Mid-Year-Mini C4SKA Colloquium – 12 July 2018

The New Zealand SKA team welcomed 50 participants to share in the excitement of the New Zealand team at their Mid-Year-Mini Public Seminar on

Thursday 12 July 2018, from 1:00pm to 5:30pm.
AUT University, Building WG, Room 404,
Mayoral Drive, between Wakefield Street and Wellesley Street East,

The seminar contained updates on science and computing related to the international SKA project to which New Zealand is in its 4th year of contribution.  The New Zealand Alliance team members were there for face to face discussions of topics of interest. The seminar included presentations on both the Science of the Universe and Computing for Astronomy. Slides are included for each of the presentations in the programme below.


(last revised 2018-07-09 2:15pm)

1:00pm  Reception and Introduction.

1:15pm  “Recent discoveries which strengthen the SKA science case”Sergei Gulyaev, Director of the Institute of Radio Astronomy and Space Research of AUT.

1:45pm  “What spectral line radio astronomy tells us about the universe”, Stephen Curran, Senior Lecturer of the University Victoria of Wellington.

2:15pm  “Our impacts on CSP and SDP designs”Andrew Ensor,  Director of the NZ Alliance and the Director of HPC Research Laboratory of AUT.

2:35pm  “Last Mile of SDP architectural designs”TN Chan, Director of Compucon New Zealand.

2:55pm  Coffee and Tea Break.

3:25pm  “Testing General Relativity using the Square Kilometre Array”, Willem van Straten, Senior Lecturer at AUT.

3:55pm  “FPGA-based Acceleration of SKA Pulsar Search Modules using OpenCL”, Haomio Wang & Tyron Sherwin, PhD candidates at the University of Auckland.

4:15pm  “Looking forward to SKA Regional Centres”, Jamie Curtis , senior engineer of REANNZ.

4:35pm General Discussions.

5:10pm Seminar Close.


Registration is free of charge (with thanks to Compucon) but is essential for catering and seating arrangements.  We have only 60 seats available on a first come first served basis.

We will need your name, organisation affiliation if applicable, position or role if applicable, and email address.

Click here to register (closed)

Other Information

There are many public car parks in the vicinity of AUT, two close by are

  1. Civic car park on Mayoral Drive and
  2. Victoria Street car park on Kitchener Street.

Walking time to the venue is 10 to 15 minutes. There are several cafes on campus including one in Building WG close to the seminar room.

AUT City Campus Map

(ref: previous events 2017 , 20162015)