03 Apr 2015 - 00:25 in Event
The Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship is open for applications with a deadline of 27th May 2015. Anita Borg believed that technology affects all aspects of our economic, political, social and personal lives. In her life she fought tirelessly to ensure that technology’s impact would be a positive one. It was this vision that inspired Anita in 1997 to found the Institute for Women and Technology. Today this organization continues on her legacy and bears her name, The Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology. Dr. Anita Borg proposed the "50/50 by 2020" initiative, an effort to increase the percentage of women among graduates earning computing degrees to 50% by the year 2020. However, the percentage of Computer Science degrees earned by women is still far from 50% throughout the world. Through the Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship for Asia Pacific, Google aims to encourage women to excel in computing and technology, and become active role models and leaders in these fields. To be eligible to apply, applicants must:
- Be a female student enrolled in undergraduate or postgraduate study in the 2016 academic year.
- Be enrolled in a university in Asia Pacific. Citizens, permanent residents, and international students are eligible to apply.
- Be majoring in computer science, computer engineering, or a closely related technical field.
- Exemplify leadership and demonstrate passion for increasing the involvement of women in computer science.
23 Mar 2015 - 16:50 in Research
Two full-time Masters scholarships are available for qualified candidates to undertake research studies leading to a Masters in computer networks at Victoria University of Wellington. The successful candidates will be supervised by Dr. Qiang Fu and industry partners, and conduct research in one of the following areas:
- Coordinated resource allocation / scheduling in 4G/5G mobile cellular networks
- Content distribution in mobile / vehicular networks
- Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV)
- Software Defined Networking (SDN)
06 Mar 2015 - 10:57 in Event
Year 10 students at St Mary's College were captivated by visiting speakers at a special assembly to launch the TechHub CREST Challenge to develop a phone app. St Mary’s students have started their journey into the arena of software development, highly motivated by words of encouragement from Tasha Sharp who is based at the Institute of IT Professionals, and four senior Victoria University students. Elf Eldridge, a senior tutor from the School of Engineering and Computer Science, brought along four students who are studying either software engineering or networking. They provided an insight into the potential of pursuing a career in IT and also the opportunities for work at Google. Konnie and Kate who are Google ambassadors, and Bonnie and Ellie shared their passion for software development and programming. Year 10 students reflected on the presentation: Konnie and Kate made Google sound like a great work place, and a fun environment to be in. Bonnie and Ellie explained to us the sort of studies they do in university, and it sounded very interesting – Amelia. Konnie and Kate taught me a lot about the Google lifestyle and environment, I absolutely agree that more women should be involved with technology as the world is beginning to have more and more technology – Kennedy. Bonnie and Ellie talked about how they created programs and robots and cool things like that. They told us that even if you don't have a lot of knowledge about programming it’s alright because you will learn more and gain more knowledge. I think that doing this project will be fun and a lot of hard work and I'm also excited to see how it all works out at the end – Amour. I'm looking forward to starting this project because it’s a new experience and seems like a fun challenge for me. I don't know what to expect because this is new to me but I’m keen for it and can’t wait to get stuck in – Lizzie. There are a lot of apps on my phone so it would be really amazing to see how they are made. It is also very exciting because we will be working in groups so we will have to work together on this and use our skills to build an app – Sophie. Thank you to Mrs Genevieve Herder, Digital Technologies, St Mary's College, for this article.
