The chapter chair role has moved to NZ North (last year was in NZ South) and Bruce MacDonald has agreed to fill the role, as planned. There is still US$2000 funding for an initial workshop for the new chapter. The ICCA conference provided some surplus funds in NZ South, estimated at abotu $20K and 40% of this would benefit the chapter. Planned events are listed below. As well as the workshop, four meetings are proposed across NZ, including one DL.
Robotics and Automation workshop
All R&A members will be invited, and also an invitation to IEEE and other mailing lists (ie the local community), as well as government and industry. The budget is for local travel and accommodation of a keynote speaker (US$500+US$300), lunch (US$1200), morning tea (US$400), afternoon tea (US$400) and US$800 to be sought from sponsorship.
Robots for older care
ECE Department seminar to be advertised to IEEE mailing list
Auckland and Christchurch
Planned DL visit organized by NZ South
Wearable Assistive Devices
Visit to Army Bomb Disposal Robots
NZ Central event with IET. Needs to be advertised to IEEE.