University of Canterbury Computer Science & Software Engineering (UCCSSE)

The department of Computer Science and Software Engineering at the University of Canterbury

The department of Computer Science and Software Engineering (CSSE) at the University of Canterbury has a strong international reputation. It teaches courses that are reviewed regularly against international standards, and its graduates are in strong demand. The lecturing staff are also active researchers, and have one of the best records of research publications in the Pacific region. Please refer

Operating as usual

13/06/2024

Another busy day for and our Computer Science Education Research Group who spent the day of inspiring students at St Margeret's College to follow a pathway into computer science.

Photos from University of Canterbury Computer Science & Software Engineering (UCCSSE)'s post 11/06/2024

Canterbury Digital Technology Teachers (CDTT) alongside and our Computer Science Education Research Group put on a Canterbury Girls Programming Workshop over the weekend.

It was an afternoon of building a sense of community, completing programming challenges and growing their programme skills for 40+ year 9 -13 students.

This workshop is designed to inspire participation in the Canterbury Programming Challenge on Saturday 22nd June.

Christchurch app developer recognised by tech giant 07/06/2024

Congratulations to former student Devin Davies who was recognised with a 2024 Apple Design Award for Interaction. This category recognises "intuitive interfaces and effortless controls".

Devin launched his Crouton app in 2019, which allows users to store recipes in one place, use multiple timers, convert measurements, scale recipes, and plan meals.

Read more about Devin's story here: https://www.thepress.co.nz/business/350180697/christchurch-app-developer-recognised-tech-giant

See all the winners here:
https://developer.apple.com/design/awards/

https://www.thepress.co.nz/business/350180697/christchurch-app-developer-recognised-tech-giant

Christchurch app developer recognised by tech giant Devin Davies had been a follower of Apple since he was a kid, then Apple followed him.

Photos from University of Canterbury Computer Science & Software Engineering (UCCSSE)'s post 31/05/2024

Whakamihi, Dr Rory Clifford!

Rory was nominated and is now a finalist for the Kaitiaki o te Taiao award at awards 2024!

This award recognises contributions to digital projects which have a positive impact on sustainability and te taiao.

We are extremely proud of Rory. He is deeply passionate about contributing to engaging Māori in tech, something he has been doing since his masters.

Recently, Rory was selected for the Ngā Puanga Pūtaiao Royal Society fellowship, a four year research opportunity that aims to empower Māori in new technologies.

Whakamihi, Rory!👏👏

Photos from University of Canterbury Computer Science & Software Engineering (UCCSSE)'s post 29/05/2024

Mahi nui, A/Prof Christoph Bartneck and Prof Elena Moltchanova!

Together they have developed the "Fair Para Swimming Points System", which New Zealand Master Swimming (NZMS) has now included into their official Rules and Regulations.

It is great to see their system is making an impact in making swimming competitions more engaging for para-swimmers.

Photos from University of Canterbury Computer Science & Software Engineering (UCCSSE)'s post 20/05/2024

Last week UC Engineering held the annual Decide Your Discipline event to help 1st year students choose their major.

It was great to see students engaging with our team and exploring the world of possibilities open to computer science and software engineering graduates.

15/05/2024

Recently Prof Matthias Galster (CSSE) presented an interdisciplinary paper at the International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE); which he co-authored with Prof Tanja Mitrovic (CSSE), Prof Sanna Malinen (Uc Business School) Sreedevi Sankara Iyer and Jaafaru Musa ( previously UC Postgraduates) and Jay Holland (CSSE Research Engineer).

The paper titled Video-based Training for Meeting Communication Skills received a Distinguished Paper Award!

Congratulations to the team!👏👏👏🥳

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Speak up, stand together, stop bullying!
Everyone belongs 😀

Join us for a week of raising awareness of the need to stand up against bullying.

02/05/2024

Our newly formed HCI Digital Fabrication Research Group (FabLab) at CSSE - lead by Dr Aluna Everitt – collaborated with our friends The Green Lab to create an interactive sound system for a multi-sensory nature play area in the Red Zone.

This project run by PhD student Connor Hamilton, for the , involved creating a touch interactive tree trunk that played native bird song audio. Check out the event highlights Avon-Ōtākaro Forest Park.

