• A comparison of semi-deterministic and stochastic search techniques

      Connor, AM; Shea, K (Springer, 2000)
      This paper presents an investigation of two search techniques, tabu search (TS) and simulated annealing (SA), to assess their relative merits when applied to engineering design optimisation. Design optimisation problems ...
    • Pole shape optimization using a tabu search scheme

      Connor, AM; Leonard, PJ (IEEE, 2000)
      The pole shape optimization of an electromagnet typical of an MRI type application is investigated. We compare the use of different parameterizations of the pole shape and compare the convergence of the optimizations using ...
    • Minimum cost polygon overlay with rectangular shape stock panels

      Siringoringo, WS; Connor, AM; Clements, N; Alexander, N (Taylor & Francis, 2008)
      Minimum Cost Polygon Overlay (MCPO) is a unique two-dimensional optimization problem that involves the task of covering a polygon shaped area with a series of rectangular shaped panels. This has a number of applications ...
    • A tabu search method for the optimisation of fluid power circuits

      Connor, AM; Tilley, DG (SAGE Publications Ltd., 1998)
      This paper describes the development of an efficient algorithm for the optimization of fluid power circuits. The algorithm is based around the concepts of Tabu search, where different time-scale memory cycles are used as ...
    • Parameter sizing for fluid power circuits using taguchi methods

      Connor, AM (Taylor & Francis, 1999)
      This paper describes the application of Taguchi methods [1,2,3] to the parameter sizing stage of fluid power system design. Taguchi methods have become almost synonymous with robust design and are used to design systems ...
    • The optimal synthesis of mechanisms using harmonic information

      Connor, AM; Douglas, SS; Gilmartin, MJ (Taylor & Francis, 1998)
      This paper reviews several uses of harmonic information in the synthesis of mechanisms and shows that such information can be put to even greater use in this ®eld. Results are presented for both single and multi-degree of ...
    • The synthesis of five bar path generating mechanisms using genetic algorithms

      Connor, AM; Douglas, SS; Gilmartin, MJ (IEE/IEEE, 1995)
      This paper presents a methodology for the synthesis of multi-degree of freedom mechanisms using genetic algorithms. A Five-Bar mechanism is a 2-DOF system which requires two inputs to fully describe the output motion. In ...
    • The kinematic synthesis of path generating mechanisms using genetic algorithms

      Connor, AM; Douglas, SS; Gilmartin, MJ (WIT Press, 1995)
      This paper presents a methodology for the synthesis of path generating mechanisms using Genetic Algorithms GAs). GAs are a novel search and optimisation technique inspired by the principles of natural evolution and survival ...
    • Tendering for engineering contracts

      Barr, G; Burgess, SG; Connor, AM; Clarkson, PJ (Professional Engineering Publishing, 2000)
      This paper describes a generalised model that embodies the criteria assessed during the tendering process, where if all the pertinent criteria are met, then the risk when submitting the tender is minimised. This provides ...
    • Mining software metrics from the jazz repository

      Connor, AM (ARPN Journal of Systems and Software, 2011)
      This paper describes the extraction of source code metrics from the Jazz repository and the systematic application of data mining techniques to identify the most useful of those metrics for predicting the success or failure ...
    • Predicting software build failure using source code metrics

      Connor, AM; Finlay, J (ARPN International Journal of Information and Communication Technology Research, 2011)
      In this paper, we describe the extraction of source code metrics from the Jazz repository and the application of data mining techniques to identify the most useful of those metrics for predicting the success or failure of ...
    • Probabilistic estimation of software project duration

      Connor, AM (Computing and Information Technology Research and Education, New Zealand (CITRENZ)., 2007)
      This paper presents a framework for the representation of uncertainty in the estimates for software design projects for use throughout the entire project lifecycle. The framework is flexible in order to accommodate uncertainty ...
    • Resource allocation using metaheuristic search

      Connor, AM; Shah, A (Academy & Industry Research Collaboration Center (AIRCC) Publishing Corporation, 2014)
      This research is focused on solving problems in the area of software project management using metaheuristic search algorithmsand as such is research in the field of search based software engineering. The main aim of this ...
    • Memory models for improving tabu search with real continuous variables

      Connor, AM (IEEE, 2006)
      This paper proposes that current memory models in use for tabu search algorithms are at best evolving, as opposed to adaptive, and that improvements can be made by considering the nature of human memory. By introducing new ...
    • Requirements engineering current practice and capability in small and medium software development enterprises in New Zealand

      Talbot, A; Connor, AM (IEEE Computer Society, 2011)
      This paper presents research on current industry practices with respect to requirements engineering as implemented within software development companies in New Zealand. A survey instrument is designed and deployed. The ...
    • Multiobjective optimisation of bicycle frames using simulated annealing

      Suppapitnarm, A; Seffen, KA; Parks, GT; Connor, AM; Clarkson, PJ (Association for Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization in the UK (ASMO-UK), 1999)
      The paper describes a novel implementation of the Simulated Annealing algorithm designed to explore the trade-off surface in multiobjective optimisation problems, in which an appropriate annealing temperature is determined ...
    • Bridging the research-practice gap in requirements engineering through effective teaching and peer learning

      Connor, AM; Buchan, J; Petrova, K (IEEE, 2009)
      In this paper, we introduce the concept of the research-practice gap as it is perceived in the field of software requirements engineering. An analysis of this gap has shown that two key causes for the research-practice gap ...
    • Mining developer communication streams

      Connor, AM; Finlay, J.A.; Pears, R (Academy & Industry Research Collaboration Center (AIRCC) Publishing Corporation, 2014)
      This paper explores the concepts of modelling a software development project as a process that results in the creation of a continuous stream of data. In terms of the Jazz repository used in this research, one aspect of ...
    • An integrated tool set to support software engineering learning

      Philpott, A; Buchan, J; Connor, AM (Software Engineering Research Group (SERG), the University of Auckland, 2007)
      This paper considers the possible benefits of an integrated Software Engineering tool set specifically tailored for novice developers, and reflects on the experience of having software engineering students produce various ...
    • Design and control of cross coupled mechanisms driven by AC brushless servomotors

      Connor, AM (Professional Engineering Publishing, 1998)
      This paper presents an overview of a design methodology for the optimal synthesis of hybrid mechanisms. Hybrid mechanisms have been defined as multi-degree of freedom systems where the input motions are supplied by different ...