Dr 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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Professional affiliations

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Robinson, H., Broadbent, E., & MacDonald, B. (2016). Group sessions with Paro in a nursing home: Structure, observations and interviews. Australasian journal on ageing, 35 (2), 106-112. 10.1111/ajag.12199
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Elizabeth Broadbent
  • Peri, K., Kerse, N., Broadbent, E., Jayawardena, C., Kuo, T., Datta, C., ... MacDonald, B. (2016). Lounging with robots--social spaces of residents in care: A comparison trial. Australasian journal on ageing, 35 (1), E1-E6. 10.1111/ajag.12201
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Elizabeth Broadbent, Kathy Peri, Ngaire Kerse
  • Broadbent, E., Kerse, N., Peri, K., Robinson, H., Jayawardena, C., Kuo, T., ... Jawalkar, P. (2016). Benefits and problems of health-care robots in aged care settings: A comparison trial. Australasian journal on ageing, 35 (1), 23-29. 10.1111/ajag.12190
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Hayley Robinson, Elizabeth Broadbent, Ngaire Kerse, Kathy Peri
  • Bannwarth, J. X. J., Chen, Z. J., Stol, K. A., & MacDonald, B. A. (2016). Disturbance Accomodation Control for Wind Rejection of a Quadcopter. Paper presented at International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (ICUAS), Arlington, VA. 7 June - 10 June 2016. 2016 INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS (ICUAS). (pp. 7).
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Karl Stol, Zhenrong Chen, Jeremie Bannwarth
  • Kim, D. H., MacDonald, B., McDaid, A., Kawamura, S., Kim, H., Bean, E. T., ... Broadbent, E. (2016). User Perceptions of Soft Robot Arms and Fingers for Healthcare. Paper presented at 25th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (IEEE RO-MAN), Columbia Univ, Teachers Coll, New York City, NY. 26 August - 31 August 2016. 2016 25TH IEEE INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON ROBOT AND HUMAN INTERACTIVE COMMUNICATION (RO-MAN). (pp. 6).
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Andrew McDaid, Elizabeth Broadbent
  • Mann, J. A., MacDonald, B. A., Kuo, I.-H., Li, X., & Broadbent, E. (2015). People respond better to robots than computer tablets delivering healthcare instructions. Computers in Human Behavior, 43, 112-117. 10.1016/j.chb.2014.10.029
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Elizabeth Broadbent
  • Ahn, H. S., Lee, M. H., & MacDonald, B. A. (2015). Healthcare Robot Systems for a Hospital Environment: CareBot and ReceptionBot. Paper presented at 24th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN), Kobe, JAPAN. 31 August - 4 September 2015. 2015 24TH IEEE INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON ROBOT AND HUMAN INTERACTIVE COMMUNICATION (RO-MAN). (pp. 6).
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Ho Seok AHN
  • Orejana, J. R., MacDonald, B. A., Ahn, H. S., Peri, K., & Broadbent, E. (2015). Healthcare Robots in Homes of Rural Older Adults. Paper presented at 7th International Conference on Social Robotics (ICSR), Paris, FRANCE. 26 October - 30 October 2015. SOCIAL ROBOTICS (ICSR 2015). (pp. 10). 10.1007/978-3-319-25554-5_51
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Ho Seok AHN, Elizabeth Broadbent, Kathy Peri

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When sending paper mail please send to:

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 location

BUILDING 903 - Bldg 903
Level 3, Room 342
262 KHYBER PASS
NEWMARKE
AUCKLAND 1023
New Zealand

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