networks (co-supervisor).
  • Jan Krecke, PhD, mission design for small satellite synthetic aperture radar systems.
  • Qingqing Dong, PhD, self-interference cancellation in full-duplex systems.
  • Priya Mittal, PhD, passive reflectors for indoor millimetre-wave systems (co-supervisor).
  • Dylan Smith, PhD, uncertainties in electromagnetic inverse scattering problems.
  • Annalisa Tresoldi, PhD, Deployable structure for a synthetic aperture radar antenna for small satellites” (co-supervisor).
  • Simone Mencarelli, PhD, development of radar systems for nano-satellites.
  • Oliver Kim, ME, development of half-mode substrate-integrated-waveguide antennas for indoor mmWave systems (co-supervisor).


  • 2018, Damla Guven, ME (Hons), development of a testbed for 60 GHz millimetre-wave systems [thesis].
  • 2019, Shiyang Wu, ME (Hons), long range wide area network for wireless underground sensor networks [thesis] (co-supervisor).
  • 2020, Farrukh Latif, ME (Hons), seismic resilience evaluation of fixed communication infrastructure systems [thesis].

Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • Chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Student Staff Consultative Committee
  • Member of Faculty Research Committee
  • Branch Counsellor for the University of Auckland IEEE Student Branch

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Hu, G., Austin, A. C. M., Sorokin, V., & Tang, L. (2021). Metamaterial beam with graded local resonators for broadband vibration suppression. Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing, 14610.1016/j.ymssp.2020.106982
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Lihua Tang, Vladislav Sorokin
  • Wu, S., Wang, K. I. K., Ivoghlian, A., Austin, A. C., Salcic, Z., & Zhou, X. (2019). LWS: A LoRaWAN Wireless Underground Sensor Network Simulator for Agriculture Applications. Proceedings 16th IEEE International Conference on Ubiquitous Intelligence and Computing Leicester, UK: IEEE. 10.1109/SmartWorld-UIC-ATC-SCALCOM-IOP-SCI.2019.00123
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Kevin I-Kai Wang, Ameer Ivoghlian, Zoran Salcic
  • Krecke, J., Austin, A. C. M., & Cater, J. E. (2019). Antennas for Synthetic Aperture Radar on CubeSats: A review and future directions. 16th Australian Symposium on Antennas Sydney, Australia. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/48096
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jan Krecke, John Cater
  • Austin, A. C. M., Guven, D., Neve, M. J., & Sowerby, K. W. (2019). 60 GHz Millimetre-Wave Channel Characterisation for Indoor Office Environments. Proceedings 2019 13th European Conference on Antennas and Propagation (EuCAP) Krakow, Poland: IEEE. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Kevin Sowerby, Michael Neve
  • Austin, A. C. M., & Neve, M. J. (2018). Efficient Field Reconstruction Using Compressive Sensing. IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, 66 (3), 1624-1627. 10.1109/TAP.2018.2794371
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Michael Neve
  • Austin, A. C. M., Neve, M. J., & Guven, D. (2018). Indoor millimetre wave channel measurements for 5G wireless systems. Paper presented at European Conference on Antennas and Propagation (EuCAP), London, UK. 9 April - 13 April 2018. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Michael Neve
  • Giovinazzi, S., Austin, A. C. M., Ruiter, R., Foster, C., Nayyerloo, N., Nair, N., & Wotherspoon, L. (2017). Resilience and Fragility of the Telecommunication Network to Seismic Events: Evidence after the Kaikōura (New Zealand) Earthquake. Bulletin of the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering, 50 (2), 318-328.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Nirmal Nair, Liam Wotherspoon
  • Afisiadis, O., Austin, A. C. M., Balatsoukas-Stimming, A., & Burg, A. (2017). Full-duplex communications for wireless links with asymmetric capacity requirements. Paper presented at Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems, and Computers, Asilomar, CA, USA. 29 October - 1 November 2017. Asilomar Conference on Signals Systems and Computers.

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 7, Room 741
New Zealand

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