News update

 Velocity Challenge prize for our business proposal H2OQUAL in the UN Sustainable Development catergory.


Plants 2021 Best Paper Award for our publication Plant Disease Detection and Classification by Deep Learning.


Fifth National Conference on Manufacturing, Design and Entrepreneurship in NZ will be held on 15-16 Nov 2021.



Dr. Khalid Arif

Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, SF&AT,
Massey University
229 Dairy Flat Highway
Albany 0632
Phone: 09 414 0800

Floor scanning robot                  Arlo ROS Robot                        P3Dx with Kinect Sensor

Floor scanning robot (L), Modified Arlo (M), P3DX (R)

Research Topics

A number of mobile robots are under development for applicaitons in agriculture, hazardous environment and transportation.

National Instruments Autonomous Robotics Competition (NI ARC) has been among the major student projects.


  • Helping Hand robot, using computer vision for hand gestures
  • Lane and pedestrian detection for autonomous vehicles
  • Floor surface mapping using low cost scanner and RGB-D cameras
  • Socially interactive robotics
  • Indoor service robot
  • 3D localization and mapping methods using RGB-D sensors
  • Indoor localization with visual light communication
  • Bioinspired hybrid grasping mechanism
  • Robot assisted trimming of rotationally moulded parts
  • Mobile machine vision development for urine patch detection
  • Wireless communication with autonomous underwater vehicles
  • Path planning and obstacle avoidance in environments with moving objects

Research Funding

  • MBIE and Massey Ventures Ltd.
  • Northbridge Lifecare Trust
  • Postgraduate and undergraduate research/capstone project funds