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27 Mar 2014
SLI Systems University of Otago Scholarships
SLI Systems is an innovative software development company offering up to two awards of $2,500 ...Read More

SLI Systems is an innovative software development company offering up to two awards of $2,500 to students who:
- are enrolled in undergraduate or postgraduate study in Computer Sciences, Information Sciences, Mathematics, Sciences or related fields
- have a passion for coding, are detail oriented and have an instinctive desire to solve problems

Applications should consist of:
- a brief C.V.
- a covering letter discussing the applicants interests and study in relation to the type of work carried out by SLI Systems (see below).
- an academic transcript (the Doctoral and Scholarships Office can provide this just add a signed note to your application giving the University permission to provide the transcript on your behalf).

Applications are due by 5pm, Monday 31 March. Applications must be submitted to the University of Otago Doctoral and Scholarships Office.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the Doctoral and Scholarships Office:
scholarships@otago.ac.nz
Ph. 479 5292
Graduate Research School, north end of the Clocktower Building

"SLI Systems is at the forefront of developing innovative search technology, user-generated search engine optimization (SEO) services and dynamic site navigation. The company supports hundreds of ecommerce sites globally and serves millions of page views every day.

SLI Systems offers an exciting work environment and employs passionate and talented Software Developers from around the world.

The SLS Systems Scholarships for students attending the University of Otago have been established in 2013 to provide not only financial assistance but also networking and career opportunities for smart and tech-savvy students."


25 Mar 2014
10,000 IT vacancies in NZ?
An industry group estimates there are currently 10,000 IT vacancies, which companies are struggling to fill. ...Read More

"A virtual recruitment fair is hoping to attract hundreds of international candidates to IT jobs in New Zealand in a bid to fill the skills shortage facing the sector.

An industry group estimates there are currently 10,000 IT vacancies [in NZ], which companies are struggling to fill.

In a bid to plug that gap, recruitment website Workhere.co.nz, Immigration New Zealand, the expat network Kea and the New Zealand Technology Industry Association are hosting a virtual event called Tech Connect.

Thousands of IT workers from around the world are expected to dial into the the live streamed event on 31 March, where around 50 companies are advertising 200 jobs, as well as presentations from chief executives and industry leaders. "

Read more: IT sector plans recruitment drive.


The department would like to congratulate Sheetal Jadhav whose PhD thesis "QoS-based handover for next generation wireless networks" was recently accepted.

Sheetal's supervisors were Associate Professor Zhiyi Huang and Dr Haibo Zhang (and previously Dr Paul Werstein).

She is currently working at the General Electric John F. Welch Technology Centre in Bangalore, India.


13 Mar 2014
Assoc Prof Ali Knott's TEDx Athens talk
is now available on YouTube ...Read More


Associate Professor Ali Knott's TEDx Athens talk 'The building blocks of language and perception is now available on YouTube.

'TEDxAthens is a world-class conference about Innovation, Creativity and Ideas based in Athens, Greece. TEDxAthens is one of the first TEDx events worldwide and the first ever TEDx event in Greece - started in May 2009. Its main goal is to develop and leverage the TED experience at a regional level, uniting innovators, thinkers, inspirational speakers, shakers, makers and breakers. TEDxAthens is curated by Dimitris Kalavros-Gousiou and organized by a team of 40 volunteers.'

You can view the video here.


06 Mar 2014
Congratulations to Lynn (Nurazlin) Zainal Azmi
whose PhD thesis has just been accepted ...Read More


From Head of Department Prof. Michael Albert:

"Please join me in congratulating Lynn whose PhD thesis 'A natural interface for 3D manipulation' has been accepted. As a result, the convener of examiners (who just happens to be me) has made a final recommendation that she be awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.

Congratulations Lynn and best of luck in your future endeavours."

You can see a short video of some of Lynn's work here.


27 Feb 2014
Teaching Fellows depart
Raymond Scurr and Matthew Jenkin, our two Teaching Fellows, have left ...Read More


Longstanding 300-level Teaching Fellows Raymond Scurr and Matthew Jenkin have left their positions.

Matthew had been in the Department since 2002. He was especially associated with the renowned COSC326 paper, Effective Programming.

Raymond has had an even longer association with the Department, and first started tutoring in 1984. He then had a spell in the Maths Department, but then returned to Computer Science in 1996.

Raymond is continuing as a demonstrator.


20 Feb 2014
University of Otago magazine item
Describes Assoc. Prof Knott and Dr Benuskova's Marsden supported research ...Read More


The current issue of the Univerity of Otago magazine describes Associate Professor Ali Knott and Dr Lubica Benuskova and Dr Martin Takac's Marsden supported research into language and the sensorimotor system.

Read the item here.


20 Feb 2014
Software Developer rated best job..
.. in a list of 100 careers ...Read More


Software Developer and Computer Systems Analyst have been rated #1 and #2 in a list of 100 Best Jobs (in the USA).

Also, 'Growth for both types of IT professionals should balloon: The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts there will be nearly 140,000 brand new positions created before 2022.'.

Read more.


18 Feb 2014
New employment resources page
Following requests, a page listing ICT employment resources has been created ...Read More


Following requests, a page listing New Zealand ICT employment resources has been created, for use by students and graduates interested in employment opportunities.

Check it here.

Suggestions for additional resources can be sent to Robert: rpollock@cs.otago.ac.nz.


03 Feb 2014
Kevin L Novins Scholarship/Fellowship
Applications are open for this award ...Read More


Applications are open for the Kevin L Novins Scholarship/Fellowship

Applications are due in by 1st April, 2014.

Dr Kevin Novins was a valued member of the Department of Computer Science from 1995-2001 who tragically passed away in 2011. This scholarship/fellowship has been made possible by a generous bequest from the Novins family to the Alumni of the University of Otago in America.

More information and how to apply here.

31 Jan 2014
Printing to undergrad lab printers by students has been disabled
.. for students of the Department ...Read More


The department can no longer subsidise student printing.

We hope to introduce the OU Uniprint / mPrint (or some other user-pays variant) system in our labs before Semester One


06 Dec 2013

TEDx Athens
Ali Knott has just given a talk at TEDx Athens ...Read More

Ali Knott has just given a talk at TEDx Athens.

The video isn't ready yet, but in the meantime you can see a video of the talk Ali gave at TEDx Auckland last year here.


02 Dec 2013

Success at ICVNZ, 2013
Two awards were won at Image and Vision Computing NZ, 2013 ...Read More

Two awards were won at the Image and Vision Computing NZ, 2013 conference last week:

Maria Mikhisor won the best student paper.

Steven Mills won the best poster.

Congratulations to both!

Conference details


21 Nov 2013

Farewell to Helen
The department has farewelled secretary Helen Mulholland ...Read More

The department has farewelled secretary Helen Mulholland, with a presentation at today's morning tea.

Helen worked in the department for the last two and a half years.


29 Oct 2013

Marsden success!
Assoc. Prof Ali Knott and Dr Lubica Benuskova have had their Marden grant application funded ...Read More

Congratulations to Ali Knott and Lubica Benuskova who have had their Marsden grant application funded. The project is called 'Does language syntax mirror the structure of sensorimotor cognition?' and the amount awarded is $652,174.

Details of all the Marsden awards are here.


07 Oct 2013

Summer School papers
Sign up now ...Read More

Message to students from Head of Department Professor Michael Albert:

First of all, I hope you've had a good semester. See you at the barbecue on Friday (RSVP to office@cs.otago.ac.nz if you haven't already done so), and good luck with your exams.

Please remember that the department offers two papers at summer school that you may be interested in:

COSC326: Effective programming (note that this is a required paper for both the B.Sc. and B.A.)

COSC360: Computer Game Design (the page www.cs.otago.ac.nz/cosc360 will tell you a bit about last year's version of the course -- next year's will differ slightly)

The resources to offer these papers come directly from their enrolments -- so sign up soon please!

