Monday 14 April 2008, 3pm (starting in front of the Central Library)
Participants of the NZCSRSC 2008 will gather at the central library steps at 3pm on Monday standing on the UC 'map' plaque embedded in the cobblestones. This plaque shows the map of the old University of Canterbury campus (now the arts centre in the city) and the new University of Canterbury campus, signifying for us the evolution from the past to the present. In spite of the evolution, it is still the University of Canterbury - and its high-level goals and visions are still the same. In the same vein, the NZCSRSC has (and is) evolving with the changes in the ICT world (both academic and industry). However, in spite of that change, the visions and goals of the NZCSRSC remain the same, and we are proud to carry that vision for another year. From this point, we will walk into the conference i.e. to the C-Block lecture theatres - the place where we will be based for the next week.
The opening ceremony will be relatively short. Mr. Norm Withers (the Deputy Mayor of Christchurch) will, on behalf of the city of Christchurch, invite all the participants to the beautiful Garden City. Prof. Peter Jackson (the Pro Vice Chancellor of the College of Engineering at UC) will officially open the ceremony and invite participants to the University of Canterbury. This will be followed by short speeches from Prof. Ian Witten (the Father of the NZCSRSC), Dr. Darin Graham (the Director of the NZi3 and strong supporter of the NZCSRSC'08), and Moffat Mathews (the General Chair of the NZCSRSC'08).
We're looking forward to seeing all of you at the opening!
Supercomputer presentation and tours
Monday 14 April, Straight after the opening ceremony
Tony Dale has BSc (Hons) and MSc degrees from the University of Canterbury.
He has worked in computing since 1985, and he is currently with BlueFern Supercomputing Services, running IBM Blue Gene and p575 systems. Tony's research interests include data modelling, IT failure and article citation rates. For more information on his research, view his bibliography.
BlueFern provides world class supercomputing to researchers in New Zealand and the rest of the world. Bluefern runs the fastest supercomputer in Australasia.
After a presentation about the supercomputer, Tony Dale will be conducting tours (approximately 15 people per group) to see the supercomputer.
Tuesday 15 April 2008, 6pm
The social night is in two parts: the BBQ dinner at 6pm at the UCSA Foundry, followed by the Comedy Night at the Ngaio Marsh, upstairs in the Ngaio Marsh Theatre.
The social night promises to be a night of fun and relaxation... and lots of laughs. Meet with fellow attendees over the BBQ dinner. There will be music - some provided by a local Jazz trio and the rest provided by you (Remember to bring your instruments!). We're also looking forward to the traditional Tim & Ian music items. The Comedy Night at the Ngaio Marsh will also be in two parts - the first by the Court Jesters and the second by the Aranui Theatre Company.
Wednesday 16 April 2008, 3:40pm - 5:55pm
The NZCSRSC Workshop this year offers eight interesting, informative, and educational topics. Choose from topics that affect your Present or your Future. Join us for these interactive, casual sessions held on Wednesday 16 April.
Registration to the NZCSRSC 2008 includes the NZCSRSC Workshop.
Wednesday 16 April 2008, 6:00pm
The Industry Event is in two parts: dinner with short talks from our premium sponsors at 6pm at the UCSA Upper Common Room, followed by the industry mixer at 7pm at the HIT Lab.
Thursday 17 and Friday 18 April 2008
The CSUnplugged Workshop will run from 2pm Thusday (17 April) to 1pm Friday (18 April). Please be aware that this Workshop requires separate registration to the NZCSRSC'08 main conference. Everyone (including those not registered for the CSUnplugged Workshop) is welcome to attend the first session on Thursday 2pm (straight after lunch).