Auckland to showcase its tech sector with AI conference ICONIP 2024


Auckland will host the International Conference of Neural Information Processing 2024 (ICONIP) this December at Auckland University of Technology (AUT).

Last held in New Zealand in 2008, ICONIP is expected to attract more than 300 researchers, scientists, and industry professionals.

Marissa Brindley, Head of Tech and Innovation at Tātaki Auckland Unlimited, says hosting this conference in Auckland is an invaluable opportunity to showcase the region’s technology sector to the world.

“As New Zealand’s economic centre and tech powerhouse, Auckland stands at the forefront of innovation and growth,” said Brindley. “Our thriving tech and innovation sector drives productivity and prosperity, delivering an impressive NZ$13.6 billion to the region’s GDP. Hosting ICONIP is a testament to our region’s prowess in this sector and contributes to Auckland being recognised as a globally competitive tech hub.”

The conference bid was led by Maryam Doborjeh, Senior Lecturer at AUT, with Professor Michael Witbrock from the University of Auckland. Both will act as General Chair for ICONIP 2024, alongside Associate Professor Mufti Mahmud from Nottingham Trent University in the UK.

“New Zealand has been leveraging AI technologies to enhance data analysis, predictive modelling, and decision-making processes across industries such as healthcare, finance, agriculture, transportation and many more,” said Doborjeh.

“For example, AI-driven data modelling techniques have been utilised to analyse agricultural data for optimising crop yields and resource allocation, as well as in financial institutions for risk assessment and fraud detection. AI-driven health data modelling has also been developed for diagnosis and prognosis of health conditions.

“Hosting this prestigious conference in New Zealand can stimulate innovation and research collaboration within the country and worldwide.”