Advisory Board

The Advisory Board is chaired by the Dean of Engineering. The current membership includes the Program Directors for each engineering specialisation and the Chair of the Research Committee. External members are invited from local industry and leading national and international engineering programmes. Short bios of the external members are given below.

The full panel meets in February and the New Zealand members meet in August of each year.

External Advisory Board Members

Professor Chris Cook

Professor Chris Cook

Professor Chris Cook is Dean of Engineering at the University of Wollongong. Chris Cook is an electrical engineer with a BSc and BE from the University of Adelaide, and he received his PhD from the University of New South Wales in 1976.

Chris worked for Marconi Avionics in the UK as a project engineer designing aerospace computing systems, and later with GEC Australia as the Technical Manager of their Automation and Control Division, where he set up a group which designed and installed robot controlled automation systems for manufacturing applications. He then became the founding Managing Director of the Automation and Engineering Applications Centre Ltd., a non-profit company of the University of Wollongong, which built and installed automation and robotic systems for manufacturing companies around Australia.

He became Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Wollongong in 1989 and was Head of School for 12 years before taking up his current position as Dean of Engineering. In this time he was instrumental in setting up three joint Industry-University research centres which now employ full-time researchers and research students working on finding solutions to industrial problems related to power engineering.

Professor Gill Dobbie

Gill Dobbie - Auckland University

Gill Dobbie is Head of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Auckland. Gill worked in industry for a couple of years before she became an academic. She has held permanent and visiting positions at the University of Melbourne, Victoria University of Wellington and the National University of Singapore.

Gill has a wide range of research interests, including databases, the web, and software engineering.

She is interested both in structured and semistructured data. More specifically, she is interested in how data can best be organized and managed, how the semantics of the data can be retained and expressed, and how querying can be carried out efficiently.

Her main areas of interest pertain to databases and the web. She has worked in the foundations of database systems, defining logical models for various kinds of database systems, and reasoning about the correctness of algorithms in that setting. With colleagues at the National University of Singapore, she has defined a data model for semistructured data (called ORA-SS), providing a language independent description of the data. The group she was working with has used the ORA-SS data model to define a normal form for ORA-SS schema, defined valid views for semistructured databases, and described a storage structure for semistructured databases using object relational databases.

Professor Philip Bones

Professor Philip Bones

Philip Bones is Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch.

He obtained his ME in Electrical Engineering  (Cardiovascular Instrumentation) from the University of Canterbury in 1974, and received his PhD from the University of Canterbury in 1980. (Thesis title: Contributions to Electrocardiographic Science.)

Phil worked as a Biomedical Engineer in the Department of Cardiology for the Canterbury Hospital Board from 1975 – 1982.  He was a post-doctoral research assistant in the Engineering Medicine Lab at Imperial College, London from 1982-1983, and was the Alexander Von Humboldt Fellow with the Electro-Physiology Group at the University of Heidelberg, Germany from 1983 – 1984. He was a Scientific Officer for the Department of Radiotherapy, Christchurch Hospital from 1984 – 1985, and then held the position of National Heart Foundation NZ Senior Fellow in the Department of Cardiology, Canterbury Hospital Board, from 1985 – 1987.  He joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Canterbury, Christchurch as a Senior Lecturer in 1988, and became Professor in 2008.

His current research interests include image processing, in particular recovery of images from partial information and medical imaging, and biomedical signal processing, especially EEG and ECG.

Recent publications from Professor Bones and his collaborators include:

  1. Peiris, M.T.R., Davidson, P.R., Bones, P.J., Jones, R.D. Detection of lapses in responsiveness from the EEG. Journal of Neural Engineering, 8(1-016003) 2011:1-15.
  2. Bones, P.J. and Wu, B. Sparse sampling in MRI. In Dougherty, G. (Ed) Medical Image Processing: Techniques and Applications, Springer, 2011.
  3. Wu, B., Millane, R.P., Watts, R. and Bones, P.J. Prior estimate-based compressed sensing in parallel MRI. Magnetic Resonance in Medicine,  65 (1), 2011: 83-95.
  4. Bones, P.J., Butler, A.P.H., Ronaldson, J.P. and Opie, A.M.T. "Development of a CT scanner based on the Medipix family of detectors", in Developments in X-Ray Tomography VII, Proc. SPIE, Vol. 7804, 2010:780414.
  5. Bones, P.J., Vafadar, B., Watts, R. and Wu, B. Imposing spatio-temporal support in magnetic resonance angiographic imaging, in Image Reconstruction from Incomplete Data VI, Proc. SPIE, vol. 7800, 2010: 780007.
  6. Maclaren, J.R., Bones, P.J., Millane, R.P. and Watts, R.  MRI with TRELLIS: A novel approach to motion correction. Magnetic Resonance Imaging, 26 (4), 2008: 474-483.

