PROJECT ZOMBIE: Creating a zombie patient for the Opal mobile app - COMP 396 Undergraduate Research Project Application Form

Supervisor's Name: Laurie Hendren

Supervisor's Email: hendren [at]

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Supervisor's department: Computer Science

Course number: COMP 396 (Computer Science)

Term: Winter 2018

Project start date: Monday, January 8, 2018

Project end date: Friday, April 13, 2018

Project title: PROJECT ZOMBIE: Creating a zombie patient for the Opal mobile app

Project description:
Prelude: The Health Informatics Group for Opal is a multidisciplinary team co-led by Prof. Laurie Hendren (Computer Science), Dr. John Kildea (Medical Physics) and Dr. Tarek Hijal (Radiation Oncology). The project also has two full-time developers and several part-time developers, as well as a group of undergraduate student researchers each term. Our overall aim is to use technology and data to help cancer patients. One of the key projects is the development of Opal, a mobile app for Oncology patients.
Project: The Opal mobile app contains a lot of functionality, with many possible ways in which a patient may navigate through the app. Testing of this navigation by hand is quite tricky and time-consuming. Furthermore, humans are less likely to test uncommon paths through the app. The purpose of this project is to design a program that operates like a zombie patient and which will randomly walk through the app, thus testing as many paths as possible.
The design of the program should be made so that it can be easily (perhaps automatically) updated as new functions are added to the app.
This project will be advised by Prof. Hendren, with additional mentoring by the Opal development team.

Prerequisite: 1 term completed at McGill + CGPA of 3.0 or higher; or permission of instructor.

Grading scheme (The final report must be worth at least 50% of final grade): 50% final report, 25% meetings and milestones, 25% software development

Other project information: The group meets with all of the student research students bi-weekly, usually on Friday afternoons at 2pm.

Project status: This project is taken.

How students can apply / Next steps: Please email: (1)Title of project, (2) statement of why you would like this project, (3) copy of transcript and CV

Ethics, safety, and training: Supervisors are responsible for the ethics and safety compliance of undergraduate students. This project involves NEITHER animal subjects, nor human subjects, nor biohazardous substances, nor radioactive materials, nor handling chemicals, nor using lasers.