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A virtual Albany St recording experience

Monday, 18 November 2019 9:34am

A collaborative project is aiming to digitally preserve the University’s Albany St recording studio so music can continue to be created there – only in virtual reality.

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Audacious Student Showcase Evening

Wednesday, 2 October 2019 - Otago Polytechnic Hub
You’ve seen the wheel. You’ve heard the word. Now come find out what the fuss is for yourself. Open to everyone - from students keen to find out more about the Audacious Programme, to University and Polytech staff keen to get students involved or businesses wanting to find their next star employee.

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CSIS Seminar by Saurabh Malgaonkar

Monday, 23 September 2019 12:19pm

Towards Elicitation, Classification & Prioritization of App Reviews Reflecting End-users’ Requirements for App Maintenance and Evolution Tasks

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Robcup 2019

Wednesday, 18 September 2019 12:54pm

Information Science's Chris Edwards was once again involved in the Robcup 2019 event, held in Dunedin on Saturday.

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CSIS Seminar presented by Tony Savarimuthu

Tuesday, 10 September 2019 10:39am

App review mining - A story of six student projects

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Top Ranking for Business School

Tuesday, 27 August 2019 11:23am

Being named the country's top business school for research is a "phenomenal achievement'', the dean of the University of Otago's Business School, Prof Robin Gauld, says.

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CSIS Seminar presented by John Williams, Marketing Department

Monday, 19 August 2019 12:28pm

According to Turing Award-winning computer scientist Judea Pearl, a revolution is happening in quantitative data analysis, due to achievements in mathematical theory pertaining to structural causal models (SCMs).

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Heads up on intelligence

Thursday, 15 August 2019 11:41am

Artificial intelligence is transforming life in New Zealand more quickly than many realise, states a new report from the Royal Society. The urgent task is to ensure it helps more than it harms.

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CSIS Seminar presented by Luming Wan, Department of Computer Science 

Thursday, 15 August 2019 10:34am

This weeks seminar is presented by Luming Wan from Computer Science and is entitled "When Blockchain meets networks with high latency".

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CSIS Seminar presented by Daniel Alencar da Costa

Friday, 2 August 2019 1:20pm

Automatic Debugging of Software: A Lost Cause or a Goal Worth Pursuing?

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CSIS Seminar presented by Sander Zwanenburg

Friday, 26 July 2019 1:21pm

Interdisciplinarity: Charting it to allow for more responsive research systems

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Recent Tech Week TEXpo great success

Thursday, 30 May 2019 1:49pm

The University of Otago, together with the Otago Polytechnic, Enterprise Dunedin, the Economic Development Unit of Dunedin City Council and SIGNAL ICT Grad School, co-hosted Dunedin Techweek TEXpo at the Otago Business School on Saturday 25 May 2019.

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Family: A good reason to finish faster

Friday, 24 May 2019 1:53pm

There are lots of reasons why doctoral candidates aim to finish their studies in three years. For Manjula Devananda finishing quickly meant reuniting her family faster.

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Elora Chang making news in Tech Industry

Wednesday, 22 May 2019 11:21am

Elora Chang, one of Computer and Information Science third year students, was featured in Business News page of the ODT recently.

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Business Case Competition Round 2

Saturday, 4 May 2019 - Te Wao Nui, OBS atrium
Grow your business skills with the 2019 University of Otago Business Case Competition - Round 2 on Saturday 4 May.

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Humanitarian Disarmament: Banning Killer Robots

Wednesday, 17 April 2019 - 530C1 - 530 Castle Street Seminar Room 1 G.01, Otago University
Humanitarian Disarmament: Banning Killer Robots. Join Aotearoa New Zealand Campaign to Stop Killer Robots nd the University of
Otago to hear about a presentation and discussion on lethal autonomous weapon.

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How might we, whoever we are, better live our digital lives together?

Tuesday, 16 April 2019 - Room 1.17, Otago Business School, 60 Clyde Stree, Dunedin
How might we, whoever we are, better live our digital lives together?

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Otago Business School Undergraduate and Postgraduate Expo

Wednesday, 20 March 2019 - Te Wao Nui, OBS atrium 
Otago Business School Undergraduate Expo for 2019.

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Business & Law Expo

Tuesday, 5 March 2019 - The Link, Information Services Building
2019 Business & Law Expo

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Artificial Intelligence: Is this the end of the world as we know it?

Monday, 11 February 2019 - Burns 2 Lecture Theatre
By 2062, experts in artificial intelligence estimate we will have created machines as intelligent as humans. Is this the end or a new beginning?

