Te Whare Wānanga o Tāmaki Makaurau

The University of Auckland

Ingenio et labore | By natural ability and hard work


We are always seeking exceptional students to expand our team. If you are interested in pursuing a Masters of Engineering or a PhD degree, you are encouraged to contact us.

A strong background in Robotics or Bionics is required. Please check also the following promotional videos of the University of Auckland, Auckland, and New Zealand.


Our research has been funded by industry partners in Germany, USA, and Japan, as well as by the University of Auckland Faculty Research Development Fund, the Center for Automation and Robotics Engineering Science, and the IEEE Robotics and Automation Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology (RAS-SIGHT). Dr. Minas Liarokapis has generated grants totaling >$1,400,000 as Principal Investigator (PI) and has participated in grants totaling >$275,000 as an Associate Investigator (AI).

  • International Focus – We have industry partners in Europe, USA, and Japan.

  • Industrialization – We have significant experience industrializing our research outputs.

  • Commercialization – We have considerable experience commercializing our research.


The industry partner owns the IP generated (excluding background IP).

The IP is shared between the New Dexterity research group and the industry partner with a comprehensive legal agreement.

We are particularly interested in working with industry partners on the development of open-source technologies.

We accept donations only for projects that focus on the development of open-source technologies.

Although we typically work with industry via R&D contracts we also offer consulting services on a case-by-case basis.


Please send us (m.liarokapis@auckland.ac.nz) any inquiries that you may have and we will get back to you as soon as possible.