Postgraduate Students - Computer Science and Software Engineering - University of Canterbury - New Zealand
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Tieta Putri

I'm a magician who teaches computers how to draw like Van Gogh.

Tieta is studying towards a PhD degree in the field of Non-photorealistic Rendering under the supervision of Assoc.Prof. Ramakrishnan Mukundan and Dr. Kourosh Neshatian within the Computer Graphics and Image Processing Group. Her thesis is titled "Brush Stroke Simulation using Particle Swarm for Impressionist-style Non-photorealistic Rendering".

Research Interests



My main research interest is Non-Photorealistic Rendering, a branch of Computational Creativity which aims to produce aesthetically pleasing images from photographs using image processing and/or artificial intelligence algorithms.


My other research interests are:

- Image analysis

- Evolutionary computing

- Machine learning

- Data mining

- Pattern recognition

- Art history

Personal Interests

Aside from being a Ph.D. student in computer science, I enjoy drawing, singing, choir conducting and playing several music instruments such as piano, violin and oboe. I am also a bibliomaniac who hoard books about (but not limited to) fantasy, science fiction, astronomy, mythology, and history.

Campus Life

I am a part of Computer Chicks, a group that supports women who are studying STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) degree. I am also part of Erskine Singers, a singing group consists of people who are mostly working/studying in Engineering faculty.

Personal History

I was born and raised in Indonesia. Since I was little, I always interested in science and art. When I was 4 years old, I learned how to play the piano using math. It was all started by my mother who wrote integers from 1 to 7 on our piano using dry-erase marker. One day, I figured out that if I press a key with a certain number then add/substract another number, I will get another key with the resulting number, and if I play those two keys simultaneously, they will make a very beautiful sound. A few years later, I learned that those harmonious combination of keys I obtained from substraction/addition are called as chords. Since then, it has always been my dream to be able to convince people that science and art are not two polar opposites. You can create beautiful things with the aid of science, and there are some scientific patterns that can be found in artsy things as well.

Academic History

2006 - 2010: Bachelor of Computer Science, University of Indonesia

2010  2011: Master of Computer Science, University of Indonesia (Cum Laude)

2011 – 2012: Master of Computer Science, RMIT University

2014 – present: Ph.D. in Computer Science, University of Canterbury

Professional History

2008 - 2010: Numerical Analysis teaching assistant, University of Indonesia

2010  2011: Researcher at Pattern Recognition & Image Processing lab, University of Indonesia

2011 – 2012: Researcher at Evolutionary Art research group, RMIT University

2012 – 2014: Lecturer at University of Indonesia

2014 – present: Researcher at Computer Graphics & Image Processing lab, University of Canterbury

Contact Details


Room: Erskine 332

  • Phone: +64 3 364 2362
    Fax: +64 3 364 2569
  • Computer Science and Software Engineering
    University of Canterbury
    Private Bag 4800, Christchurch
    New Zealand
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