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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

Research Interests

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.

Teaching Commitments

Recent Publications

  • Barnett, J., Duke, M., Au, C. K., & Lim, S. H. (2020). Work distribution of multiple Cartesian robot arms for kiwifruit harvesting. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture, 169. doi:10.1016/j.compag.2019.105202

  • Barnett, J., Duke, M., & Lim, S. H. (2019). Robotics in agriculture - design as a catalyst for research and investment. In Manufacturing and Design New Zealand 2019 (pp. 62). Auckland, New Zealand.

  • Williams, H. A. M., Jones, M. H., Nejati, M., Seabright, M. J., Bell, J., Penhall, N. D., . . . MacDonald, B. A. (2019). Robotic kiwifruit harvesting using machine vision, convolutional neural networks, and robotic arms. Biosystems Engineering, 181, 140-156. doi:10.1016/j.biosystemseng.2019.03.007 Open Access version: https://hdl.handle.net/10289/13355

  • Williams, H., Nejati, M., Hussein, S., Penhall, N., Lim, J. Y., Jones, M. H., . . . MacDonald, B. (2019). Autonomous pollination of individual kiwifruit flowers: Toward a robotic kiwifruit pollinator. Journal of Field Robotics. doi:10.1002/rob.21861

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Contact Details

Email: dukemd@waikato.ac.nz
Room: CD.1.02
Phone: +64 7 838 4522