See the latest CeRV news below.
A CeRV Member at NASA, USA
Associate Professor Barbara Bollard from the School of Science has been invited to visit NASA at California USA, actually to the same NASA facility where her father (New Zealand-born aerospace expert John Bollard) worked at in the 1970s.
Over the past couple of years, Barbara has battled the icy chills of Antarctica as well as the scorching heat of the Namibian desert while doing research on environments. Her expeditions caught the eye of NASA and of the SETI Institute (an organisation that searches for extraterrestrial intelligent life). Following her visit at California, NASA and SETI will join Barbara on her next trip to Namibia and observe how the technologies developed by her research team could assist in finding life in a harsh environment such as on the surface of Mars. (See: https://auti.aut.ac.nz/news/Pages/watch-from-namibia-to-nasa.aspx)
A Student from SXAU Receives his AUT Masters Degree
Our student Mr Zhe Liu from the School of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences receives his MCIS degree from AUT for his contributions to his thesis entitled “Comparative evaluations of image encryption algorithms”. Mr Liu was one of the first cohort of graduates of the joint programme between AUT and SXAU (Shanxi Agricultural University, Shanxi China). After he received his bachelor degree in 2016, Mr Liu completed his masters thesis in a short time frame. Mr Liu is a top-ranked student in his masters study.
Chief Scientist of Institute of Automation, SDAS China
The title “Chief Scientist” of the Institute of Automation (IA), Shandong Academy of Sciences (SADS), was bestowed on Professor Klette during a short visit to Jinan, China, beginning of February 2018. During this visit, Professor Klette also attended the signing procedure of an MOU between SDAS and AUT. In 2017, Professor Klette was already listed in the “Double-Hundred Talent Plan” of Shandong province, China; he received now his medal of the Quancheng Friendship Award, the highest award of Shandong province for foreigners (there had been 8 recipients of this award in total in 2017). During this short visit to Jinan, he also had the opportunity to drive on the world’s first photovoltaic highway.
A Distinguished Visitor from Peking University
CeRV welcomed Professor Tiejun Huang’s exciting talk at AUT Tower on 31 January 2018. A numerous audience, listening with great interest in the meeting room, saw demonstrations of retina signals, showcasing world leading research in neuromorphic computing. Professor Huang is the Head of the Computer Science Department, Peking University, being one of the top two universities in China. His research areas also include video coding and image recognition. Professor Huang received his “Distinguished Young Scholar of China” award in 2014; he also became a Distinguished Professor of the Changjiang Scholar Program, awarded by the Ministry of Education (MoE) of China in 2015. Professor Huang is the General Secretary of the Artificial Intelligence Industry Technology Innovation Alliance and the Head of the delegation of China for the multimedia standardization organization MPEG (ISO/IEC JTC1 SC29/WG11).
Kickoff of Calls for AVSS 2018
AUT’s CeRV will release the Call for Challenges, Call for Workshops, and Call for Papers one by one for the International Conference on Advanced Video and Signal-based Surveillance (AVSS 2018) which will be held at Auckland in November 2018. Most chairs and program committee members have been confirmed already with the organization committee, and took their positions for serving the attendees. With the keynote speakers to be confirmed soon, the conference will gradually take shape. Auckland will welcome all experts in intelligent surveillance, digital forensics, cyber security, privacy preservation, and related areas to join in with us for this annual highly-ranked IEEE conference (the previous AVSS issue in 2017 took place in Italy).
Dr Chien from CeRV Center
PhD student Hsiang-Jen (Johnny) Chien recently successfully defended his thesis and will graduate from CeRV. Dr Chien joined AUT in 2015, coming from the University of Auckland by following his supervisor, Professor Klette, to be part of the research at the CeRV research center. His tremendous contributions include his top-steam projects during his work at Daimler A.G., Germany, on self-driving cars, and in visual odometry for UAVs, collaborating with National University of Kaohsiung, and for smart vehicles, collaborating with Wuhan University, China. Dr Chien received several best-paper awards, for example at CVGIP’14 and CAIP’17.
Internet of Vehicles for Smart Cities
Following redhot research projects for smart cities, a conference proceedings on IoV (Internet of Vehicles) has been published by Springer International. The proceedings are associated with an international conference (IOV 2017) which took place at Kanazawa, Japan, from November 22 to 25, 2017. Being a program co-chair of this conference, Professor Klette from CeRV identified this conference as being a top-stream one in research for currently emerging smart cities.