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Postgraduate research project presentations — 11 December 2007

When: Tuesday, 11  December 2007, 4:00 pm
Venue: Ag-Hort Lecture Block, Massey University, Palmerston North campus
The IEEE New Zealand Central section as a part of the technical activities has organized presentations of engineering post-graduate research work. This provided the post-graduate students pursuing their higher studies in the area of engineering and technology in any university in New Zealand to a chance present their research work and share their knowledge with other fellow-students and peers. Each presentation was limited to only 10 minutes and 2 minutes for discussion.

The presentations were followed by an ample supply of refreshments consisting of beer and pizzas.

ATNAC Conference — December 2007

When: First week of December 2007
Venue: Christchurch
The Central section has worked closely with members from North and South sections to hold the Australasian Telecommunication, Networks and Applications Conference in Christchurch during the first week of December this year. Over 100 excellent technical papers have been accepted for this event and it is was a great opportunity for an update in research and development in the field of ICT.
For more information see http://atnac2007.massey.ac.nz/

Telecom Network Integration Laboratory & AGM — Thursday, 22 November 2007

Tour Guide: Mr Mike Gunn
Time: 6:00 pm
Venue: Telecom Centre, Network Integration Laboratory at Tory Street in Wellington
A guided tour was given by the manager of the laboratory: Mr Mike Gunn. There was an outline of the latest technology being both evaluated and implemented by Telecom New Zealand.

The event began with an introduction to the Network Integration Laboratory, followed by the tour. Then we held our AGM. Following the AGM there was some nibbles and networking. This was a memorable event.

The 2008 year should be an exciting one with our new status and new opportunities to engage the membership in our region. In particular we will be putting considerable focus on attracting new members to our ranks through both local industry and the local engineering schools.

Old Robots and New Robots — Thursday, 2 August 2007

Speaker: Professor Gurvinder Virk
Time: 6:30pm
Venue: Victoria University, Lecture Theatre GBLT2 located behind the former Government Buildings on Stout St, Wellington
Professor Gurvinder Virk, a recently arrived professor with the Institute of Technology and Engineering at Massey (Wellington) with expertise in many different forms of robots. Extra biographical Information.
Abstract
The area of robotics is widening to meet the needs of the aging society. Here the need for developing and adopting robotized solutions in new non-industrial applications where human-robot interactions are central to achieving the requirements needed. The emerging applications demand new type of “service robots” rather than the traditional and available “manufacturing robots” for “industrial environments”. The differences in the traditional robots and new service robots of the future and their respective operational environments will be highlighted. Some case study examples of innovative service robots that have been developed will be presented. The drivers for achieving the new robots and the barriers to be overcome will be discussed. These are leading to new standardization and ethical activities and the presentation will include the latest activities being carried out under ISO in developing standards for robots in personal care.
Of intrest to those who attened, the da Vinci system - A medical robot - was mentioned in passing. That evening Radio NZ also had an item about this robot

Outgoing Telecommunications Commissioner — Wednesday, 20 June 2007

Speaker: Douglas Webb
Title: Investment in Telecommunications Networks: a Perfect Storm?
Time: Breakfast Meeting, 7:30am - 9:30am
Venue: James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor,147 The Terrace, Wellington
There were about 75 people at the breakfast meeting. The presenter Douglas Webb titled his presentation "Investment in Telecommunications Networks: a Perfect Storm?". Douglas Webb is the outgoing Telecommunications Commissioner. This presentation "book ended" his role as Commissioner. This was his last public presentation as Commissioner and matching that, his first public presentation as Commissioner was to the same forum 5 years earlier.

Douglas Webb discussed the investment challenge and the role of regulation in promoting investment in network infrastructure. There was an outline of the current state of fixed network infrastructure. Also outlined was a list of what kinds of things will need to change to meet the government's Digital Strategy and increased demand for telecommunications services from business and residential consumers. The amount of investment required  to meet the strategy and demands was then presented. The analogue of the boat facing the wave in the movie "Perfect Storm" was applied to Telecom facing the need to invest in upgrades and expansion of it's networks.

