Congratulations to AUT’s 3MT Finalists!

The AUT 3 Minute Thesis heats have taken place this week, and our brave contestants have given their 3 minute presentations in front of a panel of judges. The top performers in the Masters and Doctoral categories will proceed to the AUT 3MT Finals on Friday August 16th, immediately after our Postgraduate Research Symposium.

The judges noted that this year’s presentations were of a very high quality, and contestants did a great job of nailing the clear, non-specialist language necessary for communicating to a general audience. The presentations were well-paced, and the slides were visually striking. Crucially, no-one went over 3 minutes! All in all, this was a very strong field – so well done contestants.

The 10 finalists are (in no particular order):


  • Saba Tavakolinejad: On the danger of Artificial Intelligence
  • Livvy Mitchell: Home Detention: Couch surfing or job preserving?
  • Devika Gopi: Executive functioning in Stroke


  • Dwayne Woolliams: Changing the world one relationship at a time
  • Najmah Usman: “To have a child free from HIV”: A complex story of HIV-positive women in Indonesia
  • William Caicedo: ISeeU: Visually Interpretable Deep Learning for Mortality Prediction Inside the ICU
  • Peter Jean-Paul: Investigating the viability of Residential Energy Management Systems
  • Mahesh Babu Purushothaman: Shed bias, astute work stress
  • Alena Shannaq: What makes students effective in their studies
  • Isaac Amoah: Bread with vegetables: for that feel full feeling and regulation of blood sugar

The winners will represent AUT at the NZ Master’s Inter-University Challenge in Dunedin (Masters) and the Asia-Pacific 3MT Competition in Brisbane (Doctoral).

So book your free ticket and come along to the AUT 3MT finals on Friday August 16th from 3:25pm-4:45pm to see these star researchers hit the stage! Cast your vote for the audience favourite award, and find out who will represent AUT on the national and international stage. See you there!

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