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Ian Woodhead

Chief Scientist

Ian Woodhead


Professor Ian Woodhead is Lincoln Agritech’s Chief Scientist and Group Manager of the Lincoln Technology Group. With almost 40 years’ experience in sensor development, his main research interests are measuring the broadband dielectric properties of composite materials including water content, physical measurements using microwave and mm waves, and high speed electronics.

Professor Woodhead has created a number of globally-marketed sensors, including devices to evaluate the performance of electric fences and the Aquaflex electronic soil moisture sensor, sold by Streat Instruments, that has paved the way for more efficient irrigation systems and allowed farmers to use water more sustainably.

He is a member of IEEE and the Antennas and Propagation, portfolio leader and management team member for the National Science Challenge – Science for Technological Innovation, Chair of New Zealand Electronics Institute Canterbury, board member of Lincoln University’s Centre for Soil and Environmental Quality, and editorial board member of Biosystems Engineering (Elsevier). Woodhead has been an advisor to and is a regular assessor for MBIE Science, assessor for the French National Research Agency, and technical/organising committee member and session chair of ISEMA, IEEE I&M, ICST and TDR international conferences.

Professor Woodhead was awarded the Royal Society Te Aparangi’s Scott Medal in 2017; the engineering science and technology award was presented in recognition of the wide range of sensors he has developed for the agricultural and environmental sectors.

He has particular interests in:

  • Sensors, especially using electromagnetic fields
  • Electromagnetic modelling
  • Time domain reflectometry
  • High speed electronics


Allowing for Refraction in Back Propagation, 2023 IEEE Conference on Antenna Measurements and Applications (CAMA)
Platt IG, Eccleston KE, Tan A, Anton E, Nelson J, Woodhead IM
DOI: 10.1109/CAMA57522.2023.10352693
Microwave Field Measurement of New Zealand Alpine Snow Wetness, International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium
Tan A E-C, Rack W, Eccleston K W, Platt I G, Anton E-M, Woodhead Ian M
TAN.A_IGARSS paper2023
Demonstration of a Negative-Refractive-Index Lens Imaging System, 2022 Asia-Pacific Microwave Conference (APMC)
Eccleston KW, Zhou Y, Platt IG, Tan A E-C, Woodhead IM
DOI: 10.23919/APMC55665.2022.9999905
Multipixel Metamaterial Lens Imaging System, 2022 IEEE Conference on Antenna Measurements and Applications (CAMA)
Eccleston K W, Zhou Y, Platt IG, Tan A E-C, Anton E, Woodhead I M
A Dual Dielectric-Resonator-Loaded Probe System Designed for Microwave Medical Imaging, 2021 IEEE Conference on Antenna Measurements & Applications (CAMA)
Zhou, Y., Eccleston, K., Tan, A., Platt, I., Bateman C., Woodhead, I
Non-Invasive Groundwater Velocity Measurements Using a Novel Electromagnetic Flowmeter, “IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurements”
Mitchell B, Zhou Y, Hayes M, Heffernan B, Platt I, Bailey J, Hunze A, Gao K, Long N, Woodhead I
Modelling of the Dielectric Resonator and Metal Strip Based Negative-Refractive-Index Lens, 2021 IEEE Asia-Pacific Microwave Conference (APMC)
Eccleston, K W, Zhou, Y, Platt, I G, Tan, A E-C, Woodhead, I M
Contrast Capability of the NRI Lens, 2021 IEEE Conference on Antenna Measurements & Applications (CAMA)
Eccleston K. W., Zhou Y., Platt I. G., Tan A. E.-C., Bateman C., Woodhead I.M.
Dispersion Errors in Time Domain Reflectometry, ISEMA Conference
Woodhead, I., Platt, I., Rankin, D., Tan, A., Eccleston, K
Planar Lens Based on Dielectric Resonators and Printed Continuous Metal Strips, 2020 Asia Pacific Microwave Conference (APMC2020)
K. W. Eccleston, Y. Zhou, I. G. Platt, I. M. Woodhead and A. E.-C. Tan
Snow Depth Measurements from an Octo-copter Mounted Radar, IEE – International Microwave Symposium
Adrian Tan, Josh McCulloch, Wolfgang Rack, Ian Platt, Ian Woodhead
Evaluation of Backpropagation Reconstruction Algorithm for 3D Microwave Imaging of Body Part Anomalie, IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation and North American Radio Science Meeting
Claire Migliaccio, Christian Pichot, Ian Platt, Adrian Tan, Ian Woodhead
Radar Measurements of Snow Depth Over Sea Ice on an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing
Tan, A. E. C., McCulloch, J., Wolfgang, R., Platt, I., Woodhead, I.
Matrix-Based Constitutive Parameter and Generalised Surface Effect Retrieval, 4th Australian Microwave Symposium (AMS2020), 2p, Sydney, Australia
Eccleston, K.W., Platt, I., Woodhead, I., Tan, A. E. C.