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University of Otago celebrates Marsden Fund success

Thursday, 8 November 2018 9:20am

University of Otago researchers are celebrating their most successful Marsden Fund round ever, securing $28.5 million (excluding GST) for 41 world-class research projects.

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CSIS Seminar presented by Anthony Robins, Department of Computer Science

Friday, 5 October 2018 10:34am

Anthony Robins will be giving an informal talk about computing in schools, what are the results from his recent involvement with co editing Cambridge Handbook of Computing Education Research and his experience of working with 53 academic authors for the handbook.

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CSIS Seminar presented by Richard Sinnott, University of Melbourne

Friday, 28 September 2018 11:30am

The challenges for computer scientists tackling inter-disciplinary research communities and their diverse research needs.

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CSIS Seminar presented by Holger Regenbrecht, Department of Information Science

Friday, 14 September 2018 11:32am

For mixed reality applications, where reality and virtual reality are spatially merged and aligned in interactive real-time, we propose a pure voxel representation as a rendering and interaction method of choice.

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CSIS Seminar presented by Matthew Parry Department of Maths and Stats

Friday, 7 September 2018 11:40am

In this talk, I will discuss recent developments in score matching, including penalized approaches, and applications to circular distributions, graphical models, classification challenges and gene network discovery.

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CSIS Seminar presented by Lahiru Ariyasinghe, Department of Computer Science

Friday, 24 August 2018 10:47am

In this talk, I will present the design of C-HAS and demonstrate how it can improve on state of the art by reducing the instability and unfairness problems in a significant manner.

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Virtual Reality providing real-world literacy and numeracy learning tool

Friday, 17 August 2018 9:39am

Virtual reality is moving beyond purely entertainment to become a potential tool in improving literacy, and the University of Otago is behind one ground-breaking approach.

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CSIS Seminar presented by Professor B.L. William Wong, Middlesex University, UK

Friday, 17 August 2018 9:21am

In this talk I will discuss the application of cognitive engineering in the design and development of the VALCRI system - Visual Analytics for sense making in Criminal Intelligence Analysis.

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CSIS seminar presented by  Tapabrata Chakraborti, Department of Computer Science

Friday, 10 August 2018 9:29am

The present research has developed collaborative filter based methods to progress the state of the art in representation and recognition of fine-grained categories of images.

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CSIS Seminar presented by Stephen Cranefield, Department of Information Science

Friday, 3 August 2018 11:26am

In this talk I will discuss my recent and emerging research in how autonomous software agents can be designed to interact in an open society. 

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CSIS Seminar presented by Warwick Jones of SenSys NZ

Friday, 27 July 2018 12:34pm

Warwick Jones guides the SenSys and LiNC teams of designers, engineers and developers to create and bring to markets unique and useful products. The products combine modern sensing and communication technologies to mimic human intelligence and provide useful information to managers and carers of farms, people, assets, utilities and facilities, enabling better care and improved decision-making.

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CSIS seminar presented by Claudia Ott, Department of Computer Science

Friday, 13 July 2018 11:09am

Claudia discusses the issues surrounding student self-regulated learning.

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CSIS Seminar presented by Andrew Trotman and Kat Lilly, Department of Computer Science

Friday, 1 June 2018 9:57am

SIMD and Search Engines - ongoing research in the Information Retrieval Research Group

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CSIS Seminar presented by Jeremiah Deng

Friday, 25 May 2018 11:41am

Data Science - how much math/stat/programming/IT/... should be covered?

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CSIS Seminar presented by Mostafa Alwash

Friday, 18 May 2018 9:54am

We examine the nature of values propositioned by brands on Twitter and the feedback to those values from customers.

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CSIS Seminar presented by Leila Eskandari

Friday, 11 May 2018 9:13am

In the era of Big Data, with streaming applications such as social media, surveillance monitoring and real-time search generating large volumes of data, efficient Data Stream Processing Systems (DSPSs) have become essential.

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CSIS Seminar presented by Mike Paulin, Department of Zoology

Friday, 4 May 2018 10:46am

Implications for modeling cognition in big brains such as ours.

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Two PhD scholarships available for multi-agent systems research

Monday, 30 April 2018 2:37pm

Two PhD scholarships are available for a research project to develop a computational theory of collective action.

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CSIS Seminar presented by Abbas Arghavani

Friday, 27 April 2018 12:22pm

In this talk, I will first give a brief introduction of WBANs and the challenges for communication in WBANs.

