Fellow monks, I am met with something of a quandary. In just a few short days, my submission for a undergraduate summer research topic must be completed. Normally, this would not have been a problem, as I had a research project figured out, and was quite jazzed about working on it. However, I discovered yesterday that this work had already been done, and as such was not a valid topic for my proposal.
My question is the following -- is there some Perlish computer science topic which would be interesting and exciting? My former idea, creating a parser generator in <whisper>Python</whisper> similar to Parse::RecDescent was looking really interesting, but since there's already a module out there which implements that functionality, it's unlikely that I would get funding to build another.
Some background: I have an undergraduate junior's worth of theory, am fairly good at practical implementation, and know several different programming languages, of which VHLLs like Perl and Scheme are favorites. I have somewhat of an affinity towards projects dealing with parsing and parsers, but I'm one of those people who enjoys just about any type of computer science.
Any comments or help would be greatly appreciated.