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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Professional affiliations

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Jones, M. H., Bell, J., Dredge, D., Seabright, M., Scarfe, A., Duke, M., & MacDonald, B. (2019). Design and testing of a heavy-duty platform for autonomous navigation in kiwifruit orchards. Biosystems Engineering, 187, 129-146. 10.1016/j.biosystemseng.2019.08.019
  • Johanson, D. L., Ahn, H. S., MacDonald, B. A., Ahn, B. K., Lim, J., Hwang, E., ... Broadbent, E. (2019). The Effect of Robot Attentional Behaviors on User Perceptions and Behaviors in a Simulated Health Care Interaction: Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of medical Internet research, 21 (10)10.2196/13667
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Elizabeth Broadbent, Deborah Johanson, Craig Sutherland
  • Law, M., Sutherland, C., Ahn, H. S., MacDonald, B. A., Peri, K., Johanson, D. L., ... Broadbent, E. (2019). Developing assistive robots for people with mild cognitive impairment and mild dementia: a qualitative study with older adults and experts in aged care. BMJ open, 9 (9)10.1136/bmjopen-2019-031937
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Mikaela Law, Elizabeth Broadbent, Ngaire Kerse
  • Williams, H., Ting, C., Nejati, M., Jones, M. H., Penhall, N., Lim, J., ... Scarfe, A. (2019). Improvements to and large-scale evaluation of a robotic kiwifruit harvester. JOURNAL OF FIELD ROBOTICS10.1002/rob.21890
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/48387
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Henry Williams
  • Yang, F., Ahn, H. S., Lim, J., Nejati, M., Williams, H., & Macdonald, B. (2019). System designed to enable scientific analysis on robot pollination algorithm for orchard robot research. ICEIC 2019 - International Conference on Electronics, Information, and Communication. 10.23919/ELINFOCOM.2019.8706475
  • Sutherland, C. J., Ahn, B. K., Brown, B., Lim, J., Johanson, D. L., Broadbent, E., ... Ahn, H. S. (2019). The doctor will see you now: Could a robot be a medical receptionist?. Proceedings - IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation. 10.1109/ICRA.2019.8794439
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/48651
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Craig Sutherland, Elizabeth Broadbent
  • Williams, H. A. M., Mark H. Jones, Mahla Nejati, Matthew J. Seabright, Jamie Bell, Nicky D. Penhall, ... Ho Seok Ahn (2019). Robotic kiwifruit harvesting using machine vision, convolutional neural networks, and robotic arms. Biosystems engineering, 181, 140-156. 10.1016/j.biosystemseng.2019.03.007
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/48338
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Henry Williams
  • Bannwarth, J. X. J., Chen, Z. J., Stol, K. A., MacDonald, B. A., & Richards, P. J. (2019). Aerodynamic Force Modeling of Multirotor Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. AIAA JOURNAL, 57 (3), 1250-1259. 10.2514/1.J057165
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Karl Stol, Peter Richards

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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 office location

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

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