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Departmental News 2016

Kiwi-developed computer science education program gets a big global boost from Microsoft grant.

Kiwi-developed computer science education program gets a big global boost from Microsoft grant.2016-11-22.

A school program for developing computational thinking skills is being given a major global boost, thanks to a new grant announced today by Microsoft NZ. The program was developed by Tim Bell and his team. Read More >>

Red Hat Certified System Administrators

Red Hat Certified System Administrators2016-11-18.

Two departmental programmers, Steven Sykes and Joffre Horlor, are now Red Hat Certified System Administrators, having passed their certification exams.

Teams do well in International Collegiate Programming Contest

Teams do well in International Collegiate Programming Contest2016-10-08.

The ACM ICPC (International Collegiate Programming Contest) Divisional Contest was held on Saturday, with 70 teams from the South Pacific competing. Teams from the department took four of the top six places in NZ.   Read More >>

Fundamental contributions to Pyrex recognized

Fundamental contributions to Pyrex recognized2016-09-15.

Server dedication recognises contribution Read More >>

Computer science in the curriculum a dream come true

Computer science in the curriculum a dream come true2016-07-22.

Professor Tim Bell had a dream 20 years ago, that computer science would be part of the New Zealand curriculum. Read More >>

Completed PhD

Completed PhD2016-07-20.

Congratulations to Mohammed Algarni who successfully passed his
oral PhD exam today, defending his thesis on “Light Morphology and Arabic Information Retrieval”. Well done to the whole team (including the supervisory team)!

UC expert welcomes 'important' digital curriculum

UC expert welcomes 'important' digital curriculum2016-07-14.

Computer science education expert Professor Tim Bell welcomes the news that New Zealand's school curriculum is embracing digital technologies. "It means that students in New Zealand will be empowered to better understand the digital world they work in, and not just be mere users of technology." Read More >>

Computer Science and Te Reo

Computer Science and Te Reo2016-06-24.

Tracy Henderson, from our department, appears in this item on Maori Television,
doing computer science with children in ways that embrace Ngāi Tahu's
cultural beliefs and Te Reo.

Aaron Stockdill Receives Freemasons University Scholarship

Aaron Stockdill Receives Freemasons University Scholarship2016-06-21.

Aaron Stockdill, a CSSE Honours student, has received the prestigious Freemasons University Scholarship. He was awarded $6,000 for his academic performance and his service to the community. Read More >>

Ted Ahmadi Qualifies for $85K Challenge

Ted Ahmadi Qualifies for $85K Challenge2016-06-15.

CSSE PhD student Ted Ahmadi is one of eleven qualifiers for the 2016 Entre $85K Challenge for his proposal for a low-cost wind turbine. Congratulations Ted! Read More >>

Nomination for the best paper award at ITS 2016

Nomination for the best paper award at ITS 20162016-06-12.

A paper authored by Enos Chen, a CSSE PhD student, and his supervisors Tanja MItrovic and Moffat Mathews was nominated for the best paper award at the 13th International Conference on Intelligent Tutoring Systems ITS 2016 held in June in Zagreb, Croatia. The title of the paper is "Do erroneous examples improve learning in addition to problem solving and worked examples".    

PhD success

PhD success2016-05-17.

Philip Quinn successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled “Economic Behaviour and Psychological Biases in Human-Computer Interaction”. Examiners recommended that the degree be awarded without any amendments.  Philip will soon begin his career as a Research Scientist at Google Mountain View, California.  Congratulations Philip!

Award at top conference

Award at top conference2016-05-17.

Andy Cockburn and co-authors from the University of Saskatchewan and Autodesk Research received an Honourable Mention Award at the annual ACM CHI conference in San Jose, California for their paper "Peak-End Effects on Player Experience in Casual Games."

Stellar Achievements of a CSSE Graduate

Stellar Achievements of a CSSE Graduate2016-03-01.

Kiyoyuki Nakagaki, a CSSE graduate, is part of a team which won a Scientific and Engineering Oscar for their MARI system. Read More >>

Prof. Tanja Mitrovic wins the Established Researcher Award

Prof. Tanja Mitrovic wins the Established Researcher Award2016-02-18.

Congratulations to Professor Tanja Mitrovic who was awarded the College of Engineering Established Researcher Award. This award recognises Prof. Mitrovic's work as one of the leading researchers in the field of Computers in Education. Read More >>

UCCSSE keeps leading the CS in schools initiative with workshop for primary school teachers

UCCSSE keeps leading the CS in schools initiative with workshop for primary school teachers2016-01-26.

As part of a pilot study, 29 teachers (mainly from Christchurch) got together to share ideas for teaching Computer Science in NZ primary schools. Read More >>

UK research collaborator visits ICTG researchers at UCCSSE

UK research collaborator visits ICTG researchers at UCCSSE2016-01-11.

Dr Devon Barrow, a Senior Lecturer at Coventry Business School UK and a former UC student, visited the department for two weeks in December. Dr Barrow is collaborating with Tanja Mitrovic and Jay Holland (ICTG) on a new constraint-based tutoring system that will teach forecasting.

Paper from CSSE wins best Student Paper Award

Paper from CSSE wins best Student Paper Award2016-01-06.

Jin Hong, Tanja Mitrovic and Kourosh Neshatian have won the Best Student Paper Award at the 23rd International Conference on Computers in Education (ICCE 2015) held from Nov 30 to Dec 4, 2015  in Hangzhou, China, for the paper titled "Predicting Quitting Behavior in SQL-Tutor". Congratulations to Jin, Tanja and Kourosh!

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