Dr Gerard Rowe


Professor (Electrical and Computer Engineering)

Deputy Dean (Academic), Faculty of Engineering

Research | Current

Gerard's research interests lie in the areas of radio systems, electromagnetics, bioelectromagnetics, communications and engineering education.

Within the areas of radio systems and electromagnetics, his research is concentrated on developing improved techniques for prediction of mobile radio path loss, on multiple obstacle diffraction loss modelling, on improvements in physical layer modelling of mobile ad hoc networks and on weak signal detection including its application in cognitive radio systems.

His research interests in  the area of bioelectromagnetics are concerned with evaluation of aspects of the New Zealand Radio Frequency (RF) Safety Standard, with the interaction between weak (non-thermal) electromagnetic fields and biological tissue and in the therapeutic and diagnostic applications of electromagnetic fields.

His engineering education research is centred on identification of threshold concepts in electrical engineering, in the development of intelligent tutoring systems, the secondary-to-tertiary transition, the impact of peer-marking, improved academic performance for at-risk students, improved diagnostic instruments, identifying strategies for acquainting academic staff with better teaching pedagogies and investigation of student learning styles.

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • De Ruvo, G., Tempero, E., Rowe, G. B., & Giacaman, N. (2018). Understanding Semantic Style by Analysing Student Code. ACM International Conference Proceeding Series. 10.1145/3160489.3160500
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Nasser Giacaman, Ewan Tempero, Andrew Luxton-Reilly
  • Tian, J., Berber, S., & Rowe, G. (2017). Modelling, analysis and performance evaluation of DSSS-based communications in WSNs over frequency-selective fading channels. International Journal of Wireless and Mobile Computing, 12 (3), 207-207. 10.1504/IJWMC.2017.084812
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Stevan Berber
  • Goh, Y. Z., Neve, M. J., & Rowe, G. B. (2017). Implications of complex wall structures on indoor wireless systems performance. Paper presented at 15th Australian Symposium on Antennas, Sydney, Australia. 7 February - 8 February 2017.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Michael Neve, Yuen Zhuang Goh
  • Hadisantono, Rowe, G. B., & Giacaman, N. (2016). Customizing the EPSA rubric to cover local curriculum content for assessment of engineering professional skills. Proceedings of the 27th annual conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education, 311-319. Coffs Harbour, Australia. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Hadisantono Hadisantono, Nasser Giacaman
  • Varoy, E., Giacaman, N., & Rowe, G. B. (2016). Enhancing students conceptual understanding using visualisation software and collaboration. Paper presented at Electronics New Zealand National Conference ENZCON 2016, Wellington, New Zealand. 17 November - 18 November 2016. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Elliot Varoy, Nasser Giacaman
  • Collis, B., Rowe, G., & Donald, C. (2016). Development of electric circuit understanding through fundamental concept tutorials. Paper presented at 27th Australasian Association of Engineering Education (AAEE) 2016, Southern Cross University, Coffs Harbour, New South Wales. 4 December - 7 December 2016. The Changing Role of the Engineering Educator for developing the Future Engineer.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Claire Donald
  • Tian, J., Berber, S. M., & Rowe, G. B. (2016). Energy Efficiency of Decode and Forward Cooperation in WSNs Over Frequency-selective Channels. Paper presented at 22nd Asia-Pacific Conference on Communications (APCC), Yogyakarta, INDONESIA. 25 August - 27 August 2016. 2016 22ND ASIA-PACIFIC CONFERENCE ON COMMUNICATIONS (APCC). (pp. 6).
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/31404
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jianjie Tian, Stevan Berber
  • Tian, J., Berber, S., & Rowe, G. (2015). Error performance of chaotic spreading spectrum systems in frequency selective fading channels for WSNS. i-manager’s Journal on Communication Engineering and Systems, 4 (3), 1-8.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/34749
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jianjie Tian, Stevan Berber

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 5, Room 501
New Zealand