Mark Beckerleg

Senior Lecturer

Phone: +64 9 921 9999 x 8337


Physical Address:
AUT University
WZ Building, Level 4
34 St Paul Street
Auckland Central
Postal Address:

School of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences
Private Bag 92006
Auckland 1142
New Zealand


  • Bachelor of Engineering (Hons)   
  • New Zealand Certificate in Engineering   
  • Radio Technicians Certificate

Teaching Areas:

  • Microcontroller Systems   
  • Embedded Systems   
  • Digital Design with Field Programmable Gate Arrays

Research Areas:

Mark is currently researching the areas of evolutionary computation and  evolvable hardware in robotic controllers. Evolutionary computation is a method  of programming where a problem progressively evolves to a solution using a  natural selection process similar to “Darwinism” or biological evolution. The  program starts with a population of possible solutions to a problem; these  solutions are tested and the best solutions are kept becoming parents that are  used to produce new solutions. This process is repeated until a high fitness is  reached.

Mark is applying this technique in the fields of robotic applications and  evolvable hardware.

Other Interests:

  • Embedded Systems   
  • TV Broadcasting



  • Mark Beckerleg, John Collins, 2007. An Analysis of the Chromosome Genderated  by a Genetic Algorithm Used to Create a Controller for a Mobile Inverted  Pendulum. Studies in Computational Intelligence  Springer-Verlag.


  • Jonathan Currie, Mark Beckerleg, John Collins,  2008, Software Evolution of a Hexapod Robot Walking Gait. 15th  International Conference on Mechatronics and Machine Vision in Practice,  Auckland, New Zealand.   
  • Mark Beckerleg, John Collins, 2008, Evolving Electronic Circuits for  Robotic Control. 15th International Conference on Mechatronics and Machine  Vision in Practice, Auckland, New Zealand.   
  • Mark Beckerleg, John Collins, 2007, Producing Research from  Undergraduate Projects  Proceedings of the 2007 AaeE Conference, Eighteenth  Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education  Melbourne.   
  • Mark Beckerleg, John Collins, 2006. A GA Based Controller for a Mobile  Inverted Pendulum. IEEE International Conference on Autonomous Robosts and  Agents.   
  • Mark Beckerleg, John Collins, 2005. Using Standardised Hardware Modules  to Implement Complex Design Projects for Teaching Embedded Systems. Global  Conference on Engineering Education.   
  • John Collins, Mark Beckerleg, 2005. A Structure Diagram Design Tool for  Teaching Embedded Systems Software Design. Global Conference on Engineering  Education.
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