Funding and Partnerships

This page offers information about our research collaborators and partnerships.

Our research is supported in many ways. Some projects are funded by government bodies such as Creative New Zealand, the Ministry of ResearchScience and Technology, the Digital Strategy Community Partnership FundAko Aotearoathe Foundation for ResearchScience and Technology (FRST) and its business-oriented subsidiary Technology New Zealand (TechNZ), others are supported directly by industry players such as Microsoft Research Asia and Lucent Technologies, and international bodies such as ACM SIGCSE.  Several SERL students have also been supported by scholarships from FRST and New Zealand’s Tertiary Education Commission (TEC). Several smaller projects have been supported by contestable research grants from internal AUT funding bodies.

Research Collaborators

The software engineering research community is large and international, and so we have many collaborative research partners.  Staff and students within the Lab benefit from the expertise of this community, indirectly through, for example, shared data, and directly, through visits and exchanges.

Current collaborators (plus university and country):

Dr Anders Berglund, Uppsala University, Sweden

Dr Mats Daniels, Uppsala University, Sweden

Paul Denny, University of Auckland, New Zealand

Professor Jenny Edwards, University of Technology Sydney, Australia

Dr Georgia Frantzeskou, University of the Aegean, Greece

Professor Don Gotterbarn, East Tennessee State University, USA

Professor John Grundy, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia

Dr John Hamer, University of Auckland, New Zealand

Professor John Hosking, University of Auckland, New Zealand

Professor Cary Laxer, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, USA

Dr Ray Lister, University of Technology Sydney, Australia

Andrew Luxton-Reilly, University of Auckland, New Zealand

Dr Arnold Pears, Uppsala University, Sweden

Dr Beryl Plimmer, University of Auckland, New Zealand

Dr Rahul Premraj, Free University Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Professor Martin Shepperd, Brunel University, UK

Dr Beth Simon, University of California San Diego, USA

We also have close links with many other groups within AUT.  In particular, we work on collaborative research projects with other staff and students in the School of Computer and Mathematical Sciences (SCMS), including those associated with the School’s Research Labs in RFID, HCI/VI and Network Security and the Geoinformatics Research Centre (GRC), as well as the Knowledge Engineering and Discovery Research Institute (KEDRI), the School of Business and the School of Engineering.

Industry Partners

We place high value on research that has, or could have, a real impact on SE practice and SE practitioners, so we (both staff and students) work with individuals and organisations actively engaged in the profession.  Some of our industry partners have been…

Building Integration Software Company Ltd (BISCo)

Fonterra Co-operative Group

Hansen Technologies


IDG New Zealand Ltd

Intuto Ltd

Lucent Technologies

Zeacom Ltd