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Dr Nigel Richards known as Dr Nigel Richards

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Ph.D. “An Evaluation of the Usefulness of Ant Colony Optimisation to Solving Automated Map Generalisation Problems”
BSc (Hons) Computer Science and Mathematics
Cisco Academy CCNA


Career Summary:

Currently – Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Science, The University of South Wales
2002 – 2011 – Lecturer, Computing, Bridgend College
1991 – 2001 – Lecturer, Computing, Pontypridd College


Partner Institution Collaboration Link Officer
MSc project supervision
BSc project supervision
HND project supervision
Module leader


Richards, N., Ware, J.M., Thomas, N. and Ware, J.A., 2010, “Application of Simulated Annealing to River Symbolization”, Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Las Vegas, USA, pages 141-145.

Ware, J.M. and Richards, N., 2010, “Probabilistic optimization and network schematization”, Presented at Dagstuhl Seminar 10461:
Schematization in Cartography, Visualization, and Computational Geometry, Dagstuhl, Germany.

Ware, J.M. and Richards, N., 2010, “Ant Colony Optimization Applied to Network Schematization”, Proceedings of GIScience 2010, Zurich.

Richards, N. and Ware, J.M., 2010, “Ant Colony Optimization Applied to Map Generalization”, 13th Workshop of the ICA commission on Generalisation and Multiple Representation, Zurich (available on line at

Richards, N. and Ware, J.M., 2013, “Automated river segmentation using simulated annealing”, Presented at AI-2013 (33rd SGAI International Conference on Artificial Intelligence), Cambridge, UK.

Ware, J.M. and Richards, N., 2013, “An Ant Colony System Algorithm for Automatically Schematizing Transport Network Data Sets”, Proceedings of IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computing, Mexico, June 2013.


Primary research interests at present are mainly in the area of automated cartography through the application of optimisation techniques and Web application development.

Areas of Expertise

Computer Programming
Computer Networking
Web Design and Application Development,
Web Application, Scripting and CMS Technologies

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