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Ken Mercer

Senior Tutor

School of Engineering and Advanced Technology

I qualified as a toolmaker and later graduated with a BSc in Electronics and Computer Science. Major projects which I've contributed to include an asparagus sorting line for Tendertips Ltd which processes several hundred tons of asparagus each year. More recently I've been part of a group developing the Classifynder which is an automatic pollen scanning microscope. The Classifynder won the Supreme Award for Engineering Excellence at the 2013 NZ Engineering Excellence Awards.

Professional

Contact details

  • Ph: 646 350 5799 2448
    Location: RC2.64, Riddet
    Campus: Turitea

Qualifications

  • BSc - Massey University (1994)
  • NZCE - Palmerston North Polytechnic (1992)
  • Toolmaker - Palmerston North Polytechnic (1985)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Robotics, Mechatronics, Analogue Electronics, Digital Electronics.

Thematics

Design – for Commerce, Community and Culture

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Control Systems, Robotics and Automation (090602): Electrical and Electronic Engineering (090600): Engineering (090000): Industrial Electronics (090603): Manufacturing Engineering (091000): Precision Engineering (091011)

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 0 1

Research Outputs

Journal

White, RS., & Mercer, KA. (2004). Solar battery charger. Projects: Project Papers by the Final-Year Students of the Bachelor of Engineering and Bachelor of Technology. 13, 208-212
[Journal article]Authored by: Mercer, K.
Weir, R., & Mercer, KA. (2004). Class D digital audio amplifier. Projects: Project Papers by the Final-Year Students of the Bachelor of Engineering and Bachelor of Technology. 13, 203-207
[Journal article]Authored by: Mercer, K.

