Prizewinning Computer Science Students for 2012

14 December 2012

Once again, Computer Science Department celebrated its annual tradition of holding a prize-giving event early in December. Prizewinners and sponsors alike were welcomed and commended by the Head of Department, Professor Gill Dobbie. The Computer Science Department heartily congratulates all the winners and sincerely thanks our sponsors.

The New Zealand Computer Society (now known as The Institute of IT Professionals NZ) Cup and Shield was awarded to Jeremy Meese. The prize was presented by Lech Janczewski who is Associate Professor at the Department of Information Systems and Operations Management, a Fellow of the NZCS and a long-standing and respected committee member of the NZCS Auckland Branch.

The Computer Science Department also awards prizes to the top students in each of the programmes that it offers. The winners were as follows:
Top students in the Bachelor of Science in Computer Science:
Jeremy Meese, Michael Robertson and Qianyu (Mary) Gao
Top student in the Graduate Diploma in Science in Computer Science:
Andrew Wade
Top student in the Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Computer Science:
Lingling Cui
Top students in the Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Computer Science:
Shunjie (Jackie) Zhen

Lee Penkman received The J.C. Butcher Award in Theoretical Computer Science.

Prizes were also awarded to the best students in the Bachelor of Technology in Information Technology programme. The Michael Lennon Award for excellence in in Part IV of the programme was awarded to Siyu Zeng. Yijing Wei was the Winner of the IET (Institution of Engineering and Technology) prize for the best student completing Part III.

The best theses and student papers were also acknowledged. The Best PhD thesis, “Efficient Joins to Process Stream Data”, was written by Muhammad Asif Naeem who was supervised by Professor Gill Dobbie. Jacob Bellamy-McIntyre, supervised by Dr Gerald Weber, received the best Masters Thesis prize for “OpenID and the Enterprise: A model-base analysis of single sign-on authentication”. The Best Student Published Paper was “Kalman-Filter Based Spatio-Temporal Disparity Integration“ by Sandino Pablo Morales Chavez.

Orion is a company whose sponsorship the Department is indebted to. They sponsor both the Orion Award for Excellence in Computer Science and the Computer Science Poster Competition. Jonathan Pulman presented the awards for the Poster Competition to:
First Prize - "Design Eye for the Geek Guy" by Safurah Abdul
Second Prize - "Computational Stereo Vision Applications on Mobile Phones" by Minh Nguyen & Qingnan Liu
Third Prize - "How Fast Does HIV Spread Within a Community" by Denise Kuehnert

The KiwiPlan Scholarships were also presented at this occasion by Tim Walker from KiwiPlan. The winners were Jeannie Kang and Roy Lin.