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Transpower-sponsored research laboratory launched at Lincoln University
Lincoln University’s ability to work with industry and research organisations providing quick, effective answers to
complex computational problems gets a boost from Monday/today (4 Dec.) thanks to national electricity transmission
company Transpower New Zealand Ltd.
Funding from Transpower has seen the launching (Monday 4 Dec.) of a dedicated computational laboratory within Lincoln
University’s Centre for Advanced Computational Solutions (C-fACS).
The centre, established in June last year, offers state-of-the-art computational solutions backed by world class
scientific research. It was formed to provide task specific, integrated solutions to emerging industry problems from the
perspective of a broad scientific base, and it can operate quickly, effectively and without large corporate overheads.
Now, with the addition of the Transpower-sponsored laboratory, the centre’s capability has been boosted significantly.
“The link with Transpower is an example of the sort of fruitful interactions with industry which C-fACS aims to
develop,” says Centre chairman Professor Don Kulasiri of Lincoln University.
“These interactions will be developed on an equal partnership basis to solve industry problems and use them as a basis
for advanced research so that we also provide next-generation solutions. At the same time the interactions allow us to
expose our postgraduate students to real-world problems, so educationally there is an important function too.”
Among the centre’s governing members is Ramesh Rayudu, a senior research engineer with Transpower who will be based in
the new laboratory.
Ramesh has just completed PhD at Lincoln University with a project which has produced one of the world’s most advanced
frameworks of artificial intelligence for fault diagnosis. The project has been aimed at producing a system for
Transpower that makes fault diagnosis and repairs more efficient and reduces the time that consumers are without power.
His research has been at the high end of artificial intelligence and has pushed the boundaries of existing artificial
Ramesh will now be based at C-fACS in the new Transpower high performance laboratory.
Features of the laboratory include a Beowulf power processing computer cluster and advanced software in hi-spec