For further information, please don't hesitate to contact me or Willem Labuschagne (willem@cs.otago.ac.nz) our adviser of studies.


04 Oct 2013

South Pacific Programming Contest
This saw three of our teams compete ...Read More

The Dunedin site of the South Pacific Programming Contest saw three teams from the University of Otago Computer Science Department go head-to-head with a field of 85 other teams from sites in Australia and New Zealand.

Fewer than half of the SPPC teams in 2013 were able to answer more than two questions correctly, but all of our teams were able to get three questions finished. Our top performing team on the day, Breakfast Search (Stuart Austin, Nicky Crawford, and Matthew Bennett) came 22nd overall, followed closely by Team Pedro (Toby Yuretich, Cain Edie-Michell, and Tim Jacomb) and Bint Fatuma (Caitlin Miller, Vaughan Weatherall, and Nic Robertson) and many teams were close to stepping up to another question solved.

Site coordinator David Eyers would like to thank Matthew Jenkin for his support throughout the year; Cathy Chandra for a number of changes that facilitated us being able to run contests within the student labs; and of course the teams for applying themselves throughout the year.

Now that we are back in the routine of competing in the practice rounds (after a many-year hiatus), I look forward to building on these successes in future years!

Please contact David Eyers if you are interested in competing.

Final SPPC scoreboard


26 Sep 2013

2013 OUSA Teaching awards
Voting is about to open ...Read More

The 2013 OUSA teaching awards voting is about to open.

Voting will run until the last day of semester two (11th October).

Students can vote for one top lecturer and also the most inclusive lecturer (a disability support based award).

FYI:
There a prize for one lucky voter.
Voting is via the OUSA website.
Voting closes on the 11th October.
OUSA will be letting every lecturer know they have been nominated, even if they are not in the top 10.
The awards ceremony is being scheduled for the afternoon of the 25th of October.

Voting is being done via this link: http://www.ousa.org.nz/teaching-awards-voting/


23 Sep 2013

Otago campus going smoke free on 1/1/14
This covers the Owheo building courtyard ...Read More

The entire Otago campus will go smoke free on 1st January 2014.

This includes the grounds, so there will be no smoking in the Owheo courtyard from then on.

"This Policy applies to all University of Otago employees, students, visitors, contractors, volunteers, research participants and any person on any University of Otago Campus at any time, for any reason."

"University on Otago Campuses means all University of Otago buildings (including residential accommodation), grounds, vessels and vehicles owned or leased by the University of Otago."

More information:
Smoke free policy
Smoking cessation support


18 Sep 2013

Departmental visitor
Associate Professor Maria Markosova is visiting and working with Dr Lubica Benuskova ...Read More

Associate Professor Maria Markosova is visiting until mid Nov 2013.

She is working with Dr Lubica Benuskova on dynamic models of brain functional networks.

Email: mark@cs.otago.ac.nz
Homepage: http://dai.fmph.uniba.sk/w/Maria_Markosova


12 Sep 2013
Printing quotas are now in effect
.. for students of the Department ...Read More

The print quota allocation has changed

Each student studying an under-graduate Computer Science paper has been given an allocation of 30 pages on each of the printers in the undergraduate labs. This is the hard limit, and any print job which would take the number of pages printed (since quotas were reset on Friday 26/07/13) over that total will not be actioned. There is a soft limit of 10 pages less than the hard limit which can be used as a warning that the hard limit is about to be reached.

For each undergraduate course, an additional number of pages has been allocated, for each student doing the course, on the printer in the lab which is being used for the course. e.g. for COMP160 students, there is a hard quota of 30 pages for each printer in Labs A, B, C, E and F with an additional 50 pages (i.e. a total of 80 pages) on the printer in Lab C - a warning will be given if a print job will take the number of pages printed by the student on the Lab C printer over 70 (or if it will take the number of pages printed over 80 - in which case a message will be sent to say that the hard limit has been reached, and the job will not be printed).

For students doing COSC242 or COSC244/TELE202 the number of additional pages is 25 split over the printers in Labs E & F, and so those students have a soft quota of 45 and a hard quota of 55 on each of the printers in Labs E and F - plus any additional pages they may have been allocated because they are taking some other course which uses either of those labs.

If students exceed their quota on any printer, they should check with technical staff to find out what quotas they have left on other lab printers (and possibly ask to have the quota from one printer assigned to another) by sending e-mail to cshelp
If a student has used up all their quota, or if the quota on any printer has been used for non-CS-course-related printing, then they must go to the Computer Science Office (9-5) and request an increase in their quota for that printer. The cost for this is 10c per page, in blocks of 50 pages. Students must pay before the quota is increased. Note that the Office now has an EFTPOS machine. Students can also use cash.


27 Aug 2013

Postgraduate Symposium
A successful Postgraduate Symposium was held in the Department on Monday 26/8/13 ...Read More

A successful Postgraduate Symposium was held in the Department on Monday 26/8/13.

At the end of the Symposium, there were three prizes awarded:
The 2013 publication prize was shared by Xiangfei Jia and Nabeel Khan.
The 2013 best talk prize went to Gonzalo Sanchez-Nido, for his talk on gene coexpression networks.

There was also a lovely hangi for lunch, provided by Te Roopu Pūtaiao (the university's Māori science students organisation).

Photos by Kai-Cheung Leung.


20 Aug 2013
/dev/world 2013
This is a conference for people who have an interest in developing for Apple computers and Apple mobile devices. ...Read More

Upcoming conference - /dev/world is a conference for people who have an interest in developing for Apple computers and Apple mobile devices.

It is open to the public and will be held at the Rydges Bell City, Melbourne, on September 30 and October 1, 2013.

More info and registration details here.

Thomas Verbeek, current Masters student will be giving a talk at /dev/world/ about 'co-founding Sideline Junkies Limited, a NZ sports company that's changing the way you keep up with local sport. This talk demonstrates what AUC delegates can achieve with the exposure and skills acquired from AUC events. Thomas discusses his involvement with the AUC, starting a company with All Blacks, the iOS technology involved to make their flagship app 'Waterboy', and the exciting road ahead.'


15 Aug 2013
Postgraduate Open Day
To be held in the Link, 20th August ...Read More

20th August 2013, 10am-4pm, in the Link.

Visit 50 booths representing more than 70 areas of study (including Computer Science).

Find out how you could further your career or follow your passion with postgraduate study.

View more than 30 posters on display from existing postgraduates.

Come and meet current postgrads from 10am- 12noon on the mezzanine floor to get the real story.

Listen to why postgraduate study should be in your future.

Speakers from across the University and beyond outline the benefits of postgraduate study in the Gazebo Lounge from 12noon-2pm.


15 Aug 2013
JET 2013
Info Session - 2014 JET (Japan Exchange and Teaching) Programme ...Read More

Information Session - 2014 JET (Japan Exchange and Teaching) Programme - this is an an opportunity to live and work in Japan. Positions available for graduates: Assistant Language Teacher, Coordinator for International Relations

When: Wednesday 4 September 2013, 1pm-2pm
Where: Archway 2


06 Aug 2013
Kiwi PyCon 2013
The NZ Python conference will be held in Auckland ...Read More

Assoc. Prof. Brendan McCane:

I have been asked to publicize Kiwi Pycon to you all (the NZ Python conference).

It's a very interesting industry conference and if you go you will get to meet a lot of people who use Python in industry and you'll probably learn some useful stuff about Python along the way.

The dates are 6-8th September, and the venue is at AUT in Auckland. The registration cost is very reasonable for students at $60 for the whole conference. The disadvantage for us is that it's in Auckland, but it's worthwhile going to if you are interested in Python.

More information: nz.pycon.org/.


