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Research Seminar — 1 December 2008

Seminar supported by School of Engineering and Advanced Technology, Massey University

Presenter: Professor Jun Wang
Title: Neurodynamic Optimization: New Models and Selected Applications
Date: Monday, 1 December 2008
Time: 12:30pm (light refreshments served from 12 noon)
Venue: Massey University, Wellington, Block 5, Level C, Room 12 (5C12) - Entrance A, Wallace St
Optimization problems arise in a wide variety of scientific and engineering applications. It is
computationally challenging when optimization procedures have to be performed in real time to optimize
the performance of dynamical systems. For such applications, classical optimization techniques may not be
competent due to the problem dimensionality and stringent requirement on computational time. One very
promising approach to dynamic optimization is to apply artificial neural networks. Because of the inherent
nature of parallel and distributed information processing in neural networks, the convergence rate of the
solution process is not decreasing as the size of the problem increases. Neural networks can be implemented
physically in designated hardware such as ASICs where optimization is carried out in a truly parallel and
distributed manner. This feature is particularly desirable for dynamic optimization in decentralized
decision-making situations. In this talk, we will present the historic review and the state of the art of
neurodynamic optimization models and selected applications. Specifically, starting from the motivation of
neurodynamic optimization, we will review various recurrent neural network models for optimization.
Theoretical results about the stability and optimality of the neurodynamic optimization models will be
given along with illustrative examples and simulation results. It will be shown that many computational
problems, such as k winner-take-all, can be readily solved by using the neurodynamic optimization models.

AGM — 27 November 2008

Date: 27 November 2007
Time: 5:30pm
Venue: InternetNZ Conference Room
Level 10 of Exchange Place
5-7 Willeston Street, Wellington
Guest Speaker:  Mr Geoff Hunt, CEO, Kordia
Agenda and Chairman's Report are now available. Nominations for next year's committee will be taken at the meeting.

Post-Graduate Presentations — 28 August 2008

Time: 2:00 pm – 6:00pm (approximately)
Venue: GB LT1, Pipitea Campus, Victoria University of Wellington
As part of the IEEE New Zealand Central Section’s technical activities we have had a half-day event to showcase engineering post-graduate research work in the region. The event provided post-graduate students who are pursuing their higher degree studies in the areas of engineering and technology in local universities to present their research work and to share their knowledge with other fellow-students and peers. The event allowed networking between students and IEEE members.
Each presentation was time-limited to only 8 minutes with approximately 2 minutes for discussion and questions. Prizes for best presentations were awarded, with food and refreshments available to all participants.
IEEE NZ Central Section sponsored the 2008 membership fees of presenters if they are not already members.

Fibre Optics - the Final Frontier —  2 July 2008

A Joint Institutions Breakfast Meeting

Guest Speaker: Mr Maurice Williamson, National Party spokesperson on Information and Communications Technology
Title: Fibre Optics - the Final Frontier
Date: 2 July 2008
Time: Commencing with breakfast at 7:30am sharp. Finishing by 9am.
Venue: James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor, Room Chancellor 3
Maurice Williamson is the National Party spokesperson on Information and Communications Technology. He has been active in this field of policy for many years and so is well qualified to provide a very informative presentation on the topic of "Fibre Optics - the Final Frontier".

The National Party has already announced their intention to jointly fund a large rollout of fibre optics to the premise with industry over the next 6 years. The intention is to achieve some 75% penetration of homes and businesses during this period of time. It will be interesting to learn more detail about how this highly significant initiative will be undertaken and how the $1.5B which is being put on the table by the National Party will be leveraged to achieve the intended outcome. The challenges in terms of policy positioning, commercial arrangements and the enormous effort required for execution should not be under-estimated. Then there are the issues associated with applications and content to use this significantly enhanced broadband capability and the willingness of the public to pay for such an investment. We expect that Mr Williamson will start to put some "meat on the bones" of the National Party proposal during this breakfast presentation.

For anyone interested in the development of broadband capability in New Zealand, this should be a tremendous opportunity to both hear one perspective on the issues involved and to put some questions to a key leader in this field. This is an opportunity not to be missed! Bring yourselves and your colleagues to this special event, being sponsored by the three leading institutions with an interest in the advancement in ICT in New Zealand:

There was a good turnout from members of all three Institutions and their colleagues. 

Concept and applications of 3D-TOF cameras — 14 April 2008

Presenter: Prof. Stephan Hussman (link to bio)
Title: Concept and applications of 3D-TOF cameras
Date: 14 April 2008
Time: 6 pm
Venue: MARSDEN  Science Tower B, Massey University, Palmerston North (link to map)
In manufacturing-automated quality control, identification, navigation and danger space monitoring the fast and contactless 3D-shape measurement possess a key function. In the first part of the presentation different contactless shape measurement methods are compared and the pros and cons are discussed. Subsequently, the Time-Of-Flight (TOF) range measurement method using PMD-Technology is described. The influence of single noise sources on the SNR and the range resolution is derived and a way of calculating the optical power of the desired illumination source is shown. At the end of the seminar industrial application examples are presented.

Voice and Data Provision: A new alternative — Friday 14th March 2008 

This presentation was organised in conjunction with the IET Wellington network.

Date: Friday 14th March 2008
Time: Light lunch at 12pm followed by the talk at 12:30 and conclusion by 1:30
Venue: Transpower House, 96 The Terrace, Wellington
FX Networks is an ISP and intercity network data provider, which is a one
stop shop for bandwidth, fibre, DNS, Mail, Web, VX national VOIP exchange,
and other services.

It owns and operates a fibre optic backbone network throughout the North
Island, with points of presence at major cities in the South Island (via
partners). The fibre network connects Wellington (Citylink and Vector),
Palmerston North (Inspire) Hamilton (LiteUp) and Auckland (Citylink and
Vector). Initial network capacity is 20 Gbps, and is expected to grow to
100-300 Gbps within two years.

For more information please visit:

We look forward to you joining us at this event.

Space Communications Seminar & Workshop — 19 February 2008 

Seminar & Workshop was organised in conjunction with Massey University

Date: 19 February 2008
Time: 10am - 2pm  (Lunch provided)
Venue: Massey University Wellington, Block 5, Level C, Room 12 (5C12) - Entrance A, Wallace St
Map and Advertising Flier (PDF)
10.00 am – 11.20 am
Terahertz Technology for Space & Earth Applications
Presenter: Peter de Maagt
IEEE MTT Society Distinguished Lecturer
European Space Agency, Noordwijk, The Netherlands

11.20 am – 11.40 am
Tea Break
(snacks and drinks will be served)

11.40 noon – 1 pm
International Satellite Technology
Educational Programs: SSETI* and GENSO**
Presenter : Graham Shirville
SSETI Express and ESEO Missions (European Space Agency)

1 pm – 2 pm
Massey University SSETI ESEO Ground Station
(report and discussion)
Presenters : Xiang Gui & Frans Weehuizen
Massey University SSETI Group
*Student Space Exploration and Technology Initiative)
** Global Educational Network for Satellite Operations Massey University SSETI Team
Presentation Abstracts and Presenter Bibliographies (PDF)

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