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Rebuilding Aotearoa New Zealand

Wednesday, 1 July 2020 4:04pm

New Zealand is emerging from the storm that is COVID-19. A common analogy heard during lockdown was that “we were all in the same boat”. Were we?

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Otago academic behind world’s largest Virtual Reality conference

Monday, 15 June 2020 11:53pm

An Otago Business School academic is half of the duo behind the successful bid to host the world’s largest and most prestigious virtual reality conference in New Zealand.

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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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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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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 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 ( 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