Sun Microsystems OpenSPARC Centre of Excellence
The University of Otago is a Sun Microsystems OpenSPARC Centre of Excellence. As the first Centre selected outside of the United States this is a significant achievement for the university.
The relationship between Sun Microsystems and the University recognises the University's expertise in computer architecture, networking and parallel computing. A cross-departmental team at Otago is working on a number of projects of interest to Sun Microsystems, including the Virtual Aggregated Processor (VAP). VAP is based on building virtualisation software designed to fully utilise the power of the new generation multi-core computer chips.
Health Informatics in New Zealand
The University of Otago has one of the world's leading Health Informatics Programmes, with collaborations across the University's three Schools of Medicine, Schools of Pharmacy, Dentistry and Physiotherapy, and Departments of Computer Science and Information Science.
This programme provides deep expertise in health informatics and is responsive to emerging needs. There are ongoing opportunities around data security, remote care and monitoring, and telemedicine.
Currently engaging around 60 researchers around the University, the Internet Research Group of Otago (IRGO) is a multidisciplinary group that facilitates cross-disciplinary inquiry into social, cultural, economic, political and technological issues relating to the internet. As a network of active researchers, IRGO is also interested in promoting and developing research, scholarship and understanding in and across these areas.
IRGO links together scholars on the cutting edge of internet research with communities, government and business. IRGO's interests range from the internet's social implications to its technological infrastructure.
There is a clear imperative for reduced energy consumption worldwide. The University of Otago has launched a project to create new tools and procedures, using organisationally customised information and communications technology (ICT) to address this.
By gaining a better understanding of the technological, organisational and social factors that influence energy use patterns, the project will develop new modelling tools, HRM procedures and methodological guidelines for demand-side energy management for both public good and commercial outcomes.
Education in New Zealand goes Virtual
An experimental virtual world has been created for students and staff across New Zealand to investigate its potential in education and research. The possibility of new and innovative educational opportunities is the major research focus, rather than simply the enhancement of current e-learning activities.
Many educational institutions have in-world land and buildings which they utilise to teach courses and hold meetings. In the virtual world the user is represented by an ‘avatar' in a simulated three-dimensional environment where they interact with other users in a different way than in chat rooms or social networking sites.
ICT across Otago
For further information about Information Communication Technology at Otago contact Stuart Barson at the Research & Enterprise Office.