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Andrew Lensen

Senior Lecturer in Artificial Intelligence | Pūkenga Matua, Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington

Andrew Lensen received the BSc, BSc (Hons 1st class), and PhD degrees in computer science from Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, in 2015, 2016, and 2019, respectively. He is currently a Senior Lecturer (Pūkenga Matua) in Artificial Intelligence (Atamai Horihori) in the Evolutionary Computation and Machine Learning Research Group within the School of Engineering and Computer Science.

His core research interests centre around explainable AI, genetic programming, unsupervised learning (nonlinear dimensionality reduction), and real-world/interdisciplinary AI in New Zealand. He is also interested in the social and ethical implications of AI and aspects of deep learning, such as embedding/manifold learning methods. He has a number of collaborations on "AI for good", which investigate the use of AI in biology, legal decisionmaking, nutrition, and more.


  • 2023–present
    Senior lecturer, Victoria University of Wellington
  • 2020–2022
    Lecturer, Victoria University of Wellington


  • 2019 
    Victoria University of Wellington, PhD
  • 2015 
    Victoria University of Wellington, Bachelor of Science (Hons, 1st Class)