30 Jul 2013
Scholarship offer
Altus Financial Services are offering a scholarship worth $10,000 to award to a local person ...Read More

Jerry Pearse-Smith:

"Altus Financial Services is a Dunedin-based AMP Adviser Business established in 2005 to provide financial advice to personal, business and corporate clients.

Altus are offering a scholarship worth $10,000 to award to a local person helping to put Dunedin on the map or whose endeavours might lead to the creation of opportunities for others around town. They are interested in hearing from entrepreneurial people from the Dunedin community.

Last year's recipient was David Cameron, a student from the Otago School of Business, and founder of LearnCoach.

The application process is done on-line: http://www.altus.co.nz/do-your-thing.

Applications are now open until 31st August."


30 Jul 2013
Westpac App Challenge
Westpac is offering a prize of $10,000 for a banking app idea ...Read More

From Westpac:

"Westpac wants to collaborate with New Zealand developers & designers to identify mobile apps that will make a process, transaction, application or any other common banking activity easier, faster and safe for customers.... So, be part of the Westpac App Challenge and if we end up selecting your app for development, you'll get $10,000, the opportunity to work with us to make your concept a reality and, once your app is live in New Zealand, the opportunity to take it to the rest of the world.

Details here: westpac.co.nz/appchallenge

19 Jul 2013
ADI: 2nd Careers event
ADInstruments will be in the Department to recruit graduate and post-graduate (Hons and PhD) students ...Read More

From ADIinstruments:

ADInstruments and KuraCloud Careers Event 2

This event will be held on Tuesday 23 July 2013, at 2 pm in Seminar Room 106, Computer Science Department, Owheo Building, 133 Union Street East.

ADInstruments and KuraCloud are currently recruiting for 5 positions based in our Dunedin, New Zealand office. We will be holding an information session where you can have a chat with our employees about working at ADInstruments and KuraCloud.

We will be recruiting for the following positions:
Deployment Engineer
Software Engineer
UX Design Engineer
Software Tester
Scientific Writer

The closing date for applying for these positions is 26 July 2013 - application details will be posted on Otagocareerhub.

If you are interested in a career at ADInstruments and KuraCloud please come along.

Web contacts as in Event 1 listing below.


16 Jul 2013
Teaching Expo
There will be a College of Education Teaching Expo on Thursday 1st August ...Read More

There will be a College of Education Teaching Expo on Thursday 1st August, in the Robertson Library, Union St East, from 11am-3pm. Find out about teaching around the world and talk to teacher recruitment organsations.

There is currently a shortage of science teachers.


12 Jul 2013
ADI is recruiting
ADInstruments will be on campus next week to recruit graduate and post-graduate (Hons and PhD) students ...Read More

From ADIinstruments:

ADInstruments and KuraCloud Careers Event 1

2pm Wednesday 17 July 2013, room 118/119 at the Hunter Centre (opposite the Dental School).

ADInstruments and KuraCloud are currently recruiting for 5 positions based in our Dunedin, New Zealand office. We will be holding an information session where you can have a chat with our employees about working at ADInstruments and KuraCloud.

We will be recruiting for the following positions:
Deployment Engineer
Software Engineer
UX Design Engineer
Software Tester
Scientific Writer

The closing date for applying for these positions is 26 July 2013 - application details will be posted on Otagocareerhub.

If you are interested in a career at ADInstruments and KuraCloud please come along. We look forward to seeing you there.

Website: http://www.adinstruments.com/

ADInstruments Careers page: http://www.adinstruments.com/company/careers


02 Jul 2013
Prof Enric Vallduví visits
Professor Vallduví is currently visiting from from Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona. ...Read More

Professor Enric Vallduví is currently visiting from from Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, and will be here for six months.

During his visit, he will continue ongoing research on the role of information structure in natural language. He will also be working with Alistair Knott on the neural basis of information structure: for instance, what are the neural processes associated with adopting a new topic, or with retrieving an answer to a question.

More information about Professor Vallduví.


30 May 2013
Anita Borg scholarship
Applications are open for female students for the Anita Borg scholarship ...Read More

Dr. Anita Borg (1949-2003) devoted her life to revolutionizing the way we think about technology and dismantling the barriers that keep minorities and women from entering the computing and technology fields.

As part of Google's ongoing commitment to furthering Anita's vision, they announce the Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship 2013: Asia-Pacific (APAC).

Through the scholarship, they aim to encourage women to excel in computing and technology, and become active role models and leaders.

Applicants must:
- Be a female student enrolled in full-time undergraduate or postgraduate study at an university in 2013/2014.
- Be enrolled at a University in Korea, Japan, India, Southeast Asia, Australia or New Zealand.
- Be studying Computer Science, Software Engineering or a closely related technical field.
- Maintain an excellent academic record.

Application deadline: 31/5/13.

The scholarship recipients will each receive a $5,000 scholarship for the 2013-2014 academic year. All scholarship recipients will be invited to visit a Google office in Sydney, Australia for a networking retreat.

More details here.


27 May 2013
Lecturer vacancy
Following the resignation of Dr Shawn Martin, we have a vacancy for a lecturer ...Read More

Following the recent resignation of Dr Shawn Martin, we have a vacancy for full-time, confirmation path position as Lecturer.

Applicants should have a PhD, a commitment to on-going research and experience in teaching. Recent PhD graduates may apply. Applicants with teaching and/or research experience in any area of computer science can apply.

More details:
Job description and how to apply.


09 May 2013
Robot club student going to Space Camp
Dept. Robot Club member Ailsa Carroll is going to the International Space Camp ...Read More

Department robot club member Ailsa Carroll (16) has been selected as only one of two NZ school pupils to attend the International Space Camp in the USA. Space camp includes astronaut training and using the Space Shuttle simulator.

From the ODT: "Ailsa was selected ahead of thousands of other pupils around the world because of her excellent academic results and her involvement in aeronautics (flying aircraft on computer flight simulators), robotics and computer programming".

Read more about Ailsa here.


11 Apr 2013
CS wrestler in the news
Computer Science honours student Jess Todd is also a champion wrestler ...Read More

Computer Science honours student Jess Todd holds a 'queen of the mat' title and is preparing for the New Zealand grappling and wrestling championships, to be held in Dunedin this weekend. She also hopes to compete in the Commonwealth Games next year.

Read all about Jess here.


04 Apr 2013
Inaugural Professorial Lecture
.. by Head of Department Michael Albert ...Read More

Professor and Head of Department Michael Albert is to give his Inaugural Professorial Lecture on Tuesday, 16th April 2013.
Time: 5.30pm
Place: Archway 1 Lecture Theatre

The lecture is titled "How to shuffle badly".

28 Mar 2013
Printing quotas are now in effect
.. for students of the Department ...Read More

The department gives each student a free printing quota of 200 pages on their account.

If students exceed this quota in the labs, they may find printing jobs will not proceed.

In this case, students should go to the Computer Science Office (9-5) and request their quota is raised. The cost for this is 10c per page, in blocks of 50 pages. Students must pay before the quota is increased. Note that the Office now has an EFTPOS machine. Students can also use cash.


15 Mar 2013
IT jobs in NZ plentiful, money good ..
.. but a lack of skilled staff! ...Read More

There is curently a chronic shortage of ICT staff and programmers in New Zealand, reports the New Zealand Herald.

Employers are resorting to hiring staff from overseas, repurposing staff with other science or engineering degrees, and offering huge daily pay rates for specialists.

From the Herald:
"The opportunities for IT workers were highlighted last month by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. According to the ministry's Occupation Outlook report, job prospects in ICT are among the best in the country, along with engineering and other professional roles.

The report says strong growth in jobs for ICT and business analysts - of whom there are about 9500 earning an average of $76,700 - can be expected in the medium term.

Similar growth in software development jobs is also forecast. There are about 17,000 software developers earning an average of $76,600."

Read more here.


