Mapping Artificial Intelligence Capability (New Zealand)


AiLab are proud to sponsor and initiate an Artificial Intelligence research project working with a team of Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences (BCIS) students from the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) in New Zealand.

Research Project Overview

This project aims to map the current level of Artificial Intelligence capabilities across New Zealand. Using a variety of research methods, this research will identify companies, institutions and projects that make use of AI-based tools and techniques and the associated AI capabilities analysed. The collated AI capabilities will be mapped (categorised) to help drive informed decision making for AI investment, policies and strategies.

Our group is excited to work closely with AiLab in mapping the Artificial Intelligence ecosystem in Aotearoa (New Zealand). This increased accessibility and spotlight on Artificial Intelligence may advance further developments in this area BCIS Students

Research Project Outcomes

This project aims to deliver an online tool that maps the AI ecosystem for New Zealand and allows users to quickly search and report on current capabilities. The software tool will help aid investment decision making processes and highlight the work and research being undertaken by AI entities across the country.

For further information about this project, please get in touch via our contact form.

Mapping AI Capability Survey

The survey is now closed. Thank you to everyone that completed the survey.

If you are business building or using Artificial Intelligence tools and technologies, please complete the survey that will help identify and map AI organisations, businesses, and capability in New Zealand.

Student Poster Day

Research Project Team

Dr. John Flackett

Project Mentor/Sponsor

Co-founder & Head, AiLab & AI Specialist in Residence, AUT

Emma Berry

Project Mentor/Sponsor

Co-founder & Managing Director, AiLab

Lance Ulale

BCIS Student (AUT) – Studying: Major in Software Development.

Interests: Web development, Artificial Intelligence, Animation, Manga.

Thoughts on the project: This is an incredible opportunity to dive deeper into the artificial intelligence community in Aotearoa while focusing on making this information more accessible.

Win Wongpanichpatom

BCIS Student (AUT) – Studying: Major in Computer Science, Minor in Business Management.

Interests: Artificial Intelligence applications, applied machine learning, Computer graphics and design and practicing guitar.

Thoughts on the project: This is an amazing opportunity for me to research and explore into the AI landscape in New Zealand. Artificial intelligence in New Zealand is relatively new, so a project like this could have a noticeable impact. I am excited to be participating in this project.

Hai Trung Le

BCIS Student (AUT) Studying: Major in Computational Intelligence and Software Development.

Interests: Creative designs, programming, database architectures.

Thoughts on the project: This is an interesting project because its purpose and delivery. It can be considered as an efficient way to connect the Artificial Intelligence ecosystem within New Zealand. This will allow people an easier way to find all information relevant to AI in NZ.

Pankaj Prashar

BCIS Student (AUT) Studying: Major in Software Development and Computational Intelligence.

Interests: Sports, swimming, staying active and exploring different cuisines.

Thoughts on the project: This is a project I am excited to be involved in not only because of its focus on AI but also the opportunity to work alongside AiLab. They allow us to speak with confidence, share ideas and receive constructive criticism.

Lynnx Bolland

BCIS Student (AUT) Studying: Major in Computational Intelligence.

Interests: Exercising, reading, music and meeting new people.

Thoughts on the project: I am particularly enthusiastic about this project that will allow me to put into practice the skills and teachings that I have learned thus far throughout my study. I am excited to learn from my experiences in areas that will help propel me forward into the future.

Why mapping AI capabilities is important

New Zealand will need to cultivate a broader understanding of AI and train more AI practitioners to successfully increase AI adoption rates.” [AI Forum Report: Towards our Intelligent Future]

Event: Building Aotearoa’s Artificial Intelligence Capability

AiLab recently hosted the following virtual panel event that took place during Techweek 2020 with experts from AiLab, AI Forum, World Economic Forum (WEF), Simpson Grierson and AUT discussing the need for building AI capabilities throughout New Zealand.

Our full event page for ‘Building Aotearoa’s Artificial Intelligence Capability’ has further information on the panel discussion, as well as details about the speakers.

Auckland University of Technology (AUT)

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AUT is New Zealand’s second largest university and home to 17 schools and more than 60 world-class research institutes and centres. AUT is ranked #1 in New Zealand for global research impact and #1 for international outlook, reflecting the fact that AUT staff have collaborated on research projects with 140 different countries and worked with more than 5,000 industry partners around the world.

AiLab (Artificial Intelligence Laboratory)

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