Gibbons Lectures: Robotics research in New Zealand Event as iCalendar

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03 May 2018


Venue: 260.092 (Owen G Glenn Building 3), Level 0

Location: Please join us for refreshments from 6pm at 260.088 Level 0 Foyer, Owen G Glenn Building

Host: Department of Computer Science

Cost: Free - all welcome


Professor Bruce MacDonald, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, The University of Auckland
Professor Bruce MacDonald

Speaker: Professor Bruce MacDonald, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Auckland

We are constantly being told that robotic technology is soon going to dramatically change our lives. Indeed, it is true that robots, AI, machine-learning and automation have become much more affordable and capable in recent years.

With less fanfare, at the same time, farms, factories, homes and offices have felt a strong need to automate some tasks that are currently done manually. As well as machinery, this may involve measurement and monitoring, helping humans make decisions or taking over some parts of decision-making.

This presentation will describe international trends and some of the ongoing work and future directions for robotics research in New Zealand.

Bruce MacDonald completed a BE and PhD in the Electrical Engineering Department of the University of Canterbury. After working with NZ Electricity for three years and a year with the DSIR in Wellington, he moved to Canada and spent ten years in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Calgary.

Returning to New Zealand in 1995, he joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Auckland, where he is now a professor. The department was then starting a new development in Computer Systems Engineering in which Bruce participated; he also founded the University’s Robotics Laboratory.

His long-term goal is to design intelligent robotic assistants that improve the quality of people's lives, with primary research interests in human robot interaction and robot programming systems, and applications in areas such as healthcare and agriculture.

He is the director of the department's robotics group and the leader for the multi-disciplinary CARES robotics team at the University of Auckland. He is the vice-chair for the New Zealand Robotics, Automation and Sensing association. For New Zealand's National Science Challenge Science for Technological Innovation, he is the deputy director, theme leader for Sensors, Robotics and Automation and responsible for capacity development activities. He is co-chair for the IEEE technical committee on software engineering for robotics. 


Drinks and nibbles will be served from 6pm at 260.088 Level 0 Foyer, Owen G Glenn Building. Lecture commences at 6.30pm.

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