17 Nov 2014 - 13:02 in Achievement
Victoria University of Wellington student Valerie Chan will learn from the top tech minds this summer as she interns at Google's Sydney headquarters. After a long and rigorous application process Valerie, who has just completed her first-year at Victoria studying computer science and mathematics, was selected for the Google STEP (Summer Trainee Engineering Programme) which runs from 24 November to 13 February. Google encouranges those who are often underrepresented in in the technology industry to apply for STEP internships. This includes women, people with disabilities and ethnic minorities. For Valerie, the opportunity to work for Google is not just a great way to spend her summer, it’s the reason she chose to study computer science. While still in secondary school, Valerie attended a talk at Victoria by Google representatives who mentioned the STEP internships. “I had never written a line of code before and I’d been considering studying law but the chance to work for Google made my mind up.” Valerie sent in her application for the paid internship months ago and later she completed technical interviews over the phone before her application went before the hiring committee. “An engineer from Google called me and tested my coding skills. The first time I had no idea what to expect but the second interview went really smoothly.” Valerie prepared for her interviews by seeking advice from her Engineering lecturers who helped her get a jump start on work she would be completing later in the semester. The preparation, interviews and waiting paid off for Valerie who will fly to Sydney at the end of this week to begin work on one of Google’s products. “I’ve heard the first few weeks are a bit of a blur with so much to learn. It’s a bit scary but mostly exciting.” The intership is paid and all expenses covered. Valerie and her fellow interns will stay together in apartments near Google’s Sydney headquarters at Darling Harbour. Valerie hasn’t been there before but says was impressed when she looked it up on Google Maps. She is looking forward to learning from the best and says even getting into the programme has changed how she sees her abilities. “Just being accepted has already been a real confidence boost--sitting in my end of year exams, I felt like I knew what I was doing.”
03 Nov 2014 - 17:01 in Administrative
Three Wellington tertiary providers are working with industry to develop a joint Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Graduate School that addresses the specific needs of the region. Earlier this year the Government announced it was investing $28.6 million over four years in ICT graduate schools in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Victoria University of Wellington, WelTec and Whitireia have joined forces with a number of Wellington businesses to develop a bid to establish the school. “This is an excellent opportunity for Wellington based tertiary institutions to establish a school that will maximise the economic opportunities for our city and New Zealand,” says Professor Mike Wilson, Pro Vice-Chancellor of Science, Architecture and Design and Engineering at Victoria University. “The Wellington region has the highest concentration of web and digital-based companies per capita in New Zealand and we want to ensure there are enough graduates with the skills and research capacity to help those companies thrive. Collectively we see great value in being able to leverage our existing networks, resources and education capabilities in the region to develop a school that will lead to a larger pool of ICT talent and collaborative research partnerships.” WelTec Chief Executive Linda Sissons says the three tertiary institutions already have extensive collaborative relationships with each other, and the businesses and stakeholders that are necessary to make the School a success. “We have been talking to a number of companies who are partnering with us to get a clear view of what the School needs to offer. We will be focused not only on skill development and innovative research initiatives, but also on blurring the traditional teaching boundaries by offering more educational delivery in real settings. This is an exciting direction for all of us.” Whitireia Chief Executive Don Campbell agreed, noting the exciting possibilities that working together on this graduate school would bring. “The strength created by combining the longstanding vocational and applied research focus of polytechnic ICT programmes, including at Master’s level, to the postgraduate and research strengths of Victoria provides a compelling story.” The consortium submitted its expression of interest on developing the Wellington Region ICT Graduate School to the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) and Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) today.
31 Oct 2014 - 12:08 in Achievement
Two new senior appointments have been announced for the Faculties of Science and Engineering. Professor Dave Harper will take the role as Dean of Science for the Faculty of Science, and Professor Mengjie Zhang is the new Associate Dean (Research and Innovation) for the Faculty of Engineering. Professor Mike Wilson, Pro Vice-Chancellor for the Faculties of Science, Engineering, Architecture and Design, says that he looks forward to working with Professor Harper and Professor Zhang in their new roles. “I consider myself very fortunate to have two individuals of such high calibre supporting me in my role,” he says. Professor Harper has taught at Victoria University in the School of Psychology for nearly 21 years and although he calls the Easterfield building ‘home’, is looking forward to taking up a new leadership role. “It’s a time of change and I’m really excited to be part of things moving forward, both as a University and a Faculty,” he says. Professor Zhang, a Computer Science Professor, has been Deputy Head of School and Chair of the Research Committee for the School of Engineering and Computer Science for the past three years. The genetic programming specialist says that there are real opportunities to make Engineering at Victoria thrive in New Zealand. “I’m looking forward to working with others across the Faculty and University to make our Engineering research programs innovative and unique.” Both roles take effect on Monday 3 November 2014.
