Auckland Bioengineering Institute


The Auckland Bioengineering Institute (ABI) is a cross-faculty research centre. Our research deals with the application of mathematical and engineering sciences to biology and human physiology. We aim to improve understanding of physiological processes and the diagnosis and treatment of injury or disease. Many of our staff have joint appointments in other Faculties, especially with the Department of Engineering Science in the Faculty of Engineering and the Department of Physiology in the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences.

  • Mitten impossible: Kiwi air guitar glove hits world stage
    18 January 2016
    NZ Herald writes about a movement-tracking sensor glove made by StretchSense, a spinout company from ABI's Biomimetics Lab. It was used by a bass guitar player to perform without a physical guitar at a keynote address for Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2016 in the US.
  • Robot help for stroke victims
    07 December 2015
    NZ Herald profiles a robotic exoskeleton system that ABI researchers are collaborating with others on. The system will help stroke sufferers replace and regain lost physical movements.
  • ABI-Fraunhofer robotics project highlighted in NZ and Germany joint statement
    02 December 2015
    Statement by John Key and Dr Angela Merkel features the medical robotics collaboration between ABI and Fraunhofer as example of science and innovation engagement between the two countries.
  • ICON bionic joint project
    01 December 2015
    This is an exciting new partnership between Fraunhofer IPA and the Auckland Bioengineering Institute at the University of Auckland to develop human joint sensing and actuation technology for human exoskeletons.
  • Our people

    Meet the scientists, researchers, students and support staff of the Auckland Bioengineering Institute.

  • Our research

    From biomimetics to bioinstrumentation, our hearts to our skin, read about the breadth of activities carried out by ABI research groups.

  • Software development

    Find out about the software tools and frameworks the Auckland Bioengineering Institute develops to support its research activities, and our developers.

  • Commercial activities

    IMeasureU, Portal Instruments, StretchSense, UnEmap System and the former Telemetry Research (now merged with Millar Instruments) are commercial entities which have developed from the ABI's innovative research programme.

  • University of Auckland Bioengineering Masters Scholarships

    Are you domestic student considering a masters degree in Bioengineering? Apply for one of our Masters scholarships.