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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Verstak, Alexandre
URN etd-10052002-020112
Title Data and Computation Modeling for Scientific Problem Solving Environments
Degree Master of Science
Department Computer Science
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Ramakrishnan, Naren Committee Chair
Tranter, William H. Committee Member
Watson, Layne T. Committee Member
  • experiment management
  • problem solving environments
  • wireless propagation prediction
  • wireless system design
  • data mining
Date of Defense 2002-08-15
Availability unrestricted

This thesis investigates several issues in data and computation modeling for scientific problem solving environments (PSEs). A PSE is viewed as a software system that provides (i) a library of simulation components, (ii) experiment management, (iii) reasoning about simulations and data, and (iv) problem solving abstractions. Three specific ideas, in functionalities (ii)-(iv), form the contributions of this thesis. These include the EMDAG system for experiment management, the BSML markup language for data interchange, and the use of data mining for conducting non-trivial parameter studies. This work emphasizes data modeling and management, two important aspects that have been largely neglected in modern PSE research. All studies are performed in the context of S4W, a sophisticated PSE for wireless system design.

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