PhD projects

Current

Supervisor:  Dr Christopher Buckingham 

Start Date: 10/2004
Expected Finish Date: 09/2009 

PhD Project Summary

Title: Concept learning within social organisations

Email:  daltons@aston.ac.uk 

Supervisor:  Dr Aniko Ekart 
Associate Supervisor:  Prof Ian Nabney 

Start Date: 10/2005
Expected Finish Date: 08/2011 

PhD Project Summary

Title: A novel subspace clustering algorithm
Room: MB306
Phone: +44 (0)121 204 3242

Email:  duraczja@aston.ac.uk 
Supervisor:  Dr Michal Konečný 
Advisor:  Prof Ian Nabney 

Start Date: 10/2005
Expected Finish Date: 12/2010

PhD Project Summary

Title: High Integrity Floating Point Computation
Description: The project's aim is to add the ability to verify floating point programs to the SPARK/SPADE language and tools. 
This project is funded by an EPSRC CASE award with Praxis HIS, Ltd. 

Room: MB360
Phone: +44 (0)121 204 3632
Email:  ecclesm@aston.ac.uk 

Supervisor:  Dr Tony Beaumont 
Associate Supervisor:  Dr David Evans

Start Date: 10/2008
Expected Finish Date: 09/2011 

PhD Project Summary

Title: 

Room: MB271
Phone: +44 (0)121 204 3632
Email:  garlicmj@aston.ac.uk 

Supervisor:  Dr Maria Chli 
Advisor: Dr Radu Calinescu

Start Date: 01/2009
Expected Finish Date: 03/2012 

PhD Project Summary

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Description: The project endeavours to study the long-term effects of fair trade markets as well as investigate factors and policies to enhance their fairness and efficiency. More specifically, the goals of the project can be summarised in the following:
  • To produce agent-based market models to simulate traditional and fair trade markets.
  • To investigate how one can construct realistic agents in a fair trade market based on evidence from psychology and insights from moral philosophy.
  • To carry out a set of simulations and what-if scenarios shedding light on fairness and efficiency of each market,  effects of different governmental policies, effects of different retailer policies.

Room: MB360
Phone: +44 (0)121 204 3632
Email:  hegazys@aston.ac.uk 

Supervisor:  Dr Christopher Buckingham 

Start Date: 10/2007
Expected Finish Date: 09/2010 

PhD Project Summary

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Email:  jonesrm1@aston.ac.uk 

Supervisors:  Dr Dan Cornford
Associate Supervisor:  Dr Lucy Bastin

Start Date: 10/2008
Expected Finish Date: 10/2011

PhD Project Summary

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Description: Richard will explore and implement efficient methods for managing workflows in web services which are able to account for uncertainty in inputs and internal parameters, using computationally efficient emulator methods. This work will link with existing workflow tools such as BPEL, and GRID solutions such as Taverna and Kepler. The work will form part of the UncertWeb project.

Email:   maciolrp@aston.ac.uk 

Supervisors:  Dr Yuan Yuan
Advisor:  Prof Ian Nabney 

Start Date: 10/2008
Expected Finish Date: 10/2011

PhD Project Summary

Title: 
Room: MB306
Phone: +44 (0)121 204 3632

Supervisor:  Dr Christopher Buckingham 

Start Date: 10/2003
Expected Finish Date: 12/2006 

PhD Project Summary

Title: Integrating knowledge structures by defining a shared ontology

Email:  radtchev@aston.ac.uk

Supervisors:  Dr Jo Lumsden
Associate Supervisor:  Dr Dan Cornford and  Dr Lucy Bastin

Start Date: 10/2010
Expected Finish Date: 10/2013

PhD Project Summary

Title: 
Description: Victoria will explore the relation between data quality, uncertainty and trust in Earth observation data. In particular, she will develop mechanisms for communicating trust, via the use of triggers, to user of Earth observation data, using both desktop and mobile computing devices. She will also consider the communication of data quality to users of Earth observation data. The work forms part of the GeoViQua project.

