The project will be a non-trivial original piece of work. The end result
be at the level of a decent workshop paper. Literature surveys are acceptable. However,
they have to be thorough, synthesize the read material, and offer an interesting perspective
on the state of the art.
I will offer several ideas for projects but identifying a topic is mainly the student's duty.
See my suggested paper structure and suggestions.
Every case is different, by when you diverge too much from the given structure
you should think twice and probably have a very good reason for it.
NEW: All people must form groups of size two or three. Single projects
are not allowed.
Groups of size three will need my approval.
Here is a list of project samples from other people, other courses, other universities. I append the grades I would have given them.
I would prefer to have projects in these areas. Other areas we can discuss,
can't guarantee that "anything goes" since I have to be able to supervise the work.
In more detail, here are some ideas. Note some of
these things are current research projects
of my students, if you want something that is not overlapping, you should say it from the
beginning (i.e. if you want to possible extend this as your research area ).
Unfortunately currently I have too many students and I do not intend to undertake any more.
Attention: Due to the size of the class, I willl not be able to spend as much time as I would
like with each group. For this, you should try to optimize the amount of time you spend with me.
In meetings, you should be well prepared on issues, to get the most out the meeting.
For example, before you talk to me about your project you should make a thorough search
on the web (Google does wonders), think thoroughly what you want or can do, etc.
Surveys are acceptable but they will have to be truly
exceptional to get full marks.
I would prefer to think of this as a back up plan, if the research does not deliver.
They should be thorough, substantial, have a clear focus (not a collection of random
topics and summaries). A good survey provides overivew, compares, discusses the relative
merits, provides a new understanding of an obscure topic. A survey does not only
report things: it adds value in attempting to compare issues, identifying problems,
proposing possible solutions, indicating open research areas.
I am ashamed to even talk about this but I have to do it.
Your work would have to be original and not identiacal to projects for other courses
Some overlap is allowed but it should be STATED in the differences highlighted.
You have to reference all resources that you use.
Obvious things: a) you are not supposed to cut and paste an existing survey or use
someone's work (ie a simulator) without clearly stating it. b) You can not fake results.
Bad incidents take a tremendous toll on my i) energy, ii) time, iii) happiness of being here.
I would hate to have to deal with any such incident, and you will also hate it too. So, let's
avoid things that will make everybody's life miserable.
NOTE: if something is not clear whether it is allowed
or not, ask (colleagues, profs, me).
Especially newcomers will have to learn the local work ethics.