Associate Professor Sally Jo Cunningham

Associate Professor (Computer Science)

Qualifications: BA BS Tennessee PhD Louisiana

Contact Details

Room: G.1.27
Phone: +64 7 838 4402
Extension: 4402

About Sally Jo

I received degrees in Computer Science and Asian Studies from the University of Tennessee, and a PhD in Computer Science from Louisiana State University. I have been a lecturer with the University of Waikato since 1990.

Research Interests

My research interests include, machine learning, digital libraries, computer education and computer applications in textiles. Current activities can be grouped into two main headings:

Machine learning:

I am a member of the Waikato ML research group, and am particularly interested in applications of ML to text databases.

Computing education:

Areas of focus here include research into factors encoraging/discouraging the participation of women in tertiary computing education programs; the effective use of conferencing systems in computing courses; and an examination of library and writing anxiety in computing majors.

Recent Publications

  • Daoud, M., Mayo, M., & Cunningham, S. J. (2019). RBFA: Radial Basis Function Autoencoders. In 2019 IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation (IEEE CEC 2019) (pp. 2966-2973). Wellington, NZ. doi:10.1109/CEC.2019.8790041

  • Cunningham, S. (2019). Interacting with personal music collections. In N. G. Taylor, C. Christian-Lamb, M. H. Martin, & B. Nardi (Eds.), Information in Contemporary Society. iConference 2019. Lecture Notes in Computer Science Vol. 11420 (pp. 526-536). Cham: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-030-15742-5_50

  • Hinze, A., Bainbridge, D., Cunningham, S. J., Taube-Schock, C., Matamua, R., Downie, J. S., & Rasmussen, E. (2018). Capisco: low-cost concept-based access to digital libraries. International Journal on Digital Libraries, Online First, 1-28. doi:10.1007/s00799-018-0232-3

  • Bainbridge, D., Hinze, A., Cunningham, S. J., & Downie, J. S. (2018). MEDDLEing with digital library searches: surmounting user model and system misalignments through lightweight bespoke proxying. In Proc 18th ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL 2018) (pp. 409-410). Conference held Fort Worth, Texas: ACM. doi:10.1145/3197026.3203873 Open Access version:

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