Upcoming Schedule: Project Proposals

October 10th, 2009 by David Evans

According to the original syllabus, project proposals are due Tuesday, October 13. I will accept proposal by email (without penalty) until 5pm on Friday, Oct 16. There will be no class on Thursday, October 15. On Tuesday, October 20, we will discuss the projects. Everyone should be prepared on Oct 20th to give a short (4-minute) presentation that motivates and describes your project (you may use slides for this if you want).

As a reminder from the project page, the project proposal should include:

  • Clear Statement of the Problem — what question is your
    project seeking to answer? If your project is successful, what will the
    research community know after you are done that it does not already
    know.

  • Motivation — why is your problem interesting and
    important?

  • Related Work — this doesn’t need to be complete yet,
    but should be enough to show the problem is relevant and interesting and
    make it clear what has and has not already been solved by other
    researchers. You should make sure to relate the related work to your
    project, not just summarize a lot of papers you have read. For every
    work you describe, your related work section should explain clearly why
    it is relevant to what you want to do.

  • Research Plan — concrete description of what you plan
    to do. Your research plan must include clear milestones for every week
    until the end of the project.

  • Evaluation — description of how you will decide if the
    project is successful. How do you know if you have answered the problem
    question? Note that your project does not need to be a
    successful research project to satisfy the requirements for the
    course project, but you do need some way of evaluating the success of
    your project.

We expect most project proposals will be about 5 pages long, but there
is no strict length requirement or expectation.

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