Digital Technologies

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Waipapa Taumata Rau, University of Auckland is a leader in digital technologies. University researchers are recognised as making significant contributions in areas including robotics, artificial intelligence, machine learning, cybersecurity and extended reality.

Digital companies spun out from the University include Soul Machines, which offers hyper-realistic, emotionally responsive digital humans; HeartLab, which uses AI to automate echocardiogram analysis; and Formus Labs, which offers 3D planning for joint replacement surgeries.

The Centre of Digital Enterprise, Auckland Bioengineering Institute, Te Pūnaha Matatini and National Institute for Health Innovation are among the research groups working on digital technologies. The Strong AI Lab and Machine Learning Group are advancing artificial intelligence, while the Laboratory for Industry 4.0 Smart Manufacturing Systems focuses strongly on industry collaboration. Facilities such as the Te Ahi Hangarau Technology Hub, the Trimble Technology Lab and the Smart Digital Lab offer students and staff the equipment they need.

Digital Tech Contacts

Luke Spencer

Business Development Manager – Digital Technology and Space

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Luke has been with UniServices since 2022, creating partnerships for University researchers with industry and government. Previously, Luke worked as the CTO of a growing electronic and software consultancy, turning innovative ideas into commercial products. Contact about: Research or consulting in digital tech, electronics, automation, space, and engineering-related technologies.

Stephen Flint

Investment Director – Digital Technologies and Engineering

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Stephen has been with UniServices since 2009 and is a fund manager for the University of Auckland Inventors' Fund. Previously, he worked in various investment management and finance roles, and has an MSc in oceanography and geology. Contact about: Commercialising or investing in advanced materials, digital tech and engineering-related technologies.

Kent Lee

Senior Investment Manager – Med Tech

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Kent joined UniServices in 2010 and focuses on investment in medical technologies. He has been a contracts manager and a business manager for health and medicine. He holds a degree in medical biochemistry and a master’s degree in entrepreneurship. Contact about: Investing in medical technologies.

Stephen Lo

Investment Manager – Digital Technology and Engineering

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Stephen has worked at UniServices since 2021. His areas of focus are on the commercialisation of advanced chemical materials, physics and optics and digital technologies. He has a PhD in Chemistry and is currently completing his Master of Bioscience Enterprise. Contact about: Commercialising or investing in digital technology or engineering.

Benjamin Pearson

Senior Investment Manager – Engineering, Cleantech, Space Tech

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Ben joined UniServices in 2017 and is currently a senior Investment manager for the University of Auckland Inventors Fund. Contact about: Investment in engineering-related technologies including in cleantech, robotics and space.

Yaser Shakib

Investment Manager – Digital Technology

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Yaser graduated as a civil engineer and worked in the land development space for seven years before his interest in technology saw him shifting careers into the Web3 Venture Capital world. He now works as the Investment Manager looking after the digital technology portfolio. Contact about: Commercialising or investing in Blockchain, AI, Machine Learning as well as environmental, structural and civil engineering.