Latest News

The latest news of our research team. From university news to publications, awards, and competitions results.

June, 2020 Four papers (including 1 IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters paper) have been accepted for presentation at the IEEE\RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) that will be held in Las Vegas (USA).



April, 2020 University of Auckland is ranked No. 1 in the world for two consecutive years in the University Impact Rankings by Times Higher Education (THE). The rankings measure how universities worldwide are performing against the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs came into force in 2016 and set a 15-year agenda for all countries to end poverty, fight inequalities and build peaceful, just and sustainable societies.


February, 2020 – Dr. Liarokapis has been promoted to the rank of Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor with tenure in the US system).


December, 2019 – 2019 has been a very productive year for the New Dexterity research group. We published a total of 18 peer-reviewed papers, 6 papers in top-tier journals and 12 papers in the proceedings of international IEEE conferences.


November, 2019 – Dr. Liarokapis has been elevated to the grade of IEEE Senior member. IEEE Senior Membership is an honor bestowed only to those who have made significant contributions to the profession.



November, 2019 – The New Dexterity \ AI Data Innovations team (Anany Dwivedi, Ben Chang, Gal Gorjup, Geng Gao, Ruobing Yu, and Minas Liarokapis) got the 1st place of the Manufacturing track of the Robotic Grasping and Manipulation Competition of IEEE\RSJ International Conference on Robotics and Intelligent Systems (IROS) 2019 (Macau, China).


November, 2019 – Anany, Ben, Gal, Gao, and Minas attended IEEE\RSJ International Conference on Robotics and Intelligent Systems (IROS) 2019 (Macau, China).


October, 2019 – The New Dexterity research group got the following award at the 2019 Final Year Project awards ceremony:

Team members: Lydia Hingston and Jonathan Mace
Award: Mechanical Engineering Group (MEG), industry award
Project: “Reconfigurable, Lightweight Grasping Mechanisms for Aerial Robotic Vehicles”


August, 2019 – Two papers have been accepted for presentation at the IEEE IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots (Humanoids) that will be held in Toronto (Canada).


August, 2019 – A paper on EMG based decoding of dexterous, in-hand manipulation motions has been accepted for publication in the IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering.


July, 2019 – Two papers have been accepted for presentation at the IEEE International Conference on Robot & Human Interactive Communication (ROMAN) that will be held in New Delhi (India).


June, 2019 – Four papers (including 1 IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters paper) have been accepted for presentation at the IEEE\RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) that will be held in Macau (China).


June, 2019 – A paper prepared in collaboration with George Kontoudis from VirginiaTech has been accepted for publication in the Frontiers in Robotics and AI.


April, 2019Gal Gorjup got the first prize for the best presentation among all 1st year PhD students participating in the 5th Mechanical Engineering Postgraduate Conference of the University of Auckland.


April, 2019 – A paper prepared in collaboration with George Kontoudis from VirginiaTech and 2 papers of the team have been accepted for presentation in the IEEE-RAS-EMBS International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics (ICORR) and the 41st Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC’19) respectively.


April, 2019 – University of Auckland tops first global ranking to measure institutions’ social and economic impact according to Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings.


January, 2019 – Three papers (including 1 IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters paper) have been accepted for presentation at the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) that will be held in Montreal (Canada).


December, 2018 – A paper on tendon-driven, adaptive, soft exogloves has been accepted for publication in IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (RAL).


December, 2018Minas Liarokapis got a Students’ Choice Top Teacher award. He was selected by students as one of the top 15 lecturers of the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Auckland.


October, 2018 – A paper on combining analytical modeling and learning to simplify dexterous manipulation with adaptive robot hands has been accepted for publication in IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering (T-ASE).


October, 2018 – The New Dexterity research group got 2 awards at the 2018 Final Year Project awards ceremony. The awards are as follows:

Team members: Yige Cao and Lucy Young
Award: Beckhoff Automation Limited, industry award
Project: “Augmented Reality based Humanlike Telemanipulation with a Dual Robot Arm Hand System”

Team members: Luke Cen and Varun Karkera
Award: Caliber Design, industry award
Project: “Autonomous Package Delivery with a New Class of Reconfigurable Drones”

Congratulations!


October, 2018 – The New Dexterity research group was a bronze sponsor and an exhibitor of the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Intelligent Systems (IROS) 2018 (Madrid, Spain).

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April, 2018– The New Dexterity team is developing a new class of reconfigurable drones for package delivery.


April, 2018 – A paper on muscle selection for EMG based decoding of dexterous, in-hand manipulation motions has been accepted for publication in the proceedings of the 40th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC).


October, 2017 – The New Dexterity research group got 3 awards at the 2017 Final Year Project awards ceremony. The awards are as follows:

Team members: Gaogeng Gao and Peter Gasparini
Award: Crown Equipment / RTC group, industry award
Project: “Modeling, Analysis and Development of an Anthropomorphic Robot Hand”

Team members: Andrew McLaren and Zachary Fitzgerald
Award: EDNZ, industry award
Project: “Development of an Adaptive Robot Hand for Aerial Grasping”

Award: Mechatronics Staff Award
Team members: Bruno Johnston and Zak Flintoff
Project: “Learning to Identify Objects with Blind Grasps using a Hyper-Adaptive Robot Hand”

Bravo guys!

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September, 2017 – The New Dexterity research group is a bronze sponsor and an exhibitor of the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Intelligent Systems (IROS) 2017 (Vancouver, Canada).


September, 2017 – Minas attended the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Intelligent Systems (IROS) 2017 (Vancouver, Canada) and gave 4 talks on adaptive grasping mechanisms.


June, 2017 – 2/2 of our papers were accepted for publication in the proceedings of the IEEE\RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) 2017 (Vancouver, Canada).


March, 2017 – The New Dexterity team participated with new robot hand designs in the Maker Space exhibition of the digiPlaySpace of the Toronto International Film Festival.


February 22, 2017 – Minas organized in collaboration with the University of Auckland General Library and Creative Commons NZ a workshop with title “Creative Commons licenses and how to apply them”.


January 16, 2017 – Minas joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Auckland as a Lecturer and he established the New Dexterity research group.