Project report guidelines (Due Dec 17th, 2019 midnight by email to Prof. Roy ( and Prof. Gitter (

The project report is similar to a paper that you might write for a conference or journal. It should describe the goal of your project, what approach you have applied to study the problem, your results, discussion and conclusions from your results.  The project report should be between 5-7 pages (12 point single-spaced, excluding references), and should include the following sections:

1. Introduction: Describe the broad computational and biological problem that you are addressing in this project and why it is important.

2. Related work: Describe current approaches or classes of methods to tackle the problem of interest.

3. Approach: Describe the algorithm(s) you applied to address the question of interest. Please put these algorithms in the context of other related approaches and describe why you selected the specific algorithm(s) for your problem.

4. Results: Please describe the results that were generated as part of your experiments. Please provide figures or tables summarizing your results. Please provide legends for your figures and tables.

5. Discussion: Interpretation and discussion of your results. What lessons did you learn? What insights did you gain?

6. Future Work: How might you extend the work done in this project?

7. References

Here are some examples of project reports from previous years: example1, example2, example3.

Project Presentation schedule (In Class Dec 3rd – 10th, 2019)

Aravamuthan,Srikanthmadhavan RX  
Bhat,Sankarshan UmeshX  
Boigenzahn,Hayley AnnX  
Eynullazada,Khagani X 
Goswami,Ankur X 
Huang,Kunling X 
Jin,Ting X 
Khatri,Parth H X 
Khullar,Saniya X 
Li,John X 
Nguyen,Tung Dao X 
Burns,Joseph Samuel  X
Rozman,Kyara Catharina Helena  X
Schiffman,Allison  X
Stafford,Noah  X
Tong,Rita  X
Trane,Ralph Moeller  X
Westpfahl,Keith James  X
Zhang,Qijun  X

Please prepare an 8 minute presentation with 2 mins for questions. Please read the guidelines below to help prepare your presentation. All presenters on the day of the presentation should coordinate before hand to put their slides on a single laptop so that we don’t spend time changing laptops. We recommend you do this the day before your presentation and make sure the presentation loads ok on the laptop that will be used. We are trying to assign designated coordinators who will be responsible for having all the talks loaded on one laptop. You should also send your presentation to us before your presentation or right after.

Project presentation guidelines

Here are a few guidelines that we hope will help you to prepare your presentation.

  1. Grading criteria: we will grade the presentation based on both content and your presentation style. We will strictly adhere to the 8 min slot. Some points we will consider for your grade are: finishing on time, readable graphics, explaining figures/equations, minimizing jargon but explaining it when used.
  2. Number of slides: For an 8 minute presentation, 7-9 slides should be enough, but you might be a slow or fast speaker so please adjust according to your pace.
  3. Content: The presentation should be roughly structured as follows. We don’t want to impose a particular format, but this structure seems to work well in many cases:
    • Problem overview: The overview should touch upon the description and motivation of the problem
    • Your approach and some background about how it relates to other approaches
    • Experiments: Try to motivate experiments by the questions they seek to answer
    • Results: Try to describe the results based on the answers to your questions
    • Conclusions from results/lessons learned
    • Future work.

You might also find this article on 10 simple rules for making good presentations helpful.

Project Proposal (Due Date Oct 15th, 2019)

Please submit your project proposal by using this link. The submission form asks you to put your name, but please additionally put your name in the project proposal document.

Guidelines for the proposal
The proposal document should be no more than 2 pages, 11 pt font. Contents should include:

1. Introduction: Broad question or problem your project is addressing

2. Approach: The approach should describe the steps you will take to implement your project. You should describe the methods/algorithms you are trying to compare, what criteria you will use to compare these methods, and the  datasets that you will apply these methods to.

3. Significance: Why is this is an interesting and important project to do? Once your project is completed what results do you expect to obtain? What lessons do you expect to learn from your project?

4. References: This should be not be part of the 2 page limit

Example project ideas and proposals
For some example project ideas see example_projects. For example project proposals, see example1 and example2.