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Timothy (Tim) Niblett,
a British computer scientist and Chief technology officer of Virtual-Mirrors Ltd. [1] Glasgow, Scotland, who has been responsible for developing new technologies in the emerging field of 3-D tailoring, whereby complex garments can be made to measure for body-scanned customers, and displayed in a realistic manner.

Tim Niblett made his Ph.D with the thesis title Validation of Machine-Oriented Strategies in Chess Endgames at University of Edinburgh in 1982 under the supervision of Donald Michie [2].
Tim Niblett [3]

Decision Trees

As student of Donald Michie at Department of Machine Intelligence at University of Edinburgh, he researched on Decision tree algorithms and Decision tree learning applied to chess. Tim Niblett and Alen Shapiro, another of Michie's students, adopted Ross Quinlan's Iterative Dichotomiser 3 (ID3) algorithm for processing complex data [4] for other employment at the chessboard, while they overcame [5] its disadvantage that it yielded massively unwieldy and incomprehensible decision-rules with structured induction, an interactive regime for generating machine-executable decision rules and configuring them into transparent concept-hierarchies. Niblett and Shapiro tested ID3 on the endgame of KPK, and found that decision trees generated by the algorithm 100% accurate.

Chess Endgames

Quote by Maarten van Emden in I remember Donald Michie [6]:
In 1980 I spent another summer in Edinburgh as a guest of Donald Michie. Since the low point of 1975, thanks to assiduous and inventive joint pursuit of funding possibilities by Donald and Jean, the Machine Intelligence Research Unit was alive with work focused on chess endgames. There were students, including Tim Niblett and Alen Shapiro. Danny Kopec was there, perhaps formally as a student, but de facto as the resident chess consultant. Ivan Bratko visited frequently. Alen was the administrator of the dream computing environment of that time: a small PDP-11 running Unix.

Selected Publications

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External Links


  1. ^ Home - InnovaClothing - Future Tailoring
  2. ^ Tim Niblett (1982). Validation of Machine-Oriented Strategies in Chess Endgames. Ph.D thesis, University of Edinburgh
  3. ^ Tim Niblett's Home
  4. ^ Ross Quinlan (1986). Induction of Decision Trees. Mach. Learn. 1, 1, 81-106
  5. ^ D. Michie CV
  6. ^ I remember Donald Michie (1923 – 2007) « A Programmers Place by Maarten van Emden, June 12, 2009
  7. ^ ICGA Reference Database (pdf)
  8. ^ Tim Niblett's Curriculum Vitae

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