Professor Yifan Chen

Professor of Engineering and Associate Dean External Engagement

Qualifications: BEng(Hons I) PhD NTU

About Yifan

Dr. Yifan Chen is a Professor of Engineering and the Associate Dean External Engagement for the Faculty of Science and Engineering and the Faculty of Computing and Mathematical Sciences in the University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand. From 2012 to 2016, he was a Professor and the Head of Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering with Southern University of Science and Technology, Shenzhen, China, appointed through the Recruitment Program of Global Experts (known as “the Thousand Talents Plan”). In 2013, he was a Visiting Professor with Singapore University of Technology and Design, Singapore. From 2007 to 2012, he was a Lecturer and then a Senior Lecturer with the University of Greenwich and Newcastle University, U.K. From 2005 to 2007, he was a Project Officer and then a Research Fellow with Singapore-University of Washington Alliance in bioengineering, supported by Singapore Agency for Science, Technology and Research, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, and the University of Washington at Seattle, USA. He received the B.Eng. (Hons I) and Ph.D. degrees in electrical and electronic engineering from Nanyang Technological University in 2002 and 2006, respectively.

Professor Chen’s current research interests include computing-inspired biosensing and communication-inspired biotransport, physics-based signal processing for microwave medical imaging, radiofrequency for body-centric imaging, sensing and communications, and propagation channel modeling . He is the Coordinator of the European FP7 “CoNHealth” project on intelligent medical ICT, an elected Working Group Co-leader of the European COST Action TD1301 “MiMed” project on microwave medical imaging, an Advisory Committee Member of the European Horizon 2020 “CIRCLE” project on molecular communications, an Associate Investigator of the New Zealand Consortium for Medical Device Technologies (CMDT) and MedTech Centre of Research Excellence (MedTech CoRE), a Voting Member of the IEEE Standards Development Working Group 1906.1 on nanoscale and molecular communications, an Editor for IEEE Communications Society Best Readings in Nanoscale Communication Networks and IEEE Access Special Section in Nano-antennas, Nano-transceivers, and Nano-networks/Communications, and a Vice Chair of the IEEE Communications Society Emerging Technologies Initiative for Molecular, Biological and Multi-Scale Communications. He also served as a General Chair, Technical Program Chair, Tutorial and Special Session Chair, and Local Organization Committee Chair for several premier IEEE conferences such as ICC, ICCE-China, ICCC, ICCS, APCAP, APEMC, EDAPS, etc. He is a Fellow of IET and a Senior Member of IEEE.

Research Interests

  • Communication, Computing and Radiofrequency for Biomedicine
    • Computing-inspired Biosensing and Communication-inspired Biotransport
    • Physics-based Signal Processing for Microwave Medical Imaging
    • Radiofrequency for Body-centric Imaging, Sensing and Communications
    • Propagation Channel Modeling

Teaching Commitments


Electronics; Engineering; Imaging; Medical Physics

ICT-inspired Biomedicine, Nanoscale and Molecular Communications, Electromagnetic Medical Imaging and Diagnosis, Channel Modeling for Next-generation Wireless Communications

Recent Publications

  • Liu, L. W., Zhang, Q., & Chen, Y. (2018). Avramenko Diode Circuit Topology for Microwave Energy Harvesting in Goubau Line and Wireless Mediums. IEEE Access, 6, 18883-18893. doi:10.1109/ACCESS.2018.2822342

  • Abbasi, Q. H., Alomainy, A., Jornet, J. M., Han, C., & Chen, Y. (2018). IEEE access special section editorial: Nano-antennas, nano-transceivers and nano-networks/communications. IEEE Access, 6, 8270-8272. doi:10.1109/ACCESS.2018.2805578

  • Tang, X. -L., Zhang, Q., Hu, S., Zhuang, Y., Kandwal, A., Zhang, G., & Chen, Y. (2017). Continuous Beam Steering Through Broadside Using Asymmetrically Modulated Goubau Line Leaky-Wave Antennas. Scientific Reports, 7(1). doi:10.1038/s41598-017-12118-8 Open Access version:

  • Yeboah-Akowuah, B., Kosmas, P., & Chen, Y. (2017). A Q-Slot Monopole for UWB Body-Centric Wireless Communications. IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, 65(10), 5069-5075. doi:10.1109/TAP.2017.2740977 Open Access version:

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Contact Details

Room: G.2.17
Phone: +64 7 837 9545