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Project ideas for the 2013-2014 school year
Note: I limit the number of 4th year project / thesis / honours students that I am willing to supervise each year. This year, I am only taking select projects students associated with ongoing research projects that I have. Honours thesis students should contact me as soon as possible.
- Extend the iAcadia application (either in content, or to another platform)
I am looking for a student who would be willing to add more features to the iAcadia iPhone app, or port parts of the app to Android or Blackberry.
- Modify / extend a mobile alcohol-comsumption tracking app
This project would have a student build a app that would allow people to track their alcohol consumption. All of the data would need to be uploaded to a server for research purposes. Details would be worked out in conjunection with other researchers at Acadia.
- Run a complete census of the web
Last year, I ran a web census. I would like to do the same this year, and I would like a student to manage the census as it runs. Management will include getting the database and web server set up and configured, starting the web census, monitoring the progress of the census, maintaining the machines involved (both clients and servers), implementing a minor hardware upgrade to the database server (replacing a bad disk) and similar tasks. The student will then compile the results of the web census and produce a report at the end of the term. Please note that this is a project that involves a fair amount of monitoring and some database and linux knowledge. If you are interested in this project, please contact me ASAP to get things underway.
- Determine the distribution of IP addresses to companies.
We all know that IP addresses are passed out in blocks. But how big are those blocks? What is the average block size? Can we relate the addresses passed out to country? Is there any way to tell? This project will be an interesting look at how IP addresses are allocated, who owns what, and how to get that information.
- How compliant are web pages?
The HTML standard should apply when building web pages, but many people choose to ignore it. I would like student to run through all of the web pages found in our web survey and determine what percentage of web pages are HTML compliant and which ones aren't. This data may be cross-referenced with other data collected.
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