Professor Kevin William Sowerby


Kevin W. Sowerby  received the B.E. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Auckland in 1986 and 1989, respectively. During 1989 and 1990, he was a Leverhulme Visiting Fellow at the University of Liverpool (UK). In 1990, he returned to the University of Auckland to take up an academic post in what is now the Department of Electrical, Computer, and Software Engineering (ECSE), where he is now a Professor. He has been the Head of the ECSE Department since 2016. Dr Sowerby has spent extended periods of research leave at Virginia Tech (1997), Simon Fraser University (1997 and 2005), Motorola Research Labs (2005), Georgia Tech (2012), TNO in The Netherlands (2012), and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (2012-13). His research interests include wireless communications systems and, in particular, methods for designing reliable high-capacity networks. Within the IEEE he was the founding Chair of New Zealand’s first Communications Society Chapter and he has served as Chair of the New Zealand North Section and the New Zealand Council. He has served as the Region 10 representative on the IEEE Admission and Advancement Committee and chaired the award committee for the IEEE Daniel E. Noble Award for Emerging Technology.

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Kamal, N. L. M., Sowerby, K. W., & Neve, M. J. (2020). On the influence of the propagation environment on throughput performance in indoor wireless network. WIRELESS NETWORKS, 26 (2), 865-878. 10.1007/s11276-018-1832-y
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Michael Neve
  • Austin, A. C. M., Guven, D., Neve, M. J., & Sowerby, K. W. (2019). 60 GHz Millimetre-Wave Channel Characterisation for Indoor Office Environments. Proceedings 2019 13th European Conference on Antennas and Propagation (EuCAP) Krakow, Poland: IEEE. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Andrew Austin, Michael Neve
  • Ramachandran, S., Neve, M. J., & Sowerby, K. W. (2018). Millimetre wave antenna deployment in a single room environment. IET MICROWAVES ANTENNAS & PROPAGATION, 12 (15), 2390-2394. 10.1049/iet-map.2018.5512
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Michael Neve
  • Khalil, M., Barber, S., & Sworby, K. (2018). High energy efficiency for low error rate in wireless relay networks. IET Signal Processing, 12 (5), 659-665. 10.1049/iet-spr.2017.0205
  • Abeywardana, R. C., Sowerby, K. W., & Berber, S. M. (2018). Empowering infotainment applications: A multi-channel service management framework for cognitive radio enabled vehicular Ad Hoc networks. 2018 IEEE 87th Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC2018-Spring), 1-5. Piscataway, NJ: IEEE. 10.1109/VTCSpring.2018.8417749
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Stevan Berber, Rajith Abeywardana
  • Berber, S. M., & Sowerby, K. W. (2018). Visual presentation of abstract theoretical concepts using animations in communication systems courses. Computer Applications in Engineering Education, 26 (1), 49-61. 10.1002/cae.21860
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Stevan Berber
  • Abeywardana, R. C., Sowerby, K. W., & Berber, S. M. (2017). SimuCRV: A Simulation Framework for Cognitive Radio Enabled Vehicular Ad Hoc Networks. Proceedings 2017 IEEE 85th Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC Spring), 1-5. Sydney, NSW, Australia: IEEE. 10.1109/VTCSpring.2017.8108453
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Rajith Abeywardana, Stevan Berber
  • Khalil, M. I., Berber, S. M., & Sowerby, K. W. (2017). High SNR approximation for performance analysis of two-way multiple relay networks. Physical Communication, 24, 62-70. 10.1016/j.phycom.2017.04.007
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Stevan Berber

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