Professor Mike Duke
The Dr John Gallagher Chair in Engineering
Qualifications: BEng (Hons) SBankPoly PhD SBank, AgriTech NZ,
Personal Website: https://eng.waikato.ac.nz/research/WaiRAS
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.
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
Peebles, M., Barnett, J., Duke, M., & Lim, S. H. (2020). Robotic harvesting of asparagus using machine learning and time-of-flight imaging - overview of development and field trials. In IEEE International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering Vol. 2020-August. Hong Kong (Online Zoom Meeting). doi:10.1109/CASE48305.2020.9217006
Pickering, N., Duke, M., & Lim, S. H. (2020). A time constrained System of Systems discovery process and canvas. A case study in agriculture technology focusing on an automated Asparagus Harvester.. In IEEE 15th International Conference of System of Systems Engineering, Proceedings (pp. 67-73). doi:10.1109/SoSE50414.2020.9130502
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
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