06 Mar 2013
Computer science is hot..
.. right now for talented students ...Read More

Which tech degrees pay the most?

A current Computerworld New Zealand article answers this question, and reveals that 'Computer science is hot again, not just for geeky students but also for really talented math, engineering and science students.'

The article also reveals that the highest starting salaries and mid-career salaries for graduates in the computer field go to computer scientists, software engineers and computer engineers (in the USA).

Read more here.


25 Feb 2013
SLI Systems Scholarship
Scholarships currently open for students with a passion for coding ...Read More

Information provided by SLI:

SLI Systems is at the forefront of developing innovative search technology, user-generated search engine optimization (SEO) services and dynamic site navigation. The company supports hundreds of ecommerce sites globally and serves millions of page views every day. SLI Systems offers an exciting work environment and employs passionate and talented Software Developers from around the world. The SLS Systems Scholarships for students attending the University of Otago have been established in 2013 to provide not only financial assistance but also networking and career opportunities for smart and tech-savvy students.

1. The value of the scholarship shall be $2500, to be paid directly into the recipient's bank account.

2. Up to two scholarships shall be awarded annually to University of Otago students enrolled in undergraduate or postgraduate study in Computer Sciences, Information Sciences, Mathematics, Science or a related field. Applicants should have a passion for coding, be detail oriented, and have an instinctive desire to solve problems.

3. Scholarships shall be awarded on the basis of academic achievement and compatibility between the award recipient and SLI Systems' culture and values. Recipients may be invited to participate in SLI Systems functions and activities. Participation, where practical, is expected.

4. The scholarship may be held together with any other award.

5. If there are no candidates of sufficient merit, no award shall be made.

6. In the event of the recipient's withdrawal from the specified course of study for which the scholarship is awarded, the scholarship will be withdrawn, and any unpaid funds shall be returned to the scholarship fund.

Applications must be submitted to the University of Otago Doctoral and Scholarships Office no later than 5:00 p.m. on 30 March (if March 30 is not a business day, please submit your application on the following business day). Applications should consist of a brief C.V. and a covering letter discussing the applicant's interests and study in relation to the type of work carried out by SLI Systems. The applicant should also provide a current and official University of Otago transcript, or written and signed permission for the University of Otago to provide this on their behalf.


25 Feb 2013
New learn to program courses
The department is to offer 'learn to program' courses for year 5-10 children ...Read More

Short 'learn to program' courses are to be offered in the department to school children of ages 9-15 (school year 5-10).

Information about the courses has already been sent to all local schools for their newsletters.

Full details of the courses and an online application form can be found here:Learn to program classes for school years 5-10.


22 Feb 2013
Congratulations to ..
.. CS Honours students Nicky Crawford and Caitlin Miller ...Read More

Computer Science Honours students Nicky Crawford and Caitlin Miller who were the only two undergraduate finalists from New Zealand for the 2012 Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship. Well done both!

Read more here: google.com.au/anitaborg/winners.html.


20 Dec 2012
Two new full Professors
Anthony Robins and Michael Albert have been promoted to full professorships. ...Read More

Anthony Robins and Michael Albert have been promoted to full professorships, it was announced today (20/12/12).

A total of 24 leading academics have been promoted.

"Announcing the new professors, University of Otago Vice-Chancellor Professor Harlene Hayne warmly congratulated them on their hard-earned and well-deserved promotions.

'Otago has rigorous processes for conferring professorships that ensure only those with suitably strong records are selected. Staff applying must demonstrate that they have made outstanding and sustained contributions in key areas including research, teaching and service to the University and community,' Professor Hayne says.

Input from international experts is sought as part of the process to ensure that candidates' contributions are indeed world class, she says.

'These appointments reflect the breadth and depth of the talent we enjoy here at Otago. The work of these individuals is of enormous value to the University and is often of considerable international significance.'"

Full report here.


20 Nov 2012
Google intern success
Graduate Caitlin Miller has won a Google Internship ...Read More

Congratulations to Computer Science graduate Caitlin Miller has won a Google Internship. You can read more about these internships here.


07 Nov 2012
COSC345 student apps success!
Four of the teams in this year's Software Engineering paper successfully got apps into the Apple app store. ...Read More

Four of the teams in this year's Software Engineering paper (COSC345) successfully got apps into the Apple app store.

Two of these are games and two are drawing apps.

They apps are called CatNapped, Ain't No Rocket Science, Tracer Tool and Sketchi.


08 Oct 2012
New Head of Department
Associate Professor Michael Albert will be HoD from January 2013 ...Read More

It has been confirmed that Associate Professor Michael Albert will take over as Head of Department from Associate Professor Brendan McCane, from 1st January 2013.


11 Sep 2012
Thomas Verbeek to present workshop
Student Thomas verbeek is to present a workshop at /dev/world 2012 ...Read More

MSc student Thomas verbeek is to present a workshop at /dev/world 2012.

This is the Apple University Consortium's conference for Mac OS, iOS and web in Melbourne, Australia. He will be presenting a workshop entitled "Integrating the video element using HTML5" to delegates from across Australia and New Zealand.

Read more on the AUC website.


30 Aug 2012
Demand for computer skills grows
The latest economic news from Stats NZ reveals people who design computer systems are in hot demand ...Read More

The latest economic news from Stats NZ reveals people who design computer systems are in hot demand.

Key findings:
- Jobs in the industry increased by 78 percent between 2000 and 2010.
- The industry had the equal-highest rate of product innovation in New Zealand in 2011.
- Most Computer Systems Design companies exported their goods and services in 2011.
- The workforce is concentrated in major cities, and is well educated and young, with above-average pay.
- CSD businesses invest heavily in their future growth.

Full details here.


28 Aug 2012
Postgrad Awards
Hamza Bennani and Kai-Cheung Leung receive awards at the postgraduate symposium ...Read More

Head of Department Brendan McCane presented two awards at the postgraduate symposium, held in the department on 27th August.

The awards:

Hamza Bennani, for the best presentation
Kai-Cheung Leung, for top 2012 publication


20 Jul 2012
Updated: Teaching excellence award
Associate Professor Anthony Robins wins teaching excellence award ...Read More

Associate Professor Anthony Robins has won one of the three latest teaching excellence awards.

The university awards recognise an "outstanding ability to teach".

All winners receive $7,500 to support student learning and teaching.

More details and a photo can be found here.

Update!

Anthony has now (17/7/12) become one of only 12 recipients of a national teaching award from the National Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence.

From the award citation:

"Anthony Robins has made a significant impact in the field of computer science nationally and internationally, and is considered by his peers to be one of the leading researchers in computer science education. His unique contributions range from his involvement in developing the national curriculum in Digital Technology for secondary schools to groundbreaking research in the development of the Learning Edge Momentum model of student learning that is influencing how programming is taught.

Testimony to Anthony's sustained excellence in teaching are his high student satisfaction ratings, his exceptional skills in programme design and continuing reflection and critical evaluation of his teaching performance. His teaching has been described by students as powerful and transformational; his exemplary leadership has inspired colleagues."

All recipients of this award receive a cheque for $20,000. More details about the awards and Anthony's full citation can be found here.


30 May 2012
IVCNZ Conference
The department will be hosting the 27th Image and Vision Computing New Zealand conference in November ...Read More

The department will be hosting the 27th Image and Vision Computing New Zealand conference.

This will be held from November 26th to November 28th.

The call for papers is currently open.

You can read more about the conference here.


24 May 2012
Software Engineer rated best job
CareerCast.com has rated Software Engineer as the best of all jobs in 2012 ...Read More

CareerCast has rated Software Engineer as the best of all jobs in 2012, using criteria such as Work Environment, Stress, Income and Physical Demands.

"The world is going digital, and Software Engineers who can help with that transformation are reaping the benefits. Their pay is great, hiring demand for their skills is through the roof, and working conditions have never been better".

