Department of Computer Science


External recognition

This is a selection of the more significant achievements of staff and students in the department that have been recognised nationally and/or internationally.

Name Achievements Year
Robert Amor Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Information Technologies in Construction (ITcon - A-ranked by ERA) 2012
  Coordinator CIB W78: working group on Information Technology for Construction 2009-2013
  Coordinator CIB W78: working group on Information Technology for Construction 2003-present
  Board of directors IAI Australasian chapter 2000-2010
Rizwan Asghar Researcher in the MBIE funded project STRATUS 12.2+ Million NZD 2015-present
  Best Paper Award at the 3rd International Conference on Future Internet of Things and Cloud (FiCloud) 2015
  Visiting Fellow at the Stanford Research Institute (SRI), California, USA 2012
  Recipient of TU/e Talent Scholarship 2007-2009
J. Nevil Brownlee Independent Submissions Editor for RFC series 2010-present
  IEEE Internet Technical Award Committee Chair 2008-2010
  IEEE Internet Technical Award Committee  2007
Cris Calude Selected as expert evaluator for Horizon2020 2015
  R. R. Hawkins Award 2013
  Member of the Informatics Section Committee, Academia Europaea 2010-2012
  Hood Fellow, University of Auckland 2008-2019
  Member of Academia Europaea 2008-present
  Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching, Faculty of Science, University of Auckland 2007
  Award for Excellence in Research, University of Bucharest, Romania 2007
  Member of the International Board, Valparaiso Institute of Complex Systems, Valparaiso, Chile 2005-2010
Patrice Delmas Best paper award ACSC 2014 2014
  MBIE PACENET award 2012
  Spark $100k Entrpreneurial Challenge winner (ClickWorld team) 2011
  Spark Ideas Challenge winner (ClickWorld team: 3D from 2D photographs) 2011
  Build IT ICT research publicity award (3rd place) 2008
  Best poster award IVCNZ 2008 2008
  Best paper award IVCNZ 2005; MICAI 05 (2nd place) 2005
  Assoc. Ed. for the Electronic Letters on Computer Vision and Image Analysis 2012-2016
  IVCNZ, Convenor for Image and Vision Computing New Zealand Conference 2006, 2011
  Image Vision Computing New Zealand Conference (steering committee) 2005-2016 
  IEEE Transactions on Man, and Cybernetics  2009
  Pattern Recognition letters 2007-2009-2013-2015 
  Image and Vision Computing 2006-2007 
  IEEE Transactions on Image Processing; IEEE Sensors Journal. 2005-2006 
  Visiting Researcher scholarship, CCADET/Engineering Fac., UNAM, Mexico 2008-2015 
  Visiting Professor INPG-OSUG, University of Grenoble (France) 2010-2014 
  JSPS University of Tokyo fellowship (June-August 2012) 2012
Paul Denny Computering Research Education Association of Australasia Teaching Award for Outstanding Contributions to Teaching 2010
  Universitas 2010 Fellowship (Universitas 21) 2010
  New Zealand Teriary Teaching Excellence Award (Ako Aotearoa) 2009
  Australasian Association for Engineering Education Award for Innovation in Curricula, Learning and Teaching 2009
  The John Henry Award for best paper at ICER Computing Education Research conference 2008
  The University of Auckland Teaching Excellence Award 2008
Michael Dinneen Editorial Board Member for Universial Journal of Applied Mathematics 2013-2016
Gillian Dobbie CORE (Computing Research and Education Association of Australasia) Executive 2009-2010, 2015-present
  Chair of NZ Women in Leadership Steering Committee 2015
  Chair of Marsden Mathematical and Information Sciences Panel 2015
  James Cook Fellowship Panel 2013, 2015
  DASFAA 10+ Year Best Paper Award 2011
  Associate Editor of Journal of Research and Practice in Information Technology 2006-2007
  International Editorial Review Board Member, International Journal on Data Warehousing and Mining, IGI Publishing 2005
  Member of Appointments panel for Chair in Health Informatics 2005
  Member of Appointments panel for L/SL in HCI 2005
Alexei Drummond Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand 2015
  The World's Most Influential Scientific Minds, Thomson Reuters  2014
  Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher (highlycited.com)    2014
  Associate Editor, Molecular Biology and Evolution (impact factor 10.353)  2009-2012
  Mitchell Prize, International Society for Bayesian Analysis   2011
  North and South New Zealander of the Year, Science 2011
  Research Medal, New Zealand Association of Scientists   2011
  Rutherford Discovery Fellow (20112015), Royal Society of New Zealand 2010
  Associate Investigator, Allan Wilson Centre for Molecular Ecology and Evolution 2008-2009
  Hamilton Memorial Prize, Royal Society of New Zealand  2007
Mark Gahegan Member of the Editorial Board, Semantic Web Journal 2011-present
