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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...

AGADE-TRAFFIC: Multi-Agent Simulations in Geographical Networks

Conference Proceeding
Rotärmel, S., Farrenkopf, T., Guckert, M., & Urquhart, N. (2017)
AGADE-TRAFFIC: Multi-Agent Simulations in Geographical Networks. In Y. Demazeau, P. Davidsson, J. Bajo, & Z. Vale (Eds.), Advances in Practical Applications of Cyber-Physical Multi-Agent Systems: The PAAMS Collection, (355-358). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-59930-4_37
AGADE-TRAFFIC is a tool for simulating traffic flow in networks. Traffic participants are modelled as NetLogo agents and are visualised in a graphical user interface. Geograph...

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...

Planning and optimising organisational travel plans using an evolutionary algorithm.

Conference Proceeding
Urquhart, N. B. (2011)
Planning and optimising organisational travel plans using an evolutionary algorithm. In C. Chio, A. Brabazon, G. A. Caro, R. Drechsler, M. Farooq, J. Grahl, …G. Squillero (Eds.), Applications of Evolutionary Computation, (464-470). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-20520-0_47
Commuting to the workplace is a highly individualistic experience, especially where the private car is the chosen mode of transport. The costs of using cars with low occupancy...

Influence of topology and payload on CO2 optimised vehicle routing.

Conference Proceeding
Scott, C., Urquhart, N. B., & Hart, E. (2010)
Influence of topology and payload on CO2 optimised vehicle routing. In Applications of Evolutionary Computing, (141-150). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-12242-2_15
This paper investigates the influence of gradient and payload correction factors used within a CO2 emission model on the solutions to shortest path and travelling salesman pro...

Building low CO2 solutions to the vehicle routing problem with time windows using an evolutionary algorithm.

Conference Proceeding
Urquhart, N. B., Hart, E., & Scott, C. (2010)
Building low CO2 solutions to the vehicle routing problem with time windows using an evolutionary algorithm. In IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computationhttps://doi.org/10.1109/CEC.2010.5586088
An evolutionary Multi-Objective Algorithm (MOA) is used to investigate the trade-off between CO2 savings, distance and number of vehicles used in a typical vehicle routing pro...

AGADE Using Personal Preferences and World Knowledge to Model Agent Behaviour

Conference Proceeding
Farrenkopf, T., Guckert, M., & Urquhart, N. (2015)
AGADE Using Personal Preferences and World Knowledge to Model Agent Behaviour. In Y. Demazeau, K. S. Decker, J. Bajo Pérez, & F. de la Prieta (Eds.), Advances in Practical Applications of Agents, Multi-Agent Systems, and Sustainability: The PAAMS Collection; Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 93-106. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-18944-4_8
BDI agents provide a common well established approach for building multi-agent simulations. In this paper we demonstrate how semantic technologies can be used to model agent b...
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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