CARES is an interdisciplinary research hub

with a mission to create inspiring and

innovative robotic technologies that

improve societal wellbeing




Excellence – We deliver high impact and internationally-renowned robotics research and technologies.

Impact – We are changing the world by providing innovative and effective solutions to challenges in healthcare, manufacturing, primary industries, education, service industries and fundamental science.

Broad capabilities – Our highly talented and diverse team have experience across the field of robotics and automation, including in the areas of human robot interaction, artificial intelligence, digital realities, robot software, sensing, speech, navigation, and hardware technologies.

Interdisciplinary – Our team of mechanical and electrical engineers, health practitioners, gerontologists, psychologists and computer scientists are highly collaborative throughout all stages of research.

Global partnerships – Based at New Zealand’s leading university, we have access to the largest research commercialisation company of its kind in Australasia, UniServices, and have established commercial and research partnerships across the globe.

Ideal test bed – Operating within New Zealand, we take advantage of the unique opportunities of a small and heterogeneous market with an accessible regulatory framework – this makes us an ideal test bed for new technologies.  (The NZ public sector was also ranked least corrupt on the planet in the most recent 2020 Corruption Perception Index!)

User centric – We consistently involve end users and stakeholders in the design and development of solutions and have ready access to industry, clinical experts and patients for user trials and test facilities.

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Latest News

2021 updates

2021 updates

We’ve had a busy few months, including publications, conferences, demos at New Zealand’s largest agricultural show and even television appearances! Professor Liz Broadbent was interviewed on Radio New Zealand around the dementia robots study which we ran....

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Maaratech newsletter – Issue 3 – March 2021

Maaratech newsletter – Issue 3 – March 2021

The challenges of 2020 are not yet behind us, as a sudden Auckland lockdown forced a quick change of plan for our strategy meeting in Christchurch. However, this summer has been productive, and you can read all about it in our third newsletter...

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