PhD Studentships at the University of Nottingham

Subject: PhD Studentships at the University of Nottingham
From: Peter Cowling (
Date: Fri Apr 16 1999 - 17:01:24 MET DST

PhD Studentships in Scheduling, Artificial Intelligence and
Operations Research at the University of Nottingham

Two fully funded PhD studentships are available in the Automated
and Planning Research Group in the School of Computer Science and
Information Technology at the University of Nottingham.

The main aim of the Automated Scheduling and Planning (ASAP) group
is to conduct research into models, heuristics and algorithms for
automatically producing high quality solutions to a variety of
real world scheduling and optimisation problems, including timetabling,
production and maintenance scheduling, logistics, space allocation and
stock cutting. Real-world scheduling problems are increasingly complex.
Manual solutions are difficult and time-consuming. Computing the optimal
solutions is impractical. Since 1991, we have been developing efficient
techniques to produce high quality scheduling solutions in a practical
amount of time. The group comprises of 3 members of academic staff, 1
administrator, 2 Research Assistants and 5 PhD students.
See for more details
about the group.

The two studentships are in the following areas:

 (1) Case Based Reasoning in Timetabling: This research will
  investigate and develop innovative Artificial Intelligence techniques
  (to solve a particular problem) based on the exploitation of
  experience gained in solving other similar problems.
  The project will involve the development of expert systems
  that can handle a range of real world timetabling
  problems. It will be carried out under the supervision of
  Dr Sanja Petrovic and Dr Edmund Burke.

 (2) Parameter Free Heuristic Search Methods: This project will
  carry out research into software tools for rapid prototyping
  of Artificial Intelligence and Operational Research approaches
  (including modelling tools, algorithms and meta-heuristics) for
  complex industrial and commercial scheduling problems occurring
  in practice. This research will be under the supervision of
  Dr Peter Cowling and Dr Edmund Burke.

Applicants should have a good honours degree (or be expected to obtain
a good honours degree this year) in either Computer Science,
Operational Research or related disciplines in Science, Engineering
or Management. Applicants with relevant Masters degrees will also be
considered. For each studentship applicants should have strong
and problem solving skills. The projects will develop skills in
intelligence, optimisation and the development of software for
and commercial applications. Existing experience in these areas would
be valuable but is not essential.

Applications, including a full CV and stating suitability for either
studentship, should be sent to:

Dr Sanja Petrovic (for the Case Based Reasoning Studentship)
School of Computer Science and IT
University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham NG7 2RD
Telephone: (44)(0)115 9514222


Dr Peter Cowling (for the Parameter Free Heuristic Search Studentship)
School of Computer Science and IT
University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham NG7 2RD
Telephone: (44)(0)115 9514215

Closing date for applications - 21st of May 1999.

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