Dr Aiguo Patrick Hu



Dr Aiguo Patrick Hu migrated to New Zealand in the end of 1996 from Xian, China.

Before that he worked as a lecturer, the director of the electrical section of the China-Italy Cooperative Technical Training Center in Xian, and later the general manager of a technical development company. He holds 15 patents in wireless power transfer and micro-computer control technologies, has published more than 200 referred journal and conference papers, authored a monograph on wireless/contactless power transfer, and contributed 4 book chapters on electrical machines and wireless power transfer systems.

Patrick is the Deputy Head of Department (Research), the past chair of the IEEE New Zealand North Section, President of Xian Jiaotong Univ New Zealand Alumni Association, and Vice President of New Zealand Chinese Scientists Association.

Dr Patrick Hu is also the Head of Resaerch of PowerbyProxi (www.powerbyproxi.com), and also an executive editor of Journal of Wireless Power Transfer, Cambridge Univ Press (https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/wireless-power-transfer).


PhD Electrical and Electronic Engineering, The University of Auckland (2001).
ME Electrical Engineering, Xian Jiaotong University, China (1988).
BE Electrical Engineering, Xian Jiaotong University, China (1985).


Research | Current

  • Wireless/Contactless power transfer.
  • Power electronics circuit modelling and control.
  • Application of power electronics in biomedical and renewable energy systems.

Research groups

  • Power electronics.
  • Power systems.
  • Wireless power transfer.

One of the most cited papers in IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuit and Systems (TBCS): 



Teaching | Current


  • ELECTENG 735 Green Energy Technologies
  • ELECTENG 703 Advanced Power Systems
  • ELECTENG 731 Power Systems
  • ELECTENG 734 Power Electronics
  • ELECTENG 208 Circuit and Systems (for Mechtronics)
  • ELECTENG 701A and B (ECE Final Year Research Projects)
  • ENGGEN 701 Professional Project (Engineering Projects in Community Services EPICS, and Formula SAE)


ECE Staff Student Consultative Committee. Faculty FSAE advisor. Head of Research, PowerbyProxi. 

Areas of expertise

Wireless power transfer, Power electronics, Renewable energy integration.

Committees/Professional groups/Services


Professional affiliations

  • Senior member, IEEE
  • Chairman, IEEE NZ North Section
  • Member, NZ Engineers for Social Responsibility
  • Vice Chairman, NZ Chinese Scientists Society
  • Committee member, National Univ of Singapore Auckland Alumni Chapter
  • Chairman, Xian Jiaotong Univ New Zealand Alumni Association.

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Abeywardana, D. K., Hu, A. P., & Salcic, Z. (2017). Pulse controlled microfluidic actuators with ultra low energy consumption. Sensors and Actuators, A: Physical, 263, 8-22. 10.1016/j.sna.2017.05.034
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Zoran Salcic
  • Tian, J., Hu, A. P., & Nguang, S. K. (2017). Secondary Side Output Voltage Stabilization of an IPT System by Tuning/Detuning through a Serial Tuned DC Voltage-controlled Variable Capacitor. Journal of Power Electronics, 17 (2), 570-578. 10.6113/JPE.2017.17.2.570
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jianlong Tian, Sing Nguang
  • Su, Y.-G., Xie, S.-Y., Hu, A. P., Tang, C.-S., Zhou, W., & Huang, L. (2017). Capacitive power transfer system with a mixed-resonant topology for constant-current multiple-pickup applications. IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, 32 (11), 8778-8786. 10.1109/TPEL.2016.2640314
  • Sun, Y., Zhang, H., Hu, A. P., Tang, C.-S., & Xiang, L.-J. (2017). The recognition and control of nonideal soft-switching frequency for wireless power transfer system based on waveform identification. IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, 32 (8), 6617-6627. 10.1109/TPEL.2016.2603531
  • Hu, A. P., & Tian, J. (2016). Frequency control of self-sustained push-pull resonant converter using effective parasitic capacitances. Electronics Letters, 52 (19), 1629-1631. 10.1049/el.2016.1104
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jianlong Tian
  • Zhao, Z., Sun, Y., Hu, A., Dai, X., & Tang, C. (2016). Energy Link Optimization in a Wireless Power Transfer Grid under Energy Autonomy Based on the Improved Genetic Algorithm. Energies, 9 (9), 682-682. 10.3390/en9090682
  • Edwards, B., Aw, K. C., & Hu, A. P. (2016). Mechanical frequency up-conversion for sub-resonance, low-frequency vibration harvesting. Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures, 27 (16), 2145-2159. 10.1177/1045389X15624795
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/33525
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Kean Aw
  • Ermeey, A. K., Hu, A. P., Biglari-Abhari, M., & Aw, K. C. (2016). Indoor 2.45 GHz Wi-Fi Energy Harvester With Bridgeless Converter. IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications, 34 (5), 1536-1549. 10.1109/JSAC.2016.2551578
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Morteza Biglari-Abhari, Kean Aw


Contact details

Alternative contact

903-346, Newmarket Campus

368 Khyber Pass Road,

Newmarket, Auckland 1023

Dept of Electrical and Computer Engineering

The University of Auckland

New Zealand


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