The IEEE Young Professionals is an international community of innovative members and volunteers.
Members of this community are interested in elevating their professional image, expanding their
global network, connecting with peers locally and giving back to the community. Originally this
group was referred to as GOLD - Graduates of the Last Decade. The NZ Central Section created a
GOLD Affinity group before adopting the new title of
Young Professionals. A brief history of the
GOLD Group is presented below following the topic describing the current Young Professionals
Affinity Group in the NZ Central Section, office bearers and planned events for the coming year.
Young Professionals in NZ Central Section
In 2014, the IEEE changed the designation of this group from GOLD to Young Professionals.
The NZ Central Section made the name change as required and this group continues to the present day. The current
chair and vice-chair are given below. Events organised by this group are regularly featured on the Central Section
home page. Past events can be viewed as part of the Section's record of past events
Young Professionals 2020
Dr Bach Hoai Nguyen received his BSc with First Class Honours and the PhD in computer science at Victoria University of Wellington,
New Zealand in 2015 and 2018, respectively. He is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Engineering and
Computer Science at Victoria University of Wellington.
His research focuses mainly on evolutionary computation, feature selection, feature construction, multi-objective optimisation
and transfer learning.
Dr Nguyen is a member of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society (CIS). He is currently the Chair of the IEEE Task Force
on Evolutionary Feature Selection and Construction. He has been serving as a reviewer for over 10 international journals and
conferences in the field such as IEEE TEVC, IEEE TCYB, Swarm and Evolutionary Computation, AAAI, IJCAI, IEEE CEC, GECCO and SEAL.
Dr Lensen received his BSc, BSc (Hon 1st class), and PhD degrees in Computer Science from Victoria University
of Wellington (VUW) in 2015, 2016, and 2019, respectively. He is currently a lecturer at School of Engineering and Computer Science, VUW.
His current research interests are mainly in the use of evolutionary computation for feature manipulation in unsupervised learning, with a
particular focus on the use of genetic programming for manifold learning, clustering, and feature synthesis. He also maintains an interest
in other areas of AI, including neuroevolution, image analysis, and hybridisation of evolutionary and probabilistic AI techniques.
Dr Lensen is a member of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society. He has been served as a reviewer for several international conferences,
including the IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation, and international journals, such as the IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation
and the IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics.
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Fangfang Zhang received
her B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from Shenzhen
University, Shenzhen, China, in 2014 and 2017, respectively. She is
currently pursuing a Ph.D. degree in computer science with the School
of Engineering and Computer Science, Victoria University of Wellington,
New Zealand. She has over 20 journal and conference papers. Her current
research interests include evolutionary computation, hyper-heuristic,
job shop scheduling, and multitasking optimisation. Miss. Zhang is a
member of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society and Association
for Computing Machinery, and has been severing as reviewers for top
international journals such as the IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics, and
conferences including the IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation. She
is also a committee member of the IEEE NZ Central Section.
Please watch this space for more upcoming events as well as events
relevant to the wider Central Section Community listed on the main home page of the Central Section.
The YP group of IEEE NZ Central Section is going to hold an event (a panel discussion) about
"Transitioning from Academia to Industry" at Victoria University of Wellington. We have invited four speakers who obtained
their PhD degrees from Victoria University of Wellington and Massey University. They are currently working in the industry
and very happy to share their experiences with our young professionals.
The group would like to invite our section members to join the event. Your participation is an honour to the YP group. Any feedback would be
greatly appreciated to benefit the hosting of better events in the future.
The event details are as follows (or you can see the attached flyer).
Date: 6:00-7:00 pm, Tuesday 17 November 2020
Venue: AM106, Alan Macdiarmid Building, Victoria University of Wellington, Kelburn Campus
Title: Transitioning from Academia to Industry: a Panel Discussion
- Dr Shima Afzali, Data Scientist, Contact Energy Ltd
- Dr Samantha Arazi, Data Scientist, Kāinga Ora - Homes and Communities
- Dr Chanjief Chandrakumar, Senior Policy Analyst
- Dr Yiming Peng, Senior Data Engineer, Chorus NZ Limited
The YP group would like to thank the IEEE NZ Central Section and Victoria University of Wellington for sponsoring for the event.
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GOLD (Graduates of the Last Decade) Group
The IEEE NZ Central GOLD group was formed in late 2011 to cater to the professional development
of young IEEE members in the section and young professional engineers in the Wellington region. The group organised
career development talks by successful engineers, professional development seminars and workshops as well as events
related to current developments in
engineering and technology.
The original GOLD committee consisted of three
young engineers working in Wellington:
Rahul received his BE(Hons) in electrical engineering from the University of Auckland in
2007, and his Masters in electrical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 2010. He is currently working as a
Radio Spectrum Planning Engineer in the NZ government and previously worked as an Engineering Consultant at Kordia.
He is also currently the industry relations coordinator of the NZ Central section. His previous IEEE involvement has been in the NZ North
GOLD group, the IEEE Central Texas section and the University of Auckland student branch. His interests outside work include playing
cricket, golf and tennis.
Chuan-Zheng received his BE(Hons) in electrical and electronic engineering from the University of
Auckland in 2010, and has since worked as a Signal Processing Engineer for Aviat Networks. He
is also currently the secretary of NZ Central Section. In previous IEEE roles, Chuan-Zheng has
served as chair of the University of Auckland Student Branch, programme director for the Region 10 Student/GOLD/WIE
Congress Auckland 2011, GINI Co-ordinator for Australia and New Zealand and has sat on the
Region 10 Student Activities Committee. Outside of work, his interests include debating and running.
Treasurer & Secretary
Jeremy joined the IEEE NZ Central GOLD committee as a founding member in 2011,
having previously been an IEEE member for 8 years. Jeremy graduated with a B.Eng(Hons) followed by a M.Eng at the University of
Canterbury. He has since worked in a variety of roles, including video image processing in Christchurch, network optimisation
software in Melbourne, LTE PHY development in Germany, and is currently a Senior Software Engineer at Aviat Networks in Lower Hutt.
his interests outside work include watching sport and playing Hockey, and trying to improve his German language skills.
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