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Towards reducing complexity of multi-agent simulations by applying model-driven techniques

Conference Proceeding
Hoffman, B., Chalmers, K., Urquhart, N., Farrenkopf, T., & Guckert, M. (2018)
Towards reducing complexity of multi-agent simulations by applying model-driven techniques. In Y. Demazeau, B. An, J. Bajo, & A. Fernández-Caballero (Eds.), Advances in Practical Applications of Agents, Multi-Agent Systems, and Complexity: The PAAMS Collection. PAAMS 2018, 187-199. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-94580-4_15
Creating multi-agent simulations is a challenging task often requiring programming skills at the professional software developer level. Model driven methods of software develo...

What can we learn from simulating commuters?

Presentation / Conference
Urquhart, N. (2017, November)
What can we learn from simulating commuters?. Presented at U!REKA
Commuting affects just about every member of the workforce in the UK, those who do not commute are affected by the congestion and pollution generated by such activities. There...

Evaluating the Performance of an Evolutionary Tool for Exploring Solution Fronts

Conference Proceeding
Urquhart, N. (2018)
Evaluating the Performance of an Evolutionary Tool for Exploring Solution Fronts. In Applications of Evolutionary Computation, (523-537). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-77538-8_36
EvoFilter is an evolutionary algorithm based tool for searching through large non-dominated fronts in order to find a subset of solutions that are of interest to the user. Ev...

Optimisation and Illumination of a Real-world Workforce Scheduling and Routing Application via Map-Elites

Conference Proceeding
Urquhart, N., & Hart, E. (2018)
Optimisation and Illumination of a Real-world Workforce Scheduling and Routing Application via Map-Elites. In Parallel Problem Solving from Nature – PPSN XV 15th International Conference, Coimbra, Portugal, September 8–12, 2018, Proceedings, Part Ihttps://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-99253-2_39
Workforce Scheduling and Routing Problems (WSRP) are very common in many practical domains, and usually have a number of objectives. Illumination algorithms such as Map-Elites...

Quantifying the effects of increasing user choice in MAP-Elites applied to a Workforce Scheduling and Routing Problem.

Conference Proceeding
Urquhart, N., Hart, E., & Hutcheson, W. (2019)
Quantifying the effects of increasing user choice in MAP-Elites applied to a Workforce Scheduling and Routing Problem. In EvoApplications 2019: Applications of Evolutionary Computation, 49-63. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-16692-2_4
Quality-diversity algorithms such as MAP-Elites provide a means of supporting the users when finding and choosing solutions to a problem by returning a set of solutions which ...

Athos - A Model Driven Approach to Describe and Solve Optimisation Problems

Conference Proceeding
Hoffman, B., Chalmers, K., Urquhart, N., & Guckert, M. (2019)
Athos - A Model Driven Approach to Describe and Solve Optimisation Problems. https://doi.org/10.1145/3300111.3300114
Implementing solutions for optimisation problems with general purpose high-level programming languages is a time consuming task that can only be carried out by professional so...

Simulating the actions of commuters using a multi-agent system

Journal Article
Urquhart, N., Powers, S., Wall, Z., Fonzone, A., Ge, J., & Polhill, G. (2019)
Simulating the actions of commuters using a multi-agent system. Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, 22(2), https://doi.org/10.18564/jasss.4007
The activity of commuting to and from a place of work affects not only those travelling but also wider society through their contribution to congestion and pollution. It is de...

Manipulation and optimization techniques for Boolean logic

Journal Article
Al-Jassani, B. A., Urquhart, N. B., & Almaini, A. E. A. (2010)
Manipulation and optimization techniques for Boolean logic. IET computers & digital techniques / IET, 4, 227-239. https://doi.org/10.1049/iet-cdt.2009.0007
In this study, new techniques and algorithms are presented for the derivation and optimisation of mixed polarity Reed Muller (MPRM) and mixed polarity dual Reed Muller (MPDRM)...

Multi-Modal employee routing with time windows in an urban environment.

Conference Proceeding
Urquhart, N. B., Hart, E., & Judson, A. (2015)
Multi-Modal employee routing with time windows in an urban environment. In Proceedings of the 2015 Genetic and Evolutionary Algorithms Conference, (1503-1504). https://doi.org/10.1145/2739482.2764649
An urban environment provides a number of challenges and opportunities for organisations faced with the task of scheduling a mobile workforce. Given a mixed set of public and ...

Evolving solution choice and decision support for a real-world optimisation problem

Conference Proceeding
Urquhart, N., & Fonzone, A. (2017)
Evolving solution choice and decision support for a real-world optimisation problem. In Proceedings of the Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference 2017, (1264-1271). https://doi.org/10.1145/3071178.3071207
Agencies who provide social care services typically have to optimise staff allocations and the travel whilst attempting to satisfy conflicting objectives. In such cases it i...
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The Extractive Components of UK Hardwood

2016 - 2017
Use the ITED system to search literature based observations about the chemical extractive components of both broadleaf and conifer tree species commonly grown in the UK. Chemically, wood structure ma...
Funder: Forestry Commission Scotland | Value: £28,492

DataLab_LarderLoad

2016 - 2016
Analysis of transactional data provided by real time cloud based ordering systems linked within the food supply chain which targets Foodservice sector
Funder: Data Lab | Value: £19,807

Caddie Charger

2014 - 2014
Focusing on the IT aspects of sound recognition and analysis. The product will be used to monitor the players  playing golf shots using a mixture of location, wi-fi and sounds technologies. Through us...
Funder: Scottish Funding Council | Value: £4,950

AvantGuarde

2014 - 2014
Workshop style sessions were held with Avant Garde, their work so far was reviewed and issues relating to performance were examined. We were able to make specific  suggestions to address a number of i...
Funder: Scottish Funding Council | Value: £5,000

Esave Feasibility Study

2012 - 2012
This project undertook the following tasks: 1) An analysis of the existing work flow within the energy audit process used by esave on behalf of their clients. 2) The specification and design of a...
Funder: Scottish Funding Council | Value: £5,000

Food Services Analytics

2015 - 2015
I-POS produce an Intelligent Point of Sale application which runs on Apple iPad hardware for use in bars and restaurants. The application generates transaction based sales data and re-ordering data fr...
Funder: Scottish Funding Council | Value: £5,000

Netmedia: Innovation Voucher for Artificial Intelligence/Optimisation

2018 - 2018
The project will examine the manner in which a scheduling/timetabling system can be enhanced by having classifying users into types and then using problem templates matched to type to guide the user.
Funder: Scottish Funding Council | Value: £5,000

Bus Passenger Analytics

2020 - 2020
Passengers using the Lothian Buses network may use a smart card (Ridacard) to pay for their journey, swiping the card on boarding a vehicle. Smart card journeys account for about 1/3rd of journeys mad...
Funder: Data Lab | Value: £26,170

Optimum order of deliveries within milk rounds

2013 - 2014
This project is being undertaken in collaboration  with McQueens Dairies. The principle aim is investigate the optimisation of drop-off points within milk rounds. The project will establish a suitable...
Funder: Scottish Funding Council | Value: £5,000

Tick2Ride Proof of Concept

2007 - 2008
The project looked at using optimisation techniques to plan business travel (i.e. journey sharing) and reduce its environmental impact. Both soft constraints (personal preferences) and hard const...
Funder: Scottish Enterprise | Value: £102,836