Dr Paul McMenemy

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Computing Science University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA

Dr Paul McMenemy

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About me

I am a Lecturer within the Division of Computing Science and Mathematics at the University of Stirling, where I am an active member of the Data Science (DAIS) and Mathematical Biology (BioMod) Research Groups. I recently worked with Professor Gabriela Ochoa, Dr Nadarajen Veerapen & Dr Jason Adair, conducting research on the Travelling Salesman Problem (TSP), by applying statistical analysis and machine learning techniques to improve algorithm selection based upon features of specific problems.

Building on my 2017 PhD thesis, I am also working on publications in the fields of bioinformatics (modelling of water-borne pathogens within shellfish) and bioeconomics (a model describing the interactivity between farming intensity and biosecurity) - all in collaboration with Professor Adam Kleczkowski of the University of Strathclyde, as well as other subject matter experts in the fields of aquaculture, mathematics and economics.

I returned to education in 2007 when I enrolled in the Access to Higher Education programme at Stirling, and since then have successfully gained a 1st Class Honours in Mathematics & Computing Science, and a PhD in Mathematics. I recently completed 2 years working as a Post-Doctoral Fellow as part of the DAASE project, before taking up my current post of Lecturer.

Research

My research objectives are to publish high quality journal papers, and I am currently working on further papers from the doctoral thesis work I carried out on the modelling of water-borne pathogens within the shellfish industry. These papers build a strongly linked mathematical framework of the transmission of water-borne pathogens from point/non-point pollution sources into farmed shellfish. I am also currently collaborating on novel multi-objective optimisation techniques, as well as macro-economic modelling of attitudes towards biosecurity in global shrimp farming. I also have a strong impetus to further explore the topic of my 2012 dissertation "A Process To Determine All Codewords of a Binary (n,M,d)-Code". This work defined a process for the construction of an optimal codeword alphabet, M, from a specific n-length binary code with Hamming distance d, where optimality is a maximum value of M which has an optimal error detection and correction capability, as well as a minimal code block length n. There are numerous methods that can be applied to a search for the optimal alphabet, and discovery of the most efficient method would be of great academic interest.

I am interested in learning and applying new search methodologies such as hyper-heuristics, genetic programming and matheuristics, which are possible jumping-off approaches to determine the optimal codeword alphabet for a specific binary code.

I am also interested in undertaking research into how climate change has affected the frequency and intensity of rainfall in specific geographic locations, something which impacts not only how wastewater plants process increased volumes of sewage, but how this also has direct effects landscape erosion and the economies of impacted shellfish farming and other industries along coastal regions.

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Conference Proceeding

McMenemy P, Veerapen N, Adair J & Ochoa G (2019) Rigorous Performance Analysis of State-of-the-Art TSP Heuristic Solvers. In: Liefooghe A & Paquete L (eds.) Evolutionary Computation in Combinatorial Optimization. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 11452. EVOCOP 2019: European Conference on Evolutionary Computation in Combinatorial Optimization, Leipzig, Germany, 24.04.2019-26.04.2019. Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing, pp. 99-114. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-16711-0_7

Conference Proceeding

McMenemy P, Veerapen N & Ochoa G (2018) How Perturbation Strength Shapes the Global Structure of TSP Fitness Landscapes. In: Liefooghe A & López-Ibáñez M (eds.) Evolutionary Computation in Combinatorial Optimization. EvoCOP 2018. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 10782. EvoCOP 2018 - The 18th European Conference on Evolutionary Computation in Combinatorial Optimisation, Parma, Italy, 04.04.2018-06.04.2018. Cham, Switzerland: Springer, pp. 34-49. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-77449-7_3

Conference Proceeding

Thomson SL, Verel S, Ochoa G, Veerapen N & McMenemy P (2018) On the Fractal Nature of Local Optima Networks. In: Liefooghe A & López-Ibáñez M (eds.) Evolutionary Computation in Combinatorial Optimization. EvoCOP 2018.. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 10782. EvoCOP 2018 - The 18th European Conference on Evolutionary Computation in Combinatorial Optimisation, Parma, Italy, 04.04.2018-06.04.2018. Cham, Switzerland: Springer, pp. 18-33. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-77449-7_2

Teaching

Teaching

I lecture in both Mathematics and Computing Science, and have tutored numerous undergraduate modules in my time at Stirling. Between 2013-17, I was the Deputy Course Co-ordinator for the Data Skills module, a part of the Access to Higher Education programme at the University. I have also supervised MSc students in the field of Data Science. I received a student-led RATE (Recognised Achievement in Teaching Excellence) nomination for my teaching skills in 2015.