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Notices & News

  • More than 100 of New Zealand’s mathematical scientists met in Auckland in late June and early July to use mathematics and statistics to solve industry problems. A week-long workshop was held as a way for companies to pitch their problems to people from around the region who then worked collaboratively to generate practical solutions through modelling, statistical analysis or computation.

    Companies to attend the event included white ware manufacturer Fisher and Paykel who wanted to optimize the operation of their clothes dryer, fresh produce packing company Compac Sorting wanting a solution to a calibration issue with their spectroscopic systems and start-up crime prevention company Eyedentify needing to improve their crime prevention algorithms. Others in attendance presenting problem challenges were dairy giant Fonterra, national grid operator Transpower and farm management group Livestock Improvement Corporation. For more see

    Event organiser Professor Emeritus Graeme Wake says the first workshop was a success with the teams reporting excellent progress at the end of the week. “More work will be required to complete the solutions but follow-on discussions are already being planned” Professor Wake says.

    The collaborative groups transform how industries see and approach problems. It’s a fast, effective and productive avenue for them to use.  Further the large number of postgraduate students present had hands-on experience of handling industry and community based problems using mathematics and statistics.

    Other contributors to the workshops include the NZ Mathematical Society, Callaghan Innovation, the ANZ Industrial and Applied Mathematics Group, KiwiNet, Te Pūnaha Matatini – a Centre of Research Excellence in Complex Systems and Networks, ANZ Industrial and Applied Mathematics group and the Mathematical Sciences Group of AUT University.

    Coverage from the week-long event is in various media. KiwiNet, who partnered running the event with Massey University, provided short videos on Youtube, see

    Also providers like Callaghan Innovation have posted blogs, see


    Pictured are the invited speakers (except Professor Shaun Hendy, University of Auckland who was absent at the time), from left: Dr Maria Bruna (University of Oxford, UK), Professor Emeritus Graeme Wake (Director of the event), Hon Ruth Richardson (Chair of KiwiNET) who opened MINZ-SG, and Dr Boris Baeumer (Chair of the NZ Branch of ANZIAM and University of Otago).

    Pictured are the invited speakers (except Professor Shaun Hendy, University of Auckland who was absent at the time), from left: Dr Maria Bruna (University of Oxford, UK), Professor Emeritus Graeme Wake (Director of the event), Hon Ruth Richardson (Chair of KiwiNET) who opened MINZ-SG, and Dr Boris Baeumer (Chair of the NZ Branch of ANZIAM and University of Otago).


    Graeme Wake

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  • Interested in history of the NZSA? Our online newsletter archive is being extended to include newsletters published prior to 1998.  Available now is the Association’s first newsletter, published in March 1984.  Thanks to Richard Penny for sourcing and scanning the old newsletters!


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  • NZMASP15

    New Zealand Mathematics and Statistics Postgraduate Conference

    Calling all Postgraduate Students studying Mathematics and Statistics …

    visit for information on the annual NZMASP conference, designed to provide a supportive and fun academic environment for students to present their research.

    NZMASP is a great forum to network with fellow postgraduate students, as well providing an opportunity to practice your talk before the NZSA Conference.

    Date: 17-20 November 15
    Venue: Suncourt Hotel and Conference Center, Taupo

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  • 2015 New Zealand Statistical Association Conference

    Tuesday 24 November until Thursday 26 November

    The 2015 NZSA conference will be held from Tuesday 24 November until Thursday 26 November at the Dovedale campus of the University of Canterbury. Again it will be held in conjunction with the Operations Research Society of New Zealand (ORSNZ) conference. The conference will have several keynote speakers, a Young Statisticians meeting, the NZSA AGM, a conference dinner, a statistical education session, as well as usual mix of presentations. At present the conference web site is being developed, but will be available at

    At this time the organisers are calling for expressions of interest to run 1 or half day workshops on either the Monday before, or Friday after, the conference. The workshops would be based in the School of Mathematics and Statistics and thus have access to its facilities. If interested contact the conference chair (

    Also the organisers are giving advanced notice of the option of providing a topic contributed session. This provides the opportunity to organise a session of 60 to 100 minutes comprising of presentations and discussions relating to a single topic. The topic could methodological, subject matter, computing or organisation based. A formal call will be made in July. Again for further information contact the conference chair.

    NZSA15 Conference Committee

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  • Topic:  “Machine Learning/Data Mining research at The University of Waikato”

    Presenter: Professor Bernhard Pfahringer

    Date:  Wednesday, 8th April 2015

    Location: Room B05, Building 303 Science Building, 38 Princes Street, The University of Auckland

    Notice:  Meet Up 04-2015

    Auckland R Users Group is pleased to announce the first meeting for  2015.  Professor Bernhard Pfahringer,  from The University of Waikato, will talk about Machine Learning and Data Mining.  Please note this is not exactly R related.  Bernhard and his research team uses WEKA:

    Bernhard obtained his PhD (Computer Science) from Vienna University of Technology.  He is a committee/board member on numerous Machine Learning communities such as Editorial board member Machine Learning Journal.  And he will drive all the way from Hamilton!

    Please find more details & RSVP on our home page (Under More > Files)

    Hope to see you at the meet up.

    JieFu Yu


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Young Statisticians

Kylie Maxwell, from Statistics NZ, is the Young Statistician’s Representative.

Visit the Young Statistician’s page for more details.

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Last Modified: Tuesday, 10th February 2015