Professor Mike Duke
The Dr John Gallagher Chair in Engineering
Qualifications: BEng (Hons) SBankPoly PhD SBank, MISES MANZSES
Personal Website: https://sci.waikato.ac.nz/about-us/engineering/our-research/WaiRAS
Professor Mike Duke is the Dr John Gallagher Chair in Engineering at the University of Waikato and co-leader of the Waikato Robotics Automation and Sensing (WaiRAS) research group. Mike's current research specializes in agricultural robotics 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, kiwiftuit, apple and asparagus harvesting, autonomous agricultural vehicles, robotic log scaler and kiwifruit yield estimation. He believes we are at the tipping point for a revolution in digital agriculture 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 a PBRF panel member and is now on both Marden and SfTI selection panels. He is also an active member of AgritTechNZ and is advocating that the Government establish a New Zealand Robotics Academy, focusing on agriculture.
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: https://hdl.handle.net/10289/13749
Williams, H., Ting, C., Nejati, M., Jones, M. H., Penhall, N., Lim, J. Y., . . . MacDonald, B. (2020). Improvements to and large-scale evaluation of a robotic kiwifruit harvester. Journal of Field Robotics, 37(2), 187-201. doi:10.1002/rob.21890
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.
Jangali, R., Lim, S. H., Duke, M., & McGuinness, B. (2020). Design and development of an apple fruitlet thinning end-effector. In Manufacturing, Design, Entrepreneurship (MaDE2020) (pp. 81). Auckland, New Zealand.
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