Conference

Sen Gupta, G., Mercer, K., Shi, W., & Bronlund, J. (2016). Towards the development of a low-cost food texture analyser. IEEE I2MTC 2016 Proceedings. (pp. 1 - 6). : 2016 IEEE International Instrumentation and Measurement Technology Conference
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Bronlund, J., Mercer, K., Sen Gupta, G.
Sen Gupta, G., Taylor, B., & Mercer, K. (2016). Flexible architecture to automate farm machinery operation: Preliminary results. IEEE SAS Proceedings. (pp. 1 - 5). : IEEE Sensors Applications Symposium (SAS 2016)
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Mercer, K., Sen Gupta, G.
Gilman, A., & Davis, G.Implementing a Guitar Effects Processing Unit (GePU) using Arduino. In K. Mercer (Ed.) (pp. 51 - 55). : Electronics New Zealand Conference
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Gilman, A.Edited by: Mercer, K.
Thomas, R., Gupta, GS., & Mercer, K. (2011). Sensors for an omni-directional mobile platform. Conference Record - IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Technology Conference. (pp. 397 - 402).
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Mercer, K., Sen Gupta, G.
Lach, C., Punchihewa, GA., De Silva, CD., & Mercer, KA. (2007). Wi-Fi technology for smart home system. Poster session presented at the meeting of 14th Electronics New Zealand Conference (ENZCon 2007). Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, NZ
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Mercer, K.
Lach, C., Punchihewa, GA., De Silva, CD., & Mercer, KA. (2007). Wi-Fi technology for smart home system. In DA. Carnegie, & P. Teal (Eds.) Proceedings of the 14th Electronics New Zealand Conference (ENZCon 2007). (pp. 331 - 335).
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Mercer, K.
Lach, C., Punchihewa, GA., De Silva, CD., & Mercer, KA. (2007). Smart home system operating remotely via 802.11b/g wireless technology. Poster session presented at the meeting of 4th International Conference on Computational Intelligence, Robotics and Autonomous Systems. Massey University, Palmerston North, NZ
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Mercer, K.
Lach, C., Punchihewa, GA., De Silva, CD., & Mercer, KA. (2007). Smart home system operating remotely via 802.11b/g wireless technology. In SC. Mukhopadhyay, CH. Messom, L. De Silva, & G. Sen Gupta (Eds.) Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Computational Intelligence, Robotics and Autonomous Systems. (pp. 146 - 150).
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Mercer, K.
Brooks, TT., Bakker, HH., Page, WH., & Mercer, KA. (2006). Field coverage optimization using genetic algorithms. In R. Webb, & M. Hayes (Eds.) Proceedings of the 13th Electronics New Zealand Conference. (pp. 272 - 277).
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Bakker, H., Mercer, K., Page, W.
Brooks, TT., Bakker, HH., Page, WH., & Mercer, KA. (2006, November). Field coverage optimization using genetic algorithms. Presented at 13th Electronics New Zealand Conference. University of Canterbury, Christchurch, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Bakker, H., Mercer, K., Page, W.
Brooks, TT., Bakker, HH., Mercer, KA., & Page, WH. (2005). A review of synchronization methods in wireless sensor networks. In GS. Gupta, SC. Mukhopadhyay, & CHM. Eds (Eds.) 1st International Conference on Sensing Technology. (pp. 338 - 343). Palmerston North, NZ
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Bakker, H., Mercer, K., Page, W.
Brooks, TT., Bakker, HH., Mercer, KA., & Page, WH. (2005). A review of position tracking methods. In GS. Gupta, SC. Mukhopadhyay, & CHM. Eds (Eds.) 1st International Conference on Sensing Technology. (pp. 54 - 59). Palmerston North, NZ
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Bakker, H., Mercer, K., Page, W.
Sen Gupta, G., Mukhopadhyay, SC., & Mercer, KA. (2004). Teaching dc motor control using mixed-signal microcontroller - a project based approach. In LCD. Silva, & R. Browne (Eds.) The Association for Engineering Education in SouthEast and East Asia and The Pacific. (pp. 127 - 133). Albany, NZ
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Mercer, K., Mukhopadhyay, S., Sen Gupta, G.
Mercer, KA., Sen Gupta, G., & Mukhopadhyay, SC. (2004, November). A versatile expansion board for enhanced learning of micro-controller. Presented at 11th Electronics New Zealand Conference. Massey University, Palmerston North, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Mercer, K., Mukhopadhyay, S., Sen Gupta, G.
Mercer, KA., Sen Gupta, G., & Mukhopadhyay, SC. (2004). A versatile expansion board for enhanced learning of micro-controller. In RCO. Ed (Ed.) Eleventh Electronics New Zealand Conference (ENZCon'04). (pp. 269 - 274). Palmerston North, NZ
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Mercer, K., Mukhopadhyay, S., Sen Gupta, G.
Sen Gupta, G., Mukhopadhyay, SC., & Mercer, KA. (2004, December). Teaching DC motor control using mixed-signal microcontroller: A project based approach. Presented at Association for Engineering Education in Southeast and East Asia and the Pacific Mid-Term Conference 2004. Massey University, Auckland, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Mercer, K., Mukhopadhyay, S., Sen Gupta, G.
