Three CS research seminars during week 46

Next week at the time of writing, we have three short research seminars  at the computer science department, in room NI:C0626, details below. One during lunchtime on Monday November 14th, and two on the afternoon of Friday November 18th. Also, let me remind you of Aleksander Fabijan’s licentiate presentation tomorrow (Friday the 11th).

  • Monday 2016-11-14 12:30Rosalia Camporeale, Modelling horizontal and vertical equity in public transport design problem
    In the transport literature, equity has been and is still used with a variety of meanings and purposes. Traditionally, equity has been considered in strategic transport planning but a very few works have been addressing on how to quantify it and on how to explicitly consider equity at transportation design level (tactical and/or operational). Inevitably, in a given area, not all groups of people/users have the same degree of accessibility to the different destinations and then to the urban functions and opportunities.My work deals with transit service as a tool for generating social inclusion benefits and it look at how to quantitatively define equitable solution from a spatial and social point of view. Hence, it has been proposed a methodology to plan and design public transport services in order to meet the needs of communities, supporting equitable accessibility. The proposed design model aims at quantitatively incorporating equity goals in Transit Network Design Problem. It has been formulated as a optimization problem with an objective function that considers the cost of users, operators and unsatisfied demand. A novel comprehensive equity indicator is also specified. Through a sensitivity analysis, it has been investigated how the costs of the system vary with respect to the achieved level of equity, finding that higher overall costs must be born if more equitable service provision has to be pursued. An application to a real case of study is then presented to highlight the usefulness and performances of the method.

    Rosalia (Lia) Camporeale is a PhD student in Transportation Engineering at Technical University of Bari, and guest PhD student at Malmö University since the beginning of July.

  • Friday 2016-11-18 13:15, José Font: Games and technology – a perspective on games research from Computer Science
    I will present some very active research fields in the Computational Intelligence and Games Studies communities, and point out some trends in procedural content generation and the boundaries between computer games and tabletop games. I will present some interesting and illustrative works in these fields in no more than 30 mins, leaving the following 30 mins for an open discussion.

    A bit about José: I combine research on Artificial Intelligence with Computational Intelligence in Games, exploring the ways in which AI can be a productive and creative tool during the video game development process. AI can nowadays improve the gaming experience, producing playable content and components for games on the fly, and it is getting closer to producing complete games from scratch.

  • Friday 2016-11-18 14:15, Rahel Bekele Teklegiorgis, Learning Oriented Participatory Approach in design of systems and application software: A case study for maternal and child health care practices in Ethiopia

    This talk will be about the series of activities undertaken to design context sensitive IT enabled health care information services and solutions that would address the challenges of maternal and child health care in resource limited settings. It makes a summary of the work done in respect of designing a collaborative action oriented research approach that would address the real needs of the rural community specifically mothers and children. Based on findings from discussions and consultation with various stakeholders, it presents the planned activities to be undertaken in the design and development of appropriate content and software solutions as well as in fostering collaborative learning and research works.
    Dr. Rahel Bekele is currently an associate professor at the School of Information Science, College of Natural Sciences. She obtained her PhD in Computer Science from the University of Hamburg, Germany in 2005. She completed her Master of Science Degree in Information Science from AAU in 1992. She obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Statistics from AAU in 1988. Dr. Rahel has also served in various key management positions within AAU. February 2010 to May 2012 she was the Dean of the School of Information Science. From January to June 2011 She was the Director of the ICT development Office at Addis Ababa University. From April 2006 to Feb. 2008 and July 1998 to Dec 2001, she served as Chair of the Department of Information Science
    Her area of research includes technology solutions particularly mobile applications for rural health intervention, software usability, knowledge management and eLearning systems. She is currently the principal investigator and leader of a research project entitled “Technology Enabled Maternal and Child Health Care (TEMACC-Ethiopia)”.

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