Three members of the Software Innovation network were recently successful in securing research funding from the Science for Technological Innovation National Science Challenge (NSC). Jens Dietrich and Amjed Tahir from Massey University will lead a two-year Seed Project investigating how static code analysis can be used to more effectively and efficiently detect vulnerabilities and bugs in software code, with a particular emphasis on developing and delivering demonstrably sound methods and tools. A second project led by University of Waikato SI^NZ member Steve Reeves will look into non-traditional applications of blockchain technology across heterogeneous data sources to deliver record collections that are simultaneously secure and publicly accessible. Each of these two projects was awarded approximately $200,000 in funding and will be undertaken over the next two years.
Launched in 2015, the Science for Technological Innovation NSC is one of eleven such Challenges. It is a 10-year, multi-million dollar government investment aimed at growing a future high-tech New Zealand economy, leveraging the very best research in physical sciences and engineering for long-term economic gain. SI^NZ Deputy Chair Stephen MacDonell is Theme Leader for IT, Data Analytics and Modelling in the Challenge. For more information on the Science for Technological Innovation NSC see http://www.sftichallenge.govt.nz/