Professor Bruce MacDonald

BE (1st class honors), PhD

Biography

Bruce completed a BE (1st class) and PhD in the Electrical Engineering Department of the University of Canterbury. After working with NZ Electricity for three years and a year at the DSIR in Wellington, he moved to Canada and spent ten years in the Computer Science Department of the University of Calgary.

Returning to New Zealand in 1995, he joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Auckland. The department was then starting a new development in computer systems engineering and he was involved in setting that up. Bruce also started the 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 multidisciplinary CARES robotics team at the University of Auckland. He is the chairman for NZ's robotics, automation and sensing association. For NZ'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. 

One of his current research programmes is to develop robots to help care for older people, which is a multidisciplinary project undertaken jointly with Korean researchers and companies.

Another current research project is for multipurpose orchard robotics, a joint project with NZ researchers and companies. 

Qualifications

PhD in Electrical Engineering
Bachelor of Engineering (First class)

 

Research | Current

  • Human robot interaction
  • Robot programming systems, with applications in areas such as  healthcare and agriculture

One of his current research programmes is to develop robots to help care for older people, which is a multidisciplinary project undertaken jointly with Korean researchers and companies.

Another current research project is for multipurpose orchard robotics, a joint project with NZ researchers and companies. 

Research groups

 

Areas of expertise

Robotics

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Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Chigateri, N. G., Kerse, N., Wheeler, L., MacDonald, B., & Klenk, J. (2018). Validation of an accelerometer for measurement of activity in frail older people. Gait and Posture, 66, 114-117. 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2018.08.024
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Nethra Ganesh Chigateri, Ngaire Kerse
  • Bannwarth, J. X. J., Chen, Z. J., Stol, K. A., Macdonald, B. A., & Richards, P. J. (2018). Development of a wind tunnel experimental setup for testing multirotor unmanned aerial vehicles in turbulent conditions. IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics, AIM. 10.1109/AIM.2018.8452316
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Zhenrong Jeremy Chen, Karl Stol, Peter Richards
  • Sutherland, C. J., & MacDonald, B. A. (2018). NaoBlocks: A Case Study of Developing a Children's Robot Programming Environment. 2018 15th International Conference on Ubiquitous Robots, UR 2018. 10.1109/URAI.2018.8441843
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Craig Sutherland
  • Ahn, H. S., Jin, E., Zhu, G., & MacDonald, B. A. (2018). Design of Low Cost Pneumatic Robot Arm Control System. 2018 15th International Conference on Ubiquitous Robots, UR 2018. 10.1109/URAI.2018.8441836
  • Broadbent, E., Feerst, D. A., Lee, S. H., Robinson, H., Albo-Canals, J., Ahn, H. S., & MacDonald, B. A. (2018). How Could Companion Robots Be Useful in Rural Schools?. International Journal of Social Robotics, 10 (3), 295-307. 10.1007/s12369-017-0460-5
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Elizabeth Broadbent
  • Broadbent, E., Ahn, H. S., Kerse, N., Peri, K., Sutherland, C., Law, M., ... Casey, D. (2018). Can robots improve the quality of life in people with dementia?. ACM International Conference Proceeding Series. 10.1145/3183654.3183660
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Elizabeth Broadbent, Ngaire Kerse
  • Broadbent, E., Garrett, J., Jepsen, N., Li Ogilvie, V., Ahn, H. S., Robinson, H., ... Pillai, A. (2018). Using Robots at Home to Support Patients With Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of medical Internet research, 20 (2)10.2196/jmir.8640
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Elizabeth Broadbent, Ho Seok AHN, Kathy Peri, Ngaire Kerse, Avinesh Pillai, Paul Rouse
  • Darragh, M., Ahn, H. S., MacDonald, B., Liang, A., Peri, K., Kerse, N., & Broadbent, E. (2017). Homecare robots to improve health and well-being in mild cognitive impairment and early stage dementia: Results from a scoping study. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 18 (12)10.1016/j.jamda.2017.08.019
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Ho Seok AHN, Kathy Peri, Ngaire Kerse, Elizabeth Broadbent, Margot Darragh

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Bruce MacDonald

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Faculty of Engineering

New Market Campus

University of Auckland

Private Bag 92019

Auckland 1142

New Zealand.

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Primary office location

BUILDING 903 - Bldg 903
262 KHYBER PASS
NEWMARKET
AUCKLAND 1023
New Zealand

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