Find out more about our new CSSE Digital Fabrication Lab and Dr Aluna's research on emerging tech here: https://alunaeveritt.com/.

Photos from University of Canterbury Computer Science & Software Engineering (UCCSSE)'s post 24/04/2024

The Occlusion project team from the Computer Vision Group recently enjoyed a trip to Lincoln University to learn about grapevine biology. As most of the team are computer scientists, this lesson was useful in learning about the different parts of the plant and what happens in different seasons.

Thank you, Amber Parker and the team at Lincoln University.

https://ucvision.org.nz/grapevine-biology-lesson-in-lincoln/

Photos from University of Canterbury Computer Science & Software Engineering (UCCSSE)'s post 19/04/2024

Congratulations to Dr Sam Schofield!

Last week Sam graduated with his PhD, and as is tradition, we celebrated with an informal afternoon tea and Toki presentation.

It was inspiring to hear of Sam's journey from joining our second Software Engineering cohort to becoming an integral part of the UC Computer Vision Research Group.

Whakamihi, Sam.

16/04/2024

The UC Vision Underwater ROV team enjoy some stunning Nelson weather on their March field trip.

This was a very successful trip with lots of data collected. The ROV scanned mussel rope lines at the mussel farms in Tasman Bay. Autonomous scanning was refined to the point where UC Vision can accept early adopters; a massive milestone for spinning out our research into the real world.

Check out more pictures of the field trip on the team's blog: https://ucvision.org.nz/underwater-rov-fieldwork-in-nelson-march-2024/

11/04/2024

CSSE would like to congratulate Dillon Pike who won first in graduating class for Software Engineering,
Well done, Dillon!

Photos from University of Canterbury's post 10/04/2024
Photos from University of Canterbury Computer Science & Software Engineering (UCCSSE)'s post 22/03/2024

Thank you to our industry project sponsors who met with the software engineering final year students to discuss their projects proposals.

It was fantastic to see the students getting so excited by the opportunity to collaborate with industry.

20/03/2024

Register now for Google’s Tech Careers event via Careers on Air on Tuesday 9th April at 1:00pm - 2:00pm AEST.

Join online for an event designed for technical students in Australia and New Zealand, where experienced Google engineers share their career journeys and insider insights. This is your chance to gain invaluable knowledge, ask your burning questions, and get to know what it's like to join and work at Google. For those who can’t make the live session, there will also be the option to watch the recording on demand.

Register at https://goo.gle/3VlRtef

14/03/2024

Congratulations to UC Emeritus Professor Krzysztof Pawlikowski and Barbra Pawlikowski who have received the following awards from The President of Polish Republic 👏❤🤍

🎖 Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland – Krzysztof Pawlikowski
🏅 Knight’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland – Barbra Pawlikowski

They were awarded for their “outstanding contributions to democratic changes in Poland, and activities on behalf of the Polish community in New Zealand”.

Gratulacje!

06/03/2024

Associate Professor Christoph Bartneck and his research team Dr Andrew Vonasch, Benjamin Lebrun and Sharon Temtsin, investigated the use of Large Language Models (LLMs) such as ChatGPT and Gemini to complete online questionnaires.

“The biggest danger is the hidden manipulation of our political and scientific processes. If a small number of bad actors can bias data collection, then the survey results are no longer representative and the foundation of the social sciences and public consultation is in danger,” says Associate Professor Bartneck.

Read more about the research here:
https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/news-and-events/news/2024/online-surveys-under-threat--how-ai-can-corrupt-society-

Photos from University of Canterbury Computer Science & Software Engineering (UCCSSE)'s post 01/03/2024

Recently we ventured over to the UC staff club for an informal celebration of Prof Tim Bell's CNZM recognition. It was fantastic to hear from those who work so closely with Tim, all with a unique story of how he has made such an impact.

Thank you to all who joined us to celebrate.

Photos from University of Canterbury Computer Science & Software Engineering (UCCSSE)'s post 28/02/2024

The countdown is on!

The Aotearoa | New Zealand Bebras Challenge kicks off on the 18th March.

Speak to your teachers about getting your school involved.

We encourage everyone to have a go! have some fun! and exercise those computational and logical thinking skills!

