Huri Whakatau ($85.2K) 2020-2021

Software tends to be engineered without considering the requirements of under-represented groups. In collaboration with Māori and Iñupiat researchers, engineers and participants, we will establish systematic techniques to discover how software should be engineered for (and by) Māori and Indigenous Peoples. We use real software as case studies to evaluate our approach, starting with Huri Whakatau, an online discussion platform. We are developing in collaboration with ASRC Federal to provide a cloud solution to organizations, communities and researchers for assisting small groups of people to effectively reach consensus on ‘hot’ topics.

The project has a budget of $85,200 funded by:

  • $40,000, 2021 Strategic Research Fund (SRF), University of Waikato
  • $8,000, Research Trusts of Dr. Panos Patros, Dr. Tony Smith and AProf. Te Taka Keagan
  • $31,000, in-kind contribution from ASRC Federal
  • $6,000, Summer Research Scholarship, School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences, University of Waikato

ORCA staff and students involved in Huri Whakatau: Dr. Panos Patros, Dr. Tony Smith, AProf. Te Taka Keagan, Dr. Nic Vanderschantz, Dr. Andreea Calude, Chris Symon, Tamahau Brown, Alex Geary, Darcy Cowen, Priyank Vyas, Jarod Govers, Bill Li, Shaan Nagra and Alex Grant.

ASRC Federal staff involved in Huri Whakatau: Dr. Phil Feldman, Aaron Dant

Project Ahuora ($12.5M) 2020-2026

Climate Change: The world and Aotearoa New Zealand are rapidly introducing legislation to mitigate its deleterious effects. NZ passed the zero-carbon emissions law in 2019 and subsequently, published a research bid for an advanced energy technology platform (AETP) to create the new energy systems science required to effectively decarbonize the industrial sector. Answering that call, a group of researchers formed in 2019 led by the University of Waikato and including the University of Auckland and Massey University, proposed Ahuora, which was successfully selected for full funding by the NZ Government.

Abstract: This project aims to create a new Adaptive Digital Twin energy-technology platform (Ahuora), underpinned by the next-generation of energy systems science, that will be accessible to engineering researchers, service providers and industrial site-owners and is essential to decarbonise the process heat sector. Research over the past several decades has shown that decarbonisation of the process heat sector cannot be solved sustainably by a single “silver bullet” energy technology; rather, it demands a range of technologies integrated with an industrial site to form a unified energy system utilising renewable energy. A net-zero-carbon process heat sector will require highly integrated, productive and efficient systems that encompass both the industrial site as well as neighbouring industries, renewable resources and communities.

The project involves researchers from the following research groups:

ORCA's participation in Project Ahuora is on a) researching how such self-adaptive systems should be engineered, b) develop, prototype and evaluate such systems, and c) oversee the software architecture of all the software products developed.

ORCA staff and students involved in Project Ahuora: Dr. Panos Patros, Alex Geary, Chris Anderson, Sara Bahr.

Self-Learning EBike ($31.5K) 2020-2021

Funded by a Callaghan Innovations grant, this collaborative industry project with Nerra Drive Systems aims to prototype a novel AI-based EBike controller that learns the habits of its riders to maximize user enjoyment.

ORCA staff and students involved: Dr. Panos Patros, Tim Oliver, Nic, McAdam

WaiRAS staff involved: Dr. Harish Devaraj

Nerra Drive Systems staff involved: Bruce Thompson