Dr Andy Connor

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Associate Professor

Phone: 09 921 9999 extn 5211

Email: andrew.connor@aut.ac.nz

ORCID: ORCID logo  https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4046-5959

Qualifications:

B.Eng., Mechanical Engineering, University of Manchester, 1993
M.Sc., Computer Aided Engineering, Liverpool John Moores University, 1994
Ph.D., Liverpool John Moores University, 1996

Memberships and Affiliations:

Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (MIET) and a registered Chartered Engineer (CEng).

Biography:

Andy is an Associate Professor in Colab and has previously worked in the School of Computer & Mathematical Sciences at AUT.

Prior to joining AUT, he worked as a Senior Consultant for the INBIS Group on a wide range of systems engineering projects. He has also worked for a leading CAD/CAM systems provider and held postdoctoral research positions at the prestigous Engineering Design Centres at the University of Cambridge and the University of Bath.

Andy has a passion for the outdoors and is often found tramping, mountain  biking, surfing, rock climbing, kayaking or scuba diving.

For further details, please visit http://www.andyconnor.info or https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Andy_Connor.

Teaching Areas:

Andy teaches on both the undergraduate and postgraduate Creative Technologies programmes. He also supervises postgraduate students from a number of different disciplines.

Research Areas:

Andy's primary research interest is in evolutionary computation, with applications in the creative industries, engineering design and software engineering.

in addition to these core interests, Andy is engaged in projects involving virtual reality, game development and technology facilitated learning.

Publications:

