Milestones in the 50 years of Computing at the University of Waikato.
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The Department of Computer Science was founded.
The first computing courses are offered.
The School of Computing & Mathematical Sciences is founded: comprising the Department of Computer Science and the Department of Mathematics and Statistics
The first Computer Science PhD at Waikato was awarded to Venu Krishnamurthy: “Instruction Systolic Arrays for Exact Parallel Linear Algebraic Computation.”
Official opening of G Block by Geoffrey Palmer, Prime Minister of New Zealand.
Computer Science, Mathematics and Computer Services were able to occupy the same building. Planning of R Block began, in order to house computer labs.
R Block is opened by Simon Upton, Minister of Research, Science and Technology – with dedicated computer laboratory space.
We began teaching computer science in te reo Māori with 0657.113 Ngā Tautono Rorohiko. Later courses included 0657.124 He Tomokanga ki te Ao Rorohiko and 0657.234 He Puāwai ki te Ao Rorohiko.
Design joined the School of Computing Mathematical Sciences with the Bachelor of Computer Graphic Design (BCGD): a conjoint degree offered by the University of Waikato and The Wanganui School of Design.
Māori artwork was commissioned to celebrate 30 years of Computer Science. The work was created by Reen Katipa, a kuia from Ngāti Raukawa and was titled Ngā Kete o te Wānanga. Displayed on the first floor of G Block it comprises four tukutuku panels and a kōwhaiwhai design.
The first students start the Software Engineering programme in the Bachelor of Engineering (Hons).
First edition of How to Build a Digital Library (Witten and Bainbridge).
Ian Witten received the Namur Award for the development and application of the Greenstone digital library software system. The award was conferred by the International Federation of Information Processing Societies for
“outstanding contribution with international impact to the awareness of social implications of information technology”. Ian’s Award Lecture was titled Democratizing information: Digital libraries, developing countries, and information for all.
Waikato hosts the 6th Asia Pacific Conference on Computer Human Interaction (APCHI 2004) in Rotorua. Keynote talks by user experience experts Don Norman and Susan Drey.
Ian Witten awarded the 2005 Hector Medal by the Royal Society Of New Zealand for “major contributions to many areas of computer science”.
The Weka team, led by Ian Witten and Eibe Frank, wins 2005 ACM SIGKDD Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery Service Award: the “highest service award in the field of data mining and knowledge discovery”. The award notice stated that the “Weka team has made an outstanding contribution to the data mining field”.
Second edition of Data Mining: Practical Machine Learning Tools and Techniques (Witten and Frank).
The Department of Mathematics organizes the Australia and New Zealand Industrial and Applied Mathematics conference (ANZIAM 2005) in Napier.
The Software Engineering programme gains full accreditation from IPENZ (now Engineering New Zealand).
The University signs an agreement with the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic for completing Diploma in Applied Computing students to transfer to a BSc in Computer Science in Tauranga.
Craig Nevill-Manning (PhD, 1996) receives the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University.
Second edition of How to Build a Digital Library (Witten, Bainbridge and Nichols).
Third edition of Data Mining: Practical Machine Learning Tools and Techniques (Witten, Frank and Hall).
The first students start the new Masters of Cyber Security.
First students start the new Bachelor of Design.
Landwehr, Hall and Frank won the Test of Time Award for Logistic Model Trees – published at the European Conference on Machine Learning and Principles and Practice of Knowledge Discovery in Databases (ECML PKDD 2003).
The first MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) from a New Zealand university is launched – Ian Witten presents Data Mining with Weka.
First cohort of students completes the new Master of Cyber Security.
The Master of Information Technology (MInfoTech) degree starts: a Master’s programme with a focus on engagement with industry. The degree includes student internships in local companies.
Fourth Edition of Data Mining: Practical Machine Learning Tools and Techniques (Witten, Frank, Hall and Pal).
CMS students (Hooker, Watson, Newton and Symon) win the Open Government Prize at GovHack New Zealand 2016: a competition to innovate with Government data.
Waikato hosts the 23rd Asia-Pacific Software Engineering Conference (APSEC 2016).
Read, Pfahringer, Holmes and Frank won the Test of Time Award for Classifier Chains for Multi-label Classification – published at the European Conference on Machine Learning and Knowledge Discovery in Databases (ECML PKDD 2009).
New Tauranga campus opens — students can enrol in the first year of the Software Engineering programme in the Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) degree.
First graduates in Tauranga from the BSc in Computer Science.
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You can view all the Graduation Programmes, old copies of Nexus magazine, the University Art Collection and early photos of campus: