Professor Udaya Kumara Madawala

BE (Hons), PhD

Research | Current

Power electronics is my main field of research.  Within this discipline, I have been working on various development and research projects in relation to bidirectional wireless power transfer (WPT), grid integration of renewable energy sources, permanent magnet motor/generator design and control and power converters.  At present, I am focusing on bi-directional wireless charging of electric vehicles (EVs) for V2G applications, wired and wireless rapid charging of electric ferries (EFs), high power converters, energy management and mitigating the impacts of EV charging on the grid.





Research opportunities:

  • There are number of interesting power electronics projects related to wireless EV charging and V2X systems.  Priority will be given to applicants who have research experience and own funding.
  • Funding is currently available for
  • You may contact me directly

Teaching | Current

Over the years, I have taught numerous courses, covering a wide range of topics.  These include electronic design, fundamentals of electricity, electro-magnetics, electric machines, power systems, advanced power systems, power electronics and heavy current electronics.  At present, I teach power electronics and energy systems.

Postgraduate supervision

Current PhD students

  1. Bingkun Song (PhD: Impact of grid-interation EVs)
  2. Meilin Hu (PhD: WPT Magnetics)
  3. Jayani Karunarathna (PhD: Reliability Analysis of WPT systems)
  4. Gayani Zoyza (PhD: PM motor drives)
  5. Dong Weihao (PhD: Modelling of WPT systems)
  6. Hameed Reza (PhD: Modular WPT systems)
  7. Yuan Song (PhD: Polyphase WPT systems)
  8. Steven Ruddel (PhD: Dynamic EV charging )
  9. Bing Li (PhD: Control of dynamic EV chargiung systems)


  • Fellow IEEE
  • Distinguished Lecturer, IEEE Power Electronics Society


In the past, I have served as the Director of Teaching & Learning in the Department, Member of the Faculty of Engineering Staffing Committee, and as the Associate Dean (International) for Faculty of Engineering.  

I now serve as Deputy Head of Department ( Research) and Member of the University Disciplinary Committee.

Areas of expertise

Power Electronics, Renewable Energy, Wireless (Inductive) Power Transfer, Permanent Magnet Motor Drives, High Power Converters, Battery Charging, V2G Systems

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Professional affiliations

  • Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics
  • Member at Large, Administrative Committee, IEEE Power Electronics Society
  • Chair, Steering Committee, IEEE Southern Power Electronics Conference (SPEC)


Accepted & Recent Keynote/Plenary speeches:

  • International Meet on Electronics and Electrical Engineering (EEEMEET2022), March, Dubai, UAE, 2022,
  • Global Meet on Power and Energy Engineering (GMPOWER2022), August, Paris, France, 2022,
  • Global Conference on Electrical and Electronics(GCEE-2021), Dec, 202, Rome, Italy,
  • The 3rd International Conference on High Voltage Engineering and Power Systems CHVEPS 2021, October 5-6, Bandung, Indonesia 2021,
  • International Conference on Electrical, Electronics and Computing Technology (EECT 2021), March 2021, Xiamen, China,
  • IEEE 10th International Conference on Power and Energy Systems (ICPES), Dec., China, 2020,
  • IEEE International Conference on Power Engineering (ICPE), Dec., China, 2020,
  • IEEE International Conference on Power Electronics & Renewable Energy Applications (PEREA), Nov., India, 2020,
  • 5th IEEE International Conference on Computing, Communication and Automation (ICCA), Oct., India, 2020,
  • 3rd IEEE, International Conference on Power and Energy Applications (ICPEA), Oct., South Korea, 2020,
  • 5th IEEE Southern Power Electronics Conference SPEC 2019, Dec., Santos, Brazil
  • 8th IEEE International Vehicle Power and Propulsion Conference, VPPC 2019, Hanoi, Vietnam
  • 8th IEEE International Conference on Power & Energy, ICPES 2018, Sri Lanka
  • 4th IEEE Southern Power Electronics Conference SPEC 2018, Singapore


Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Liu, Y., Madawala, U. K., Mai, R., & He, Z. (2020). Zero-Phase-Angle Controlled Bidirectional Wireless EV Charging Systems for Large Coil Misalignments. IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON POWER ELECTRONICS, 35 (5), 5343-5353. 10.1109/TPEL.2019.2941709
  • Zhao, L., Thrimawithana, D. J., Madawala, U. K., & Hu, A. P. (2020). A Push-Pull Parallel Resonant Converter-Based Bidirectional IPT System. IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON POWER ELECTRONICS, 35 (3), 2659-2667. 10.1109/TPEL.2019.2930283
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Duleepa Thrimawithana, Aiguo Patrick Hu
  • Madawala, U., Thrimawithana, D., Zhao, L., Hu, A., & Song, Y.. Polyphase Hybrid IPT System. 20190348866 Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Aiguo Patrick Hu, Duleepa Thrimawithana
  • Wang, Y., Mi, C. C., Madawala, U. K., Tse, C. K. M., & Marcos Alonso, J. (2019). Guest Editorial: Advanced Technologies Utilised in Wireless Power Transfer Systems. IET POWER ELECTRONICS, 12 (10), 2433-2435. 10.1049/iet-pel.2019.0824
  • Song, Y., Madawala, U. K., Thrimawithana, D. J., & Vilathgamuwa, M. (2019). Three-phase bi-directional wireless EV charging system with high tolerance to pad misalignment. IET POWER ELECTRONICS, 12 (10), 2697-2705. 10.1049/iet-pel.2018.6279
  • Ruddell, S., Madawala, U. K., & Thrimawithana, D. J. (2019). Dynamic WPT system for EV charging with integrated energy storage. IET POWER ELECTRONICS, 12 (10), 2660-2668. 10.1049/iet-pel.2018.5848
  • Zhang, S., & Madawala, U. K. (2019). A Hybrid Model Predictive Multilayer Control Strategy for Modular Multilevel Converters. IEEE JOURNAL OF EMERGING AND SELECTED TOPICS IN POWER ELECTRONICS, 7 (2), 1002-1014. 10.1109/JESTPE.2019.2903348
  • Liu, Y., Madawala, U. K., Mai, R., & He, Z. (2019). A New Bi-directional Wireless EV Charging Controller Tolerant to Large Pad Misalignments. Paper presented at 11th Annual IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition (ECCE), Baltimore, MD. 29 September - 3 October 2019. 2019 IEEE ENERGY CONVERSION CONGRESS AND EXPOSITION (ECCE). (pp. 5).


Contact details

Primary office location

Level 6, Room 635
New Zealand

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