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CSIS Seminar presented by Stephen Wingreen

Friday, 20 April 2018 1:00pm

This talk reviews the recent case of The DAO "hack" in June 2016 and the hard fork it took in response. It analyses the role and effectiveness of the decentralised autonomous organisation's governance in its time of crisis, and who could possibly be held accountable for the events that took place.

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CSIS Seminar presented by Steven Mills

Friday, 13 April 2018 11:49am

Four- and Seven-Point Relative Pose from Oriented Features

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Vacancies for two Lecturers or Senior Lecturers

Sunday, 8 April 2018 12:24pm

We are seeking two Lecturers or Senior Lecturers to join our dynamic academic teaching and research staff.

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CSIS Seminar by John Williams, Department of Marketing

Friday, 23 March 2018 8:53am

What are blockchains and crypotcurrencies?  In this talk I will cover what they actually are.

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Family affair for Yasir as he submits his hardbound thesis

Friday, 16 March 2018 11:27am

It was a family affair for Yasir when his wife and daughter joined him to walk his thesis over to the doctoral office.

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CSIS Seminar by Guangbing Xiao

Friday, 16 March 2018 12:23pm

This talk covers some recent work on reliable and efficient CAM broadcast for decentralised VANETs. The objective is to enhance packet delivery reliability in safety message dissemination with short latency and small overhead, aiming to provide traffic awareness around vehicles and reduce driving risks on road.

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Food security now: Using upstream science to help smallholder farmers in East Africa

Thursday, 15 March 2018 - Castle Street Lecture Theatre One
Join us to hear Senior TED Fellow Dr. Laura Boykin discuss how DNA sequencing, super-computing and teamwork are improving the lives of millions.

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CSIS Seminar by Dr. Brendon Woodford

Friday, 9 March 2018 12:14pm

Towards Robust Data Mining Methods for Human Activity Recognition

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Computers will shape our future

Thursday, 22 February 2018 2:05pm

Artificial intelligence (AI) is in the headlines - everything from revolutionising work to producing killer robots.

But is the field of AI really that advanced in the workplace, and what does it mean for the workforce?

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Financial Opportunity for New Masters Student 

Friday, 16 February 2018 3:47pm

Interested in pursuing a research master’s thesis with funding (domestic fees and stipend paid for one year)?

Associate Professor Tony Savarimuthu and colleagues from GeoNet, Massey and Otago have secured funding for a master's research work which is funded (domestic fees and stipend paid) by QuakeCore. The abstract for the project and the expected qualities of a successful candidate are given below. If you are interested please contact Tony (tony.savarimuthu@otago.ac.nz) by 16th February. If you think someone might be interested in this opportunity, please forward this email to them.

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Make mixed reality Dunedin's reality

Thursday, 15 February 2018 9:40am

Dunedin is well placed to lead the country in niche virtual and augmented reality technology, writes Holger Regenbrecht.

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Panel Discussion: Robots, smart homes, software assistants, self-driving cars

Thursday, 14 December 2017 - Quad 4
Are these systems weak? Can we trust them? How will they affect the workforce, skills, careers...?

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Prime Minister's Scholarship Award

Tuesday, 12 December 2017 12:50pm

Kurt Weston has been awarded a scholarship to study abroad.

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Abdul Alshaer PhD Thesis submission

Wednesday, 15 November 2017 1:06pm

Virtual Reality Interface Factors in a Power Wheelchair Simulator

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Three More Accepted Papers for INFO Department Staff

Wednesday, 8 November 2017 9:47am

Nigel Stanger has one paper accepted for the upcoming APSEC2017 conference in Jiangsu, China, while Sherlock Licorish has recently been and will be attending CITRENZ2017 and ICCE2017.

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Department Receives Marsden Grant (Prof Stephen Cranefield)

Tuesday, 7 November 2017 10:16am

Prof Stephen Cranefield received a $460,000 Marsden Grant for his project entitled "A computational theory of collective action."

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Marsden Fund backs Otago’s research in best ever round

Friday, 3 November 2017 10:04am

University of Otago researchers have gained around $24m for 33 world-class research projects in the latest Marsden Fund annual round – the University’s most successful round ever.

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Congratulations to Mohammed Alghamdi on completion of his PhD

Wednesday, 1 November 2017 9:45am

Mohammed proudly walked his freshly bound thesis to the Doctoral Office this week.

