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)

  • Raos, B. J., Doyle, C. S., Simpson, M. C., Graham, E. S., & Unsworth, C. P. (2018). Selective PEGylation of Parylene-C/SiO2Substrates for Improved Astrocyte Cell Patterning. Sci Rep, 8 (1)10.1038/s41598-018-21135-0
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Cather Simpson, Brad Raos, Scott Graham
  • 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
  • Wang, Y., Zheng, H., Graham, E. S., Plank, N. O. V., & Unsworth, C. P. (2017). Extracellular recording of human NTera2 neurons with gold microelectrodes in an SU-8 trench. International IEEE/EMBS Conference on Neural Engineering, NER. 10.1109/NER.2017.8008317
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Scott Graham
  • 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
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Brad Raos, Scott Graham
  • 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
  • Jordan, M. D., Raos, B. J., Bunting, A. S., Murray, A. F., Graham, E. S., & Unsworth, C. P. (2016). Human astrocytic grid networks patterned in parylene-C inlayed SiO2 trenches. Biomaterials, 105, 117-126. 10.1016/j.biomaterials.2016.08.006
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Brad Raos, Scott Graham
  • Javaid, Z., Boocock, M. G., McNair, P. J., & Unsworth, C. P. (2016). Contour interpolated radial basis functions with spline boundary correction for fast 3D reconstruction of the human articular cartilage from MR images. Medical Physics, 43 (3), 1187-1199. 10.1118/1.4941076
  • Bachtiar, L. R., Newcomb, R. D., Kralicek, A. V., & Unsworth, C. P. (2016). Improving odorant chemical class prediction with multi-layer perceptrons using temporal odorant spike responses from drosophila melanogaster olfactory receptor neurons. 2016 IEEE 38th Annual International Conference of the Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC), 6393-6396. Orlando, Florida, US: IEEE - Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. 10.1109/EMBC.2016.7592191
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Richard Newcomb, Luqman Bachtiar

Contact details

Primary location

Level 3, Room 335
New Zealand