Professor Mike Duke

The Dr John Gallagher Chair in Engineering

Qualifications: BEng (Hons) SBankPoly PhD SBank, AgriTech NZ,

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Research Interests

Professor Mike Duke is the Dr John Gallagher Chair in Engineering at the  University of Waikato and a founding member of Waikato Robotics Automation and  Sensing (WaiRAS) research group. Mike's current research specializes in agricultural engineering 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,  kiwifruit, apple and asparagus harvesting, autonomous agricultural vehicles, robotic log scaler and kiwifruit yield estimation. He believes we are at the start a revolution in agricultural robotics, smart automation and orchard digitisation 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 on the PBRF panel, is an EIS Marsden panellist and an active member of AgriTech NZ.

Teaching Commitments


Agriculture and Biosystems

Recent Publications

  • McGuinness, B., Duke, M., Au, C. K., & Lim, S. H. (2021). Measuring radiata pine seedling morphological features using a machine vision system. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture, 189. doi:10.1016/j.compag.2021.106355

  • Au, C. K., Redstall, M., Duke, M., Kuang, Y. C., & Lim, S. H. (2021). Obtaining the effective gripper dimensions for a kiwifruit harvesting robot using kinematic calibration procedures. Industrial Robot. doi:10.1108/IR-09-2021-0198

  • 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

  • Pickering, N., Duke, M., & Lim, S. H. (2020). A time constrained System of Systems discovery process and canvas. A case study in agriculture technology focusing on an automated Asparagus Harvester.. In IEEE 15th International Conference of System of Systems Engineering, Proceedings (pp. 67-73). doi:10.1109/SoSE50414.2020.9130502

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Contact Details

Room: CD.1.02
Phone: +64 7 838 4522
Cellphone: 0223536901