Mechatronics, Robotics and Automation

blue-robot.jpg As society advances technologically, there is increasing demand for smart devices with embedded electronics, sensors and actuators. Mechatronics is the interdisciplinary field of engineering dealing with the integration of mechanical, electronic, software and control engineering to design and produce intelligent products and processes.

Our expertise

Artifical intelligence and vision

Massey mechatronics engineers have developed technology to deal with the problem of recongising a specific object in an image, in any orientation. This has led our experts to build a humanoid autonomous robot.

Contact Frazer Noble

Mobile robotics

We are developing a family of cooperative mobile robots, including unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), omnidirectional all-terrain land robots, and underwater remote operated vehicles (ROV). This will allow the land, sea and air robots to communicate with each other to react more efficiently to whatever conditions they encounter.

Contact A/Pro Johan Potgieter

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 Massey humanoid robot

Health

Our engineers are involved in a number of health-related projects. These include the development of a number of exoskeletons for the rehabilitation of stroke patients, smart robotically guided surgical needles, and a number of home-health monitoring devices for blood pressure, glucose and weight. We are also developing software solutions to give patients medical advice based on their medical data and help them to better manage their own health.

Contact Prof Olaf Diegel

Agricultural automation

We have developed technologies such as automation and vision systems to help improve the speed and quality of fruit inspection systems and robotic cells to pack apples. Research is being conducted with Lincoln University to develop a better pest control system. These smart traps recognise which species is going into them and take appropriate action.

Contact Dr Rory Flemmer

Materials science

Expertise in the general area of materials science and specfifically in surface coating, tribology and powder metallurgy.

Contact Dr Steven Matthews

Advanced manufacturing technologies 

We are researching a number of advanced manufacturing technologies such as 3D printing, and are also exploring mass-customisation.

Contact Prof Olaf Diegel

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The kicking robot challenge

Many think legendary former All Black Andrew Mehrtens has super-human powers when it comes to kicking a rugby ball. But a special robot created by Massey University Albany engineering students proved itself almost as good as its human rival in a man versus machine kick-off in Auckland yesterday.

Mr Mehrtens confronted three robots – one each from Massey’s Albany and Manawatu campuses, and another from Canterbury University – for the kick-off at Victoria Park. The fun event was part of the Rutherford Innovation showcase to highlight New Zealand’s innovative achievements in technology and industry, held during the Rugby World Cup.

Before a crowd of 100 or so onlookers and scores of international and local media, Mr Mehrtens tested his mettle against their metal in a series of conversion kicks over the goal posts using a Gilbert Rugby World Cup ball. The former Crusaders first five-eight player finally drew five-all with Massey’s Albany robot nicknamed ‘Robo Dan’ – a pneumatic-powered, muscular, metal leg attached to a human mannequin complete with swivelling robotic head.

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