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Department of Computer Science News and events

11th December 2018

The Department would like to congratulate Brendan McCane on his well-deserved promotion to professor, effective February 1, 2019. Please join us in congratulating him on this significant achievement.

Brendan McCane profile photo - CAIPP

26th November 2018

From A/P Brendan McCane

Congratulations to PhD candidate Tapabrata Chakraborti for winning the best student paper prize at the recent Image and Vision NZ conference. Tapabrata’s paper was titled: "Fine-grained Collaborative K-Means Clustering” and presented a generalisation of the K-means clustering algorithm with applications to recognising fine-grained differences between similar classes (for example, recognising the difference between a kea and a kaka).

Tapabrata accepting the award:


13th November 2018

From Dr Steve Mills:

Congratulations to Tom Adams, who has recently completed "Te Pae Kōtuku: Building Future Māori Science Leaders". Students are selected for this programme based on academic excellence, and develop their leadership skills, cultural understanding, and contribute to their communities by volunteering for leadership, outreach, and service activities.

Tom has just finished his final year of a double major in Computer Science and Information Science, and is going on to work in Wellington where we wish him all the best. Whakamihi kia Tom!

30th October 2018

The department congratulates Dr Stefanie Zollmann, who has won the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Fellowship 2018, worth $25,000.

"The world of Augmented Reality will soon be leaping into our everyday lives thanks to the work of award-winning University of Otago scientist Stefanie Zollmann, who has just been granted the prestigious L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Fellowship 2018.

Endless Augmented Reality (AR) possibilities, such as All Black fans accessing game and player statistics in a stadium simply by pointing their mobile phone towards the sports field, are just within reach."

Stefanie Zollmann will be presented with her fellowship alongside four Australian recipients in Melbourne on 15 November 2018.


10th October 2018

From Professor  Anthony Robins: We congratulate Glenn Blanchette, who is to be awarded a PhD. for his thesis "The Boltzmann machine: a connectionist model for supra-classical logic".

Glenn investigated the use of Bolzmann machine neural networks to represent properties of inference in supra-classical logic, including state preference rankings, model selection, and belief revision.

10th October 2018

Vacancy - Lecturer in Computer Science

This is a full-time, fixed term position over the period February 1, 2019 through December 31, 2021. The successful applicant will be expected to:
- teach at undergraduate and postgraduate levels;
- develop an active research programme; and
- provide academic support for the Diploma for Graduates endorsed in ICT.

Your Skills and Experience
- Have a PhD.
- Have a commitment to ongoing research
- Have experience in teaching.

Applications close Friday, 9 November 2018.

Full details and how to apply here.

31st July 2018

Lecturing position

We are seeking to appoint a Lecturer to a full time, confirmation path position. In exceptional circumstances an appointment at Senior Lecturer level may be considered, based on the skills and experience of the successful candidate.

In this role, you will contribute to teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, develop an active research programme, and supervise postgraduate research students. This is a rare opportunity to combine a successful academic career with the work-life balance people at Otago enjoy. We foster a collaborative and collegial approach to teaching and research.

Closing date Friday 31st August 2018. Full details here.

22nd May 2018

Research Grant from InternetNZ
Aleksei Fedorov, Haibo Zhang and Mahdi Amiri Kordestani have won a $25,000 research grant from InternetNZ. The name of the project is "Accurate synchronization for coherent joint transmission to provide better mobile Internet service". This was the equal highest amount awarded this year. More details.

4th May 2018

Professor Artur Ekert, one of the inventors of quantum cryptography, will be speaking on Wednesday 9th May at the Otago Museum (5.30pm Hutton Theater). The talk, "Is there a perfect cipher?" is for a general audience. Artur is the Director of the Centre for Quantum Technology in Singapore and a Fellow of Merton College, Oxford. He is visiting the Dodd-Walls Centre for Photonic and Quantum Technologies at the University, with whom he is a member of the Science Advisory Board.

15 Feb 2018

Congratulations to Maria Mikhisor
The department today congratulates Maria Mikhisor whose PhD thesis '3D face tracking using stereo cameras with whole body view' has been accepted.

07 Feb 2018

Kiri Lenagh-Glue of Comp Girls Otago wins prestigious scholarship
"On the merits of her studies and passion for computer science, Kiri has received a scholarship from the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) for women studying STEM fields at tertiary level.
The scholarship awards the winning students with $10,000 towards their studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics subjects at New Zealand universities."
Read more about Kiri and this prestigious award here.

13 Dec 2017

AI and the law workshops
Alistair Knott has recently co-organised two workshops on Uses of Artificial Intelligence in the Criminal Justice System, together with Colin Gavaghan (Law) and James Maclaurin (Philosophy), as part of their AI and Law in New Zealand project. One workshop was held in Oxford, and hosted by the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics. The other was held in Dunedin.