Research Projects

The listed software has come from a research and development background. There has also been the opportunity to conduct other more pure research and publish some results on that. A broad categorisation would include distributed systems and Artificial Intelligence. This page lists the current research activities that are related to the work on this site.


Publications

Publications include research papers and also one book. The papers have been published in journals or as white papers. The book has been self-published.

Papers: The papers focus mostly on a new cognitive model, based strongly on the human brain. The licas distributed system was the source for a lot of the research. Some other areas have also been looked at however, with some new discoveries having been made.

Book: The book is also primarily about distributed systems, the licas ideas and related cognitive model.



Chess Game-Playing Program

This is a chess game-playing program that uses a neural network as part of its move-ordering algorithm. The neural network is able to realise the relation between the squares on a chessboard that we control and the squares that the moves we play influence. For example, we tend to attack where we are strong and defend where we are weak. The neural network was trained on data generated from Master and Grandmaster games and the results indicated that quite a strong relation does in fact exist.


A new search heuristic has been created using the neural network, which has formed the basis for an overall move ordering algorithm. This algorithm is also able to extract safe/unsafe, capture, forcing and forced moves, and order appropriately to provide an even more accurate ordering. This algorithm has now been turned into a chess game-playing program and ported to C#. The current GUI interface is shown below. The most recent version of this program also uses a forward-pruning search technique and feature analysis. See the recent paper.


As the program is still only a prototype, and it is not as good as the other free programs, I have not provided a download for it, but the working program looks something like the graphic below.






Chess with Mined Squares

In my spare time I have also come up with some new variations of the traditional board games. This variation of chess is now part of the program that I wrote. The squares can be mined, so that you will be 'blown up' if you move onto them, which adds a memory test to the game. The format is a formal (patent-like) specification.





Match-It Game-Playing Program

This game is about trying to optimise a grid of numbers to score the maximum number of points. Points are scored by placing two numbers that are the same, beside each other in the grid. Numbers are moved by removing a column or row from the grid, which will then place two other columns or rows beside each other. If any of the numbers on these two columns or rows match, then their values are added to the total score. So this is an optimisation problem and you are required to determine what squares should be removed, to score the maximum total number of points over the remaining squares. This is very easy game to play, but skill is required to score maximum points.





Download

This page provides more information about the game and the option to download a version.