19 Feb 2015 - 14:23 in Event
The School of Engineering and Computer Science is hosting a lecture about the work of Alan Turing, often dubbed the father of modern computing and the subject of the film The Imitation Game. Professor Rod Downey from the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Operations Research at Victoria will deliver the public lecture in which he aims to give an accurate picture of Turing’s work and his place in history. Professor Downey has spent the last 35 years researching in the area of the theory of computation and recently edited the book Turing’s Legacy: Developments from Turing’s Ideas in Logic. Alan Turing was a mathematician and logician whose ideas led to the development of the modern computer and artificial intelligence. He has recently come to popular attention through The Imitation Game which focuses on his role in cracking intercepted coded messages in Britain during the Second World War. Professor Downey says the film “horribly mangles” Turing’s contribution, and the nature of Bletchley Park, the central site of the United Kingdom’s Government Code and Cypher School which was a key hub for penetrating communications during the Second World War. Professor Downey describes Turing as one of the geniuses of the twentieth century. While Professor Downey will spend a small part of his lecture discussing things the film got wrong, most of his address will focus on mathematics, especially the development of computers and how cryptanalysis worked at Bletchley Park. He will pay particular attention to covering the range and variety of Turing’s work and the impact it has had. “Turing was a prodigy, a brilliant and original man who was terribly treated for being gay. His story is a study in ideas and social commentary.” In his lecture, Professor Downey will cover a brief history of ciphers, the work done by the cryptanalysts at Bletchley Park and how the Enigma machine works, all of which are portrayed in The Imitation Game. Professor Downey will also discuss some of Turing’s less known work in areas including Biology. What: Public Lecture: Alan Turing, Computing, Bletchley and Mathematics When: Thursday 26 February, 5.30pm Where: Government Buildings, Lecture Theatre 2 RSVP: Siyun.firstname.lastname@example.org This public lecture is the first in a series of events being run by Victoria’s School of Engineering and Computer Science with the aim of making science more accessible. Rod Downey, FRSNZ, is a professor of mathematics at Victoria University of Wellington. His research is in the theory of computation and complexity theory. He is the only person in New Zealand who both is a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery and the American Mathematical Society. During the Alan Turing year (2012 – centenary of Alan Turing’s birth) he was one of the foundation fellows at the Isaac Newton Institute at Cambridge for the Alan Turing Programme. He recently edited the volume Turing's Legacy for the Association for Symbolic Logic. He has won numerous awards for his work including a James Cook and Maclaurin Fellowship, the Shoenfield Prize from the ASL, and the Nerode Prize from the EATCS. For more information contact Professor Rod Downey on 04-463 5067, or email@example.com
13 Feb 2015 - 21:40 in Event
The School of Engineering and Computer Science welcomes all new students. We recommend that you attend the new students’ orientation from the 23 - 27 February. For further details check out: http://www.victoria.ac.nz/students/new-students/orientation On Thursday 26 February all new engineering and computer science students are invited to a welcome session in lecture theatre 101 in the Maclaurin building. Meet staff who teach in first-year courses and find out how to get the most out of your lectures, tutorial and labs. Engineering students will also get to know their fellow students with a fun team exercise followed by a BBQ at 5pm.
03 Feb 2015 - 16:18 in Achievement
Home entertainment could soon be experienced in four dimensions as a result of upcoming research at Victoria University of Wellington. The project, which involves a multi-disciplinary team from New Zealand and Korea, will investigate how computer graphics and emerging interactive technologies can be combined to create new, immersive, home entertainment experiences. The New Zealand team, led by Dr Taehyun Rhee from Victoria’s School of Engineering and Computer Science, will be made up of researchers from across Victoria and the University of Canterbury. “4D is already popular in cinemas in Korea. What we’re doing could bring that technology into people’s homes.” Says Dr Rhee who, prior to his role as a lecturer, worked in the Korean technology industry for 17 years. Dr Rhee says at the end of the project, the team hopes to have a prototype which allows people to reach out to touch and manipulate what’s on the screen in front of them. The user would need to attach a haptic feedback device to their fingers while wearing a head mounted virtual display such as an Oculus Rift. They would then be able to see their own hand as part of the