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Virtual Reality / VR
Virtual reality app reduces phobias through NZ trial
"With this VR app treatment, trialists had increased control in exposure to their fears, as well as control over when and where exposure occurs."
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Digital Transformation
LINQ system shows University of Otago could save 10,000 hours of time
LINQ's modelling showed by consolidating five systems into one, the university could reallocate 10,000 hours of time - the equivalent of six full-time staff.
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University of Otago
University of Otago to be anchor tenant for new Datagrid facility
Datagrid's new data centre will comprise up to 10 modules, each spanning 6,500 square metres and provide the university with an easily scalable hosting solution.
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Artificial Intelligence
Govt funds research into solar tsunamis, decolonising algorithms and more
With $187 million in grants going to research across Aotearoa New Zealand, we look at a few of the tech-related projects that have been given funding.
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Health
Could Air NZ use downtime to digitally transform NZ’s health systems?
One University of Otago professor thinks that our national airline could “bring to health what they have achieved with air travel.”
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Education
Kiwi EdTech software innovation goes international
SimPHARM, a state of the art simulation tool developed at the University of Otago and now commercially licensed by a United States-based company.
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Wireless
Breakthrough research to revolutionise internet communication
Every email, cell phone call and website visit is encoded into data and sent around the world by laser light.
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REANNZ
Hawaiki cable accelerates NZ/US collaboration
The REANNZ Hawaiki cable capacity has successfully transferred 37 million files across the Pacific Ocean, revealing massive potential.
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Machine learning
Machine learning is great but does it need regulation?
Otago Uni’s Artificial Intelligence and Law in New Zealand Project think legislation should be a major consideration during the Kiwi AI revolution.
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University of Otago
Nelson biology students work with scientists in the field
"It’s great for students who are making decisions around their careers to spend time in a working lab environment. This is real science in context."
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Business
Otago's online MBA among the world's best
"The Otago Online MBA represents a major breakthrough in business education in New Zealand."
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Government
NZ and Aus govt need to step up online, study finds
"If the Government is investing tax money in these services, then as a member of the public you would expect a response to your queries."
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Social Media
University of Otago hosts 'From State to Social Media' event
National and overseas speakers have been invited to explore the complex and evolving interaction between states and ‘old’ and ‘new’ forms of media.
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Wearables
Can wearable tech predict patient decline?
"Leveraging technology developed for the sports industry could provide an inexpensive way to improve patient care."
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Cyclone Computers
Do dropping tertiary rolls mean slim times for suppliers?
Tertiary enrolments are set to topple going into 2016, but it is uncertain how this will impact the demand for IT resources in the tertiary sector.
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CFO
NZ government launches Ageing Well, the latest national science challenge
Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce has launched the Ageing Well National Science Challenge, one of 11 planned by the government to tackle th
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University of Otago
Kiwi scientists make breakthrough in quantum computer storage
Scientists at the Australian National University (ANU) and the University of Otago have achieved a major breakthrough in computer storage.
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University of Otago
University of Otago providing anytime, anywhere access to virtual resources with Citrix
Cloud technologies, like those we’ve deployed from Citrix, will continue to influence our IT strategy in the coming years as we explore the most secure and economical ways to give staff and students complex flexibility to get their work done, regardless of location or device.
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Apple
New Maori language app to help Dunedin families speak te reo
Aki is a free Māori language vocabulary and phrase-learning app for iPhones and iPads that involves participants in an interactive game. Its aim is to develop Māori language skills.
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Apps
App leads researchers to publishing opportunities
"HelpMePublish is like a marketplace for information between journals and researchers with research showing that 80 per cent of the information that journals give us is information they don't put on their websites."
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Education
Academics to ‘hack’ an open textbook
This weekend, academics from New Zealand and Australia will collaboratively write – or hack - an open textbook
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Apps
App brings surgery to smart phones
Students, aspiring surgeons and serious gamers can now use their iPhone to try their hand at surgery using the new Bonedoc app from the University of Otago.
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Education
Otago University joins eduroam wireless network
University of Otago is the latest New Zealand campus to join eduroam.