This project is a fully-funded one-year industrial MPhil in which you will undertake applied research and development on behalf of a Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) in Leicester and Leicestershire.
Dr Evgeny Mirkes (Department of Mathematics)
Dr Ayo Akinduko (Leicester Innovation Hub)
Billie UK Ltd. currently works for bills related to energy companies, but the company is now looking to extend this service to other household bills like broadband and TV, mobile phones, home insurance, and car insurance. The challenge for the company is that bills from different companies come in different formats. Furthermore, Billbutler will always be faced with reading bills that come from a new supplier whose bill format may be new. The technical challenge Billbutler faces is that of data extraction from the various utility bills.
The company wishes to develop a Universal Bill Reader that is able to extract relevant information from various electronic billing documents coming from various household utilities and present the result in a format that the App can use to provide its service. The prototype developed will be incorporated into the App. The successful completion of the MPhil will include the following stages:
- Description of information fluxes
- Development of reader prototype
- Encapsulation of all developed software and software verification
- Documentation forming
- Formal completion of the MPhil
During the project, you will work closely with the sponsoring Leicestershire-based SME and the University of Leicester.