Information for teachers can be found here: https://bebras.nz/index.php?action=content&id=40

22/02/2024
Photos from University of Canterbury Computer Science & Software Engineering (UCCSSE)'s post 14/02/2024

The Aotearoa | New Zealand Bebras Challenge is back for 2024!

The Bebras Challenge introduces computational thinking to students all over the world, in over 50 countries. This is a way for students to engage with computational thinking regardless of their prior experience. In fact, it's best not to prepare!

The challenge is open to all students from Year 3 to 13. Each participant gets 45 minutes to answer a set of multiple-choice questions that focus on computational and logical thinking skills.

We encourage everyone to have a go!

Information for teachers can be found here: https://bebras.nz/index.php?action=content&id=40

Dolby Atmos, Imax Innovations Among Scientific and Technical Academy Award Recipients 09/02/2024

Congratulations to Marcus Schoo (graduate of CSSE) who recently became the recipient of an Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Scientific and Technical Academy Award.

Marcus, along with Oliver Castle, received this award for the design and engineering of Atlas, and Keith Lackey for the prototype creation and early development.

"Atlas’s scene description and evaluation framework enables the integration of multiple digital content creation tools into a coherent production pipeline. Its plug-in architecture and efficient evaluation engine provide a consistent representation from virtual production through to lighting."

Congratulations!

Dolby Atmos, Imax Innovations Among Scientific and Technical Academy Award Recipients A total of 16 achievements will be feted on Friday, Feb. 23 The post Dolby Atmos, Imax Innovations Among Scientific and Technical Academy Award Recipients appeared first on TheWrap.

Photos from University of Canterbury Computer Science & Software Engineering (UCCSSE)'s post 29/01/2024

Late last year the Jack Erskine Building was named a winner of Te Kāhui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects Enduring Architecture Award

The judges said, "As a structure that predicted and solved many contemporary architectural problems, the Erskine Building is as equally relevant 25 years on as it was on completion.”

Read about the awards and this amazing building here:
https://architecturenow.co.nz/articles/winners-announced-2023-new-zealand-architecture-awards/
https://architectus.co.nz/work/mathematics-statistics-and-computer-sciences-building/

Photos from University of Canterbury Computer Science & Software Engineering (UCCSSE)'s post 25/01/2024

Last week CSSE held an interactive workshop for the WiECAN programme (a 5-day Women in Engineering residential programme).

60 year 12 students from around NZ participated in our computer science and software engineering escape room. It was great to see that everyone enjoyed the activities as much as we enjoyed creating them.

Thank you to the faculty, students and graduates who helped, and to who sponsor this important event.

Check out the WiECAN programme here: https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/study/academic-study/engineering/uc-engineering-outreach-for-schools/wie-can

UC Engineering

Photos from University of Canterbury Computer Science & Software Engineering (UCCSSE)'s post 19/01/2024

Today we enjoyed some coffee and cake at morning tea to celebrate Prof. Richard Green's 20 years of service!

An incredible milestone achieved by a fantastic colleague!

10/01/2024

We’re extremely proud to share that Professor Tim Bell was awarded the Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM) in the New Year Honours List, for services to computer science education.

Tim's contributions date back over 40 years; completing his PhD in Computer Science from UC, he helped come up with the data retrieval techniques that are used in current search engines, and co-published books that became required reading for Google employees. Tim also co-wrote, with Michael Fellows and Ian Witten, Computer Science Unplugged, which has been translated into 30 languages including Te Reo Māori. He has worked with the Ministry of Education to establish computer science in New Zealand schools from 2011. Most recently Tim created CS-At-Home and CS-At-a-Distance during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Congratulations Tim, a well-deserved recognition of your amazing efforts!

The website for the Computer Science Unplugged project contains kid-friendly online courses, activities and pintables, https://www.csunplugged.org/en/

Read more:
https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/news-and-events/news/royal-recognition-for-canterbury-computer-science-lecturer
https://www.dpmc.govt.nz/honours/lists/ny2024-cnzm

14/12/2023

CSSE would like to congratulate Prof Andrew Cockburn for his 30th work anniversary.

An incredible milestone!

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The department of Computer Science and Software Engineering (CSSE) at the University of Canterbury has a strong international reputation. It teaches courses that are reviewed regularly against international standards, and its graduates are in strong demand. The lecturing staff are also active researchers, and have one of the best records of research publications in the Pacific region.

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