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Our latest PhD graduand, Tom Laurenson

Tuesday, 31 October 2017 9:30am

Tom Laurenson walked his freshly bound thesis over to the clocktower last week.  

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Students create app for PI Centre

Wednesday, 18 October 2017 12:03pm

An app created by Information Science students will make it easier for the University’s Pacific Islands Centre to communicate with the students it supports.

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Students helping students- new app created for PI Centre 

Wednesday, 18 October 2017 6:19pm

An app created by Information Science students will make it easier for the University's Pacific Islands Centre to communicate with the students it supports.

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CSIS Seminar by Geoff Wyvill and Joshua La Pine

Friday, 13 October 2017 9:58am

Understanding Timbre: Science and Music

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CSIS Seminar by Russel Mesbah

Friday, 6 October 2017 11:32am

In this talk, I will address three main issues of using CNNs for medical image semantic segmentation.

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Opinion: Who believes in superintelligence?

Wednesday, 4 October 2017 10:30pm

In an era of burgeoning artificial intelligence, fears that machines will one day be more intelligent than the humans who created them are also escalating. In the first of a pair of opinion pieces by experts from two Otago departments, Information Science’s Professor Michael Winikoff argues against such concerns.

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CSIS Seminar by Manjula Devananda

Friday, 29 September 2017 9:53am

Workload Management of a primary health centre through prediction using care-plans for long term conditions.

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CSIS Seminar by Lizhi Peng, University of Jinan, China

Friday, 22 September 2017 1:37pm

In this talk, I will present a new probability learning based particle swarm optimization (PLPSO) algorithm for large-scale optimization.

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$1 million MBIE "Smart Idea" grant to advance augmented reality

Friday, 22 September 2017 3:45pm

A $1 million MBIE Endeavour "Smart Ideas" grant has been awarded to Department of Computer Science’s Dr Stefanie Zollmann and her team from Computer Science, Information Science and Physical Education for their research titled “Situated visualisation to enrich sports experience for on-site spectators”.

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CSIS Seminar By Professor Michael Winikoff

Friday, 15 September 2017 1:11pm

Autonomous systems are rapidly transitioning from labs into our lives. A crucial question concerns trust: in what situations will we (appropriately) trust such systems?

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CSIS Seminar by Brendan McCane

Friday, 8 September 2017 1:03pm

What are deep networks good for? Find out at this weeks seminar.

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New publication by Michael Winikoff in The Conversation

Tuesday, 29 August 2017 1:47pm

How to make robots that we can trust.

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CSIS Seminar by Hank Wolfe

Friday, 25 August 2017 10:05am

Introduction to Electronic Forensics

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CSIS Seminar by Sean Lee

Friday, 18 August 2017 1:19pm

Top-k Merit Weighting PBIL for Optimal Coalition Structure Generation of Smart Power Grids

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CSIS Seminar CANCELLED TODAY

Friday, 11 August 2017 9:14am

This weeks seminar cancelled.

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Early Career Award springboard for international collaboration

Wednesday, 9 August 2017 9:17pm

Dr Ting Wang of Otago’s Department of Mathematics and Statistics hopes her Early Career Award will help her build new international collaboration and strengthen the bridge between statistics and geoscience.

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CSIS Seminar by Richard O'Keefe

Friday, 4 August 2017 2:13pm

Association mining is a well established data mining technique that takes a collection of sets of items and infers rules.

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University recognises its outstanding early-career researchers

Thursday, 3 August 2017 10:02am

The impressive contributions of seven up-and-coming University of Otago academics have been recognised through the University’s annual Early Career Awards for Distinction in Research.

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CSIS Seminar by Sophie Zareei, Information Science Department

Friday, 28 July 2017 9:45am

The idea of employing scavenged energy from human motion to run electronic devices is attracting increased attention of many researchers worldwide.

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CSIS Seminar by Michael E Wall, Los Alamos National Laboratory

Friday, 21 July 2017 1:44pm

X-ray diffraction has the potential to provide rich information about the protein conformational ensemble. Bragg diffraction is increasingly being used for ensemble modeling; however, Bragg analysis only reveals the mean charge density and cannot distinguish models that result from alternative collective motions.

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CSIS Seminar this Friday presented by Peter A Whigham

Friday, 14 July 2017 9:29am

Long-term studies examining the spatial distribution patterns and dynamics of alpine plant species are rare. This talk will describe a point-pattern analysis for a highly restricted, cryptic herbaceous perennial forget-me-not, Myosotis oreophila, over a 17 year period.

