During meetings between supervisors and their students, usually a progress
report on their tasks, plans and problems is recorded. This is done manually on
paper forms. It will be a good idea to create a database for recording tasks
with their deadlines and reports of progress and a web interface for accessing
and updating the data. This application will be used by myself for managing my
supervisions (PhD, MPhil and final year projects), but may have applications
for research office of DMU at later stages. You will need a good knowledge of a
database management system (MySQL, Oracle or Access), a good knowledge of HTML
and some scripting language (PHP, Perl or VB).
This web based personal organiser will have extra facilities such as reminders
for exams, paper deadlines, etc. in addition to standard features such as
address book, calendar and tasks. User will be notified about deadlines by
email or by a short message to a mobile. Adding data to the software will be
through a Blogger-like interface.
Parsing data files with mixed format is time consuming. The aim of this
project is to design an interactive tool similar to Excel's "Text to
Columns..." facility, but with more flexibility and portability. The first
stage of this project is to investigate useful characteristics of such
This software will catalogue removable and non-removable disks and will allow
advanced searches based on filenames combined with logical operators,
regular expressions and will find close matches if no exact match was found.
This project will require the collection of data from the administration
departments in DMU and producing the data files for examination timetabling
problem. The most important part of the project is finding the constraints of
the problem in DMU and to represent a solution (derived by heuristics) in an
specific format suitable for STARK visualiser. This will produce a nice
visualisation for the solution of the problem.
This project involves investigation of an appropriate visual model for a
neighbourhood search algorithm and its implementation. Selection of the
programming language, neighbourhood search method and the example will be based
on student background and interests. The result of this project could be used
as a teaching tool to demonstrate the dynamic of the search to other students
in AI courses.
This is an alternative approach to the previous project, where MS excel and its
macro language are used to show the calculations of a neighbourhood search
algorithm. Software will be designed as a plugin for Excel and it will
accept description of an initial solution (array), specification of moves,
selection and acceptance criteria and objective function and will produce all
the detail of the process by the local search algorithm, which could be
visualised through excel.
The aim is to design a visualisation for examination timetabling based on
clusters and cliques found in the data. User may use this interface for manual
scheduling. This project needs good skills of programming and good Mathematical
In this project a self-organising map neural net will be used to discover
patterns in the data. The data is already gathered from user interactions with
the interface of a scheduling software and neural network will try to match the
sequences of actions of the user with sequences of parameters of the context.
Project will involve reading and understanding self organising map neural
networks, data processing and programming in any programming
In this project genetic programming (GP) approach will be used to discover
patterns of actions of user in the data. The data is already gathered from user
interactions with the interface of a scheduling software and GP will try
to match the sequences of actions of the user with the context of the
problem. Project will involve reading and understanding Genetic programming,
data processing and programming in any programming language.
In this project first the general school timetabling problem for British
educational system will be investigated and a model for this problem will be
built. Then a local search algorithm with be used to create a timetable
for an existing school.
This project will involve studying existing methods for writing add-ons for MS
outlook and will produce a scheduling add-on to schedule the tasks specified by
a user. The scheduling algorithm will be extendable, but will start with a
simple heuristic for scheduling.