  Member of the Editorial Board, Journal of Spatial Information Systems (JOSIS) 2011-present
  Director, Centre for eResearch, the University of Auckland 2010-present
  Lead Author (PI) of the Science Case and Investment Case that led to the establishment of the New Zealand eScience Infrastructure (NeSI), funded by MSI/MBIE, ($27M)  2010-2012
  ‘W. & R. Miller’ endowed professorship of Geography 2007-2008
  Boeing prize for best published paper in Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, with Dr. Ola Ahlqvist 2007
  Member of the Editorial Board, Spatial Cognition and Computing 2006-present
  Distinguished Fellow Award, University of Hyderabad, India 2006
  Director of the Professional Masters program in Geographical Information Systems (MGIS) and chair of the MGIS advisory committee (2005-2008).  This new initiative is designed to bring high-quality GIS education to those GIS professionals who need to understand more about the tools, techniques and technologies they work with (www.worldcampus.psu.edu/wc/MGIS.shtml).  There are currently about 70 students enrolled in this program. 2005-2008
  Penn State’s Faculty Mentoring Award 2005
  Member of the Editorial Board, Transactions in GIS 2005-present
  Editor, International Journal of Geographical Information Science 2004-2008
Georgy Gimel'farb Guest editor for the special issue on machine learning applications in medical image analysis of the Computational Intelligence and Neuroscience journal 2016
  Member of the Advisory Committee of the IAPR (International Association for Pattern Recognition) 2010-2014
  Guest editor for the special issue on lung imaging data analysis of the International Journal of Biomedical Imaging. 2012-2013
  Area co-chair of Track I “Computer Vision” of 20th IAPR Intern. Conf. on Pattern Recognition (ICPR 2010), August 23 – 26, Istanbul, Turkey 2008-2010
  Co-chair of Track IV “Multimodal Interaction and Multimedia Processing” of 19th IAPR Intern. Conf. on Pattern Recognition (ICPR 2008), Dec. 8 – 11, 2008, Tampa, Florida, USA.  2006-2008
  Member of programme and technical committees for more that 45 international conferences and workshops including the IEEE CVPR 2007, IEEE ICCV 2005 – 2009, IEEE ICIP 2012, IAPR ICPR 2004 – 2012, 2016, ECCV 2004 – 2008, CAIP 2005 – 2013, ACIVS 2005 – 2016, IAPR S+SSPR 2004 - 2012, EUSIPCO 2014, IVCNZ 2005 – 2012, etc. 2005-present
Jing Sun IEEE Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Service, Program Co-Chair of the
12th IEEE International Conference on
2007
Bakhadyr Khoussainov Editor of the Journal for Symbolic Logic. 2014-present
  JSPS invitation fellowship. 2013
  Fellow of Royal Society of New Zealand.  2005
Yun Sing Koh Reviewer for Expert System and Applications 2014-2015
  Reviewer for IEEE’s Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering 2013-2015
  Reviewer for Data Systems for Advance Applications 2011
  Reviewer for IEEE’s Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering 2011
  Reviewer for Data & Knowledge Engineering (DKE), Springer 2011
  Workshop Co-Chair for PAKDD 2011 2011
  Awarded AUT University Vice Chancellor Emerging Researcher Award for 2009 (Only 3 of these awards are given out per year throughout the university) 2010
  Local Arrangement Chair for the Australasian AI Conference in Auckland 2008
  International Reviewing Member for the Malaysian Journal of Computer Science 2008
Sebastian Link The 33rd International Conference on Conceptual Modeling, Workshop Co-chair 2016
  Awarded the degree Doctor of Science in May 2015 by the University of Auckland 2015
  Principal Investigator on the project “A user-centric approach towards data quality management” funded by the Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) 2014-2017
  Recipient of the Chris Wallace Award for outstanding research contributions in 2013, awarded by the Computing Research and Education Association of Australasia (CORE) 2013
  Member of the MIS panel for the 2013, 2014 and 2015 Marsden funding rounds 2013-2015
  Contact Principal Investigator of three Marsden research grants 2006-2007, 2009-2011, 2012-2015
  Editorial Board of the journal Information Systems (ERA ranking: A)  
  Reviewer for 15 world-class journals including ACM Transactions on Database Systems, Information Systems, Computer Journal, Journal of Computer and System Sciences, Journal on Very Large Data Bases (all ERA-A ), Journal of Applied Logic, IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering (both ERA-A) 2003-present
Simone Linz Principal Investigator in the Centre of Computational Evolution Group, University of Auckland, New Zealand. 2016-present
  Associate Investigator, Te Pūnaha Matatini, New Zealand Centre of Research Excellence. 2015-present
  Principal Investigator in the Computational Evolution Group, University of Auckland, New Zealand. 2014-2016
