Research

Mechatronics, Robotics & Control Laboratory

The Mechatronics, Robotics & Control Laboratory has developed some of the world’s most unique mechatronics and robotic systems including various mobile robots, advanced sensors and actuators, state-of-art control prototyping systems including dSpace, MatLab, and LabView. The Laboratory offers students the chance to work on challenging mechatronics research areas:

  • 3d manufacturing of bio-scaffolds
  • Bio-instrumentation and control, connecting control systems to human physiology
  • Autonomous Guided Vehicle for agricultural production automation
  • Unmanned Arial Vehicle for environmental monitoring
  • Climbing robots for industrial inspection
  • Unmanned Underwater Robot for oceanographic exploration and monitoring
  • Machine vision applications
  • Novel actuators, smart/active structure

Opportunities are available for mechatronics students to engage the research activities at difference levels: postgraduates, final year projects, summer employment, and international internships.

If any research area of Mechatronics, Robotics and Control is of interest to you, please contact Professor XiaoQi Chen, xiaoqi.chen@canterbury.ac.nz to discuss the research opportunities, or academic supervisors for specific research programmes

The MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology

The MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology

The MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology has multi-million dollar research laboratories containing molecular beam epitaxy and advanced lithography machines that are unique within New Zealand. These devices will be used to create the nano-machines of the future.

Research Projects

Mobile and Bionic Robots

Assistive Devices

Bio-Instrumentation and Bio-Manufacturing

Instrumentation, Control, and Automation