I've been thinking lately that reading a few good artificial intelligence dissertations would be useful.
There's the Artificial Intelligence Award sponsored by the European Coordinating Committee for Artificial Intelligence. The 2008 winner was "Reasoning about Fuzzy Temporal and Spatial Information from the Web" by Steven Schockaert.
A while back I used two dissertation databases but I can't remember them now.
There's the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations. Hmm, not too useful.
There's DSpace@Mit. A bit more useful.
SpringerLink, not too useful.
Tim Taylor's dissertation, "From Artificial Evolution to Artificial Life (1999)", looks good.
Alex J. Champandard references a number of researchers that I can also follow up upon.
Thomas Miconi's dissertation, "The Road to Everywhere: Evolution, Complexity and Progress in Natural and Artificial Systems (2007)," also looks good.
For now I can start with Taylor and Miconi's dissertations.
Another good database is the ProQuest Dissertation Database.