Richard Templer

Richard Templer

General Manager Advanced Manufacturing Technologies – PhD, FiPENZ, AFNZIM After completing his mechanical engineering degree, Richard worked for Volvo in Sweden and MacMaster University in Canada.  Returning to New Zealand, he received two scholarships for his PhD(Eng) study, completed while working for Fisher & Paykel Healthcare’s design team.

He moved to Industrial Research, where he developed robotics for the worldwide meat industry, won a joint Royal Society Science medal, and became Automation Systems team manager in 2000. In 2001 Richard was the NZIM Young Executive of the Year and also won the iPENZ Innovation award in 2002. Richard moved to Wellington in 2002 to work for the meat and wool industries as GM R&D.

In late 2007 he joined the Foundation for Research Science & Technology as an Investment Strategy Manager, in July 2008 became the GM Investment Strategy Team and in July 2009 Group Manager Industry & Environment, responsible for $380 million of public investment. In late 2010 Richard was the Foundation’s acting CEO during the transition to the Ministry of Science and Innovation, then acting Deputy Chief Executive Science Strategy & Investment at MSI, before joining IRL for the second time.

John Yaldwyn

Chief Technology Officer 4RF. John is 4RF’s founding Director. He led the development of the initial Aprisa platforms and continues to contribute to new product designs. He is also responsible for the regulatory function within 4RF.

Prior to forming 4RF in 1998, John held senior engineering and management roles with MAS Technology for 13 years and travelled extensively, liaising with customers worldwide. His engineering skills and in-market experience helped shape the pivotal architecture and system design of the DXR™ 100 and 200 product families and he was instrumental, as MAS Vice President Advanced Systems, in the Nasdaq IPO. Following the merger with DMC in 1997, he was appointed Marketing Vice President and developed the design of the DXR™ 700 platform.

John Clegg

John Clegg is the CEO of ProjectX Technology, a boutique technology company based in Wellington.

John has a BSc (Computer Science) and MBA from Victoria University. John is an experienced technical specialist in online and e-commerce business with a background in financial and transactions systems. John has multi-national experience working in UK, India, Australia, South Africa, USA and New Zealand.

John is the founder and chairman of the Summer of Tech programme (previously Summer of Code New Zealand). John started the internship programme in Wellington NZ in 2006, because he saw a gap for business wanting to access top local talent. John believes that stronger partnerships between industry and tertiary institutions is key to accelerating the development of the future graduates. John has a hand-on approach to solving the ICT talent problems and making sure the Summer of Tech programme delivers value to all stakeholders in the short, medium and long term.

Fred Baker

Fred Baker

Fred is a long time Cisco Fellow with many major contributions to the IETF and networking community writing or contributing to over 50 IETF protocols as well as holding many US patents. He has been active in the networking and communications industry since the late seventies, working successively for CDC, Vitalink, ACC, and Cisco Systems. At Cisco, Fred worked at the forefront of congestion management. More recently he focuses on the migration to IPv6. He is a past IETF Chair. He is currently co-chair of the IETF IPv6 Operations Working Group, a representative from Cisco to BITAG, and a representative to the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel and the Smart Grid Architecture Committee from the IETF. Fred is married and has four children.

Robert O'Callahan

Robert O'Callahan

Robert O'Callahan is an experienced computer science researcher and software developer. In research, he has a PhD in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University, worked at IBM Research for three years, and remains involved in the research community (e.g. in 2012 he gave an invited talk at ISMM and served on the ECOOP program committee). In software development, he has contributed to the Mozilla open source project since 1999, and has worked full-time on Mozilla code since 2005. In 2007 he established Mozilla Corporation's Auckland office and started hiring local developers. He has done extensive work on DOM, CSS, graphics and video in the Gecko engine that powers Firefox, and contributed to the development of related Web standards at the W3C and WHATWG. As well as conducting hands-on development, he manages the Mozilla media team (covering media playback, codec development, stream processing and WebRTC).