  Founding member of the Marie Curie Alumni Association (MCAA) Working Group on Grants and Awards, a group that supports and recognizes MCAA members in their research initiatives. 2014-present
  Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellowship for Experienced Researchers, awarded by the European Commission. 2011
Jiamou Liu Vice-Chancellor’s Award of Excellence in Teaching (High Commended), AUT 2014
  DCT Learning and Teaching Award 2013
  Vice-Chancellor’s Award of Excellence in Research (Emerging), AUT 2011
  Microsoft Research Fellowship 2008
Christof Lutteroth Best student paper award of the Australian Workshop on Health Informatics and Knowledge Management (HIKM) for “Design of a Virtual Trainer…” 2016
  Faculty of Engineering Student’s Choice Top Teacher Award 2015
  University of Auckland Computer Science best PhD thesis award for supervised PhD thesis “High-Fidelity 3D Structure Recovery Using Hybrid Image-based Modelling” by Justin Minh Nguyen 2015
  Associate Investigator of MedTech CoRE (the New Zealand Centre of Research Excellence for Medical Technology) 2015
  UniServices Research Commercialisation Prize (“BreatheHero” project about gamifying chest physiotherapy) 2015
  Best paper award of the 8th International Conference on Digital Information Management (ICDIM) for “Speeding up SOR Solvers…” 2013
  Best paper award of the IEEE 6th International Conference on Human System Interaction (HSI) in the category Telemedicine and e-Health 2013
  Vice Chair, New Zealand Chapter of the ACM Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction (SIGCHI NZ), 2012-2015
  Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence 2012
  Best paper award of the Australasian User Interface Conference (AUIC) 2012
  Winner of the SPARK $100K Challenge ("ClickWorld” project about imagebased 3D reconstruction for end-users) 2011
  Winner of the UniServices Commercialisation Prize (ClickWorld) 2011
  Winner of the SPARK Ideas Challenge and the UniServices Prize (ClickWorld) 2011
Andrew Luxton-Reilly CLeaR Feelowship - Centre for Learning and Research in Higher Education, University of Auckland 2014
  Best Working Group Report – Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education 2010
Aniket Mahanti Visiting Fellowship (Institutional) Graphic Era University, India  No date in CV
  External Hood fellowship by Lions foundation through University of Auckland 2014
  Silver medal in Kurt Gödel Research Prize competition (by Templeton foundation) 2011
  Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand 2010
  Best survey paper award by the Association of Symbolic Logic
(joint with R. Downey, D. Hirschfeldt, and S. Terwijn)
2010
  New Zealand Mathematical Society Research Award  2009
Beryl Plimmer Program Chair, Visual Languages and Human Centric Computing Conference 2016
  CHI 2015 (Premier HCI Conference) Hon mention award 2015
  Gibbons Lecture Series Invited Presenter. 2015
  Best Paper AUIC 2015
  Editor, Student Special Issue, Journal of Usability Studies 2015
  Best Paper ASCEW [2012 Best Paper, ICCSE 2014
  Associate Editor Computer and Graphics, Elsevier 2011-present
  Build IT Research Publicity Award, 2nd Prize 2009
  Chi 2008(premier HCI Conference) Best Paper 2008
  Build IT, IT Education Publicity Award, 1st Prize 2008
Paul Ralph Guest Editor, Software Engineering Success and Failure, a special issue of Empirical Software Engineering 2016
  Associate Editor, International Conference on Information Systems track on Managing Projects and IS Development 2015
  Associate Editor, Requirements Engineering 2013-2015
  Co-chair, HICSS mini-track on Online Games and Game-like Systems 2017
  Chair, The 5th Intl. Workshop on Theory-Oriented Software Engineering 2016
  Co-chair, HICSS mini-track on Online Games and Game-like Systems 2016
  Guest Editor, Software Engineering Success and Failure, a special issue of Empirical Software Engineering 2016
  Associate Editor, International Conference on Information Systems track on Managing Projects and IS Development 2015
  Chair, The 4th Intl. Workshop on General Theory of Software Engineering 2015
  Co-chair, HICSS mini-track on Organizational Impacts of Online Games 2015
  Co-founder, AIS Special Interest Group for Game Design and Research 2014
  Associate Editor, Requirements Engineering 2013-2015
  Best Paper Award, SAND EuroSymposium 2011 2011 
  Faculty of Business Administration Dean’s Award, Memorial University 2005 
Giovanni Russello Area Editor for Simulation Modelling Practice and Theory, Elsevier. No dates in CV
  Guest Editor for Special Issue for International Journal of Distributed Sensor Networks.  
  Track Chair for the 3rd International Conference on Future Internet of Things and Cloud (FiCloud 2015).  
