Centre for Intelligent Manufacturing and Mechatronics (CIMM)

With our highly talented researchers, we are advancing the fields of intelligent mechatronics, intelligence manufacturing and industrial automation

The Centre for Intelligent Manufacturing and Mechatronics is diverse, unique and is the only centre at the University of Auckland doing intelligent mechatronics and intelligent manufacturing research. We work together, cooperatively sharing our related expertise and resources in manufacturing and mechatronics engineering. We rely strongly on shared fundamental sciences such as machine learning, artificial intelligence, robotics, automation, sensors and actuators.

Our research

Our centre is made up of two themes, Factories of the Future (FoF), and Intelligent Mechatronics and Biomechatronics (IMB).

Factories of the Future, will enable New Zealand manufacturers to become future-oriented by embracing Industry 4.0 opportunities to their full extent.

Intelligent Mechatronics and Biomechatronics, connects the complementary areas of intelligent mechatronics, biomechatronics and robotics, and encourages collaboration across multiple boundaries. We focus on topics like electrophysiology, soft robotics, robotic manipulation, biomimicking, in-vitro testing, wearable sensors, human-machine interfaces, computer-assisted diagnosis and prosthetic, assistive and rehabilitation devices. 

The close collaboration between FoF and IMB allows for the automation of many manufacturing processes that use unique robots, sensors and sensors by IMB. For example, the applications of emerging technology in FoF could easily be adapted for use in wearable sensors in the IMB theme. 

How can you work with us?

We have considerable experience in scientific research and commercializing our research outputs. Additionally, we have worked with numerous industry partners in the fields of intelligent manufacturing, industrial automation and service robotics. Although we typically work with industry via R&D contracts, we also offer consulting services on a case-by-case basis. If you are interested in collaborating with us, please contact us through our website.

Our people

Professor Kean Aw


Professor Xun Xu (Manufacturing)

Associate Professor Minas Liarokapis (Mechatronics)

Te Tiriti o Waitangi

The Centre for Intelligent Manufacturing and Mechatronics identifies and encourages Māori and Pasifika students to take up intelligent manufacturing concepts with a focus on Māori businesses. We run Māori business needs assessment workshops and together to identify the low-hanging fruits for implementing Industry 4.0 and intelligent mechatronic technologies. In all these processes, Māori researchers will be involved and sometimes take a lead role.