Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 


New ideas for robotics projects sought


New ideas for robotics projects sought

Christchurch, 12 November, 2012 – Generating ideas for new robotics projects is the aim of a workshop being run by KiwiNet and the University of Canterbury tomorrow. The Robotics Industry Foresighting Initiative will bring together researchers and business to discuss innovation opportunities for New Zealand in robotics.

Dr Bram Smith the General Manager of KiwiNet says, “The meeting will bring researchers and industry together to build connections and better understand how they can help each other. The aim is to spot new and exciting opportunities for innovation in the mobile robotics space.”

Hamish House, workshop organiser and Director of NZi3, New Zealand’s ICT Innovation Institute at the University of Canterbury says, “Robotics represents a very real opportunity for New Zealand. By engaging researchers with businesses we’ll stimulate innovation which will lead to more world-class products for the global market.”

Mark Copsey from kMatrix, a company that specialises in identifying market hot spots for new technologies, will facilitate the workshop. “The market is real, it’s here, but the issue is what does the customer want in terms of functionality. Our aim is to identify a list of ‘jobs’ or priority project ideas and develop a plan for how they might be progressed.”

Copsey adds that a key success factor for any new market is making the consumer the centre of the innovation process not the technology.

KiwiNet’s Bram Smith says, “University of Canterbury spinout Invert Robotics is a great example of a new robotics company that is solving a very real problem. Their wall climbing robots enable vats used in the dairy industry to be inspected in a safe way. Their early development was supported with PreSeed funding from KiwiNet. We’re keen to identify more opportunities for researchers to develop robotics technologies to meet the needs of industry.

Dr Rod Carr, Vice Chancellor, University of Canterbury will open the workshop and talk about the University’s priorities in robotics. Industry speakers include Ian Palmer from Dynamic Controls and Glen Cameron from NEC Corporation. Research speakers include Dr XiaoQi Chen from the Mechatronics Department at the University of Canterbury and Dale Carnegie from Victoria University.

The Robotics Industry Foresighting Initiative is a joint initiative between KiwiNet and the University of Canterbury, a KiwiNet partner organisation. Supporters include MBIE – Science and Innovation Group, kMatrix and NZi3. For more information see www.kiwinet..org.nz/activities/robotics.aspx

– ENDS –

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Scoop Business: NZ Dollar Catches Breath After "Goldilocks" Slump

The New Zealand dollar edged up following its dramatic slump yesterday after the Reserve Bank confirmed speculation it intervened in the currency market last month and PM John Key suggested a “Goldilocks” level far lower than at present. More>>

ALSO:

Biosecurity: Kiwifruit Claim To Hold Officials Accountable For Psa

Kiwifruit growers have joined forces to hold Biosecurity NZ accountable in the courts for its negligence in allowing 2010’s Psa outbreak that devastated New Zealand’s kiwifruit industry and exports. Foundation claimants representing well ... More>>

ALSO:

Poison: Anglers Advised Not To Eat Trout In 1080 Areas

With the fishing season opening in just a few days (1 October 2014), anglers are being warned by the Department of Conservation(DOC) not to eat trout from pristine backcountry waters and their downstream catchments, where the department is conducting 1080 poisoning operations. More>>.

ALSO:

Quotas: MPI Swoop On Suspected Fraudulent Fishing Activity

Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) compliance officers swooped on a Hawkes Bay fishing enterprise today to secure evidence in an investigation into suspected fraudulent activity... “The investigation involves activity throughout the commercial supply chain – catching, landing, processing and exporting.” More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: Fonterra Slashes 2015 Milk Payout, Earnings Tumble 76%

Fonterra Cooperative Group cut its forecast 2015 milk price payout by about 12 percent, citing weaker global dairy prices and said there is a risk of further declines given strong global milk production. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: RBNZ Keeps OCR At 3.5%, Signals Slower Pace Of Future Hikes

Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler kept the official cash rate at 3.5 percent and signalled he won’t be as aggressive with future rate hikes as previously thought as inflation remains tamer than expected. The kiwi dollar fell to a seven-month low. More>>

ALSO:

Weather: Dry Spells Take Hold In South Island

Many areas in the South Island are tracking towards record dry spells as relatively warm, dry weather that began in mid-August continues... for some South Island places, the current period of fine weather is quite rare. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
Computer Power Plus

Standards New Zealand

Standards New Zealand

Mosh Social Media
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news