Professor Mike Duke

Mike Duke

Acting Dean of the School of Engineering and The Dr John Gallagher Chair in Engineering

Qualifications: BEng (Hons) SBankPoly PhD SBank, AgriTech NZ,

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Professor Mike Duke is the Dr John Gallagher Chair in Engineering at the  University of Waikato and a founding member of Waikato Robotics Automation and  Sensing (WaiRAS) research group. Mike's current research specializes in agricultural engineering and he works with growers and machine manufacturers to undertake applied research into automating agricultural processes such as harvesting. His main industry research partner is Robotics Plus (RPL), New Zealand's leading Agri-robotics company. He has worked with them on a range of projects including,  kiwifruit, apple and asparagus harvesting, autonomous agricultural vehicles, robotic log scaler and kiwifruit yield estimation. He believes we are at the start a revolution in agricultural robotics, smart automation and orchard digitisation and that New Zealand is ideally placed to be a global leader.

Mike is also active in New Zealand's research landscape. He a principle investigator of the MBIE Optimising Horticulture project, led by Professor Bruce Macdonald at Auckland University. He was on the PBRF panel, is an EIS Marsden panellist and an active member of AgriTech NZ.

Recent Publications

  • Au, C. K., Redstall, M., Duke, M., Kuang, Y. C., & Lim, S. H. (2021). Obtaining the effective gripper dimensions for a kiwifruit harvesting robot using kinematic calibration procedures. Industrial Robot. doi:10.1108/IR-09-2021-0198

  • McGuinness, B., Duke, M., Au, C. K., & Lim, S. H. (2021). Measuring radiata pine seedling morphological features using a machine vision system. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture, 189. doi:10.1016/j.compag.2021.106355

  • Au, C. K., Barnett, J., Lim, S. H., & Duke, M. (2020). Workspace analysis of Cartesian robot system for kiwifruit harvesting. Industrial Robot. doi:10.1108/IR-12-2019-0255 Open Access version:

  • Barnett, J., Lim, S. H., & Duke, M. (2020). Compliant grippers - an additive approach. In Manufacturing, Design, Entrepreneurship New Zealand (MaDE2020) (pp. 90). Auckland, New Zealand.

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Agriculture and Biosystems

Contact Details

Email: [email protected]
Room: CD.1.02
Phone: +64 7 838 4522
Cellphone: 0223536901