International Conference on Autonomous
Robots and Agents.
December 12-14, 2006, Palmerston
North, New Zealand
ICARA 2006 was intended to
provide a common forum for researchers,
scientists, engineers and practitioners throughout the world to present
their latest research findings, ideas, developments and applications in
the area of autonomous robotics and agents. ICARA
keynote addresses by eminent scientists as well as special, regular and
The IEEE NZ Central Subsection
was a co-sponsor of this conference.
Subsection AGM — 14
||Dr Ned Horvath
||Use Case Driven
Development with Scrum
||Tuesday 14 November 2006
||Massy University in
both Wellington and Palmerston North with a video link between the two
||10 people atended the
seminar and 7 stayed for the AGM
In recent years there has been increasing interest in "agile" software
development methodologies (such as Scrum) that embrace change rather
than treating change as a risk to be managed. One cornerstone of agile
methodologies is close communication between the development team and
the customers who will use the system. This talk will describe a
combination of formal use case methodologies with Scrum to provide an
effective agile process. Two case studies will also be briefly
of the presenter:
Dr Ned Horvath is a Senior Industrial Fellow in Software Engineering at
Massey University's Wellington campus. Prior to coming to New Zealand
in July, he was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Texas A&M
International University, and prior to that he had over 25 years
developing software for Bell Laboratories, Sun Microsystems, and
several startup and emerging growth companies. Dr Horvath studied
computer science at MIT and Princeton, receiving the Ph.D. from the
latter. He has also served on the faculties of The Pennsylvania State
University, The Cooper Union, Stevens Institute of Technology, and Nova
Southeastern University. His research interests are in development
methodologies and distributed systems.
Developments in 4G — 12
Supported by IEEE and IET.
||Dr. Jung Uck Seo, LFIEEE,
Distinguished Visiting Fellow of Massey University Foundation
Chairman of Korea Foundation for International Cooperation of Science
Cooperation under the Flag of 4G
||Thursday 12th October
||12:00 - 2:00pm (Lunchtime
||Ground Floor Theatrette
20 Customhouse Quay, Wellington
(Corner Customhouse Quay and Johnston or Waring Taylor St)
||The challenges facing
telco's are becoming harder and harder as a result of the incredible
technological complexity and diversity, difficulties in financing and
marketing, cost overruns and schedule slippages in R&D,
bleeding from competition at home and abroad, and the "wait and see"
attitude of 4G dreamers.
There is a three-way race among the US, Europe and Asia in 4G. In Asia,
China, Japan and Korea are competing for the 4G World-Cup.
Whoever is in front in any one area could end up as the regional power
of technologies that will guarantee the world champion of 4G. In short,
4G is wireless, broadband,
mobile and ubiquitous. It aims truly to be the "next generation
network" and the "universal access and application" making use of most
of the core technologies that are proven and available The
talk will be about the current status of 4G development in Korea.
|Dr. Seo has a BS (Seoul National University), a
PhD (Texas A&M
University) and an Honorary Doctor of Economics (Pukyong National
Currently he is a Chair Professor of Sunchon National University, and
the Korea Foundation for International Cooperation of Science &
Technology and the e-Trade Facilitation Committee of Korea
Association. He is a life Fellow of the IEEE and a Fellow of the IET,
and a member
of the National Academy of Engineering of Korea, the International
Board of the Texas A&M University and the Research Advisory
Board of the
Texas at Dallas.
Past positions held:
Minister and Vice-Minister of the Republic of Korea Ministry of Science
and Technology, President of the Agency for Defence Development, the
Korea Institute of Science & Technology and the Institute of
Electronics Engineering of Korea. Senior Executive Vice-President of
Telecom. President and Vice-Chairman of SK Telecom, Chairman of the
for Radio Communications Development, the Commission for IMT-2000
Development and the Korea Accreditation Board. Member of the IEEE Board
of Directors (Region 10 Director for 2003-2004), Professor at the
Republic of Korea
Air Force Academy, Seoul National University, Korea University and
Antennas in Space — 5
||Professor Pawel Kabacik
||Microstrip Antennas for
Earth & Moon Orbiters Development by Students
of 35 European and Canadian Universities.
||5 September 2006
||12 people attended this
Wellington – Block 4, Level
B, Room 6 (4B06 4B06) - Entrance B, Wallace St
|A PDF flier with location map and
more information is avalible here.
Broadband Explained — 26
organized by IET Wellington Branch
||Dr Murray Milner
||Myths and Facts Around
||26 July 2006
refreshments from 12.00)
||Transpower Seminar Room
96 The Terrace
Murray Milner is well known member of many professional institutions
and is now an independent telecommunications consultant. A synopsis of
the talk is available here.
Power Distribution & Control
Issues — 20 June
Efficiency, Interference and Radiation — 7 June 2006
Image Processing - The Scanning of
Pollen — 11 May 2006
Speaker - Prof. Bob Hodgson and
Title - The automatic scanning and recognition of pollen from slides -
a project in image processing systems engineering.
The seminar included a demonstration.
This seminar was a progress
report on a continuing project aimed at the
realization of low-cost, automatic systems for the recognition and
counting of both ancient and live pollen. Applications of the
technology include climate change research and allergenic pollen
monitoring. A previous seminar has reported on the
classification of optical microscope images of pollen grains using
Gabor transforms and shape described by moment invariants. This work
has since been extended by the introduction of a range of additional
texture measures including grey-level co-occurrence matrices (GLCM),
Laws features and a wavelet decomposition. The
additional texture measures have improved the pollen recognition rate
of the system.
This seminar primarily reports on the development and initial
evaluation of automatic: focus, slide scanning, pollen location, image
capture and segmentation schemes. Further system developments in
progress will be briefly reported.
20 people attended this lecture at Massy University in Palmerston
Y. Zhang, D. W. Fountain, R. M. Hodgson, J. R. Flenley, S. Gunetileke
Towards automation of palynology 3: pollen pattern recognition using
Gabor transforms and digital moments Journal of Quaternary
Robert M. Hodgson, Craig J. Holdaway, Yongping Zhang, David W.Fountain
and John R.Flenley. Progress towards a System for the Automatic
Recognition of Pollen using Light Microscope Images. Proc 4th Int.Symp.
on Image and Signal Processing and Analysis, Zagreb Croatia,Sept 15-17
2005. ISBN 953-184-089-X pp 76-81.
4 April 2006
A lecture by Professor
Charles Hanville, renowned expert in power system
His lecture was entitled "Real Consequences Follow Imaginary Power
Disturbances". This talk was on voltage stability and voltage collapse
recent power system
disturbances. It was of special interest to electric power
and students and researchers in power systems. The venue was
Wellington Campus of Massey University.
46 people attended this lecture in Wellington.
The slides and paper that this lecture was based on are available on
TENCON 05 — 21 - 23
Tencon is the IEEE International
Region 10 Conference. Region 10 covers Pakistan to New
Zealand and Australia to China and Korea. Tencon is also broad
the sense that it is not focused on one or other technological area.
Papers have been accepted on a
range of topics. The theme for 2005 was "A Meeting Place for Converging
Technologies and People"
reflects this diversity of peoples and technology.
Committee member Richard Harris
was the Technical Program Chair. He has prepared a brief report
on the conference from his perspective. It is available for download
as a PDF document.