Dr Andrew John McDaid

BE (Hons), PhD

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Associate Professor

Research | Current

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  • Medical devices - design and control
  • Rehabilitation robotics and wearables
  • Artifical intelligence and machine learning
  • Functional electrical stimulation (FES) - Neuroprosthetics
  • Smart materials and soft robotics
  • Intelligent and adaptive control systems
  • Physiological control (EEG, HD-EMG)
  • Neuroscience and human motor control/learning
  • Gamification
  • Novel additive manufacturing for customised medical devices

Research currently funded by:

Health Research Council (HRC), RSNZ, MBIE, Callaghan Innovation, Auckland Medical Research Foundation (AMRF), Cure Kids, NZ Artifical Limb Service, US Office of Naval Research (ONR), Lottery Health Research Board, Ministry of Social Development, The University of Auckland

Teaching | Current

Director - Medical Devices & Technologies Program

ENGGEN770 - Medical Device Technologies

MECHENG736 - Biomechatronic Systems

MECHENG762 - Mechatronics Research Project

MECHENG322 - Control Systems

MECHENG312 - Sensors and Actuators

MECHENG201 - Electronics and Computing for Mechanical Engineers

Postgraduate supervision


ME (Research)

MEngSt (Medical Devices and Technolgies)

MEngSt (Mechanical Engineering)


UoA Early Career Research Excellence Award - 2015

AUEA Emerging Researcher Award - 2015

RSNZ Marsden Grant - 2014

Spark Ideas Challenge Winner - 2014

AMP 'Do Your Thing' Award - 2012

Best Student Paper Award, IEEE/ASME AIM2011 Conference 


Programme Director - Medical Devices & Technologies

Postgraduate Advisor (Research) - Mechanical Engineering

Outreach (incl schools liason) - Mechanical Engineering

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Faculty of Engineering Research Committee

Member IEEE

Member ASME

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Jayaneththi, V. R., Aw, K., Sharma, M., Wen, J., Svirskis, D., & McDaid, A. J. (2019). Controlled transdermal drug delivery using a wireless magnetic microneedle patch: Preclinical device development. SENSORS AND ACTUATORS B-CHEMICAL, 29710.1016/j.snb.2019.126708
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/48237
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Vinura Jayaneththi, Kean Aw, Manisha Sharma, Jingyuan Wen, Darren Svirskis
  • Jayaneththi, V. R., Viloria, J., Wiedemann, L. G., Jarrett, C., & McDaid, A. J. (2017). Robotic assessment of neuromuscular characteristics using musculoskeletal models: A pilot study. Computers in Biology and Medicine, 86, 82-89. 10.1016/j.compbiomed.2017.05.007
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Chris Jarrett, Vinura Jayaneththi
  • Jarrett, C., & McDaid, A. J. (2017). Robust control of a cable-driven soft exoskeleton joint for intrinsic human-robot interaction. IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, 25 (7), 976-986. 10.1109/TNSRE.2017.2676765
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Chris Jarrett
  • Jarrett, C., & McDaid, A. (2017). Virtual normalisation of physical impairment: A pilot study to evaluate motor learning in presence of physical impairment. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 1110.3389/fnins.2017.00101
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Chris Jarrett
  • Wang, J., McDaid, A., Lu, C., & Aw, K. (2017). A compact ionic polymer-metal composite (IPMC) actuated valveless pump for drug delivery. IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, 22 (1), 196-205. 10.1109/TMECH.2016.2624762
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/33539
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Kean Aw
  • McDaid, A. J., & Mace, B. R. (2016). A robust adaptive tuned vibration absorber using semi-passive shunt electronics. IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, 63 (8), 5069-5077. 10.1109/TIE.2016.2554541
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Brian Mace
  • Wang, J., Aw, K., McDaid, A., & Sharma, R. (2016). An efficiency improved diffuser with extended sidewall for application in valveless micropump. Heat and Mass Transfer, 52 (4), 913-923. 10.1007/s00231-015-1605-4
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/33533
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Kean Aw, Rajnish Sharma
  • McDaid, A. J. (2015). Development of an anatomical wrist therapy exoskeleton (AW-TEx). Paper presented at IEEE/RAS-EMBS International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics, Singapore. 11 August - 14 August 2015. 2015 IEEE International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics (ICORR). 10.1109/ICORR.2015.7281238


Contact details

Primary office location

Level 9, Room 907
New Zealand

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