Hello!

My name is Andrew Chen. I hope that it's nice to meet you!
- Currently a Venture Associate with Matū, an early-stage science and technology commercialisation investment fund.
- Also a Research Fellow with Koi Tū - the Centre for Informed Futures (formerly known as SciPoDS) at the Unviersity of Auckland.
- Chair of the Return on Science Digital Technologies Investment Committee, and a member of the Auckland Momentum Investment Committee.
- Very part-time digital manager for The Helen Clark Foundation.
- Generally available for consulting work related to practical applications of artificial intelligence and digital strategy, as well as privacy and ethics. I also do talks!

- My PhD Thesis, "The Computers Have a Thousand Eyes: Towards a Practical and Ethical Video Analytics System for Person Tracking", is available online!
[It won a Best Doctoral Thesis prize from the University of Auckland, so it probably wasn't that bad.]
- Speaks proficiently in English, Mandarin, Python, VHDL, C, C++, SQL, MATLAB, HTML+CSS, passably in Java, Verilog, R, Javascript, ROS, and poorly in French.
- Knowledgeable on Computer Vision, Artificial Intelligence + Machine Learning, Embedded Systems + Hardware/Software Co-design, and Robotics.

- Supports robotics education and civics education.
- Makes data visualisations, analyses politics, and (used to write) about chips.
- Interested in entrepreneurship and innovation policy, advises early-stage start-ups, and has founded two education businesses.
- Dabbles in the occasional game of chess (mostly online), and also a board game enthusiast! Currently very keen on the 18xx series of train games.
- Also, I like cats =^_^= Unfortunately, I'm (mildly) allergic to them.

PhD in Computer Systems Engineering (University of Auckland, Aug 2015 - Jan 2019)
Certificate of Proficiency in Te Kakano Māori Language 1 with an A+ (Auckland University of Technology, 2018)
PGCertCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Commercialisation and Entrepreneurship) (University of Auckland, 2015)
BE(Hons)/BCom Conjoint specialising in Computer Systems Engineering (First Class Honours),
                majoring in Marketing and Innovation and Entrepreneurship (University of Auckland, 2010-2014)
International Baccaleaureate Diploma, scoring 40/45 (in the top 10% of candidates around the world) (Kristin School, 2008-2009)
- ATY Chen, M Biglari-Abhari, KIK Wang, "Fusing Appearance and Spatio-temporal Models for Person Re-identification and Tracking", Journal of Imaging, 6(5), #27, 2020.
Full Text: MDPI (Open Access)

- ATY Chen, M Biglari-Abhari, KIK Wang, "Investigating Fast Re-identification for Multi-camera Indoor Person Tracking", Computers and Electrical Engineering, 77, pp 273-288, 2019.
Full Text: Elsevier

- ATY Chen, KIK Wang, "Robust Computer Vision Chess Analysis and Interaction with a Humanoid Robot", Computers, 8(1), #14, 2019.
Full Text: MDPI (Open Access)

- ATY Chen, R Gupta, A Borzenko, KIK Wang, M Biglari-Abhari, "Accelerating SuperBE with Hardware/Software Co-design", Journal of Imaging, 4(10), #122, 2018.
Full Text: MDPI (Open Access)

- ATY Chen, M Biglari-Abhari, KIK Wang, "Context is King: Privacy Perceptions of Camera-based Surveillance", IEEE International Conference on Advanced Video and Signal-based Surveillance (AVSS), 2018.
Full Text: IEEEXplore | Presentation: Poster

- ATY Chen, M Biglari-Abhari, KIK Wang, "Fast One-Shot Learning for Identity Classification in Person Re-identification", IEEE International Conference on Control, Automation, Robotics, and Vision (ICARCV), pp 1197-1203, 2018.
Full Text: IEEEXplore | Presentation: Slides

- ATY Chen, B Tan, KIK Wang, "Mind the Gap: Insights into Student Perceptions During Peer Assessment of Writing", IEEE International Conference on Teaching, Assessment, and Learning for Engineering (TALE), 2018.
Awarded Outstanding Paper (finalist three papers after Best Paper) | Full Text: IEEEXplore | Presentation: Slides

- ATY Chen, S Woodward, M Biglari-Abhari, KIK Wang, "Public Perceptions of Privacy in Surveillance Camera Networks", Journalism, Media and Democracy Conference (JMAD), 2018.
Abstract: PDF