  Technical Program Committee Co-Chair for the Dependable and Adaptive Distributed Systems in 28th Annual ACM Symposium on Applied Computing (ACM SAC 2013).  
  Organising Committee Chair for the 7th International IFIP Summer School 2011.  
Robert Sheehan Faculty of Engineering Student’s Choice Top Teacher Award 2014
Ulrich Speidel Co-chair of the 2008 International Symposium on Information
Theory and its Applications (ISITA2008), Auckland (343 participants, largest
Information Theory event in NZ to date)
2008-present
  Co-chair of the 2005 IEEE International Information Theory Workshop
on Coding and Complexity (ITW2005), Rotorua, (first international Information
Theory conference in NZ)
2005
Ewan Tempero 29th IEEE International Conference on Software Maintenance
2013 Distinguished reviewer
2013
  Best Research Paper, Asia-Pacific Software Engineering Conference 2010
  Best Paper, Advanced Software Engineering and its Applications
Conference
2010
  Best Paper, Australasian Computer Science Conference 2006
Clark Thomborson iSANZ Award, for "Best International Super Star" in Information Security 2015
Ian Warren UoA Spark $100K Challenge Prize Winner 2014
  UoA Spark Ideas Challenge Prize Winner 2014
  Concentus: An Exploratory Environment for Online Collective Application Design, (ASWEC 2014), Best Paper Award 2014
  Deconstructing Graphical User Interfaces for Learning Visual Aesthetics, (ICCSE 2012), Best Paper Award 2012
  UoA Spark Ideas Challenge Prize Winner 2010
Jim Warren Branko Cesnik award for Best Scientific Paper in Australian Health Informatics Conference, Sydney. 2012
  Chair, Health Informatics New Zealand (HINZ) 2008-2010
  Scientific Programme Chair, HINZ Annual Conference and Exhibition 3006-2008
  Chair, Expert Advisory Committee, HISO 10014-2 Online Forms Interfaces Technical Specification 2006-2009
  Key Researcher, CRC for Enterprise Distributed Systems Technology Supplemental Funding; South Australia Node Director, 2003-2005 2003-2006
  Foundation Fellow, Australasian College of Health Informatics 2002-present
Ian Watson Co-Chair 20th International Conference on Case-Based Reasoning, Lyons, France 2012
  Best Paper Award 19th International Conference on Case-Based Reasoning, London, UK 2011
  Chair of the Industry Day 19th International Conference on Case-Based Reasoning, London, UK 2011
Gerald Weber Information Director of the ACM Proceedings of the VLDB Endowment 2008-2015
  Best paper award of the 8th International Conference on Digital Information
Management (ICDIM) for “Speeding up SOR Solvers for Constraint-based GUIs
with Warm Start Strategies”
2013
  General Chair EDOC 2009 2009
  Best student paper award of the 10th Annual Conference of the NZ ACM Special
Interest Group on Human-Computer Interaction (CHINZ) for “AIMHelp: generating
help for GUI applications automatically”2009-2014 Member of the EDOC
steering committee
2009
  Proceedings chair for the 2008 International Conference on Very large Databases,
VLDB
2008
  PC co-chair for EDOC 2008 and AUIC 2008 2008
  PC co-chair for TEAA 2007 2007
David Welch Second most downloaded paper of the year, Journal of the Royal Society Interface 2009
Mark Wilson Editor, NZ Mathematical Society Newsletter 2013-2015
  Managing Editor, Online Journal of Analytic Combinatorics 2012-2015
  Founding member (have served as Director) of Centre for Mathematical Social Sciences,
University of Auckland
2010
Burkhard Wuensche Session Chair, IEEE Industrial Society Conference (IECON 2013-2015)  2013-present
  Program Chair, Australasian User Interface Conference (AUIC 2013-2014) 2013
  Best paper awards at HIKM 2015/16, ACSC 2014, HIS 2013 and AUIC 2012  2012-present
  SPARK Entrepreneurship Competition 100K Challenge – Overall Winner, UniServices Commercialisation prize, Ideas Challenge Winner
2011
  Program Chair, Image and Vision Computing New Zealand (IVCNZ 2011) 2011
  UoA Team Development Award, Robotics Research Group, PI Assoc.-Prof. Bruce MacDonald
2010
  BK21 Visiting Professorship, Kyungpook National University, Daegu, South Korea
2008
  Program Chair, Image and Vision Computing New Zealand (IVCNZ 2011) 2011
  UoA Team Development Award, Robotics Research Group, PI Assoc.-Prof.  Bruce MacDonald
2010
Clemens Zeidler Bedogni fellowship 2015
  PhD thesis certificate of achievement (Dept. of Computer Science, University of
Auckland)
2014
  Best published student paper award (Dept. of Computer Science, University of
Auckland): “The Auckland Layout Editor: An improved GUI layout specification process”
(UIST 2013).
2013