Waikato Robotics, Automation and Sensing (WaiRAS)
We aim to develop smart machines or robots to perform day to day operation such as harvesting and grading based on companies’ needs in horticultural and agricultural fields. We are in collaboration with multiple partners such as RoboticsPlus, Arborgen, Tendertips and Boyds in developing a system to work in (but not limited to) the outdoor environment. Some example projects are the Autonomous Multipurpose Mobile Platform (AMMP) - an all-purpose autonomous platform, kiwi fruit harvester, asparagus harvester, “the dibbler” that makes holes for common tree types, Pinus Radiata cuttings and lifter-grader machines that grade similar tree types.
Key research projects in this area:
- Development of a lifting/grading machine
- Multipurpose orchard robotics – the future for horticulture
- Robotic asparagus harvester
- Development of a neural interface for prosthetics - Mahonri Owen Health Research Council Māori PhD Scholarship