Read the details here.


23 Apr 2012
Tertiary Information Day
Tertiary Information Day will be on Monday 30th April ...Read More

Tertiary Information Day will be on Monday 30th April. The department will have a booth at the Expo in the Link, and Head of Department Brendan McCane will be giving talks in the Owheo Building at 12 noon and 1pm. If you are thinking of studying Computer Science, come along and find out about what we offer and the career prospects for graduates.

More details about Tertiary Information Day can be found here.


09 Mar 2012
BBQ!
Staff and student BBQ will be held at Owheo on Friday 9th March ...Read More

Staff and student BBQ will be held in the Owheo courtyard on Friday 9th March, 2012, at 4pm. See you there!

01 Mar 2012
AUC Scholarships
Competitive scholarships are now open for the Apple WWDC conference in the USA ...Read More

AUC offers WWDC Scholarships to Staff and Students

The AUC today (1st March) announced that it would be offering Scholarships to University staff and students to attend this years Apple World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) being held in the USA in 2012. (Note that dates for WWDC 2012 have not yet been confirmed by Apple.)

To be eligible to obtain a competitive scholarship, you should be a staff member or student of an AUC Member University and have a background in programming (Mac, Unix or Windows) and in interest in learning about the latest OS X & iOS development.

Successful Scholarship recipients in 2012 receive a financial subsidy to assist in covering the cost of:

- Return economy airfares to San Francisco, USA from Australia or New Zealand.
- Twin-share Accommodation in San Francisco at a designated hotel for up to 7 days.
- WWDC 2012 E-Ticket

Staff and Students interested in the Competitive Scholarships must apply by completing an application form available on the AUC web site. Applications close 23 March 2012.

For more information about the WWDC 2012 Scholarships please visit the AUC web site at:
http://auc.edu.au/wwdc

01 Feb 2012
We welcome another new lecturer
Yawen Chen has also joined the department as a Lecturer. ...Read More

Yawen Chen has also joined the department as a Lecturer this week. To read about her background and her research interests, you can check this page.

30 Jan 2012
New lecturer arrives
Shawn Martin has joined the department as a Lecturer. ...Read More

Shawn Martin has joined the department as a Lecturer. To read about his background and interests, you can check this page.

15 Dec 2011
Tantrix robot success
Graduate Peter Bruns has created the best Tantrix playing robot ...Read More

Graduate Pete Bruns has created the best Tantrix playing robot, based on his COSC490 project. This robot, called 'Monte', successfully defeated the previous best bot in a game lasting 27 hours. The software is based on the Monte Carlo method.

To find out more, and to challenge the robot yourself (if you dare), see the Tantrix site.

04 Nov 2011
Best paper award
PhD candidate Sheetal Jadhav has won a best paper award ...Read More

PhD candidate Sheetal Jadhav has won a best paper award at the PDCAT 2011 conference in South Korea.

Her paper was called "Performance Evaluation of Quality of VoIP in WiMAX and UMTS".

Congratulations to Sheetal!

28 Oct 2011
New lecturer arrives
Steven Mills has started in the Department ...Read More

New lecturer Steven Mills has started work in the Department.

Steven is a graduate of this Department, having completed his BSc and then his PhD in the year 2000.

Read more about his research interests here.

28 Oct 2011
Examinations
Dates and times for Computer Science Examinations ...Read More

COMP160 - Fri 4th November, 9.30

COMP212 - Sat 5th November, 9.30
COSC242 - Sat 5th November, 14.30
COSC244 - Thur 27th October, 9.30
TELE202 - Thur 27th October, 9.30

COSC344 - Wed 19th October, 14.30
COSC345 - Thur 20th October, 9.30
COSC346 - Fri 28th October, 14.30
COSC348 - Sat 5th November, 9.30

COSC411 - Tues 25th October, 9.30
COSC421 - Thur 27th October, 14.30
COSC441 - Wed 19th October, 9.30
NEUR421 - Thur 27th October, 14.30
TELE402 - Fri 21st October, 14.30

28 Oct 2011
Student success
Thomas Verbeek has had his animation accepted at CreateWorld ...Read More

Thomas Verbeek has just come back from giving a talk at DevWorld and his animation has been accepted at CreateWorld (both AUC conferences). Here is more from Thomas:

I recently presented at /dev/world 2011 - Apple's developer's conference down under. My presentation was titled "Introducing the canvas element using HTML5". It was attended by delegates from Australia and New Zealand. Some students from our department also attended: Benjamin Mark, Malcolm Durling, and ex-student Tom Kirk (who attended as staff). It was great presenting and meeting with developers in the field. I had a few hours of one-on-one time with Josh Anon from Pixar, which was invaluable to me.

/dev/world: http://www.auc.edu.au/DevWorld+2011

My proposal for a presentation has been accepted for CreateWorld. This is Apple's conference for digital media, innovation and creativity in Brisbane. My presentation is titled "Playtime - Student animation work at Otago - a screening and discussion". I will be screening my 3D animation "Playtime" and provide a breakdown of the work involved in making the animation at the University of Otago.

CreateWorld: http://www.auc.edu.au/Create+World+2011

How to apply for 1 of 4 subsidies to attend:
http://www.auc.edu.au/Create+World+2011+Subsidies

22 Aug 2011
Postgraduate Symposium
The Postgraduate symposium is to be held on Monday 29th August ...Read More

The Postgraduate symposium is to be held on Monday 29th August, in the Owheo Building.

The full schedule of postgraduate speakers and their topics is available here.

03 Aug 2011
Brendan McCane writes in Computerworld
Read our HoD's comments on 'industry-ready graduates' ...Read More

Read HoD Brendan McCane's comments on the 'industry-ready graduate' issue and why good programmers are so valuable in the latest COMPUTERWORLD here.

You can also check their article on Dunedin IT: town and gown here.

28 Jul 2011
Upcoming iOS SDK Workshops
AUC is offering up to 50 partially funded workshop places ...Read More

The Apple University Consortium is pleased to announce it is offering up to 50 partially funded places to the AUC's iOS SDK Workshop to be held in Sydney & Melbourne during September 2011. (Only for university staff or students.)

Whether you are a novice or an experienced developer, anyone can write an iOS application by simply using the tools and frameworks that are freely available.

In this workshop you will learn the tools of the trade and the most important parts of the iOS SDK to get you on your way to writing cool applications for these revolutionary devices.

Spaces are limited and will be awarded on a competitive basis based on the information supplied in the application form. Subsidies for travel and accommodation where required will be available.

More information and how to apply is available at:
http://www.auc.edu.au/iOS+SDK+Workshops

24 Jun 2011
iPad in Tertiary Education
A seminar by Apple's Stephen Atherton ...Read More

This seminar will look at how institutions and students around the world are using iPad in teaching, learning, and research. It builds upon last years' AUC seminar on Mobile Learning which was delivered to over 1,300 colleagues at Australian and New Zealand AUC member universities. Various Apps will be demonstrated, case studies will be shared, and current research will be examined. Please join guest presenters at this free 90 minute seminar.

Venue and Date July 15th 10:30 - 12:00 pm Hutton Theatre, Otago Museum.

Registration page

31 May 2011
Computer graduate earnings
New data on graduate salaries confirms the high value of a CS degree
...Read More

New data on graduate salary earning from the Chronicle of higher Education confirms the high value of a CS degree. The median income for graduates with Bachelor degrees in Computing in the USA is now about US$70,000, with the range being $50,000 to $98,000.

Read the full details here.

13 May 2011
Class Reps Meetings
The next round of class reps meetings will be held soon
...Read More

The next class reps meetings will be held as follows:

100 level: Monday 16th May, 1pm, G34
200 level: Wednesday 25th May, 1pm, G34
300 level: Monday 16th May, 10.30am, 106
400 level: Thursday 19th May, 2pm, G34

If you want to raise an issue but don't know who your class reps are, see the noticeboard by reception.

