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Computer Science

Published: 17 February 2017

Final year computer science students will help your company with an advanced problem

Does your company have a complex problem you need help with from driven students who are completing their final year of the program Master of Computer Science at the LTU? Then this project course is for your company.

Students work in a larger group (minimum 8 students) with the goal of learning more about large-scale software development while they try the challenges of working in a larger project.

What results can you, as a company, expect:

The students work with solving a larger problem that requires them to split the work into smaller parts with the aim at the end of the course to provide a larger working software system prototype.

As this is a student project it is important that the company puts its expectations at the right level, and these expectations are discussed with the course coordinator before the start of the course to ensure that participating company will be satisfied under constraints of the course.

Form of a cooperation:

  • Before the start of the course (about 170901), the company writes a selling and technical description of the project in about one A4.
  • During the first week of the course, the students vote on which project they want to work with during the course.
  • If the company's proposal is selected, you will meet the students and have an initial discussion on the content and expected results.
  • The work is then started where the students are free to plan their work and choose methods (e.g. Agile software development with short cycles).
  • During the project, the company has continuous contact with the students and meeting times are planned in consultation with the company.
  • During the second half of October, the students hold a public presentation of their project.
  • In mid-December, students have their final oral presentation in which they show off what they have created in the form of a running software system.
  • In mid-January the course is concluded and the students deliver their final results, including a written report, software and installation instructions.

What is required of you as a company:

For a successful project the company is required to set aside 1-2 hours on average for contact with students per week with a few more hours during startup time.

A successful project requires also that there is a fairly limited task and that it is exciting enough for students to choose it. Typically, students are not interested in doing a simple web interface to an existing system. Important is also to note that the proposed task must be large enough to keep at least 8 student busy on half-time for 4 months.

If additional equipment or travel is required to carry out the proposed project then the cost is paid for by the company in consultation with LTU.

Examples of results from the previous rounds of the course:

  • 2016: VR in the Classroom - In cooperation with Luleå Municipality the students developed a prototype for how simple equipment can be used in the classroom for an increased interest in learning. Client: Peter Parnes, LTU
  • 2015: Pro Tempore - Time reporting, accounting and scheduling system. Client: Own suggestion from the students.
  • 2014: Interactive events - systems for managing attendance at various events. Client: Own suggestion from the students.
  • 2014 Art + Data: Advanced Internet-connected art installations in Lulea. Client: Peter Parnes, LTU
Peter Parnes

Peter Parnes, Professor

Phone: +46 (0)920 491033
Organisation: Pervasive and Mobile Computing, Computer Science, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering