Dr Chris Mears
Chris completed his Bachelor of Software Engineering (Honours) in 2005 and in the same year received a Vice-Chancellor's Undergraduate Research Scholarship. The decision to continue on with his studies was made during the final year of his study.
I enjoyed the taste of research during my studies in the honours program and wanted to continue this further. My area of interest is constraint programming and combinatorial optimisation. If asked to explain this to someone in one sentence, my answer would be: 'we aim to solve difficult combinatorial problems that occur in such areas as logistics and scheduling, more efficiently by exploiting their symmetries.'
Another factor for choosing Monash to continue my passion in research was due to the familiarity and confidence of the research staff. My research degree gave me the opportunity to travel across the world to attend conferences and meet other researchers in the field.