- T Sherwin, M Easte, ATY Chen, KIK Wang, W Dai, "A Single RF Emitter-based Indoor Navigation Method for Autonomous Service Robots", Sensors, 18(2), #585, 2018.
Full Text: MDPI (Open Access)

- ATY Chen, M Biglari-Abhari, KIK Wang, "SuperBE: Computationally-Light Background Estimation with Superpixels", Journal of Real-Time Image Processing (JRTIP), 16(6), pp 2319-2335, 2019 (originally published online 2018).
Full Text: Springer + Springer SharedIt (Free Access)

- Z Salcic, UD Atmojo, HJ Park, ATY Chen, KIK Wang, "Designing Dynamic and Collaborative Automation and Robotics Software Systems", IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics (TII), 15(1), pp 540-549, 2018.
Full Text: IEEExplore

- ATY Chen, J Fan, M Biglari-Abhari, KIK Wang, "A Computationally Efficient Pipeline for Camera-based Indoor Person Tracking", IEEE Image and Vision Computing New Zealand (IVCNZ), 2017.
Awarded Best Paper (based on reviewer scores) and Best Presentation (awarded to top three) | Full Text: IEEExplore | Presentation: Slides

- ATY Chen, M Biglari-Abhari, KIK Wang, "Trusting the Computer in Computer Vision: A Privacy-Affirming Framework", Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), Workshop on The Bright and Dark Sides of Computer Vision: Challenges and Opportunities for Privacy and Security (CV-COPS), pp 56-63, 2017.
Full Text: CVF Open Access + IEEExplore | Presentation: Poster + Slides

- ATY Chen, M Biglari-Abhari, KIK Wang, A Bouzerdoum, FHC Tivive, "Convolutional Neural Network Acceleration with Hardware/Software Co-design", Applied Intelligence, 48(5), pp 1288-1301, 2018.
Full Text: Springer + Springer SharedIt (Free Access)

- Z Salcic, UD Atmojo, HJ Park, ATY Chen, KIK Wang, "A Framework for Designing Dynamic and Interoperable Automation and Robotics Systems", IEEE International Conference on Industrial Informatics (INDIN), pp 683-686, 2017.
Full Text: IEEEXplore

- ATY Chen, "The Language of Immigration" in "Fair Borders? Migration Policy in the Twenty-First Century" edited by David Hall, Bridget Williams Books, 2017.
More Info: BWB

- ATY Chen, KIK Wang, "Computer Vision Based Chess Playing Capabilities for the Baxter Humanoid Robot", IEEE International Conference on Control, Automation and Robotics (ICCAR), pp 11-14, 2016.
Awarded Best Paper in the Robotics session | Full Text: IEEExplore | Presentation: Slides | Video: Youtube

- ATY Chen, M Biglari-Abhari, KIK Wang, A Bouzerdoum, FHC Tivive, "Hardware/Software Co-design for a Gender Recognition Embedded System", International Conference on Industrial, Engineering, and Other Applications of Applied Intelligent Systems (IEA/AIE), pp 541-552, 2016.
Full Text: Springer LNAI | Presentation: Slides