24 Oct 2014 - 15:34 in Achievement
A computer scientist at Victoria University of Wellington is part of an international team that has designed a way to overcome problems that occur when using multiple programming languages to write webpages. Dr Alex Potanin, a senior lecturer at Victoria’s School of Engineering and Computer Science, has helped design Wyvern, a piece of software that allows many different programming languages to be used at the same time. http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~aldrich/wyvern/
21 Oct 2014 - 22:25 in Research
This summer Victoria University of Wellington will be home to four Singaporean students researching cyber threats. The students have been working with Dr Ian Welch, a lecturer in Victoria’s school of Engineering and Computer Science, as part of a partnership between Victoria and Singapore Polytechnic. In their final year of the diploma in information security, the students have been working in groups to develop software to protect online programmes from malicious software or malware such as viruses or spyware.
One of the group projects is a malware detection site called Open Bouncer which is used to test Android apps to see if they are secure and reliable. This open source platform offers two levels of information. The first shows clearly if the application is safe or not and for more tech savvy users there is the option to expand on the results to show more detail and even add to the software themselves. Open Bouncer has gone further than the classroom, with the group receiving the opportunity to show off their website at a high profile event in Singapore called GovermentWare, where they explained the software to a government minister. Dr Welch has been remotely mentoring the students over the past few months through weekly Skype calls. He says he is looking forward to finally meeting them in person. “They have been working on practical software projects, and this visit will help them get research backing for the work they are doing.” As well as providing advice, Dr Welch helped the students to test their programmes to see if they would stack up against real cyber threats. Dr Welch says when it came to testing how effective their software was at fighting cyber criminals they used similar methods to the ones police use to catch regular criminals. “The police will set up a ‘honey pot’ where a car is left unlocked in a rough end of town waiting for thieves to steal it. We did something similar by leaving a piece of software unprotected and waited for the malware to attack. When it did the students were able to test their programmes against a real threat.” The testing paid off and Open Bouncer will soon be available for public use. A video demostration of the Open Bouncer system is now available at: https://openbouncer.catoace.com/drIan/Video/Trailer.mp4 For more information, contact Dr Ian Welch, phone 04 463 5664 or email Ian.Welch@ecs.vuw.ac.nz
Singapore Polytechnic students show Open Bouncer to Mr Masagos Zulkifli, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Open Bouncer is the students' Final Year Project that detects malware in Android applications. PHOTO: Mabel Yap (Credit: Home Team News Singapore)
16 Oct 2014 - 10:30 in Event
Musical machines and robots will take over Victoria University of Wellington’s Hub this Friday. http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/nat-music/audio/20153916/musical-robots Sonic Arts and Engineering Showcase 2014 When: Friday 17 October, 12–4.30pm Where: Level 2, The Hub, Victoria University, Gate 3, Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington
30 Sep 2014 - 10:33 in Research
http://2050-calculator-tool.decc.gov.uk) and user-friendly simulation tool (http://my2050.decc.gov.uk/), to the New Zealand context, with advice from industry experts and policy makers. The goal of the project is to identify a range of realistic energy futures for New Zealand and communicate them to the public in a way that encourages open and transparent debate on the topic. Dr Rebecca Ford, from Victoria’s School of Engineering and Computer Science, says the result will be a powerful tool anyone can access to explore the options we have for energy supply and demand, and the implications of the choices we might make. “We’re so excited about this project, as it provides a real chance to engage New Zealanders, from school children right through to policy makers, in thinking and talking about our energy future,” she says. Paul Atkins, Chief Executive of NERI, adds that the tool that will empower people to contribute to an informed dialogue about New Zealand's energy choices. “Taking the pop-up shop concept and forming what may be New Zealand's first pop-up lab at Victoria for a three-month period over the summer, we are providing opportunity through the process of building the model, as well as through the end product itself,” he says. “Our lives and our economy revolve around energy,” says Paul Young, from Generation Zero. “With climate change and other challenges to our current energy systems, New Zealand has some important choices to make.” There are 10 summer scholarships available for students interested in working on the project between November 2014 and February 2015. For more information visit www.victoria.ac.nz and search ‘2050 ecs scholarship’. Applications close on 1 October 2014. For more information contact Dr Rebecca Ford on 04-463 5233 extn 7288 or email email@example.com
29 Sep 2014 - 14:21 in Research
http://hdl.handle.net/10523/4992 For further information, contact Dr Rebecca Ford on 04-463 5233 extn 7288 or firstname.lastname@example.org
25 Sep 2014 - 09:49 in Research
22 Sep 2014 - 11:33 in Achievement