Kahlid Salah

Khalid Salah

Research Engineer

Applied Technologies

Leader in Mechatronics for AgTech

I am an expert in mechatronics working within Callaghan Innovation’s Applied Technologies group. My background in engineering and manufacturing systems makes me a valued advisor helping emerging technology startups. I use my skills to enable tech entrepreneurs to develop their ideas and accelerate their journey to market.

I know the agricultural technology sector well and have designed cooperative robotic systems for growers to use during harvest. My startup, YieldTec, uses robots to streamline kiwifruit picking. This led to my appointment by Callaghan Innovation as an emerging innovator.

My approach to my work is motivated by Nelson Mandela’s world view of looking towards a bright future and letting go of the past because that is exactly how technologies have evolved.

Areas of expertise
  • Product development
  • Smart manufacturing
  • Agricultural technology
  • Electrical engineering
  • Control systems
  • Electronics
  • BEng Electrical (Hons), University Technology Mara (UiTM), Malaysia, 2010
  • MEng Manufacturing, University Putra Malaysia (UPM), Malaysia, 2014
  • PhD Mechanical Engineering, the University of Canterbury, New Zealand (UC), 2019.
Memberships and awards
  • Certified Smart Industry Readiness Index (Siri) Assessor.
Selected publications
  • K. Salah, X. Chen, K. Neshatian and C. Pretty, "A hybrid control multi-agent cooperative system for autonomous bin transport during apple harvest," 2018 13th IEEE Conference on Industrial Electronics and Applications (ICIEA), Wuhan, China, 2018, pp. 644-649, doi: 10.1109/ICIEA.2018.8397794
  • Salah, K., & Chen, X. (2017). Chapter6: Cooperative Robotic Systems in Agriculture. In Robotics and Mechatronics for Agriculture (1st ed., p. 26). CRC Press. https://doi.org/10.1201/9781315203638
  • Buniyamin, N., Salah, K. N. Y., Mohamed, A., & Mohamad, Z. (2011, April). Low-cost solar water heater. In 2011 International Conference on Electronic Devices, Systems and Applications (ICEDSA) (pp. 300-304). IEEE
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