Research Institutes

The Artificial Intelligence Institute works with Research Institutes based at the University of Waikato and elsewhere.

Environmental Research Institute - Te Tumu Whakaora Taiao

Takes a collaborative, systems-level approach to environmental research to develop insights and expertise to improve and sustain the quality of the natural and physical environment, focusing on Antarctic, coastal and marine, freshwater, and terrestrial ecosystems.

Learn more about ERI.

Te Puna Haumaru New Zealand Institute for Security and Crime Science

Established in 2016, this multidisciplinary institute explores: theories in crime science, modelling and analysis of date on crime and security issues, the use of computer science to assist evidence-based police, and research in psychology relevant to criminal behaviour and police processes. 

Learn more about NZISCS.

Te Kotahi Research Institute

Develops research that supports iwi, Māori, indigenous nations, communities, organisations, and works with researchers to engage and focus on building  key research skills related to Māori and  indigenous research methods and practice. 

Learn more about Te Kotahi Institute.


Specialises in addressing scientific challenges in New Zealand’s horticulture industry with cutting-edge Artificial Intelligence [AI] technology solutions that produce competitive advantage, as a collaborative partnership founded by horticultural-aligned companies from the Bay of Plenty. The University of Waikato is a shareholder. 

Learn more about PlantTech.


A collaboration to support Scion’s Forest Flows research programme through the analytics capability of the Time-Evolving Data Science / Artificial Intelligence for Advanced Open Environmental Science (TAIAO) platform. 

Learn more about Scion.

Cardiff University

The University of Waikato has an existing relationship with Cardiff University, and the AI Institute is now connected with the following -

Data Innovation Research Institute

Centre for Cybersecurity Research