Sunday, April 5, 2009

NZCSRSC ’09 is almost here!!

NZCSRSC ’09 is less than one day away! We hope you are all ready for an great week here in Auckland! Get ready to be inspired, to share your research, to learn new skills and to meet other research students from all around the country!

We have an exciting programme planned for the week beginning with a Powhiri, our official welcome, at 4.30pm. Following this will be the Endace Opening Dinner with a performance from the Auckland Playback Theatre.

Over the rest of this week you will have the chance to hear about the cutting edge of research in Computer Science here in NZ through student presentations and the poster session. You will also hear from keynote speakers, Dr. Alan Blackwell from the University of Cambridge, J.P. Lewis from Weta Digital and Assoc. Prof. Poul Nielsen from the Auckland Bioengineering Institute and Department of Engineering Science here at the University of Auckland. Our keynote speakers are all very active in the research community here in NZ and around the world and are sure to inspire us with their knowledge and experience.

There are many opportunities for you to participate in NZCSRSC ’09. You will have the chance to attend a range of workshops aimed at building your skills in research and beyond. See here for more details. Also during Wednesday lunch we will be running discussion groups. This is a chance for you to discuss interesting topics in Computer Science with like-minded conference participants. See here for more information.

Of course NZCSRSC ’09 would not be complete without the Orion Health Social Night! On Tuesday night we will whisk you away for a pleasant dinner cruise around Auckland harbour. It’s a night to relax, enjoy the beautiful views and the wonderful company.

On Wednesday is our industry dinner. This is a mix and mingle event where we have invited companies to set up stalls with information and students are invited to visit each stall and chat with industry representatives about their experiences in the ICT industry.

All in all we are set for an exciting, action packed week! So safe travelling for those of you coming from afar. We can’t wait to see you all here tomorrow!!