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Formal Language Support  for Ecological Modelling

Funded PhD project

Computational modelling has recently been used with great success in ecology. However the models developed are generally developed in low-level programming languages, or directly as MatLab code. This can lead to problems with understandability, maintainability and modularity of the models. We seek to develop a high-level modelling language to aid both the construction and the analysis of ecological models, especially those in which the spatial distribution of entities is important. The high-level modelling language will then be used to automatically derive the underlying computational model. The student working on the project will work on a range of aspects including language and algorithm design, tool implementation and application to a variety of ecological case studies.

Funding is available for a PhD student on this project (to start autumn 2014 or soon afterwards).



Jane Hillston


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