Final project

  • What follows is the project schedule for the previous offering of this class. I’m leaving it here to give you a sense of what to expect. Things may change slightly.

  • [Sept 27]: Project pre-proposal
    • Talk: 3-4 min (but no evaluation)

    • Slides: 2 + 5 slides (PDF slides)
      • 1: title & name page

      • 1: your background and interests

      • 5: Rough proposal (area of interest)

      • So, ~45 sec for each page

      • Email your slides to the TA

    • Find our teammate (team size should be 2 <= x <= 4)

  • [Oct 11, 13]: Proposal
    • 5-7 min presentation (w/ your laptop) + 3 min of Q&A

    • Try to answer following questions:
      • (motivation) What problems are you going to tackle?

      • (motivation) Why does it matter?

      • (motivation) Who should care about?

      • (approach) Are there any past research on this problem?

      • (approach) What is your approach then?

      • (approach) How is your approach different from the past research?

      • (plan/checklist) What is your plan/timeline, given the course deadline?

      • (evaluation) How can you demonstrate your approach works as intended?

    • During presentation, your classmates will evaluate the proposal and plan.

    • Day 1:
      • Groups TBA

    • Day 2:
      • Groups TBA

  • [Dec 1, Dec 6]: Presentation days
    • 5-7 min presentation (w/ your laptop) + 3min questions

    • TIME IS STRICT. PLEASE REHEARSE

    • Answer the following questions:
      • (motivation) What problem(s) did you tackle?

      • (motivation) Why does it matter?

      • (approach) What is your approach?

      • (approach) How is your approach different from the past research?

      • (plan/checklist) What is your plan/timeline, given the course deadline?

      • (evaluation/results) What did you find? This should be ~ 8-10min of your presentation. Focus on characterization of the data and results as well as what surprised you.

      • (retrospective) How was it different / harder than expected? What would do you different?

      • (subsequent work) What else will be done between now and the final report?

      • Tips on giving a good academic talk,

    • Day 1:
      • Groups announced via email / Piazza

    • Day 2:
      • Groups announced via email / Piazza

  • [Dec 15]: Final report write-up
    • Final submission by Dec 15 9pm (strict)
      • Report: no longer than 10 pages

      • Demo: screenshot or video (optional)

      • Structure of the paper should be a workshop or conference paper.

      • Use of LaTeX is strongly encouraged. I suggest using the usenix style file

      • You should answer the questions outlined in the presentation and proposal at a minimum. More depth is expected.

      • Be sure to carefully outline your methodology to the point where others could replicate.

      • Carefully describe your dataset.

      • A related work section is expected.