09 May 2011
Careers Fair Tue 10th May
A Careers Fair of special interest to Computer Science students and graduates is coming up
...Read More

A Careers Fair of special interest to Computer Science students and graduates is being held on Tuesday 10 May from 11-2 in the Link. Among those taking part are Datacom Systems Limited, ADInstruments Ltd, Intergen Limited and Orion Health. All are particularly interested in meeting computer science students.

More Information.

05 May 2011
Tertiary Information Day
About ninety high school students attended the talks at Owheo, and at the Expo enjoyed the Lego robots
...Read More

About ninety high school students attended the talks at Owheo, and at the Expo in the Union Hall large numbers enjoyed the Lego robots, and also talking to our postgraduates Manish, Jothi, Umair and Sheetal who manned the booth for the day. Our big new banner had its first outing too!

07 Apr 2011
Class reps meeting dates
Students: class reps meeting time and dates for all levels are now confirmed
...Read More

Class reps meetings:

100-level - Monday 11th April, 1pm, with Brendan - Owheo Room G34.

200-level - Wednesday 13th April, 1pm, with Willem - Owheo Room G34.

300-level - Tuesday 12th April, 11am, with Ali - Owheo Room 106.

400-level - Wednesday 20th April 1pm, with Mike - Owheo Room G34.

21 Mar 2011
Class reps meetings soon
Students: class reps for all levels will be meeting with staff soon. If you don't know who your class reps are
...Read More

Class reps for all levels will be meeting with staff soon to discuss any course-related concerns. Talk to your class rep if you want any issues raised. If you don't know who your class reps are, see the noticeboard by Computer Science reception.

02 Mar 2011
Student-Staff Barbeque
The BBQ for staff and students will be on Friday 11th March at 4pm
...Read More

The BBQ for staff and students of the Department will be held on Friday 11th March at 4pm in the courtyard of the Owheo building. See you there!

02 Mar 2011
New Editorship
Dr Lubica Benuskova has taken up a new Editorship
...Read More

Dr Lubica Benuskova has taken up a new Editorship of the prestigious IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks.


28 Feb 2011
Lecturer Vacancy
We currently have a vacancy for a Lecturer in the Department.
...Read More

We have a vacancy for a Lecturer in the Department.

The closing date for applications is 14th April 2011.

Full details, and how to apply.


01 Feb 2011
New lecturers for Department
Dr David Eyers and Dr Haibo Zhang have recently joined the department as lecturers
...Read More

New lecturers Dr David Eyers and Dr Haibo Zhang have joined us in time for semester one. For short biographies see their staff pages:
David
Haibo

31 Jan 2011
Kevin Novins
Staff were saddened to hear of the passing of Kevin Novins
...Read More

Sad news: Dr Kevin Novins, a Senior Lecturer in the Department up to 2001, has died in California. He had been undergoing chemotherapy.

Kevin's expertise was in Computer Graphics and Computer Vision, and he worked in the Graphics group. More recently he had been working for a hedge fund in California.

Many staff members remember Kevin with great affection.

17 Jan 2011
Computer Jobs ranking high in 2011
Computing jobs such as Software Engineer, Systems Analyst, and Computer Programmer all rank within the top 30 jobs available this year
...Read More

News from CareerCast:
"Each year Jobs Rated researchers survey 200 jobs - from Accountant to Zoologist - scoring them according to five key criteria: Physical Demands, Work Environment, Income, Outlook and Stress.... In 2011, thanks to the popularity of smartphone applications and "cloud" based software, technical positions involving computers have risen to the top of the rankings. Indeed, Software Engineer, Computer Systems Analyst, Technical Writer and Computer Programmer all rank within the top 30 this year."
Software Engineer is currently the most highly ranked job of all.
Read more: http://www.careercast.com/jobs-rated/2011-ranking-200-jobs-best-worst.

17 Dec 2010
Graduate Morning tea
The department held a morning tea for graduates and their families on Wednesday 15/12
...See photos
Graduate morning tea, 15th December 2010.



10 Dec 2010
Robocup success
School teams coached by Anthony Robins and Sandy Garner achieved successes in the recent Robocup competition ...Read More
School teams coached by Anthony Robins and Sandy Garner achieved successes in the recent Robocup competition.

Teams from Balmacewan Intermediate and Logan Park won the Junior Dance and Senior Soccer categories respectively.

Read more in the ODT report.
08 Dec 2010
Flying High
The latest AUC magazine features Thomas Verbeek's hang gliding simulator ...Read More
The latest Apple University Consortium Magazine has a good feature on Thomas Verbeek's hang gliding simulator.

The article explains how the simulator works, and the challenges Thomas had to overcome.

You can read it here - Wheels for the Mind (Summer 2010 edition).
08 Dec 2010
Google AI contest success
Lech Szymanski placed best of the group from the department which competed in the recent Google AI challenge ...Read More
The results of this year's Google AI Challenge have just been released.

The task was to write a program (bot) that would play games against bots of other players. Among over 4600 participants from 112 countries, there were 24 from New Zealand, among them four people from our department - Lech Szymanski, Andrew Webb, Martin Takac and Vaughn Wood.

Our best result was achieved by Lech, who ranked the 287th total and the 2nd best within New Zealand. Although he is probably not satisfied with the result, congratulations Lech! (The other Otago guys scored 9, 10 and 12th within NZ).

This Friday's AI seminar at 4-5pm in the AI lab on the 2nd floor will be devoted to the contest, everybody welcome.

30 Nov 2010
The Linux Programming Interface
A friend of Prof Anthony Robins, Michael Kerrisk, has just published this massive piece of work ...Read More
A friend of Prof Anthony Robins, Michael Kerrisk, has just published a book called 'The Linux Programming Interface'.

It's a detailed technical reference and, with hundreds of working programs and exercises, a potentially advanced text book.

Check it out online at http://man7.org/tlpi/. The Computer Science Department and Cathy Chandra get acknowledgment and thanks for the loan of access to various flavours of Unix on which some of the cross platform comparisons were based.

02 Nov 2010
NaNoWriMo meeting, 15th November
National Novel Writing Month is a yearly writing challenge founded in 1998 by Chris Baty. Participants attempt to write a 50,000 word novel ...Read More
National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a yearly writing challenge founded in 1998 by Chris Baty. Participants attempt to write a 50,000 word novel over the course of the 30 days of November.

NaNoWriMo has been growing as a worldwide literacy movement since that first year consisting of a few bored college students, and at present there are over 130,000 participants signed up worldwide for 2010.

There will be an Otago-Southland Midway No-Writing Movie Night held on Monday November 15 from 3:30 PM until 6 PM, in the Owheo Building, 133 Union Street East, room 1.06 (first floor, turn right, go past the Centre for Research on Children and Families to the end of the corridor). For more details contact the Otago/Southland Municipal Liaison: Rowan
tomo_kat@hotmail.com

27 Oct 2010
Bridge success
An interdisciplinary bridge team has won the Open Teams event at Queenstown ...Read More
An interdisciplinary team of Professor Chris Ackerley (English), Dr Murat Genc (Economics), Professor Douglas Russell (Chemistry, Auckland), and Associate Professor Michael Albert won the Open teams event at the Queenstown Bridge Congress.

12 Oct 2010
Friday Seminar
Professor Geoff Wyvill will talk on 'Prior Art' at the CS and IS seminar on Friday (15th October) ...Read More
Professor Geoff Wyvill will talk on 'Prior Art' at the CS and IS seminar on Friday (15th October), at 1pm in Archway 2.

Who was Henri Maillardet?

When was the Zoopractiscope invented?

Why was Rembrandt ignored in the history of Computer Animation?

What do Gavin Miller, Andy Pearce and John Woodwark have in common?

