The Chronoptics Research Group

The Chronoptics Research Group


Chronoptics™ is a research group at the University of Waikato, New Zealand, performing leading-edge research and development in the 3D Time-of-Flight range imaging field. Our speciality is in creating novel platform independent algorithms and designs, to ultimately improve the quality and reduce technical constraints of the current commercial range imaging camera technologies. We are working with cameras and sensors from Mesa Imaging, PMD Technology and Canesta.


They have developed innovative 3D imaging solutions that have many commercial applications which can be customised to solve your company's needs. The group is keen to engage with businesses and help to implement 3D cameras in applications that will resolve industry challenges.

Specific areas of expertise include:

  • Chip level hardware design
  • Circuit and optical configuration design
  • Camera configuration and control firmware
  • Image processing and analysis software

Chronoptics is seeking collaborative opportunities with businesses, using their innovative 3D imaging technology to find innovative solutions to key industry challenges.

Research Focus

Chronoptics aim to create highly beneficial solutions that can be incorporated into leading 3D ToF range imaging platforms that enter the market across an entire range of applications. Their research has led to the development of solutions that offer the following benefits:

  • Improved power efficiency
  • Improved linearity and accuracy of measurements
  • Correction for motion artefacts
  • Minimisation of errors from interference and scattering
Unique Capability Proposition

The Chronoptics group specialises in developing novel, platform independent solutions to reduce the technical constraints and improve commercial uptake of time-of-flight range imaging technologies.

Past Successes

Chronoptics are currently implementing their solutions on commercially available 3D ToF range imaging cameras; PMDTec, Mesa Imaging, and Canesta. They have produced three patents and currently have seven technology projects underway.