Sen Gupta, G., Mukhopadhyay, SC., & Mercer, KA. (2004). Teaching DC motor control using mixed-signal microcontroller - A project based approach. In LCD. Silva, & RB. Eds (Eds.) Association for Engineering Education in Southeast and East Asia and the Pacific Mid-Term Conference 2004. (pp. 127 - 133). Palmerston North, NZ
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Mercer, K., Mukhopadhyay, S., Sen Gupta, G.
Bailey, DG., Mercer, KA., Plaw, CJ., Ball, RG., & Barraclough, HJ. (2004, June). High speed weight estimation by image analysis. Presented at 2004 New Zealand National Conference on Non Destructive Testing. Massey University, Palmerston North, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Bailey, D., Mercer, K., Plaw, C.
Bailey, DG., Mercer, KA., & Plaw, CJ. (2004, December). Autonomous game playing robot. Presented at 2nd International Conference on Autonomous Robots and Agents. Massey University, Palmerston North, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Bailey, D., Mercer, K., Plaw, C.
Bailey, DG., O'Driscoll, RC., & Mercer, KA. (2004, December). Teaching electronics through an integrative project. Presented at Association for Engineering Education in Southeast and East Asia and the Pacific Mid-Term Conference 2004 (AEESEAP2004): Engineering Education for an Uncertain Future. Massey University, Auckland, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Bailey, D., Mercer, K.
Bailey, DG., O'Driscoll, RC., & Mercer, KA. (2004). Teaching electronics through an integrative project. In LC. De Silva, & R. Browne (Eds.) AEESEAP 2004: Proceedings of the Association for Engineering Education in Southeast and East Asia and the Pacific Mid Term Conference. (pp. 121 - 126). New Zealand: Association for Engineering Education in Southeast and East Asia and the Pacific Mid Term Conference [AEESEAP 2004]: Engineering Education for an Uncertain Future
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Bailey, D., Mercer, K.
Bailey, D., Mercer, KA., & Plaw, C. (2004). Autonomous game playing robot. In S. Mukhopadhyay, & G. Sen Gupta (Eds.) Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Autonomous Robots and Agents [ICARA 2004]. (pp. 295 - 300). New Zealand: 2nd International Conference on Autonomous Robots and Agents [ICARA 2004]
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Bailey, D., Mercer, K., Plaw, C.
Tang, L., Ball, RG., & Mercer, KA. (2004). Computer-aided design in first year robot design competition. World Congress on Engineering and Technology Education 2004: Engineering Education in the Changing Society. (pp. 214 - 217). Guaruja/Santos, Brazil
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Mercer, K., Tang, L.
Bailey, DG., Mercer, KA., Plaw, C., Ball, R., & Barraclough, H. (2001). Three-dimensional vision for real-time produce grading. Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. Vol. 4567 (pp. 171 - 178).
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Bailey, D., Mercer, K.
Demidenko, S., Kells, J., Mercer, K., & Bailey, D. (2001). Induction motor control using load profiling measurement and processing. Conference Record - IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Technology Conference. Vol. 1 (pp. 599 - 604).
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Bailey, D., Demidenko, S., Mercer, K.
Bailey, D., O'Driscoll, RC., Plaw, C., Page, W., Nilson, R., & Mercer, K. (2001). Teaching electronics design through an integrative project. In R. Bradbeer (Ed.) Proceedings of the 8th Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers [IEEE] International Conference on Mechatronics and Machine Vision in Practice [M2VIP 2001]. (pp. 156 - 161). United States: 8th Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers [IEEE] International Conference on Mechatronics and Machine Vision in Practice [M2VIP 2001]
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Bailey, D., Mercer, K., Page, W., Plaw, C.
Bailey, D., Mercer, K., Plaw, C., & Subramaniam, K. (2001). Trax playing robot. In R. Bradbeer (Ed.) Proceedings of the 8th Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers [IEEE] International Conference on Mechatronics and Machine Vision in Practice [M2VIP 2001]. (pp. 151 - 155). United States: 8th Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers [IEEE] International Conference on Mechatronics and Machine Vision in Practice [M2VIP 2001]
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Bailey, D., Mercer, K., Plaw, C.
Demidenko, S., Sadeghi, A., Mercer, KA., & Chew, M. (2001). Monitoring of industrial equipment utilization: Application of advanced communication protocols. IEEE International Workshop on Intelligent Signal Processing: Proceedings. (pp. 39 - 44). Budapest, Hungary
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Mercer, K.
O'Driscoll, RC., Bailey, DG., Mercer, KA., Plaw, CJ., Page, WH., & Nilson, R. (2001). Duck for cover: An integrative approach to teaching electronics design. Proceedings of the 8th Electronics New Zealand Conference, ENZCon'01. (pp. 7 - 12). New Zealand: 8th Electronics New Zealand Conference [ENZCon 2001]
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Bailey, D., Mercer, K., Page, W., Plaw, C.
Bailey, D., Mercer, K., O'Driscoll, B., Plaw, C., Page, W., & Nilson, R. (2000). An integrative approach to teaching electronics design. Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. Vol. 4228 (pp. 219 - 228).
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Bailey, D., Mercer, K., Page, W., Plaw, C.

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