We're All the Same — Only Different

Hans Guesgen
Hans Guesgen holds a diploma in computer science and mathematics of the University of Bonn, a doctorate in computer science of the University of Kaiserslautern, and a higher doctorate (Habilitation) in computer science of the University of Hamburg, Germany. He worked as a research scientist at the GMD in Sankt Augustin from 1983 to 1992, primarily in the area of artificial intelligence and expert systems. During this period he held a one-year post-doctoral fellowship at the International Computer Science Institute in Berkeley, California, where his research focus changed to spatial and temporal reasoning. In 1992 he joined the Computer Science Department of the University of Auckland, where for almost fifteen years he led the AI research group and was involved in projects on constraint satisfaction, spatio-temporal reasoning, fuzzy logic, heuristic search, computer games, health informatics and others. In 2007, he was appointed Chair of Computer Science in the School of Engineering and Advanced Technology at Massey University.

Stephen Marsland
Stephen Marsland has a BA(Hons) in Mathematics from the University of Oxford and a PhD in "Self-Organisation and Novelty Detection" from the University of Manchester, which he completed in 2002. Since then he has spent time at the Santa Fe Institute, the University of Bremen and the University of Manchester, where he was a lecturer in computer science and a researcher in the divison of Imaging Science and Biomedical Engineering. He moved to Massey University in 2004, and was awarded an Early Career research award there in 2005. He is currently an associate professor and the postgraduate director of the School of Engineering and Advanced Technology at Massey University.

Amal Punchihewa
Amal Punchihewa (AM'1989 - M'1992 - F'2002 of IET) was born in Sri Lanka in 1963. He obtained a Bachelor of Engineering, specializing in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering, from the University of Moratuwa in Katubedda, Sri Lanka, with honours in 1986. In 1991 he completed a Master of Electronics Engineering at the Technical University of Eindhoven, The Netherlands, focusing on digital video signal processing. Amal has worked as an engineer in both academia and industry over the past twenty-four years, starting as a computer engineer in 1986. After three years he moved to the broadcast industry, working as a research engineer for the national television broadcaster in Sri Lanka. In 1994 he became a senior lecturer at the University of Moratuwa, before migrating to New Zealand in 2002, where he joined Massey University in Palmerston North. His PhD was on framework for rapid evaluation of image and video compression artefacts objectively. He is a senior lecturer and his current research interests are objective assessment of compression artefacts and image processing for surveillance, multimedia communication and care of the elderly. Amal is a fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, a member of Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand, and a life member of the Sri Lanka Association for Advancement of Science. In 2000 he was awarded the Wimalasurendra award in recognition of the contribution he made to the broadcasting development by the Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka.

Gourab Sen Gupta
Gourab Sen Gupta received his B.E (Electronics) degree from the University of Indore, India, in 1982 and Masters of Electronics Engineering (MEE) degree from the Philips International Institute, Technical University of Eindhoven, Holland, in 1984. After working for 5 years as a Software Engineer in Philips India in the Consumer Electronics division he joined Singapore Polytechnic in 1989 where he worked as a Senior Lecturer in the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. Since September 2002 he has been a Senior Lecturer at the School of Engineering and Advanced Technology (SEAT), Massey University, New Zealand. In 2008 he was awarded a Ph.D. in Computer Systems Engineering for his research on Intelligent Control of Multi-Agent Collaborative Systems. His current research interests are in the area of embedded systems, robotics, smart digital homes, real-time vision processing and sensor applications. He has published over 100 research papers in various journals and conferences. He is the editor of three international journals and has been a guest editor for leading journals such as IEEE Sensors Journal, International Journal of Intelligent Systems Technologies and Applications (IJISTA), and Studies in Computational Intelligence (Special Issue on Autonomous Robots and Agents) by Springer-Verlag. He is a senior member of IEEE.

Linda Chua
(PhD Student)
Linda Chua obtained her BSc(Hons) in Computing from Staffordshire University, UK. She has worked for a few years as a Software Engineer and a Systems Analyst. In 2005, she obtained her Msc degree at Malaysia University of Science and Technology. Upon graduation, she joined Multimedia University as a lecturer. She is currently a PhD student in the School of Engineering and Advanced Technology at Massey University. Her research interests include behaviour recognition, artificial intelligence, machine learning and data mining.

Ayesha Hakim
(PhD Student)
Ayesha Hakim has a BSc(Hons) in Computer Science from Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan, Pakistan, which she completed in 2006. She received a gold medal for reaching the first position in the university and obtaining the highest CGPA record. She worked as a lecturer in computer science (software engineering) in the same university. Along with the lectureship, she spent time working as a software engineer in a multinational company and also established her own software company. On the basis of her excellant academic background, the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan granted her the Indigenous Scholarship to complete a doctrate in computer science. She joined Massey University in July 2008, where she currently pursues a PhD. Her research interests include human-computer interaction, mobile computing and context-aware systems.

An Cong Tran
(PhD Student)
An Cong Tran obtained his BSc in Computer Science from Cantho University, Vietnam in 2001. After graduation, he was employed as a lecturer at Cantho University and his teaching subjects include Object Oriented Programming and DBMS. Along with the lecturer work, from 2001 to 2003, he had an associate position at Cantho University Software Center in the role of programmer, project team leader and system analyst. In 2005, he received the scholarship for his MSc at Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand by Ministry of Education and Training of Vietnam. He completed his MSc in 2007 and was awarded the Hisamatsu Price for Outstanding Student in Computer Science by AIT.  In 2008, he again received a PhD scholarship of Ministry of Education and Training of Vietnam and he is currently a PhD student in the School of Engineering and Advanced Technology at Massey University. His research interests include human behavior modeling and reasoning, context-awareness system.

Frank Xu
(PhD Student)
Luofeng "Frank" Xu received his Bachelor of Information Sciences (Hons) with First Class Honours from Massey University, New Zealand. He is currently a PhD student in the School of Engineering and Advanced Technology at Massey University. His research interests include data mining, artificial intelligence and machine learning.