New Zealand Robotics, Automation and Sensing (NZRAS) Roadmap and Horticulture Robotics


Technological advancements have been an important asset in New Zealand. New Zealand Robotics, Automation and Sensing (NZRAS) is a group that embodies a network of researchers, engineers, technologists and students in the robotics, automation and sensing (RAS) space in New Zealand and has developed a roadmap to firstly showed the RAS state in New Zealand with recommendations to facilitate technological growth in New Zealand. One of the most compelling RAS growths within New Zealand is our capability in horticulture robotics. This talk will provide an overview of the NZRAS roadmap and also current advancements of research work in horticulture robotics of New Zealand.



Shen Hin LIM is a senior lecturer in University of Waikato and specialises in smart technologies and robotics in agriculture. He is also the current chair of New Zealand Robotics, Automation and Sensing (NZRAS) group - a collaborative group working across research and science - that recently released the Robotics, Automation and Sensing (RAS) roadmap of New Zealand. He is part of MaaraTech, a group that is developing smart robotic systems for apple fruitlet thinning, grapevine pruning and blueberry harvesting. He was the project leader of the asparagus harvester project that has developed 2 prototypes with successful field trials at Los Banos, California and in New Zealand.