University of Virginia, Department of Computer Science
CS655: Programming Languages
Spring 2000

Project Kick-Off

Out: 1 February 2000
Proposal Due: Wednesday, 16 February, 11:59pm

Project Overview

The course project will involve several deliverables, leading to a final report due at the end of term. The deliverables are:
Wednesday, 16 FebProposal (described in this handout)
Thursday, 17 FebElevator Speeches (described in this handout)
week of 28 Feb - 4 MarProject meetings - each group will meet with either Dave or John to discuss their proposal and progress.
Thursday, 23 MarPreliminary Report (to be described in future handout)
throughout AprSchedule project meetings with Dave or John
Friday, 28 AprFinal Report (to be described in future handout)
Monday, 1 May, 6:30-9pm Project Presentations in the Rotunda, West Oval Room


By Wednesday, 16 February, each project group will turn in (as a single printable web page) a proposal containing the following information: There are no length constraints on the proposal, but you should aim to be as concise, clear and organized as possible. Since you are working in groups, the writing and presentation should be at a high quality.

Elevator Speeches

Imagine you are in an elevator with a very busy, rich and important person. You have ninety seconds (elevators in buildings with rich and important people in them tend to be faster than the one in our building) to convince her your project is so exciting she should read your proposal and consider funding it generously. In ninety seconds you should be able to explain the problem you hope to solve, why it is interesting (to someone not an expert in your area), and what you are doing to solve it. A successful elevator speech elicits a question from the listener after the elevator doors open; an unsuccessful one drives the listener away as quickly as possible.

In class on Thursday, 17 February, I will call randomly on one student in each group to give an elevator speech on what you are doing. Periodically (and unexpectedly) throughout the term, I will call on random students to give elevator speeches about their projects until everyone in the class has given at least one. Being able to give a good elevator speech is even more important to your future career in research or industry than being able to write well, so it is worth practicing this whenever you get the chance.

Project Grading

Except in exceptional circumstances which are brought to our attention well before the final report deadline, all members of a project team will receive the same grade. The proposal, meetings, preliminary report, and project presentations will be evaulated, but will not be graded separately. Performance on the other stages of the project will be reflected indirectly in the final project grade.

Projects will be graded on a scale of 0 to infinity, where 1 represents a satisfactory project.

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