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Professorial Lecture Series

Celebrating Fresh Thinking:

Professorial Lecture Series

Join me in celebrating the very substantive contribution to academe made by Professor Mukundan Ramakrishnan and Professor Andreas Willig in the first presentation in the Professorial Lecture Series for 2020.

Date:               Thursday, 2 July, from 4.30 – 6.00 p.m.

Location:        E14 – Engineering Core

I encourage all staff and postgraduate students to attend this lecture, to actively support our new Professors, and take the opportunity to appreciate the fantastic research being undertaken in parts of the university we may be less familiar with.

Presentation details:

 “Digital Pathology Research in the NZ Context” – Presented by Professor Mukundan Ramakrishnan, Department of Computer Science & Software Engineering.

In the rapidly growing field of digital pathology, several new image analysis and machine learning algorithms are currently being developed for automated extraction and quantification of tissue biomarkers used in pathological evaluations. The application of digital technology in pathology has the potential to transform care of breast cancer patients through improved pathology workflow, early and accurate disease diagnosis and enhanced disease management.  However, despite numerous benefits digital pathology offers for routine diagnosis, its uptake in clinical practice in New Zealand has been slow.  Our research group (Computer Graphics and Medical Image Analysis group, Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering) has established strong research collaborations with anatomical pathologists specialising in breast cancer, and is at the forefront of research and development in this field in New Zealand. This lecture gives an overview of the projects undertaken by the group in the past few years, some of the key accomplishments, and the current state of research.  This lecture also looks at the challenges in the adoption of digital pathology implementation in clinical practice, and discusses how some of the emerging technologies could be used in future for the transition of digital pathology from 2D to 3D tissue specimen analysis.

“Past and Upcoming Research in Wireless Networking” – Presented by Professor Andreas Willig, Department of Computer Science & Software Engineering.

 In the first part of this talk I will focus on wireless body sensor networks (WBSNs), a technology in which a group of sensors is attached to the human body to collect vital signals. These sensors communicate wirelessly amongst each other, using standardized technologies like the IEEE 802.15.4 personal area network. It is of critical importance that this communication is reliable, but unfortunately WBSNs can easily experience interference from other technologies (like WiFi) or from other WBNs using the same technology. We will discuss results on the impact of interference and some ways to manage it.

The second part of this talk is more futuristic. In recent years, drones or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have found numerous applications, e.g. in delivery of goods, aerial photography, asset inspection and other fields. So far, most of these applications have relied on single drones. There is now growing interest in going beyond this and to consider applications of collaborating swarms or formations of drones. We look into some of the communications / networking and coordination challenges that need to be solved to support networks of hundreds / thousands / ten-thousands .. of drones.

Professor Ian Wright

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research | Tumu Tuarua Rangahau

Appointment of General Counsel and Registrar

I am very pleased to advise that we have successfully appointed Adela Kardos to the position of General Counsel and Registrar. Adela comes to us with a wealth of experience and is currently the General Counsel/Head of Legal Services at Christchurch City Council (CCC).  With her Bachelor of Laws with Honours from UC, Adela has been a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand since 2007. She currently manages a team of 16, including 12 lawyers and plays a critical role as a Member of the Council’s Executive Team providing strategic and legal advice on both governance and operational matters.

Adela has been with the CCC for the past 9 years and is looking forward to taking on a new challenge, she has a passion for the Education sector and will be joining us from Monday, 3 August 2020.

UC Science Radio Episode 5: Ending our love affair with plastics

Lightweight, strong, waterproof – plastic is a wonder material, but it’s not so wonderful for nature ???

Learn about what everyday plastic is doing to our environment, where it’s ending up, and how we can fix the problem, with UC environmental chemist Dr Sally Gaw, in Episode 5 of our weekly science podcast UC Science Radio ♻️?

Check out the episode here or listen on SpotifyStitcher | Youtube | Apple Podcasts

Rocking out with volcanoes

UC volcanologist Associate Professor Ben Kennedy, an internationally recognised expert in physical volcanology and award-winning teacher, says his research and teaching are “driven by a love of volcanoes and fuelled by experiments and projects that are fun, exciting and important to society”.

In the latest episode of our weekly UC Science Radio podcast, Ben talks about the science behind eruptions, his travels to the world’s volcanic hotspots, and how teaching can be driven by fun, and games.

Check out our previous episodes, featuring Prof Simon Kingham, Assoc Prof Sarah Masters and Assoc Prof Tammy Steeves.

Listen to UC Science Radio on SpotifyStitcher | Youtube | Apple Podcasts. New episodes every Sunday!

HE KUPU WHAKAMAHARA | Autumn/Winter 2020

He Kupu Whakamahara | Chronicle No.59 went live on Friday 17 April, highlighting some of the excellent recent research and developments at UC, delivered straight to your inbox (no print version this time due to level 4 restrictions). Read it here>

From the maths behind the lockdown, to advice on leading staff through the pandemic – more recently our UC staff, students and graduands are making a difference in the fight against COVID-19 locally and globally.