Project and thesis proposals in algorithms
This page contains some proposals for projects and theses in the area
of algorithms and data structures.
The projects range from 4-week projects that are suitable for students
who have taken an introductory programming course to thesis projects
for students with at least one advanced algorithms course, including
Advanced Database Technology.
For most proposals it is possible
to emphasize either theoretical or practical aspects. The proposals
are only sketched - contact Rasmus Pagh (email@example.com) or Anna Ístlin Pagh (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information, or the person(s) responsible for the project. Variants of the projects or other proposals are
We recommend project groups of at least two, preferably three or four,
members, as the amount of supervision allocated by ITU to singleton groups
is rather small. Thesis projects, though, are often singleton groups.
4-week projects offered in December 2005
Search Engine Project
7.5 ECTS project on implementing a high-performance search-engine (think Google).
The project is suitable for students at almost any level and of almost any ambition; the only requirement is basic programming skills, as acquired in one of the courses GP, IPBR, OOP and/or IADS. Simply by choosing the right ambitions, the beginning programmer will find an opportunity to implement a manageable yet real program; whereas the advanced student will find use for all of his/her knowledge and ingenuity.
If you are interested in this project, contact the teachers
Esben Rune Hansen email@example.com or Milan Ruzic firstname.lastname@example.org, or have
a look at the project homepage where much more information can be found:
Hex game project
The game Hex is a board game for two players, who take turns to place a red, respectively, a blue piece on a board consisting of hexagonals.
The goal for player red is to build a
red path from left to right, and the goal for player blue is to build a
blue path from top to bottom.
The goal of this project is to implement this game, using tools from
Introduction to algorithms and data structures (IADS).
In this project there will be possibilities to use, e.g., search algorithms
and graph algorithms.
Contact Esben Rune Hansen email@example.com or Milan Ruzic firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in this project.
Fun with asymptotics through hashing
The aim of this project is to implement several simple hashing algorithms,
some of which have been proposed in very recent research, and make an
experimental evaluation. In particular, the experiments should shed light
on the asymptotic behavior when the hash table begins to fill up.
Contact Rasmus Pagh (email@example.com) if you are interested in this project.
Thesis project proposals
A thesis project in algorithms can range from theoretical to experimental,
and in many cases it is both. A typical project is to look at a piece of
new algorithmic research, understand it, implement (part of) it, and
value its practical performance, e.g., by comparing to previous soultions.
To do an algorithmic thesis project an introductory course in algorithms
and data structures (e.g. IADS) is required and an advanced course in
algorithms is recommended.
Below you find a list of suggestions for thesis projects. You are also
wellcome to come up with your own suggestions. Contact one of the
avaliable supervisors and we can meet and talk about it.
- Rasmus Pagh, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Anna Ístlin Pagh, email@example.com.
- Philip Bille, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Inge Li G°rtz, email@example.com
Computing joins in databases
The join operation of relational algebra is a cornerstone of
relational database systems. While computing the join of two relations is
well-understood, there are no good methods in general for joining many
relations. This project aims at investigating the weaknesses of current
methods (exhibiting bad cases for current DBMSs), and experimenting with
a new approach to multiple joins due to Pagh and Pagh.
This project investigates the possibilities for augmenting existing types
of database indexes with buffers to speed up updates. Depending on the complexity
of the index type chosen, emphasis could be on theory or implementation
and experiments. Two concrete possibilities are to work with buffered B-trees
or a new hashing technique by Jensen and Pagh.
Filtering - with applications in databases and distributed systems
Suppose you want to be able to look up whether one of your friends has a
particular file on her computer, but you don't want to store the list of all
her files. What do you do? The answer is that you can store a filter, i.e.,
some information (much smaller than the file list) that allows you to find
the right answer with probability, say, 99%.
This project investigates and compares methods for constructing filters, including a new method proposed by Pagh, Pagh, and Rao, which has the potential of outperforming existing methods. Filters have several applications in distributed systems and databases,
and a thesis project could also look at one or more of those.
An Optimal Bloom Filter Replacement, by Pagh, Pagh, and Rao.
Adaptive sorting - with applications in databases
Often there will be some structure in the order of relations that may be exploited when sorting according to one or more attributes. This project considers such adaptive external sorting algorithms that perform better on inputs that are "partly sorted", and their application to sort join.
On Adaptive Integer Sorting, by Pagh, Pagh, and Thorup.
Using multiple disks efficiently
This project considers
recent randomized algorithms for using multiple disks very efficiently
- combining the throughput and space efficiency of striping with the
flexibility of mirroring.
Fast Concurrent Access to Parallel Disks, by Sanders, Egner, and Korst.
Reconciling Simplicity and Realism in Parallel Disk Models, by Sanders.