Platform 3: Actuation & Control


Many problems in medicine and health need innovative actuators, together with their associated control systems. The purpose of the Actuation and Control technology platform is to develop and provide solutions that can support the goals of existing MedTech CoRE projects, but also enable new applications through the development of new actuators, methods, and control systems.


Principal Investigators

University of Auckland

Associate Investigators

University of Auckland

  • Dr Bryan Ruddy
  • Associate Professor Leo Cheng
  • Professor Poul Nielsen

Auckland University of Technology

  • Dr Martin Stommel


  • Ryman Hashem
  • Yu Dang
  • Nick Do
  • Soroosh Haji Hosseinnejad

Our Work

1. Large-deformation Peristaltic Actuators

Soft, large-deformation actuators can mimic swallowing action, and gut function

2. Pneumatic and Hydraulic Actuators

Soft, flexible actuators, inspired by nature, that extend and move in multiple directions

3. High-efficiency Voice-Coil Motors

Powerful and fast electric motors, used in drug delivery devices and medical robots

4. High-efficiency Linear Synchronous Motors

Powerful, compact electric motors, suitable for medical devices and robotics systems


Current collaborators

  • University of Auckland (New Zealand)
  • Auckland University of Technology (New Zealand)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA)
  • Fraunhofer IPA (Germany)
  • Portal Instruments (USA)

Future collaborators

We are looking to collaborate with:

  • Medical device manufacturers
  • Robotics companies
  • Surgical clinicians