Associate Professor Akshya Kumar Swain

BSc(Eng), MSc(Eng), PhD


Akshya K. Swain graduated from the Department of Electrical Engineering, Veer Surendra Sai University of Technology, Burla, India with a Gold Medal and received Masters of Electronic Systems and Communication from National Institute of Technology, Rourkela, India. He was a Commonwealth Scholar in the United Kingdom from 1994 to 1996 and received Ph.D. degree from the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, U.K., in 1997. Currently he is working as Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering in University of Auckland, New Zealand. His research interests include nonlinear system identification and control, fault tolerant control, biomedical signal processing, sensor networks, and control applications to power system and wireless power transfer systems. He has authored/co-authored over 170 papers in different international journals and conferences. Dr. Swain is an Associate Editor of IEEE Sensors Journal and Member of the Editorial Board of International Journal of Automation and Control and International Journal of Sensors, Wireless Communications and Control.


PhD University of Sheffield, UK
MSc(Eng) National Institute of Technology, Rourkela, India
BSc(Eng) Veer Surendra Sai University of Technology,Burla, India


  • Member, Factuly Time Table Committe

Research | Current


  • Non-linear system identification and control
  • Non-linear signal processing
  • Control application to power system, wireless power transfer systems
  • Bio Inspired Computing, Machine Intelligence

Research Groups

  • Control Systems
  • Embedded Systems
  • Power Systems

Teaching | Current

  • ELECTENG 722 Control Systems
  • ELECTENG 704 Advanced Control Systems
  • ELECTENG 309 Power Apparatus and SYstems
  • SOFTENG 364 Computer Networks (Past Courses)
  • COMPSYS 725 Computer Networks and Distributed Applications (Past Courses)

Committees/Professional groups/Services


Professional Affiliations

  • Senior Member, IEEE, USA
  • Fellow, Institute of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers (IETE), India
  • Member, Institution of Engineers (IE), India
  • Life Member, System Society of India
  • Life Member, Indian Society of Technical Education

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Postelnik, L., Swain, A. K., & Stol, K. A. (2017). Approximate stable system centre approach to output tracking of non-minimum phase nonlinear systems. Journal of the Franklin Institute, 354 (8), 3322-3340. 10.1016/j.jfranklin.2017.01.007
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Karl Stol
  • Almakhles, D., Pyle, N., Mehrabi, H., Swain, A., & Hu, A. P. (2017). Single-bit modulator based controller for capacitive power transfer system. 2016 IEEE 2nd Annual Southern Power Electronics Conference (SPEC) Auckland, NZ: IEEE. 10.1109/SPEC.2016.7846084
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Aiguo Patrick Hu
  • Almakhles, D., Swain, A. K., & Nasiri, A. (2017). The dynamic behaviour of data-driven Delta-M and Delta Sigma-M in sliding mode control. International Journal of Control, 90 (11), 2406-2414. 10.1080/00207179.2016.1250160
  • Huang, L., Hu, A. P., Swain, A. K., & Su, Y. (2016). Z-impedance compensation for wireless power transfer based on electric field. IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, 31 (11), 7556-7563. 10.1109/TPEL.2016.2557461
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Aiguo Patrick Hu
  • Zhou, L., Swain, A., Naik, P., & Nair, N. (2016). A Dynamic Fuzzy Q-learning Controller to Improve Power System Transient Stability. IEEE International Conference on Power System Technology, POWERCON 2016 Wollongong, Australia.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Nirmal Nair
  • Almakhles, D., Swain, A. K., Nasiri, A., & Patel, N. (2016). An adaptive two-level quantizer for networked control systems. IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, 25 (3), 1084-1091. 10.1109/TCST.2016.2574768
  • Tayebi, A., Berber, S., & Swain, A. (2016). Syncim: A new impersonation attack against chip synchronization in WSN. Proceedings of the International Conference on Sensing Technology, ICST, 128-132. Massey University, New Zealand: IEEE. 10.1109/ICSensT.2015.7438377
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Stevan Berber
  • Nasiri, A., Nguang, S. K., Swain, A., & Almakhles, D. J. (2016). Robust output feedback controller design of discrete-time Takagi-Sugeno fuzzy systems: A non-monotonic Lyapunov approach. IET Control Theory and Applications, 10 (5), 545-553. 10.1049/iet-cta.2015.0750

Contact details

Primary office location

BUILDING 903 - Bldg 903
Level 4, Room 428
New Zealand

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