Project report (Due Dec 20th)

See here for instructions.

Project presentations (Due Dec 9th, Dec 14th)

Please prepare an 15 minute presentation with 5 mins for questions. Please read the guidelines below to help prepare your presentation. Please go to Canvas to see the presentation schedule. Please upload your slides via Canvas no later than the day of your presentation.

Project presentation guidelines

Here are a few guidelines to help you prepare your presentation.

  1. Grading criteria: Grading will be based on both the content and your presentation style. Please strictly adhere to the 15 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. Completion status: For students who will be presenting earlier, we would expect that the project is still in progress and therefore fewer results compared to students presenting later.
  3. Number of slides: For an 15 minute presentation, 15-20 slides should be enough, but you might be a slow or fast speaker so please adjust according to your pace.
  4. Content: The presentation should be roughly structured as follows. No particular format is required, but the structure below 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 proposals (Due Oct 28th)

Please submit your project proposal as a PDF using this Canvas link.

Guidelines for the project 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. Briefly cite related work to provide background and context.

2. Approach: The steps you will take to implement your project. You should describe the methods or algorithms you will compare, the criteria you will use to compare these methods, and the datasets that you will apply these methods to. State whether you already have access to any required third party software or datasets.

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

4. References: Cite related work, datasets, algorithms you will use, and other relevant papers. This is not counted as part of the 2 page limit

You are highly encouraged to discuss your project ideas, algorithms, and datasets with Professor Roy or Professor Gitter before writing the proposal.

Example project ideas and proposals

See example_projects for project ideas and example1 and example2 for example project proposals. Note these proposals followed slightly different guidelines from those listed above.