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Matt Cook, our latest graduand completes his Masters Degree

Monday, 10 July 2017 12:46pm

Matt Cook is the latest of of postgraduate students to complete his Masters degree.

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Gu takes his hardbound thesis to the doctoral office.

Wednesday, 5 July 2017 1:19pm

It was with lightning speed that Gu responded to my email to walk his thesis over to the doctoral office today!

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Jeremiah Deng Presents Paper at IJCNN2017 in Alaska

Thursday, 8 June 2017 11:03am

Jeremiah Deng recently went to Anchorage in Alaska to present a paper at the IJCNN 2017 Conference (the International Joint Conference on Neural Networking).

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CSIS Seminar on Selected Japanese Augmented Reality Research

Friday, 2 June 2017 9:22am

We are hosting the Asia-Pacific part of the programme committee meeting for the International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality. Three visitors from Japan are here for that meeting

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CSIS seminar by Sander Zwanenburg

Friday, 26 May 2017 2:47pm

The use of Information Technology (IT) is becoming increasingly pervasive in many people’s work breaks.

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Four Papers accepted at EASE2017 for Sherlock Licorish et al

Monday, 22 May 2017 10:46am

Four papers by Sherlock Licorish et al have been accepted for a CORE A-ranked conference EASE2017 (the International Conference on Evaluation and Assessment in Software Engineering).

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CSIS Seminar by Masha Mikhisor

Friday, 19 May 2017 1:50pm

Virtual reality is a hot topic nowadays.

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Three postgrad students submit their thesis on the same day.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017 10:17am

We had three postgrad students submitting their thesis recently - all on the same day!

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CSIS Seminar by Ahmad Shahi

Friday, 12 May 2017 11:37am

Stream multi-class imbalance learning in smart home applications is an evolving learning area that incorporates the challenges of both multi-class imbalance and stream learning.

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New Journal Article for Nigel Stanger: How do Saudi Youth Engage with Social Media?

Thursday, 11 May 2017 11:26am

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Two New Conference Papers for Prof Michael Winikoff

Monday, 8 May 2017 10:52am

Professor Michael Winikoff has had two papers accepted for two conferences: IJCAI2017 and ECIS2017

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CSIS Seminar by Aleksei Fedorov

Friday, 5 May 2017 1:53pm

In my talk, you will see how crazy researchers like me ask nearly impossible questions such as: how to cope with multipath phenomena, how to simultaneously localize multiple LTE users using one radio resource, and how to perform real experiments for multi antenna systems by using only one antenna.

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CSIS Seminar by Vaughan Kitchen

Wednesday, 26 April 2017 9:54am

In this talk I outline how to compare these technologies and integrate them into similar projects with the expectation that they will increase the quality of development effort and enjoyment in academia in the same way they revolutionised the open source and industry communities.

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CSIS Seminar by Albert “Skip” Rizzo, Ph.D. 

Friday, 7 April 2017 9:26am

This presentation will provide an introduction to the many forms of Virtual Reality that have been applied across a diverse range of clinical conditions and research questions.

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New Publication by Profs Winikoff & Cranefield

Thursday, 6 April 2017 3:40pm

Publication Title: How Testable Are BDI Agents? An Analysis of Branch Coverage

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CSIS Seminar by Professor Jeremy Pitt

Friday, 31 March 2017 9:23am

This talk will present work (in progress) on the computational characterisation of interactional justice.

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CSIS Seminar by Dr Kenneth Kurtz

Friday, 24 March 2017 3:21pm

Title: The Divergent Autoencoder as a Machine Learning Classifier

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Vacancy for Research Assistant – Research Software

Friday, 17 March 2017 9:51am

We are looking for a Research Assistant to work on an Otago Research Grant project entitled: “A Computational Theory of Collective Action”.

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CSIS Seminar by Feiyang Liu

Friday, 17 March 2017 10:09am

Wavelength Reused Optical Network on Chip (ONoC) for Many-Core Processors

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ICoN seminar by Carlos Soares

Thursday, 16 March 2017 10:05am

Recent advances in metalearning: from metafeatures to streams

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New journal paper on Virtual Reality & Stress Responses

Thursday, 16 March 2017 11:19am

Mild Stress Stimuli built into a Non-Immersive Virtual Environment can elicit actual Stress Responses

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CSIS Seminar by Professor David Wai-lok Cheung

Wednesday, 15 March 2017 10:11am

Secure Query Processing with Data Interoperability in a Cloud Database Environment