Engage with us

Engage with us

The Department of Computing is committed to furthering our collective success by welcoming new students, researchers and stakeholders into our community.

As an immensely popular field, we open our doors to high school students looking to learn more about the many opportunities available at Macquarie University. We have also established a training program for high school teachers to grasp an understanding of our teaching methods, expertise and capabilities.

The department continues to enjoy our unique initiative as a purpose-built hub that brings industry partners, students of all levels and academics of various backgrounds together.

If you’d like to find out more about events, seminars, and other ways we can engage with you, please contact us.

Engage with us- 2018-19

13.12.2018 Summer Vacation Scholarship

The Department of Computing invites applications for a Summer Vacation Scholarship to carry out a research project sponsored by Auraya Systems [https://aurayasystems.com/] a local company who are world leaders in voice biometrics.

The scholarship is a full time position and will run for 5 weeks from early January 2019.  You will work on campus but will have some interaction with Auraya and may be given access to their software for evaluation.  The scholarship provides a tax-free stipend of $500 per week. Please see the Terms and Conditions of the award and the selection procedure.

The successful candidate will be selected based on academic merit and suitability to the project.  To apply, please send an email to fse.compquery@mq.edu.au with the following attachments:

  • A cover letter
  • A copy of your academic transcript
  • Your CV

This is a late-breaking opportunity and we need to make a selection very quickly, so applications close at 5pm on Tuesday 18th December 2018.

Please contact Steve Cassidy if you have any questions.

The project:

Classify Audio Channels using Machine Learning

Voice biometrics use audio recordings to identify and verify the identity of individuals.  This  made more difficult by the variety of recording devices and transmission channels that are in use.  To improve system performance, we need examples of different kinds of noisy speech recordings.

In this project you will artificially create new channel specific audio from an existing database of clean audio. This might be done by mixing in noisy audio, by applying reverb and echo, or by filtering different frequencies. There are open source tools to assist with this, including open source noise databases.

Next, you will design and implement a computer program to classify audio as coming from one of the generated (or clean) audio databases. You may use the ArmorVox speech biometric product or an algorithm of your own choosing (or a combination).

Things to consider:

  • Noisy audio should be created with a wide variety of noise samples so the classifier does not just pick regularities in the noise.
  • How much or how little of the audio is needed to make a good classification?
  • How many different channels should be created? Should they match the characteristics of known channels such as mobile phones, hands-free, headsets, in-car, etc?

Duration: 5-6 weeks

29.11.2018 Computing Industry Networking Event

The 2018 Computing Industry Networking event was a showcase of the Department's achievements. There was a presentation by an invited industry person from SAS Australia. Selected student groups presented their projects conducted during the semester. Throughout the evening, Computing PhD Candidates displayed a poster summarising their research.

For more information about the event programme visit https://www.mq.edu.au/about/about-the-university/faculties-and-departments/faculty-of-science-and-engineering/departments-and-centres/department-of-computing/computing-industry-networking-event

Summer 2018 Computing Undergraduate Research Track workshops

The Computing Undergraduate Research Track is a series of bi-annual workshops where academics from Macquarie University and experts from outside the University mentor outstanding undergraduate students to solve real research problems.

The next workshop is running the 10th to the 14th of December 2018 and will include the following projects:

  • Visualising Connections. Can we show social network data in a discoverable way?
  • Cognition of Coding. How do people come to learn how to program and what cognitive processes aid them in this journey?
  • Automating GSR Data Analysis. Can we write a provably correct algorithm to turn raw GSR data into stress level markers?
  • Playing with certainty. Can we write animations that are mathematically proven to be glitch-free?
  • Processing all way down.  Can we create curriculum-aligned activities for primary and secondary students using the Processing animation/games language?

If you would like to register your interest please contact Dr. Matthew Roberts (matthew.roberts@mq.edu.au).

Big Data Society

For more information about events and how to join, follow the link.

Department of Computing Professional Development Workshop Resources 2018

Click here for resources for the Computing 2018 Professional Development Courses (supported by Google Science Education and endorsed by NESA).

Expression of Interest - Sessional teaching in 2019 S1 and S2

For sessional teaching in S1 and S2 2019, we are now calling for an expression of interest.  Please click here and then follow the instructions as stated in the Casual Teaching Positions Application Guidelines for S1 and S2 2019.  Please submit your application through our online system.  Applications will be closed on 13 January 2019.

Engage with us- 2017

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