  1. Connor, A.M. (2016) "Engaging undergraduates with research to promote cumulative learning", International Journal of Research Studies in Education (In Press)
  2. Karmokar, S. & Connor, A.M. (2016) "Re-engineering design through multiple disciplinary lenses", Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education (In Press)
  3. Sosa, R., Rive, P. & Connor, A.M. (2016) "60 years of creativity in business organizations", Proceedings of the Design + Research + Society 2016 Conference (In Press)
  4. Sosa, R., Connor, A.M. & Corson, B. (2016) "Framing creative problems", In C. Zhou (Ed.) Handbook of Research on Creative Problem-Solving Skill Development in Higher Education, IGI Global (In Press)
  5. Connor, A.M., Sosa, R., Jackson, A.G. & Marks, S. (2016) "Problem solving at the edge of disciplines", In C. Zhou (Ed.) Handbook of Research on Creative Problem-Solving Skill Development in Higher Education, Hershey: IGI Global (In Press)
  6. Kruse, J., Sosa, R. & Connor, A.M. (2016) "Procedural urban environments for FPS games", Proceedings of Interactive Entertainment 2016.
  7. Foottit, J., Brown, D., Marks, S. & Connor, A.M. (2016) "Development of a wearable haptic game interface", EAI Endorsed Transactions on Creative Technologies, 3(6), e5
  8. Connor, A.M. (2016) "A historical review of creative technologies", in A.M. Connor & S. Marks (Eds.) Creative Technologies for Multidisciplinary Applications, IGI Global. (In Press)
  9. Connor, A.M., Sosa, R., Karmokar, S., Marks, S., Buxton, M., Gribble, A.M., Jackson, A.G. & Foottit, J. (2016) "Exposing core competencies for future creative technologists", in A.M. Connor & S. Marks (Eds.) Creative Technologies for Multidisciplinary Applications, IGI Global. (In press)
  10. Foottit, J., Brown, D., Marks, S. & Connor, A.M. (2016) "A wearable haptic game controller", International Journal of Game Theory & Technology, 2(1), 1-19.
  11. Connor, A.M. & Gavin, J. (2015) "Reinventing the arcade: Computer game mediated play spaces for physical interaction", EAI Endorsed Transactions on Creative Technologies, 2(5), e4
  12. Kruse, J. & Connor, A.M. (2015) "Multi-agent evolutionary systems for the generation of complex virtual worlds", EAI Endorsed Transactions on Creative Technologies, 2(5), e5
  13. Sosa, R. & Connor, A.M. (2015) "A computational intuition pump to examine group creativity: Building on the ideas of others", Proceedings of the 2015 IASDR Conference: Interplay 2015
  14. Sosa, R. & Connor, A.M. (2015) "!orthodoxies in multidisciplinary design-oriented degree programmes", Proceedings of the 2015 IASDR Conference: Interplay 2015
  15. Karmokar, S., Connor, A.M. & Sosa, R. (2015) "From spheres towards spaces in design and creative technology", Proceedings of the 10th European Conferences in Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  16. Martin, M., Charlton, J. & Connor, A.M. (2015) "Mainstreaming video annotation software for critical video analysis", Journal of Technologies and Human Usability, 11(3), 1-13
  17. Connor, A.M., Karmokar, S. & Whittington, C. (2015) "From STEM to STEAM: Strategies for enhancing engineering & technology education", International Journal of Engineering Pedagogy, 5(2), 37-47
  18. Walker, C., Connor, A.M. & Marks, S. (2015) "Creating creative technologists: Playing with(in) education", Creativity in the Digital Age (ISBN 978-1-4471-6680-1), Chapter 3, Springer.
  19. Connor, A.M., Karmokar, S., Whittington, C. & Walker, C. (2014) "Full STEAM ahead: A manifesto for integrating arts pedagogics in to STEM education", Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Teaching, Assessment and Learning in Engineering 2014
  20. Connor, A.M., Berthelsen, C., Karmokar, S., Marks, S., Kenobi, B. & Walker, C. (2014) "An unexpected journey: Experiences of learning through exploration and experimentation", Proceedings of the 2014 DesignEd Asia Conference
  21. Karmokar, S., Walker, C. & Connor, A.M. (2014) "Doing entrepreneurship: Towards an entrepreneurial method for design and creative technologies", Proceedings of the 2014 DesignEd Asia Conference
  22. Marks, S., Emmanuel-Estevez, J. & Connor, A.M. (2014) "Towards the Holodeck: Virtual reality visualisation of engineering and scientific data", Proceedings of the 29th Image and Vision Computing New Zealand (IVCNZ) Conference 2014
  23. Foottit, J., Brown, D., Marks, S. & Connor, A.M. (2014) "An intuitive tangible game controller", Proceedings of the 10th Australasian Conference on Interactive Entertainment
  24. Gavin, J., Kenobi, B. & Connor, A.M. (2014) "Social play spaces for active community engagement", Proceedings of the 10th Australasian Conference on Interactive Entertainment
  25. Martin, M., Charlton, J. & Connor, A.M. (2014) "Augmented body: Changing interactive body play", Proceedings of the 10th Australasian Conference on Interactive Entertainment
  26. Connor, A.M., Martin, M. & Joe, S. (2014) "An extensible framework for automatic knowledge extraction from student blogs", International Journal on Integrating Technology in Education, 3(2), 9-18
  27. Pears, R., Finlay, J. & Connor, A.M. (2014) "Synthetic minority over-sampling technique (SMOTE) for predicting software build outcomes", Proceedings of the Twenty-Sixth International Conference on Software Engineering and Knowledge Engineering (SEKE 2014)