Geoff will explain some of these things and confuse you about others!

23 Sep 2010
Best ambassador named
Senior Lecturer Lubica Benuskova has been named a best ambassador for Dunedin in a Tourism Dunedin competition ...Read More
Senior Lecturer Lubica Benuskova has been named a best ambassador for Dunedin in a Tourism Dunedin competition. She has won a year's free rates, a certificate and tickets to the Chinese Garden for her work promoting the city.

Read more about the story here.

03 Sep 2010
Computer Vision scholarship
The Department of Computer Science and Areo are offering a one year scholarship in Computer Vision ...Read More
The Department of Computer Science and Areo are offering a one year scholarship towards the thesis year of an MSc degree in the area of in Computer Vision.

The stipend is $20,000 and the closing date is November 2nd, 2010.

More details here (PDF file).

02 Sep 2010
iOS Introductory Workshops
Free three hour workshops are to be run which will focus on the most important parts of the iPhone SDK to help you get you started writing Apps for Apple mobile devices ...Read More
Timed to run in conjunction with the teaching & learning focussed "Mobility in Education" seminars, these free 3 hour hands-on workshops will focus on the most important parts of the iPhone SDK to get you started writing Apps for Apple mobile devices - the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.

The Computer Science department is hosting one of these workshops.

The workshop is aimed specifically at students who study computing science, computer engineering, information technology, mathematics, creative arts/design or related disciplines and/or have an interest in developing applications for these portable devices. Staff from member Universities are also welcome to attend.

Workshops will be run around New Zealand (and Australia) and are strictly limited to the first 25 applicants.

More information, and instructions on how to register are available at:
http://www.auc.edu.au/iOS+Workshop.


23 Aug 2010
PMAM 2010 workshop
Dr Zhiyi Huang is organising the The 2010 International Workshop on Programming Models and Applications for Multicores and Manycores. ...Read More
Dr Zhiyi Huang is organising the The 2010 International Workshop on Programming Models and Applications for Multicores and Manycores (to be held December 8-11, 2010, Wuhan, China).

About the workshop:
"Rapid advancements in multicore and chip-level multi-threading technologies open new challenges and make multicore systems a part of the computing landscape. From high-end servers to mobile phones, multicores are steadily entering every single aspect of the information technology.

However most programmers are trained in sequential programming, yet most existing parallel programming models are prone to errors such as data race and deadlock. Therefore to fully utilise multicore hardware, parallel programming models that allow easy transition of sequential programs to parallel programs with good performance and development of error-free codes are urgently needed.

This workshop is dedicated primarily to gather researchers and practitioners addressing the main challenges and share experiences in the emerging multicore software engineering and distributed programming paradigm, and in addition, to provide a discussion forum for people interested in programming environments, models, applications and tools specifically designed for parallel multi/many-core hardware environments."

Read more about the workshop.

23 Aug 2010
E2GC2 workshop
Student Jason Mair has had a paper accepted at the E2GC2 workshop ...Read More
Student Jason Mair has had a paper accepted at the E2GC2 (Energy Efficient Grids, Clouds and Clusters) workshop.

About the workshop: "The question of energy savings has been a matter of concern for a long time in mobile distributed systems. However, for the large-scale non-mobile distributed systems, which nowadays reach impressive sizes, the energy dimension just starts to be taken into account. The E2GC2 workshop will focus on Green and energy efficient approaches, ideas, practical solutions, experiments and framewords dedicated to medium and large scale distributed infrastructures like Grids, clouds and clusters."

Read more.

23 Aug 2010
Apple Developer Conference
The Apple University Consortium has announced they will be holding a 2 day conference for University staff and students who develop on the Apple platform, in September. ...Read More
Apple Developer Conference Down Under

The Apple University Consortium has announced they will be holding a 2 day conference for University staff and students who develop on the Apple platform. A pre-conference 'Understanding Cocoa' full day workshop will also be offered.

DevWorld 2010 will be held at the Rydges Hotel in Melbourne on the 28th and 29th September 2010 and will feature a wide range of presenters from the Apple developer community as well as sessions covering a wide range of subjects including iOS development, Snow Leopard, Xcode, Objective C, Core Animation and many others.

More information: http://www.auc.edu.au/DevWorld+2010.

Registration closes on 17 September 2010 and spaces are limited.

Registration & Travel Subsidies: http://www.auc.edu.au/DevWorld+Subsidy.

23 Aug 2010
Robocup Junior Otago
Sandy Garner, Alistair Knott and Anthony Robins have helped organise and run the RoboCup Junior Otago competition
...Read More
Sandy Garner, Alistair Knott and Anthony Robins helped organise and run the RoboCup Junior Otago competition for school students in Otago and Southland on August 7th.

Over 100 students took part in three robotic events, Dance, Search and Rescue, and Soccer.

The event was covered by the Otago Daily Times and photos (by Sam Mann) can be seen here.

23 Aug 2010
Permutation Patterns 2010
Professors Mike Atkinson and Michael Albert talked recently at the Permutation Patterns conference at Dartmouth college
...Read More
Professors Mike Atkinson and Michael Albert talked recently at the Permutation Patterns conference in Dartmouth college.

Mike's talk:
Avoiding consecutive patterns in permutations

Michael's talk: Separation anxiety

More details.

23 Aug 2010
Exceptional Thesis Award
Student Hayden Walles has won a 2010 Exceptional Thesis award
...Read More
Student Hayden Walles has won a 2010 Division of Sciences Exceptional Thesis award for his thesis A perpetual basis for noun phrase syntax.
(Primary supervisor Dr Alistair Knott).

A thesis is of exceptional quality when all three examiners of a candidate's thesis agree that the thesis is of an exceptional standard in every respect - research content, originality, quality of expression and accuracy of presentation - and is amongst the top 10% of theses examined.

More information on the awards here.

19 Jul 2010
IKARUS SNAPS UP CHROBOK
Ikarus Security Software (Austria's leading IT Security company) offered Natascha Chrobok a position after reading her recent paper
...Read More
Ikarus Security Software (Austria's leading IT Security company) offered Natascha Chrobok a position after reading her recent paper "Advantages and Vulnerabilities of Pull-Based Email-Delivery" published in the Proceedings of the 2010 Australasian Information Security Conference.

Natascha studied email spam prevention under the guidance of Dr. Trotman and Dr. O'Keefe. She is awaiting the marking of her Masters thesis. We wish her all the best in her new position.

05 Jul 2010
New video
A short video for prospective students and their parents is now available
...Read More
In this video Head of Department Professor Brendan McCane explains what Computer Science is all about, and why our graduates have such great career prospects.

To view the video go here.
05 Jul 2010
TROTMAN NEW SIGIR SECRETARY
Dr Andrew Trotman is elected ACM SIGIR Secretary, a three year appointment
...Read More
Dr Andrew Trotman was elected Secretary of ACM SIGIR, a 3 year appointment.

SIGIR is the leading academic Special Interest Group on Information Retrieval. It supports research into all aspects of IR research including: theory, HCI, efficiency, and accuracy.

30 Jun 2010
HoD on Sabbatical
Acting Head of Department to take over for six month period
...Read More
Acting Head of Department:
This will be Professor Michael Albert, from Thursday 1st July, for the six-month period of Professor Brendan McCane's sabbatical.

08 Jun 2010
Examinations!
Semester 1 examinations are being held from this week
...Read More
Semester 1 examinations:
COMP112 Wednesday 23-Jun-2010 14:30
COMP150 Friday 11-Jun-2010 14:30
COSC241 Saturday 19-Jun-2010 14:30
COSC243 Tuesday 15-Jun-2010 14:30
COSC341 Tuesday 15-Jun-2010 09:30
COSC342 Wednesday 16-Jun-2010 09:30
COSC343 Thursday 10-Jun-2010 09:30
TELE301 Saturday 12-Jun-2010 09:30


17 May 2010
Class Reps Meetings
Meetings for all levels (100-400) between class reps and staff are to be held this week and next week
...Read More
Class rep meetings are to be held this week and next week. Students - if you do not know who your class reps are, check the noticeboard in the corridor in front of Owheo Computer Science reception. Your class reps can raise any issues of concern with staff.

