Associate Professor Charles Peter Unsworth

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Associate Professor


  • Senior Lecturer


Dr Charles Unsworth (Senior Lecturer) holds a BSc(Hons) in Mathematical Physics from the University of Liverpool, an MSc in Astronomical Technology from Edinburgh University’s Royal Observatory, and a PhD in Millimeter-Wave Physics at the University of St Andrews. He was a Higher Scientific Officer of the Defense Evaluation Research Agency (DERA) at the Ministry of Defense, UK, in the area of radar hardware. He completed a 3 year Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Edinburgh in Radar Signal Processing and a 2 year Postdoctoral Mobility Fellow at Edinburgh University collaborating with the Royal Hospital of Sick Children, Edinburgh in Biomedical Signal Processing. He joined the Department of Engineering Science in 2002.


PhD Millimeter-Wave Physics, University of St Andrews
MSc Astronomical Technology, Royal Observatory, University of Edinburgh
BSc(Hons) in Mathematical Physics, University of St Andrews



Postgraduate Adviser for Engineering Science

Research | Current


  • Advanced Signal and Image Processing
  • Neuroengineering

Research groups

Signal Processing Group

Teaching | Current


  • BIOMENG 241 - Instrumentation
  • ENGSCI 313 - Mathematical Modelling 3ECE
  • ENGSCI 314 - Mathematical Modelling 3ES
  • ENGSCI 712 - Studies in Mathematical Modelling and Computation

Committees/Professional groups/Services


Professional affiliations

  • Professional Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (MIEEE)
  • Professional Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (MIET)
  • Professional Member of the Royal Society of New Zealand (MRSNZ)
  • Professional Member of the Engineering in Medical & Biology Society (MEMBS)
  • Member of the New Zealand Mathematical Society (NZMS)
  • Member of the Auckland Neuroscience Network (ANN)
  • Member of the Tertiary Education Union (TEU)

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Maddah, M., Unsworth, C. P., & Plank, N. O. (2019). Selective growth of ZnO nanowires with varied aspect ratios on an individual substrate. MATERIALS RESEARCH EXPRESS, 6 (1)10.1088/2053-1591/aae6a2
  • Bennet, L., Galinsky, R., Draghi, V., Lear, C. A., Davidson, J. O., Unsworth, C. P., & Gunn, A. J. (2018). Time and sex dependent effects of magnesium sulphate on post-asphyxial seizures in preterm fetal sheep. The Journal of physiology, 596 (23), 6079-6092. 10.1113/jp275627
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Alistair Gunn, Laura Bennet, Christopher Lear
  • Abbasi, H., Drury, P. P., Lear, C. A., Gunn, A. J., Davidson, J. O., Bennet, L., & Unsworth, C. P. (2018). EEG sharp waves are a biomarker of striatal neuronal survival after hypoxia-ischemia in preterm fetal sheep. Scientific reports, 8 (1)10.1038/s41598-018-34654-7
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Hamid Abbasi, Paul Drury, Christopher Lear, Alistair Gunn, Laura Bennet
  • Raos, B. J., Simpson, M. C., Doyle, C. S., Murray, A. F., Graham, E. S., & Unsworth, C. P. (2018). Patterning of functional human astrocytes onto parylene-C/SiO2 substrates for the study of Ca2+ dynamics in astrocytic networks. Journal of neural engineering, 15 (3)10.1088/1741-2552/aaae1d
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Cather Simpson
  • Raos, B. J., Doyle, C. S., Simpson, M. C., Graham, E. S., & Unsworth, C. P. (2018). Selective PEGylation of Parylene-C/SiO2 Substrates for Improved Astrocyte Cell Patterning. Scientific reports, 8 (1)10.1038/s41598-018-21135-0
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Cather Simpson
  • Rastin, S. J., Gledhill, K. R., & Unsworth, C. P. (2018). A detailed spatiotemporal wavelet study to improve the P-Phase picking performance for the 2007–2010 Shallow Earthquake Swarms near Matata, New Zealand. Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, 108 (1), 260-277. 10.1785/0120150228
  • Raos, B. J., Graham, E. S., & Unsworth, C. P. (2017). Nanosecond UV lasers stimulate transient Ca2+ elevations in human hNT astrocytes. Journal of Neural Engineering, 14 (3)10.1088/1741-2552/aa5f27
  • Abbasi, H., Bennet, L., Gunn, A. J., & Unsworth, C. P. (2017). Robust wavelet stabilized footprints of uncertainty for fuzzy system classifiers to automatically detect sharp waves in the EEG after hypoxia ischemia. International Journal of Neural Systems, 27 (3).10.1142/S0129065716500519
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Hamid Abbasi, Alistair Gunn, Laura Bennet

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 3, Room 335
New Zealand