  28. Connor, A.M. & Shah, A. (2014) "Resource allocation using metaheuristic search", Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Computer Science and Information Technology (CCSIT 2014)
  29. Connor, A.M., Finlay, J. & Pears, R. (2014) "Mining developer communication data streams", Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Computer Science and Information Technology (CCSIT 2014)
  30. Finlay, J., Pears, R. & Connor, A.M. (2014) "Data stream mining for predicting software build outcomes using source code metrics", Information & Software Technology, 56(2), 183-198
  31. Connor, A.M. & Finlay, J. (2011) "Predicting software build failure using source code metrics", International Journal of ICT Research, 1(5), 177-188
  32. Connor, A.M. (2011) "Mining software metrics from the Jazz repository", ARPN Journal of Systems and Software, 1(6), 194-204
  33. Schmidt, F., MacDonell, S.G. & Connor, A.M. (2011) "An automatic architecture reconstruction and refactoring framework", Software Engineering Research,Management and Applications 2011, Springer Berlin / Heidelberg. 377: 95-111
  34. Finlay, J., Connor, A.M. & Pears, R. (2011) "Mining software metrics from Jazz", Proceedings of the 9th ACIS Conference on Software Engineering Research, Management & Applications (SERA 2011)
  35. Talbot, A. & Connor, A.M. (2011) "Requirements engineering current practice and capability in small and medium software development enterprises in New Zealand", Proceedings of the 9th ACIS Conference on Software Engineering Research, Management & Applications (SERA 2011).
  36. Connor, A.M., Limbu, D.K., Pears, R. & MacDonell, S.G. (2010) "Improving web information retrieval using shared contexts", International Journal of Information Sciences and Computer Engineering, 1(2), 26-35
  37. Connor, A.M., Buchan, J. & Petrova, K. (2009) "Bridging the research-practice gap in requirements engineering through effective teaching and peer learning", Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Information Technology: New Generations (ITNG 2009)
  38. Limbu, D.K., Connor, A.M., Pears, R. & MacDonell, S.G. (2009) "Improving web search using contextual retrieval", Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Information Technology: New Generations (ITNG 2009)
  39. Pais, S., Talbot, A. & Connor, A.M. (2009) "Bridging the research-practice gap in requirements engineering", Bulletin of Applied Computing and Information Technology, 7(1)
  40. Symonds, J. & Connor, A.M. (2008) "Usability evaluation meets design: The case of bisco Office™", Information Systems Research Methods, Epistemology and Applications (ISBN 978-1-60566-040-0), Chapter X, 183-196, IGI Publishing.
  41. Siringoringo, W.S., Connor, A.M., Clements, N. & Alexander, N. (2008) "Minimum cost polygon overlay with rectangular shape stock panels", International Journal of Construction Education & Research, 4(3), 1-24
  42. Connor, A.M., Siringoringo, W.S., Clements, N. & Alexander, N. (2007) "Building services integration: A technology transfer case study", Bulletin of Applied Computing and Information Technology, 5(2)
  43. Philpott, A., Buchan, J. & Connor, A.M. (2007) "An integrated tool set to support software engineering learning", Proceedings of the 2007 SIENZ Workshop
  44. Connor, A.M. & Siringoringo, W.S. (2007) "Using genetic algorithms to solve layout optimisation problems in residential building construction", Proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Computer Applications in Industry and Engineering, 84-89
  45. Connor, A.M. (2007) "Probabilistic estimation of software project duration", New Zealand Journal of Applied Computing & Information Technology, 11(1), 11-22
  46. Connor, A.M. (2006) "Memory models for improving tabu search with real continuous variables" Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Hybrid Intelligent Systems (HIS’06) and the 6th International Conference on Neurocomputing and Evolving Intelligence (NCEI’06)
  47. Connor, A. & Symonds, J. (2006) "PhD research: Building research culture and careers" Invited Editorial for Bulletin of Applied Computing and Information Technology, 4(2)
  48. Limbu, D.K., Connor, A.M., Pears, R. & MacDonell, S.G. (2006) "Contextual relevance feedback in web information retrieval" Proceedings of the 1st International Symposium on Information Interaction in Context, 235-244
  49. Limbu, D.K., Pears, R., Connor, A.M. & MacDonell, S.G. (2006) "Contextual and concept-based interactive query expansion" Proceedings of the 19th Annual Conference of the National Advisory Committee on Computing Qualifications, 151-156
  50. Connor, A.M. & MacDonell, S.G. (2006) "Using historical data in stochastic estimation of software project duration" Proceedings of the 19th Annual Conference of the National Advisory Committee on Computing Qualifications, 53-60
  51. Limbu, D.K., Connor, A.M. & MacDonell, S.G. (2006) "Contextual knowledge based relevance feedback", The First New Zealand Workshop on Ontologies and the Semantic Web (Published Abstract)
  52. Limbu, D., Connor, A., & MacDonell, S. (2005) "A contextual information retrieval framework" Bulletin of Applied Computing and Information Technology, 3(3)
