Year 3 project proposals 2008/9

 

 

WMLH-1 Software support for Rabies surveillance in Tanzania

 

This is a project with Dr. Katie Hampson of Animal and Plant Sciences.

 

Data on incidents of rabies in Tanzania is collected and used for a number of public health issues.

 

The data contains records of individual patients, when they have been bitten, when they present to the health service and their location etc. Some of this data is incomplete and contradictory, for example an individual may use different names on different occasions at different health centres.

 

Map and graph samples

 

This data is stored in a database and is regularly updated, this is a time-consuming process. A system is needed that can automate this process, resolving conflicts and integrating the data reliably. This might involve the use of pattern matching or machine learning techniques.

The output of the data would present summary statistics, graphics etc. See the web site below for an idea of what is currently done:

 

http://www.who.int/globalatlas/DataQuery/default.asp

 

The system needs to be very user friendly and independent of expensive technology and accessible with limited internet facilities.

 

 

WMLH-2 Modelling and simulating social networks

 

New techniques for building large-scale models of individual behaviour and networks are available one FLAME (Flexible large-scale Agent-based Modelling Environment) has been built in Sheffield.

 

http://www.flame.ac.uk

 

We will use this to build a number of models of social networks and to see how they work in the light of different strategies and environmental conditions.

 

FLAME is partly written in C and so some simple C programming will be involved.

 

WMLH-3 How do you test a spreadsheet?

 

Spreadsheets are a bit different to other types of software application and are used by many millions of people who have limited IT knowledge.

Consistent estimates from empirical studies of spreadsheets in numerous business and industrial applications show that 40-50% of these spreadsheets contain serious errors.

 

How can we provide support in making spreadsheets more easily and effectively tested?

 

Advice is available eg.

http://www.meadinkent.co.uk/xltestingandmapping.htm

http://www.sysmod.com/

 

Can we turn such advice into a tool that would tell then users if the advice was not being followed?

 

WMLH-4 Making agent-based simulations look realistic

 

New techniques for building large-scale models of individual behaviour and networks are available one FLAME (Flexible large-scale Agent-based Modelling Environment) has been built in Sheffield.

 

http://www.flame.ac.uk

 

This project is about putting a suitable graphics front end onto the framework so that the simulation data looks realistic. One area of research is on the behaviour of ants when foraging in a scene with trees and other plants and landscape features.

 

WMLH-5 Creating your own business

 

Do you have an idea for some software-based business that you would like to develop?

 

For someone with a good idea the dissertation could be used to develop the idea, build appropriate software either an application with a suitable market identified or some software infrastructure that could be exploited suitably - and to explore the options for setting up your own company.

 

The White Rose Enterprise Centre is able to give professional advice about setting up a business also Genesys could help.

 

In the first place contact me to discuss this.