After the presentation there was a good question & answer session.

Software Engineering Guidelines — Thursday, 17 May 2007

Title Best Practice Guidelines for Software Engineering in New Zealand
Speaker: Duncan Hall
Time: 6 pm
Venue:  Victoria University, Lecture Theatre GBLT2 located behind the former Government Buildings, Wellington
New Zealand's economic development relies on good practices in developing and operating software intensive systems. The guidelines are a step to establish the standards that are required to be followed in order for New Zealand to maintain competitiveness as a software developer. The guideline is a compilation of both international and national standards which the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry needs to be able to demonstrate that standards are being
followed during the development of their software and systems.
This was a repeat of the workshop given by Duncan Hall on 29 March.

Software Engineering Guidelines Launch — 29 March 2007

This event was orgnised by IPENZ

Title Best Practice Guidelines for Software Engineering in New Zealand
Breakfast guest Speaker: Hon David Cunliffe, Minister for Information Technology.
Time: Breakfast from 7:30am. Workshop 9:15am – 1:00pm Lunch provided
Venue:  Duxton Hotel Wellington, 170 Wakefield Street, Wellington
New Zealand's economic development relies on good practices in developing and operating software intensive systems. The guidelines are a step to establish the standards that are required to be followed in order for New Zealand to maintain competitiveness as a software developer. The guideline is a compilation of both international and national standards which the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry needs to be able to demonstrate that standards are being
followed during the development of their software and systems.
Following the breakfast launch, a workshop will be held to encourage dialogue between tertiary institutions, industrial sector and government bodies to address the issues facing New Zealand’s ICT industry and how best to move forward. The workshop is intended for those who are involved in the training of software engineers and management of the development of software and systems.
RSVP by Friday 23 March to aclark@ipenz.org.nz for Breakfast and / or Workshop
For more information contact Andrew Clark, IPENZ Engineering Services Manager, on phone 04 474 8986

Rats, Diggers and Fibre Optic Cables — 22 March 2007

Presenter: Richard Harris (Massey University)
Title: How to Plan Reliable Next Generation Telecommunication Networks
Time: 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Venue: Victoria University, Lecture Theatre GBLT2 located behind the Government Buildings which house the Law School (opposite the cenotaph, Lampton Quay), Wellington CBD
Eftpos and online services crashed, mobile phone services were overloaded and trading on the NZX was halted when Telecom's main communication network was broken in two places in 2005, sparking news of this event around the world. More than 100,000 people and businesses were affected by the outage.
Situations like the severing of a fibre-optical cable at Taranaki or the gnawing of the eastern pipeline cable by a rat are typical problems experienced by telecommunications companies around the globe as they strive to maintain fully reliable services to their customers. To experience two such failures almost simultaneously in such a way as to cause a significant network outage is much rarer, but not an impossible event.
Now that we are so totally reliant upon super-networks that carry every conceivable type of communications traffic, how do we ensure that these networks are as reliable as possible? The talk will consider some of the challenges and approaches being taken to try and ensure that our future networks and services are resilient to failure.

Discussions can continue at the nearby "Backbenchers" after the presentation for those wishing to avail themselves of this opportunity.

PDF flier has extra information on parking.

Location map: http://www.vuw.ac.nz/home/about_victoria/gfx/pipitea_map.gif

Sun Developer Day — 20 March 2007

Presented by Sun Microsystems

Presenters: Matt Thompson, Director of Technology Outreach and Sun's Open Source Programs Office, Sun Microsystems
Angela M. Caicedo, Technology Evangelist, Sun Microsystems
Topics: Next 10 Years: What is going to happen in the Computer Science/Computer Engineering areas and how to be prepared for it?
Developing Java ME applications using Sun's open source platforms
Sun University Program: Objectives and Benefits of participation
Time: 11am-1pm. A free lunch served at the talk.
Venue: Massey University, Wellington, Block 5, Level C, Room 12 (5C12) - Entrance A, Wallace St
Speaker biographies avalible as PDF flier

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