Email:  richardp@aston.ac.uk 

Supervisor:  Dr Aniko Ekart 
Associate Supervisor:  Dr David Evans 

Start Date: 10/2007
Expected Finish Date: 08/2011

PhD Project Summary

Title: Computer aided design of knitwear

Room: MB306
Phone: +44 (0)121 204 3632
Email:  richentm@aston.ac.uk  

Supervisor:  Prof Ian Nabney 
Advisor:  Dr Christopher Buckingham 

Start Date: 10/2007
Expected Finish Date: 09/2010 

PhD Project Summary

Title: Enhancing WordNet-like lexical databases

Room: MB271
Phone: +44 (0)121 204 3632
Email:  winsperm@aston.ac.uk

Supervisor:  Dr Maria Chli 
Advisor:  Prof Ian Nabney

Start Date: 10/2008
Expected Finish Date: 09/2011 

PhD Project Summary

Title: 

Description: Decentralised  supply  chain  formation,  a  subclass  of  the  task allocation  problem,  involves  determining  the  set  of  producers within a network able to supply goods to one or more consumers at the lowest cost. This problem, made more difficult by resource contention  and  input  complementarities,  has  been  tackled  in  a number  of  ways,  including  double  and  combinatorial  auctions, multi-party negotiations, and argumentation-based approaches. In this project we cast the task allocation problem as an  optimization  of  a  Markov  Random  Field  (MRF)  energy function. Optimising this class of energy functions is known to be NP-hard but efficient approximations to the global minimum can be  obtained  using  Loopy  Belief  Propagation  and  its  variant methods.  In this project we  apply  Loopy  Belief  Propagation  to the  supply  chain  formation  problem,  involving  the  decentralised passing  of  messages  between  network  participants.  We  intend to  evaluate  our  approach  against  previous  auction-based and negotiation-based decentralized supply chain formation methods. 


Completed

Supervisor: Dr Dan Cornford 
Associate Supervisor: Dr Lucy Bastin 

Start Date: 01/2007
Completion Date: 12/2009

MPhil Project Summary

Title: GIS for Epidemiological Surveillance 
Description: Peter is developing a web based GIS for HIV/AIDS Epidemiological surveillance with inbuilt predictive capability. The system will be able to capture, analysis, model, manipulate and present geographically referenced HIV/AIDS data. The system will be specifically designed to integrate with, and extend the Health Informatics infrastructure currently in place in Nigeria. In particular the work will focus on the application of web based GIS solutions.

Supervisor: Dr Dan Cornford

Start Date: 10/2004
Completion Date: 05/2008

PhD Project Summary

Title: Object Oriented Data Driven Programming.
Description: Anthony is developing an object oriented data driven programming framework that provides a flexible programming paradigm in situations with rapid requirement change, and where extensibility / maintainability are important. The application domain he is specifically targetting is visualisation of geographic data, and links to Geographic Information Systems. His central focus can be seen as providing a data driven extension to Component Oriented Architectures, allowing components to be developed at much finer levels of granularity. He has completed and now works for IGI Ltd.

Email: maniyard@aston.ac.uk

Supervisor: Prof Ian Nabney

Start Date: 10/2003
Completion Date: 09/2007

PhD Project Summary

Title: Visualisation for Drug Discovery
Room: MB306
Email: williamw@aston.ac.uk 

Supervisor: Dr Dan Cornford 
Associate Supervisor: Dr Lucy Bastin 

Start Date: 09/2006
Completion Date: 10/2010

PhD Project Summary

Title: Developing open standards for communicating uncertainty
Description: As part of the INTAMAP project Matt will develop, implement and test XML schema for representing uncertainty in GIS data. In particular we will explore the potential of service oriented architectures to offer interoperable solutions to delivering automatically computed maps in near real-time.
Email: woodcocd@aston.ac.uk 

Supervisor: Prof Ian Nabney 

Start Date: 10/2003
Completion Date: 

PhD Project Summary

Title: P-wave analysis in ECG