action and reach out to touch what is happening in front of them. Dr Rhee said it is too early to know how much can be achieved but it’s possible users will be able to feel texture as well as force. Both the New Zealand and Korean teams plan to collaborate with potential industry partners with the potential to commercialise the prototype after the project is complete. Dr Rhee says once the technology at this end is developed, the entertainment will need to catch up. “Movies with this kind of interactive technology are not out there yet. They will be a bit like a mix of a film and a computer game.” The research is being made possible by a three-year grant from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. The Korean team, from Korea University and Ewha Woman’s University, will be funded by the Korean government. The funding of $150,000 per year will go towards supporting one PhD student and up to nine Master’s students to work on the project over the next three years. An important aim of the grant is to broaden New Zealand’s research base to enable sustainable partnerships with South Korea. For more information contact Dr Taehyun Rhee on firstname.lastname@example.org
27 Jan 2015 - 22:50 in Event
Victoria University of Wellington is running a workshop aimed at getting Wellington’s tech community up to speed with the latest in network technology. The two-day workshop, to be held on 18 and 19 February, will give participants an understanding of Software Defined Networking (SDN), an emerging paradigm which allows software to be accessed and changed remotely. The workshops content has been adapted from a semester long course at Victoria’s School of Engineering and Computer Science. It is early days for SDN technology, but industry leaders such as Google are already making use of it, citing flexibility and that it creates an environment for innovation as reasons for adopting the technology. Dr Bryan Ng, an Engineering lecturer at Victoria, is organising and presenting at the workshop. “It used to be that to make a change to how a device worked you had to physically replace the hardware. With SDN, developers are not restricted by the limitations of current hardware.” Dr Ng says connecting academics and Wellington’s growing technology industry is an important driver for holding the workshop. Presenters and contributors to the workshop include industry representatives from Google, REANNZ (Research and Education Advanced Network New Zealand Ltd), Pica8 and Catalyst. “With this workshop we are trying to narrow the gap between industry’s needs and what researchers are doing to meet those needs,” says Dr Ng. Along with experts in the field, two Victoria students will have the chance to present their work. The pair gained funding through Victoria’s summer scholarship programme to look at specific areas of SDN and will present their findings at the workshop. Dr Ng says another reason for holding the SDN workshop is to provide people with the skills to enable them to participate in ‘SDN Con’ which takes place in Wellington later in the year.SDN Con will offer developers the opportunity to work in teams to build SDN solutions. The inaugural SDN Con ran successfully in 2014 and it is hoped that with further knowledge of SDN this year’s event will be even bigger. 2015 Wellington SDN Workshop When: Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19 February 2015 Where: Pipitea Campus, Victoria University Register: By Friday 13 February, $50 per person Find out more: http://ecs.victoria.ac.nz/Events/SDNWorkshop For more information contact Dr Bryan Ng on 04-463 9998, or email@example.com
23 Jan 2015 - 16:04 in Event
Dr Ian Welch from Victoria University of Wellington and Prof Xun Yi from RMIT have organised an upcoming cybersecurity workshop and conference as part of the Australasian Computer Science Week at the University of West Sydney. This is a hugely topical subject in light of recent cyber attacks involving governments such as North Korea and organisations such as Anonymous.
Invited speakers include Dr Mike Davies (Research Leader, Cyber Assurance and Operations, DSTO) who will talk about "How do we form a stronger base of national cyber S&T security?” and Dr Jonathan Oliver (Senior Architect at Trend Micro) who will talk about "Recent TorrentLocker outbreaks in Australia”. They will be joined by Vijay Varadharajan (Microsoft Chair Professor in Innovation in Computing) for a panel discussion around the theme of “Preparing for upcoming cyber security threats and challenges”. The workshop takes place on the 28th of January and proceedings of the conference will be published by the Australian Computer Society. Further details about the day are available here: http://homepages.ecs.vuw.ac.nz/Users/Ian/ACSW_AISC2015
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17 Dec 2014 - 14:16 in Achievement
15 Dec 2014 - 15:28 in Research
Robots may soon see the world differently thanks to work being done at Victoria University of Wellington’s School of Engineering and Computer Science. firstname.lastname@example.org or on 04-463 5233 ext 8489.