Upcoming Aotearoa New Zealand events
GNI Project Symposium ’09
An invitation has been issued by Melanie Middlemiss to the GNI Project Symposium ’09 to be held from 8.30 am – 5 pm on Friday, September 4, 2009, at the School of Business, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. Online Registration is free but must be completed before 5pm, Friday, August 14.
The one day symposium has been designed to bring together academic and telecommunications and internet industry leaders to discuss current and future issues relating to convergence in the ICT and Telecommunications arena.
Discussion topics will include: Next generation networks and LTE convergence; Evolved Packet Core; IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS); Applications and services; WiMAX-LTE; Architectures and standards for service development and operation, such as JAIN SLEE; Multimedia telephony and service convergence; Integration of real-world services and applications within virtual worlds and augmented reality systems; Convergence of the network core vs. convergence on the application layer; Next generation web and telecommunications services;
The Global Network Interconnectivity (GNI) Project was established at the University of Otago in 2006 to develop expertise, provide knowledge sharing and conduct activities supporting new ICT technologies that contribute to telecommunications, multimedia, and information systems convergence.
The Project currently runs the alpha release virtual world Grid ONGENS.
This is an experimental Grid set up in the ONGENS Test Bed Facility between Otago University and Canterbury University to explore the possibilities of Virtual Worlds and Web3.D technology.
This grid is currently running the OpenSimulator software, and utilises the high-speed KAREN (Kiwi Advanced Research and Education Network) connectivity between New Zealand’s tertiary institutions, and research organisations.
The GNI Project plans to develop this Virtual World Grid into a New Zealand National Virtual World Grid initiative, and is seeking funding and expressions of interest to be involved in this project.
One of the “development” sim islands in the ONGENS virtual world
Teaching and Learning +
eFest 2009 conference
The New Zealand Teaching and Learning Conference and eFest are joining forces for 2009. The combined conference will held Wednesday, September 30 – Friday, October 2, 2009 at UCOL in Palmerston North, New Zealand. It will have an “Open Space” unconference day on Tuesday, September 29.
The conference themes are “Teaching excellence – excellence in teaching” and “The changing role of the teacher in the 21st century”.
Speakers at the conference proper are scheduled to include Dr Angie Farrow (pictured left), a senior lecturer at Massey University, New Zealand specialising in drama and creative processes, and a playwright, Colin Cox, Colin Cox, currently the only Master Trainer of Neuro Semantics in the world, Helen McPhun, a learning and development specialist, Dr Lisa Emerson, a Massey University lecturer and recipient of a Prime Minister’s Supreme Award in 2008 and Paul McElroy, chief executive at UCOL.
The two principal sponsors are: Ako Aotearoa, the National Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence, and UCOL.
You can download the registration form here.
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