  53. Limbu, D.K., Connor, A.M. & MacDonell, S.G. (2005) "A framework for contextual information retrieval from the WWW" Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Adaptive Systems and Software Engineering (IASSE05), 185-189
  54. Connor, A.M. & MacDonell, S.G. (2005) "Stochastic cost estimation and risk analysis in managing software projects" Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Adaptive Systems and Software Engineering (IASSE05), 140-145
  55. MacDonell, S.G., Min, K. & Connor, A.M. (2005) "Autonomous requirements specification processing using natural language processing" Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Adaptive Systems and Software Engineering (IASSE05), 266-270
  56. Connor, A.M. & MacDonell, S.G. (2004) "A tabu search environment for engineering design" MOPTA’04: The MacMaster Optimisation Conference (Published Abstract)
  57. Kidambi, S. A., Dobbs, B., Ghobakhlou, A. & Connor, A.M. (2003) "A voice recognition based application for business customer services" Proceedings of the Neurocomputing and Evolving Intelligence Conference (NCEI 2003), 120-121
  58. Shanmuganathan, S., Sallis, P., Dobbs, B. & Connor, A.M. (2003) "Document clustering in text mining" Proceedings of the Neurocomputing and Evolving Intelligence Conference (NCEI 2003), 113-114
  59. Connor, A.M. & Leonard, P.J. (2000) "Pole shape optimization using a tabu search scheme" IEEE Transactions on Magnetics, 36(4), 1115-1118
  60. Clarkson, P.J., Melo, A.F. & Connor, A.M. (2000) "Signposting for design process improvement, a dynamic approach to design process planning" Artificial Intelligence in Design (AID 2000), 333-353
  61. Connor, A.M. & Shea, K. (2000) "A comparison of semi-deterministic and stochastic search techniques" Evolutionary Design and Manufacture, Selected Papers from ACDM '00, 287-298
  62. Connor, A.M., Clarkson, P.J., Shahpar, S. & Leonard, P. (2000) "Engineering design optimisation using tabu search" Proceedings of Design for Excellence: Engineering Design Conference (EDC 2000), 371-378
  63. Barr, G., Burgess, S.G., Connor, A.M. & Clarkson, P.J. (2000) "Tendering for engineering contracts" Proceedings of Design for Excellence: Engineering Design Conference (EDC 2000), 499-506
  64. Connor, A.M. (1999) "A multi-thread tabu search algorithm" Design Optimization: International Journal of Product and Process Improvement, 1(3), 293-304
  65. Connor, A.M. (1999) "Parameter sizing for fluid power circuits using taguchi methods" Journal of Engineering Design, 10(4), 377-390
  66. Leonard, P.J. & Connor, A.M. (1999) "Application of tabu search to pole shape optimization", Proceedings of the 12th Conference on the Computation of Electromagnetic Fields (Compumag '99), 822-825
  67. Connor, A.M., Seffen, K.A., Clarkson, P.J. & Parks, G.T. (1999) "Efficient optimisation of structures using tabu search" Proceedings of the 1st ASMO/ISSMO Conference on Engineering Design Optimization, 127-134
  68. Suppapitnarm, A., Seffen, K.A., Parks, G.T., Connor, A.M. & Clarkson, P.J. (1999) "Multiobjective optimisation of bicycle frames using simulated annealing" Proceedings of the 1st ASMO/ISSMO Conference on Engineering Design Optimization, 357-364
  69. Clarkson, P.J., Connor, A.M. & Melo, A.F. (1999) "Signposting, a dynamic approach to design process management" Proceedings of the 16th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI Workshop BUS-2: Intelligent Workflow and Process Management)
  70. Connor, A.M. & Tilley, D.G. (1998) "A tabu search method for the optimisation of fluid power circuits" IMechE Journal of Systems and Control, 212(5), 373-381
  71. Connor, A.M. (1998) "Design and control of cross coupled mechanisms driven by AC brushless servomotors" Proceedings of Power Transmissions and Motion Control '98, 165-176
  72. Connor, A.M. & Tilley, D.G. (1998) "Optimisation of power transmission systems using a discrete tabu search" Proceedings of Power Transmissions and Motion Control '98, 153-164
  73. Connor, A.M., Douglas, S.S. & Gilmartin, M.J. (1998) "The optimal synthesis of mechanisms using harmonic information" Journal of Engineering Design, 9(3), 239-249
  74. Connor, A.M. & Tilley, D.G. (1997) "A comparison of two methods applied to the optimisation of fluid power circuits" Proceedings of the 10th Fluid Power Conference, 12-29
  75. Connor, A.M. (1997) "The synthesis of hybrid mechanisms using genetic algorithms", PhD thesis, Liverpool John Moores University
  76. Connor, A.M., Douglas, S.S. & Gilmartin, M.J. (1995) "The synthesis of five bar path generating mechanisms using genetic algorithms" Proceedings of the 1st IEE/IEEE Conference on Genetic Algorithms in Engineering Systems: Applications and Innovations, 313-318
  77. Connor, A.M., Douglas, S.S. & Gilmartin, M.J. (1995) "The kinematic synthesis of path generating mechanisms using genetic algorithms" Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Applications of Artificial Intelligence in Engineering, 237-244
  78. Connor, A.M. (1994) "The use of genetic algorithms in optimisation", MSc thesis, Liverpool John Moores University

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