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About us

Preparing you for the future

Information Technology underlies many major innovations. The Department of Information Science at Otago is excited to be part of a field that shapes our future. This discipline focuses on solving business problems, making it one of the most versatile study options available.

We’re committed to teaching excellence

The Department of Information Science boasts award-winning teachers and a high level of student satisfaction. Our faculty members are dedicated to providing outstanding teaching and learning.

Many staff have industry experience, and industry links help ensure that our teaching keeps pace with our fast-changing world.

Our cutting edge research drives innovation

We are working in some of the most exciting fields of research, including Artificial Intelligence (various sub-fields) and cutting-edge Human-Computer Interaction. These (and other) fields are developing very quickly – and are changing the world.

The Department of Information Science has a number of areas of research strength:

  • AI (or data science), including computational modelling, evolutionary computing, pattern recognition, machine learning and data mining
  • Autonomous Systems, including distributed information systems, multi-agent systems
  • Human-Computer Interaction, including multimedia systems, augmented and virtual reality, and mobile and pervasive computing
  • Information systems development and management, including software engineering, organisational computing and decision support

2016 Info Science Staff PhotoBack row: Maryam Purvis, Mark George, Peter Whigam, Heather Cooper, Hank Wolfe, Gary Burrows, Stephen Hall-Jones, Gail Mercer, and Sander Zwanenburg.
Front row: Chris Edwards, Stephen Cranefield, Michael Winikoff, Holger Regensbrecht, Sherlock Licorish, Brendon Woodford, and Nigel Stranger.
Absent: Jeremiah Deng, Grant Dick, Tobias Langlotz, Stephen MacDonell, Martin Purvis, and Tony Savarimuthu.