- ATY Chen, "UN Youth New Zealand: Civics Education Outside the Traditional Classroom Context", set: Research Information for Teachers, 3, pp 61-63, 2016.
Full Text: NZCER | More Info: UN Youth New Zealand
- Venture Associate, Matū, 2019-
- Digital Technologies/ICT Investment Committee Member, ReturnOnScience, 2017- [Chair from July 2019]
- Auckland Investment Committee Member, Momentum, 2017-
- Perovskite Ventures, Founding Investor, 2020-
- Mentor, Hack the Crisis NZ, 2020
- Chief Technology Officer, MindsForMinds, 2015-2018
- Founder and Co-ordinator/CEO, ICanB Tutoring, 2010-2013
Editor of Shouting Zeros and Ones: Digital Technology, Ethics, and Policy in New Zealand, BWB Texts, 2020.
 - On the internet, freedom for some never means freedom for all, an excerpt from Kathy Errington and Anjum Rahman's chapter on Reducing Online Harm
 - Techweek panel, moderated by Dr. David Hall and featuring Anjum Rahman, Kathy Errington, Donna Cormack, and Curtis Barnes on their chapters about reducing online harm, Māori data sovereignty, and disinformation
 - NZ a likely target for foreign interference ahead of election, an interview between Curtis Barnes and Jack Tame on Q + A
 - Q&A: Do we need a minister for misinformation?, an interview between Jamie Morton and me in the NZ Herald
 - Online voting pros and cons, an interview between Stephen Judd and Kathryn Ryan on RNZ Nine to Noon
 - Anderson's Odyssey #15, a podcast recording with Jacob Anderson and me
 - Vic Books for Breakfast (13 August), on RadioActive FM (Wellington)
Financial Modelling for Early-stage Deep Tech Companies, MacDiarmid Institute and Return On Science, 2020.
Digital Contact Tracing and COVID-19, Koi Tū - the Centre for Informed Futures, 2020
 - The Trade-offs for Digital Data and Contact Tracing
 - Hard Decisions in Digital Contact Tracing
 - Digital Giants Enter Digital Contact Tracing
 - On Fragmentation of Digital Contact Tracing Registers
 - Invited Talk: Tech for Contact Tracing (with Dr Ayesha Verall and Dr Susan Jack), Otago Global Health Institute Covid-19 Masterclass [Recording]
 - Public Lecture: Digital Technology for Contact Tracing, Koi Tū [Slides, Recording]
 - Media (in approx. chronological order): NZ Herald, RNZ Morning Report and RNZ Article, Stuff, Newsroom, Magic Talk Radio, InternetNZ panel, Newsroom, article written for The Spinoff, RNZ Nine to Noon, Newsroom, The Spinoff, Stuff, Stuff, Newsroom, The Spinoff, RNZ The Panel, RNZ Nine to Noon, The Detail, The Project, Stuff, The Spinoff, Wired UK, Stuff, The Correspondent, Stuff, Newsroom, Newsroom, Stuff, iStart, Koi Tū, NZ Herald, RNZ Lately, NZ Herald, Newsroom, NZ Herald, Newsroom, RNZ Lately, RNZ Lately, Science Media Centre, The Spinoff, Science Media Centre
Government Algorithm Charter, StatsNZ Submission, Newsroom, 2019/2020.
New Zealand Police and Clearview, Newsroom, RNZ, RNZ The Panel, 2020.
Countering Violent Extremist Content Online, DIA Submission, Stuff, 2019-2020.
Evaluating Commercial Potential, MacDiarmid Institute Annual Symposium, 2019.
Idea Articulation, Dodd-Walls Centre for Photonic and Quantum Technologies, 2019.
Future of Work, MacDiarmid Institute Alumni Event, 2019.
Commercial Data Collection / Surveillance, COMMS208 Guest Lecture, University of Auckland, 2019.
Auckland Transport's $4.5m plan could mean 8000 cameras watching the city, Radio New Zealand, 2019. [Interview Audio]
Towards Practical and Ethical Smart Video Analytics, Festival of Doubt, Victoria University of Wellington, 2019.
Protecting Privacy by Blocking the Creepy Human Factor, Office of the Privacy Commissioner (NZ), 2019.
Privacy-Affirming Architectures and Cameras, Lunch and Learn, Auror, 2019.
Privacy-Affirming Video Analytics and Camera Surveillance, Lunchtime Talk, ESR (Institute of Environmental Science and Research), 2018.
Algorithmic Bias and Discrimination and Source Code, Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Round 24 Meeting, 2018.
Protecting Privacy Rights through Trade Agreements, Alternative and Progressive Trade Hui, 2018.
Science Communication, Chiasma Chats, University of Auckland, 2018.
New boundaries of camera-based surveillance, Office of the Privacy Commissioner's PrivacyLive Seminar Series, 2018. [YouTube]
"I'm looking at you buddy! Yes, Big Brother is everywhere", Raising the Bar Auckland, 2018. [SoundCloud]
Privacy and Surveillance, for Ready, Steady, Learn on 95bFM, 2018.
Data Privacy, with Ryan Kurte and Ben Tan, for the Prime Minister's Chief Science Advisor's Science Policy Exchange, 2018. [Slides]
Submission on the Privacy Bill (2018).
A Technology Assessment Framework for New Zealand, with Guy Collier, Ryan Kurte, Jerome Ng, and Ben Tan, for the Prime Minister's Chief Science Advisor's Science Policy Exchange, 2017.
The Language of Immigration, a chapter in Fair Borders? Migration Policy in the Twenty-First Century, David Hall (ed), BWB Texts, 2017.
 - An edited extract featured in The Spinoff
 - An interview about some of the concepts in the chapter with Q+A (TVNZ)
 - Panel talks as part of the Festival of Cultures, hosted by the Palmerston North Central Library + PNGHS
 - A breakout session at the NZ Educational Administration and Leadership Society 2018 annual conference [Slides]
 - Panel talks as part of the BWB Winter Talk series, hosted at the Royal Society of New Zealand + Wellington College + Auckland University of Technology
Politics and the polls, a panel discussion at the University of Auckland Faculty of Arts, October 2017
Mashed Calculus and Differential Potatoes (Politics, Statistics, Bikes), 2014-
 - Including our A Policy A Day series, in 2014 and 2017
Young People, Civics, and Political Literacy at The Briefing Papers (AUT), 2016.
The Co-op (Politics), 2015-
Chips of New Zealand (Chips), 2015-16
Solving the World's Most Pressing Problems (about Diplomacy Competition) at Education Gazette (MinEdu), 2014.
Research Projects
INGSA Policy-making Tracker, a project to record policy interventions in response to COVID-19 around the world and the evidence/justification behind those interventions.
INGSA Societal Resilience Project, a project to understand the factors that influence societal resilience and how that interact with each other, in countries around the world.
Digital Technologies for Contact Tracing, a project looking at digital technology approaches around the world in response to COVID-19, particularly in terms of fragmentation and effects on usability/voluntary uptake.
 - Member of the Social Science Research Council's Public Health, Surveillance, and Human Rights Network

