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Computing Science and Maths Seminars, 2017/2018

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Seminars will take place in Room 4B96,  Cottrell Building, University of Stirling. Normally, from 15.00 to 16.00 on Friday afternoons during semester time, unless otherwise stated. For instructions on how to get to the University, please look at the following routes.

If you would like to give a seminar to the department in future or if you need more information,  
please contact the seminar organiser, Dr. Jess Enright (

Spring 2018

Date Speaker Title/Abstract
19th January
Dr. Scott Denholm Never Mind the Bullocks: Dairy research from the Integrative Animal Sciences   Health and welfare of animals are important issues, especially in the case of farmed animals in intensive production systems such as the modern high-yielding dairy cow. Genetic selection for increased milk yield in cows has been highly successful; however, we have since realised selection for production alone has also resulted in unforeseen negative effects on health, longevity, and production. Furthermore, as dairy herds are tending to increase in size (without proportional increases in staff), managing animals and reducing disease risk whilst maintaining production has become a delicate balance of breeding and management. This is an area where predictive methods can prove advantageous and invaluable because they can help us to identify markers and record phenotypic traits to allow us to better monitor animals and therefore make the most-informed breeding and management decisions. In this talk I'll aim to highlight some of the research being carried out by the Integrative Animal Sciences team at SRUC which seeks to aid in improving dairy cow health, fertility and welfare.
26th January
Prof. Muffy Calder OBE FRSE FREng Title TBD   Abstract TBD
2nd February
No Seminar Other departmental events.
9th February
Dr. Alice Miller Title TBD   Abstract TBD
16th February
No Seminar Other departmental events.
Previous Seminar Series
2016:   Spring   Autumn
2015:   Spring   Autumn
2014:   Spring   Autumn
2013:   Spring   Autumn
2012:   Spring   Autumn
2011:   Spring   Autumn
2010:   Spring   Autumn

Top image: Illustrated example of running the Epsilon-constraint algorithm in order to maximise two objectives: find an optimal solution for objective 1; restrict the solution space according to the solution's value for objective 2 and look for an optimum solution of objective 1 in that space; repeat the previous step until there are no more solutions to be found. Any dominated solutions need to be filtered out of the set of solutions.
Courtesy of Dr. Nadarajen Veerapen. Related to a recent publication:

N. Veerapen, G. Ochoa, M. Harman and E. K. Burke. An Integer Linear Programming approach to the single and bi-objective Next Release Problem. Information and Software Technology, Volume 65, September 2015, Pages 1-13, ISSN 0950-5849. DOI:10.1016/j.infsof.2015.03.008

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