Innovative Manufacturing and Materials Programme

Progression to MaD CoRE

The NZ MaD Network

The MaD Network is a newly formed community of New Zealand researchers in manufacturing and design, working in close collaboration with industry. This cross-disciplinary researcher network is focused on New Zealand’s manufacturing economy of the future. 

Development of the MaD Network is currently led by the Innovative Manufacturing and Materials Programme. Funding for this initiative is provided by a University of Auckland Strategic Initiative Research Fund. 

Our MISSION is….

To develop expertise and capability in translational research, to grow New Zealand’s high-tech manufacturing economy

Our VISION is…

For New Zealand to be recognised as a leading, technology empowered economy driven by innovative, high-value, niche manufacturing and design

Initiated in 2016, the scope and membership of the MaD Network is quickly being established. MaD for the Future 2017 was the network’s inaugural national conference, at which we continued to refine who we are and what we do. Planning is well underway for MaD for the Future 2018: The Second National Conference for Innovation in Manufacturing and Design.

Who we are:

  • Researchers from New Zealand tertiary institutes, crown research institutes and companies who are willing and able to fulfil the MaD Network Mission
  • Those educating and those being educated for, or those participating in, New Zealand’s high-value manufacturing economy

What we do:

  • Focus on identifying and developing products and manufacturing sectors in which New Zealand can compete globally
  • Carry out active, collaborative research in disciplines of manufacturing and design that contribute to the MaD Network Mission
  • Conduct multi-disciplinary research, in the areas of Human Centred Design, Engineering Design, Manufacturing Processes, Manufacturing Systems and Innovation

MaD2018: A Collaborative Future for NZ Manufacturing and Design (#MaD2018)

MaD2018 is the Second National Conference for Innovation in Manufacturing and Design (#MaD2018)

Conference Dates: Monday 21 and Tuesday 22 May 2018 | Conference Dinner: Monday 21 May 2018 | Abstract SubmissionsClose 16 February 2018 

Early Bird Registration Now Open | Early Bird Deadline: 6 April 2018 | Registrations Close: 11 May 2018

Venue: ANZ Viaduct Event Centre, 161 Halsey Street, Wynyard Quarter, Auckland | Programme Outline | Sponsorship opportunities

Key Presenters include:

  • Vic Crone (CEO, Callaghan Innovation) - Conference Opening
  • Prof Alex Slocum (Massachussets Institute of Technology) - Keynote Speaker
  • Prof Olaf Diegel (Lund University, Sweden) - Keynote Speaker
  • Dr Troy Coyle (CEO, Heavy Engineering Research Association) - Keynote Speaker
  • Peter Beck (CEO & Founder, Rocket Lab) - Keynote Speaker
  • Brendan Lindsay (ex CEO & Founder, Sistema Plastics) - Keynote Speaker
  • Conference Dinner Keynote Speaker - TBC

The MaD Network is a cross-disciplinary community of New Zealand researchers in manufacturing and design that works in close collaboration with industry to envision and shape New Zealand’s future manufacturing economy. The MaD mission is to develop expertise and capability in translational research, to grow New Zealand’s high-tech manufacturing economy. The MaD vision is for New Zealand to be recognised as a leading, technology empowered economy driven by innovative, high-value, niche manufacturing and design.

MaD2018, a national conference, will foster a collaborative future for the New Zealand manufacturing and design industry as well as for the associated research and development sectors. Building on last year’s successful and well-received inaugural conference (MaD2017), MaD2018 will continue to provide a platform to enhance the competitive advantage of MaD industry partners through effective collaboration between researchers and companies.

Engaging, short TED-Talk-Type presentations from researchers, industry and government representatives will enable productive communication between delegates from different backgrounds. In addition, MaD2018 will showcase research work by way of Poster presentations, to be displayed in the exhibition and networking area; local and international Keynote Speakers will set the tone; Panel Discussions and Breakout Sessions will provide topic specific engagement opportunity; and our ticketed MaD2018 Conference Dinner will be our gala event on Monday 21 May 2018.

We encourage you to join us at MaD2018 to learn about exciting, new manufacturing and design research and to be inspired through examples of positive collaborations between industry and researchers.

MaD-IMM Seed Funding

During the latter half of 2017 the MaD-IMM seed-fund invited proposals for collaborative research in the areas of advanced manufacturing and design. Specific criteria included:

  • Potential value: Does the proposed project open up a significant opportunity or solve an important problem for NZ?
  • Strong alignment with the MaD strategy for NZ: Does the proposed work bring the project to a stage where it could contribute to the MaD strategy for NZ
  • Science excellence: Is the proposed science well founded?
  • Team quality: Does the team have the appropriate expertise to undertake the project and also take it to the next stage?
  • Funding source/s: Identification of future funding that will be applied for in order to support the expansion of this project beyond the initial seeded stage plus a clear indication of any existing funding sources already in place.

The first two calls for proposals generated applications for seven projects from three faculties, all involving cross-faculty collaboration within the University of Auckland, some with cross-institutional collaborations and with a requirement for developing additional external collaborations. Five of the seven proposals have been funded with up to $30,000 per project.

Listed below are each Principal Applicant - Faculty - Topic:

  • Kenneth Husted - Business - Disruptive process innovation in low- and medium-tech SMEs in New Zealand
  • Alisyn Nedoma - Engineering - Wash your hands! Upscaling the production of integrated sensors by hybrid additive manufacturing for detecting and improving handwashing compliance in a clinical setting
  • David Wynn - Engineering - Representing and reasoning about information quality in collaborative engineering design
  • Peter Smith - Business - Bridging the WIDER Gap: Understanding and facilitating the development of practices and structures for better utilising the main pillars of knowledge in the manufacturing and design sector
  • Wei-Qin Zhuang - Engineering - STOP: A Smart Sewer System