Grant Assessment
COVID-19 Innovation Acceleration Fund, MBIE, 2020

Teaching
Graduate Teaching Assistant, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Auckland, 2015-2018 [COMPSYS201, COMPSYS302, ELECTENG209]
Course Design for COMPSYS201, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Auckland, 2015-2018
Course Design for COMPSYS302, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Auckland, 2013-2018
Course Design for COMPSYS701, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Auckland, 2013-2014
Teaching Assistant, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Auckland, 2012-2014 [COMPSYS302, COMPSYS701, COMPSYS704, ELECTENG209]
Teaching Assistant, Mechanical Engineering, University of Auckland, 2011 [MECHENG223]

Supervision
Summer Research Supervisor for seven undergraduate students, Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2018-2019
Summer Research Supervisor for four undergraduate students + assistant for two others, Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2017-2018
Part IV Project Technical Supervisor for three projects, Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2017
Summer Research Supervisor for six undergraduate students, Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2016-2017

Academic Service
Web Chair for the Asian Conference on Pattern Recognition (ACPR) 2019
Reviewer for the Intl. Conf. on Control, Automation, Robotics and Vision (ICARCV) 2018
Web Chair and Reviewer for the IEEE Intl. Conf. on Advanced Video and Signals-based Surveillance (AVSS) 2018
Web Chair and Reviewer for the IEEE CyberSciTech Congress, 2017 and 2018, Reviewer in 2019

Research Assistantships
Research Assistant, Industrial Informatics and Robotics, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Auckland, 2015
Research Assistant, Innovation Communities Project, Management and International Business, University of Auckland, 2015
New Zealand Youth Global Awareness Trust, Trustee (currently Chairperson)
(Other past memberships have lapsed as I slowly change my career direction)
Vice-Chancellor's Prize for Best Doctoral Thesis, University of Auckland, 2019
Students' Choice Top Teacher Awards (Top 15), Faculty of Engineering, University of Auckland, 2018
1st Place, Oral Presentation, Exposure Postgraduate Research Exposition, University of Auckland, 2018 [Video]
Best Paper awards at ICCAR 2016 and IVCNZ 2017
3 Minute Thesis Doctoral Finalist, University of Auckland, 2016
Best Teaching Assistant (based on student voting), ECE Department, University of Auckland, 2016
University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship, 2015
3x First in Course Awards, University of Auckland
Wysocki-Bates Award for outstanding contribution to youth involvement, UN Youth NZ, 2013 and 2014
Best Project, Embedded Systems Category, Part IV Projects, ECE Department, University of Auckland, 2013
2nd Place at VEX Robotics World Championship, College (University) Division, 2012
Volunteer of the Year Award, Kiwibots, 2012