Geographic knowledge representation and reasoning
Our research is exploring the representation of human geographic knowledge in information systems, and developing methods to emulate human spatial reasoning. We are addressing the issue of uncertainty in this knowledge, using approaches including fuzzy logic, Bayesian belief networks and modelling of complex aspects of geographic knowledge.
Language and speech processing
Expertise in speech processing, image processing and language processing technologies. Our research is investigating Māori speech recognition tools and speech emotion and sentiment recognition. We are investigating applying speech processing technology in foreign language teaching and learning and the development of text mining and machine translation.
Research into algorithms, languages and software for parallel and distributed computing. Special areas of interest include algorithms for single and multiple GPU devices, domain-specific languages for parallel and vector-processing architectures and high-performance computing with distributed machines.
All aspects of the development of new and innovative software systems. Analysing software to detect security vulnerabilities and bugs. Investigating novel methods to facilitate safe software evolution and modularity. Harvesting knowledge from large software repositories.
- [Rachel Blagojevic](https://www.massey.ac.nz/massey
- Amjed Tahir
Vision and image processing
This area involves developing algorithms and software for recognising patterns, individuals, objects and other specialist features in images and movie sequences. Applications include security scanning systems, control of robots and product quality scanning.
We also have interests in visual perception, colour science and multi/hyper-spectral imaging.
Finding 'orphan' planets
Software developed by Massey University computer scientist and astrophysicist Associate Professor Dr Ian Bond has led to the discovery of free-floating ‘orphan’ planets. The work was done using gravitational microlensing, which allows the study of planetary bodies that emit little or no light.
Māori Values as a Framework for Digital Leadership
Despite the increasing importance of the technology sector as an employer, participation by Māori in this sector is not high. Dan Walker, in his Master of Advanced Leadership Practice research thesis investigated how this participation might be increased.
Ngāti Ruanui, Dan Walker’s South Taranaki iwi, developed the ‘2NuiCODE’ programme in 2015 to build the digital and computer skills of its young people, New Zealand’s first iwi owned and run digital coding initiative.
He found one of the keys to its success was an adherence to a tikanga Māori framework and also that it created benefits far beyond opportunities for employment.