This page gives an overview of news, events and activities happening around the School of Engineering.2013 NZ Game Developer’s Conference
The New Zealand Game Developers Conference is a one-day action-packed conference for professional and indie game developers.
Video games continue to be a fast-growing export sector for New Zealand, with several Kiwi developers gaining global recognition. We've had 7 top 10 iPhone games in the last 9 months, not to mention PC and other smartphone successes. Kiwis game devs are at the top of their game, so come along and learn from some of the best.
Featuring leading New Zealand and Australian game developers from PikPok, NinjaKiwi, Gameloft, Cerebral Fix, Grinding Gear Games, TinMan Games, Halfbrick - plus a few surprise international guests.
All event details + registrations...
This year CoLab and the School of Art & Design, and in conjunction with Massey University, is glad to announce our partnership with MINA (Mobile Innovation Network Aotearoa) for the 2013 Symposium & Screening.
The call has just gone out for papers and mobile phone films for the 3rd Mobile Creativity and Innovation Symposium, and 2013 Screening. The symposium will provide a platform for filmmakers, artists, designers, researchers, pro-d-users and industry professionals to debate the prospect of wireless, mobile and ubiquitous technologies in Arts and Design environments and the creative industries.
There will also be a mobile phone filmmaking workshop July 26 + 27 at CoLab.
Check out the MINA showreel
Registrations for this event will be available soon
Dan Reader (M.Eng student) creates remote-control aircraft capable of autonomous flight
For his Master of Engineering project Dan Reader, supported by his supervisor Loulin Huang and research colleagues Jian Huang, Jim Crossen and Dave Crofts, has created a mini-helicopter capable of autonomous flight.
Dan envisages the drone being utilised to calculate air quality, improve yields for farmers, fight fires or to assist in search and rescue operations.
The mini-helicopter is able to detect chemicals, precipitation and changes in temperature whilst executing its own orientation and position control with no outside input. It runs on an auto pilot programme which communicates with an auto-sensor to determine its flight path and control its speed and is capable of flying up to 10km away from its controller.
Dan is currently en-route to Canada but is keen to return to New Zealand to continue his research at AUT.
Dr Dave Moore – Quad Bikes: Swapping one set of problems for another?
Work by Dr Dave Moore of the School of Engineering on the design and use of off-road vehicles on our farms has been in the media this past month. TV3 6pm News ran a story on the potential dangers of using the new side-by-side machines that are replacing larger quadbikes on many farms now.
Countrywide magazine are publishing a more in-depth briefing for farmers, drawing on material developed by Dave for the Coronial inquest recently undertaken in NZ on the continuing high level of quadbike injuries and fatalities.
Dr Boon-Chong Seet Receives Highly Commended Paper Award
The paper entitled “Exploring the Affordance and Acceptance of an E-reader Device as a Collaborative Learning System” received a Highly Commended Award at the Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2013.
Published in The Electronic Library journal, it is believed to be the first study to explore the use of mobile and networked e-reader devices in a collaborative learning environment. Dr. Seet’s research interests span the fields of ICT (information and communications technology) and their applications to healthcare, environment, and education.
PhD Students awarded Prestigious Scholarship
Mirza Baig, PhD student from the School of Engineering, has been awarded the prestigious Freemasons Orakei Scholarship for the second time. The Scholarship is given annually by the Auckland Masonic Education Foundation. Mirza is working on “Older adult’s remote health monitoring project”, under the supervision of Dr Hamid GholamHosseini, AUT University and Professor Martin Connolly, Freemasons' Professor of Geriatric Medicine at The University of Auckland and Geriatrician at Waitemata DHB.
Professor John Raine Receives IPENZ Distinguished Fellow
At the March 2013 IPENZ annual Fellows and Achievers Dinner in Wellington John Raine was among four members to be elected Distinguished Fellow. A Distinguished Fellow is a Fellow who has distinguished themselves by their work in engineering, technology, science, or otherwise whom the Institution desires to honour and comprises less than 1% of the grades Member and Fellow across the whole Institution membership.
New Staff Appointments
Dr Sascha Kosleck will lead the new Maritime Engineering Programme. He specialises in naval architecture, ocean engineering and marine and offshore engineering.
Dr Peter Hooper has recently emigrated from the UK and commenced work as a Senior Lecturer within the School of Engineering. Most of Peter’s work in industry has been in the field of internal combustion engines relating to motorcycles, main stream automotive (cars) and unmanned Air-Vehicles (UAVs). Peter is also the proud owner of an Aprilia and a Norton Commando and has four more bikes on loan to one of the National Museums in the UK.
Dr Andrew Lowe is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Engineering with particular research interests in modelling and measurement of the cardiovascular system. He was the Chief Technology Officer at Pulsecor Ltd, a medical device company where he led an innovative cardiovascular product development from idea through to US FDA and European certification.
Prior to that Andrew was at Kinetic Engineering, where he was the lead software developer for industrial, multi-axis cutting robots. He graduated with a PhD from the University of Auckland with a thesis on fuzzy logic applied to patient monitoring in anaesthesia, BE (Hons) from the same university specialising in dynamics and control within the mechanical engineering department.
Jeff Kilby Wins Best Session Paper at ICSPS 2012
At the ICSPS 2012 conference Jeff Kilby won the best session paper which was titled “Continuous Wavelet Analysis and Classification of Surface Electromyography Signals”. The paper was then published in the International Journal of Computer Theory and Engineering (IJCTE) website: http://www.ijcte.org/abstract/702-P054.htm
For more information about the conference proceedings go to: http://www.icsps.org/Kuala%20Lumpur%20program%20%
Dr Dave Moore Elected Fellow
Dave Moore was elected as a Fellow of the Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors in the UK this week. For more information about the organisation go to: http://www.ergonomics.org.uk/
Congratulations to Professor John Raine
Following his role as Principal Moderator for the 2012 PBRF Research Quality Evaluation, John Raine has been invited to be a member of the Expert Advisory Panel for a Ministry of Education Review of the PBRF and Centres of Research Excellence that is taking place in 2013.
Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence in Teaching
Congratulations goes to Dr Roy Nates who was a recipient of the Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching. Pro Vice-Chancellor of Learning and Teaching Associate Professor Pare Keiha said at the awards ceremony that the staff represented in the room were “the leaders in their field”. “Inspirational teachers are what make an inspirational, and indeed a great university.”
Vice-Chancellor Derek McCormack says the process of being given an award starts as a nomination by a colleague or student and follows a process which includes a portfolio, video and presentation to a panel. He says the recipients of the awards are “excellent teachers that are inspiring, knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and innovative, with a commitment to their subject and an ability to stimulate learners’ thought and interest”.