YiA Judges


Founder and CTO
Robotics Plus

Dr. Alistair Scarfe grew up in agriculture where he developed a passion for using technology to improve farming. He earned a PhD in Industrial Automation after completing a Bachelor of Engineering with First Class Honours, both from Massey University. Alistair leads the Robotics Plus team in creating several world first and leading technologies across robotics, sensing, machine vision and AI. This technology has been applied into autonomous vehicles, fruit picking, fruit packing and scanning robotic systems.

Alistair’s work has been recognised with several awards, including: Highly Commended for Young NZ Innovator of the Year from the NZ Innovation Council; finalist for NZ Hi-Tech Young Achiever of the Year; won the Tauranga 2011 Rocket Young Innovator of the Year (under 40); the first scholar to receive the Dick and Mary Earle Scholarship in Technology for three consecutive years; and was awarded a ZESPRI Innovation Fellowship.