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An Automatic Marker for Vector Graphics Drawing Tasks
Recent advances in web-browser technologies provide opportunities for more powerful and intelligent ways of interpreting and comparing data. Tristan Bunn's research explores the feasibility of an automatic marking system that compares raster and vector graphics.
Crisis mapping before a crisis: a trans-situational map
Prepare Wellington is a proposed mechanism to connect the community, its latent resources, and to enable the information generated in the event of a crisis to be captured, documented and made available to the relevant agencies, as well as the community itself.
This project and trans-situational crisis mapping may yet become an unexpected and powerful contribution to that changing relationship between civic institutions and the public, bringing us into an unexpected partnership with our neighbours and the shaky isles we walk upon.
EngineRoom: Web-based data analysis software tool
EngineRoom is an all-purpose, online data analysis tool. As the interface, interaction and motion designer of this project, Andre Murniek’s design helps eliminate the steep learning curve for users and provides users with a full suite of powerful, simple-to-use process improvement tools and templates.
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.
Massey University has developed a real-time gross domestic product (GDP) tracker, believed to be the first of its kind in the world. Called GDPLive, the online portal was developed by Dr Teo Susnjak of the College of Sciences and Professor Christoph Schumacher from the Massey Business School. It uses machine learning algorithms and the most up-to-date data possible, including live data sources to allow users to instantly see estimates of how the New Zealand economy is performing on a daily basis, and provides GDP forecasts.
Internet of Things and the voices of water
Birgit Bachler's research aims to introduce more-than-human perspectives into the design process of an Internet of Things (IoT). This research engages with local communities concerned with Wellington’s streams to collaboratively create prototypes for a more-than-human IoT, amplifying the voices of the water.
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.
Nanny Bear: the cute, smart baby monitor
Baby monitors have gone high-tech thanks to a prototype developed by students supervised by Professor Hans Guesgen and Dr Rachel Blagojevic.
The Nanny Bear is a teddy bear fitted with sensors which detect ambient temperature, humidity, brightness and sound intensity – all in a cute, fluffy package.
The bear connects to an application on the parent’s phone or tablet device which alerts them when, for example, it gets too hot, humid, bright or loud. These warnings continue to pop up every five minutes until the problem is resolved.
Re-Visioning Guqin Performance
The art of guqin music is multi-dimensional, with its distinct fluid modulation of pitch, dynamics, and timbre in the tones created by the combination of the left and right hand finger techniques. These techniques are choreographic, kinaesthetic, and synesthetic. Dr Jon He has developed g.qin, a customised gestural musical interface, to investigate these elements of guqin performance and explore their performative potential with new mechatronic musical instruments, evoking new amalgams of electro-instrumental music.
Awards and recognition
Marsden funding for decision theory research
Professor Thomas Pfeiffer
Professor Thomas Pfeiffer was awarded $735,000 from the Royal Society's Marsden Fund for the project 'Predict to decide: Investigating decision markets in theory, experiments and practical applications'.
Marsden funding for planetary research
Professor Ian Bond
Ian Bond received $958,000 for his project: Lifting the interstellar dust veil to reveal undiscovered planets by infrared observations.
Rutherford Discovery Fellowship for applications of moder computability research
Dr Alexander Melnikov
Dr Melnikov has received funding from the Royal Society for research will apply advanced methods of computability theory to two broad and interconnected programs of research.
The first area of research is the classification problems in mathematics. The second is a new general theory of online algorithms, relying on similar methods, to develop a new general theory of online computation, which has strong connections with algorithm design.
Senior member of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence
Professor Hans Guesgen was made a senior member of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence.
He is one of only nine inaugural members worldwide to be given the honour.