10 May 2010
Brain research
Senior Lecturer Lubica Benuskova's mathematical modelling of the brain is featured in the current edition of HE KITENGA
...Read More
HE KITENGA, the University of Otago Research Highlights publication for 2009 has a large article called "Maths modelling aids brain research" which describes the work on computational modelling of neurobiological data by our senior lecturer Lubica Benuskova.

30 Apr 2010
Tertiary Information Day
The Department will be at booth 36 in the Union Hall on 3/5/10, Tertiary Information Day
...Read More
The Department will be at booth 36 in the Union Hall on Tertiary Information Day on Monday 3rd May.

There will also be presentations about the career opportunities for Computer Science graduates in Room 1.06, Owheo Building, at 12 noon and again at 2pm.

If you are considering studying Computer Science at Otago, stop by at the booth for a chat, or come to one of the presentations. See you there!

29 Apr 2010
Lecturer applications close soon
Applications for the position of Lecturer in the Department close 10th May
...Read More
We have a current vacancy for the position of Lecturer.

Applications close 10th May, 2010.

See the full details on our Employment page.

26 Apr 2010
Lecturer delayed by volcano
Lecturer Ali Knott has been trapped in Europe by the Icelandic volcano
...Read More
Lecturer Ali Knott has been trapped in Europe by the flight disruptions caused by the Icelandic volcano, but we are hoping to see him back by Tuesday to give his scheduled lecture.

23 Apr 2010
Sponsorship success
Our student Benjamin Humphrey has won an Ubuntu Developer Summit sponsorship
...Read More
Student Benjamin Humphrey has won sponsorhip to attend the Ubuntu Developer Summit, which is being held in Belgium in May.

23 Apr 2010
Student wins scholarship
Our student Thomas Verbeek has just won a prestigious AUC Student Developer Scholarship
...Read More
Student Thomas Verbeek has won a two year Apple University Student Developer Scholarship, following his impressive performance with his project application and interview. The scholarship includes a MacBook Pro, membership of the Mac Developer Program and the iPhone Developer Program, support to attend Apple conferences in 2010 and 2011, and the chance to participate in the Apple USA internship program.

More information about the scholarships themselves is available at the AUC web site.

12 Apr 2010
Staff news
Dr Paul Werstein and Dr Janet Rountree will be leaving the Department this month
...Read More
Dr Paul Werstein, who has been a lecturer in the Department since 1995, is retiring from the Department at the end of the month. Dr Janet Rountree, who has been a lecturer since 2007, is also leaving us this month to take up a new challenge.

22 Mar 2010
Class rep meetings
Class Rep meetings are being held, starting this week.
...Read More
Meetings between staff and class representatives are being held, starting this week. One meeting is held for each level (100, 200, 300 and 400). If you want to bring up an issue, talk to or email your class rep. Class rep names and photos and contact details will be put up in the Owheo foyer, by Reception, soon.

19 Mar 2010
Current vacancy: Lecturer
The Department invites applications for the position of Lecturer. ...Read More
We have a current vacancy for the position of Lecturer.

Applications close 10th May, 2010.

See the full details on our Employment page.

15 Mar 2010
Student and staff BBQ
A successful student and staff BBQ has been held.
...Read More
The Department's first BBQ of the year was held on Friday 12th March, in the Owheo courtyard, and indoors, due to the weather. There was a great turnout by staff and students.

04 Mar 2010
Outstanding Animation award
Our alumnus Alexis Angelidis has just won a top award for his work on the movie 'Up'
...Read More
Alexis Angelidis
Departmental alumnus Alexis Angelidis and three others have won their category 'Outstanding Effects Animation' in an Animated Feature Motion Picture (Up) at the VES (Visual Effects Society) Award ceremony in Los Angeles, which was otherwise dominated by awards to the movie 'Avatar'.

Official winning details:
Outstanding Effects Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture
Winner: Up - Jason Johnston, Alexis Angelidis ( 2nd from left ), Jon Reisch, Eric Froemling

See details of all the awards here.

You can see Alexis (with his award) straight after the shot of James Cameron, and then a shot of Alexis AND Alex in the background here -
Video of the Awards

Well done Alexis! Thanks to Sui-Ling for the news and the links.

03 Mar 2010
Successful Global Game Jam
The Global Game Jam has finished for another year, with over 950 games being created in a 48 hour period. ...Read More
The Global Game Jam has finished for another year, with over 950 games being created in a 48 hour period.

The Computer Science department hosted the event, one of three in New Zealand. On Friday evening the theme for the games was announced as"Deception", with additional constraints / sub-themes of 'Cakes, Snakes, Lakes'.

Approximately 15 people worked over the weekend to produce 3 finished games, which can be seen here.

The event is fantastic fun, and is a great test, not just of your programming or artistic skills, but also design, teamwork and project management. A special thank you to everyone involved in setting up and supporting the event. Some photos of the Game Jam can also be seen here.

03 Mar 2010
Theory group visitors
Visiting researchers are at work with the department's Theory of Computing group ...Read More
We have several research visitors at work in the department -

Mathilde Bouvel, LIAFA, University of Paris
Anders Claesson, Reykjavik University
Nik Ruskuc, University of St Andrews

are all working on the theory of permutation classes with Mike Atkinson and Michael Albert.

Richard Nowakowski, Dalhousie University
is working on combinatorial game theory with Michael Albert.

03 Mar 2010
Global Game Jam begins Friday
The Global Game Jam is an event where teams from around the world attempt to create games in 48 hours. Teams in Dunedin will be among the first ... Read More
The Global Game Jam is an event where teams from around the world attempt to create complete games in 48 hours. Currently there are 138 locations from 39 countries taking part. Our teams in Dunedin will be among the first to start, as the event begins at 5pm Friday in each location.

It is not easy building a game that is fun to play (especially in 48 hours), it is a complex system of ideas that interact together and result in an unique player experience. Games tell stories, share ideas, teach and communicate a lot about our culture and show us how other cultures interpret the same idea.

Best of all, after the Global Gam Jam is done, everyone will have all those games to play on the website archive!

For more details, see The Global Game Jam's website

03 Mar 2010
Successful Hands on Science Project held
Students enjoyed our 3-D Programming project in Hands on Science. ...Read More
Students enjoyed our 3-D Programming project in Hands on Science. See you next year!
03 Mar 2010
Four Summer School Papers on offer!
You can study COMP112 (Web Development), COMP160 (General Programming), COSC326 (Effective Programming) and COSC360 (Game Design) at the Summer School. Paper details here.
03 Mar 2010
Labour shortage in I.T. despite current recession: new survey
The outlook for IT graduates is excellent despite the current economic circumstances. Read the full details from NZICT.
03 Mar 2010
Photos from our 25th Anniversary celebrations can now been be viewed online.
03 Mar 2010
CS graduate wins Audacious Student Entrepreneurs Challenge
Congratulations to Heidi McQuillan! Details of her real estate system and her win here.
03 Mar 2010
25th Anniversary Celebrations, Saturday 12th September 2009
Celebrations begin at 1pm, in Owheo.
03 Mar 2010
Staff Student Barbecue
The semester 2 staff student BBQ will be held in the courtyard of the Owheo building, Friday 11th September, 4pm.
03 Mar 2010
We have moved
The entire department has moved to the Owheo building on the corner of Union St and Forth St.
03 Mar 2010
25th Anniversary Celebration
Computer Science is celebrating its 25th anniversary next month.