Projects will be done in small groups of (3-4) students. Only students registered to the CIS519 section are required to do a project. CIS419 that are interested in project should come and discuss it with the professor during office hours.

Proect Proposal

Project Presentation

Project instructions are as follows: The project presentations will be held during the last class meeting, on Monday, December 09 in the Levine Lobby. You are welcome to make your own poster, but since that is often quite time consuming, you can also make a PowerPoint presentation, then print out the slides onto regular paper and pin the sheets onto the poster board. The poster boards that we will give you are 30"x40", so you should be able to easily fit 3 rows and 3 columns of 8.5"x11" paper. Professor Roth and the TAs will walk around to each of the posters during the session, so you should be prepared to give an overview of your project that takes ~2 minutes.

Video instructions are as follows: Please provide a three-minute video to describe your projects. Please upload your videos to your google drive (give access to the professor and TAs) and submit the link on Gradescope

Final Report

Eventually, you will write a short paper (4-6 pages; 11 font; please use the style suggested here). The final report will be due on December 19. In addition, we are planning a poster session that will be held during the last meeting of the class.

Below are guidelines on how to write up your report for the final project. These are only guidelines; you will need to adjust it to the problem you are investigating, but try to structure your report along these suggestions and make it look like an article. Please don't use the guidelines below as subtitles of your paper; these are just guidelines. Try to make it look like a published article.

  1. Introduction: Motivate and abstractly describe the problem you are addressing and how you are addressing it. What is the problem? Why is it important? What is your approach? What is the goal of your paper? Provide a short discussion of how it fits into related work in the area. Summarize the basic results, conclusions and contributions that you will present. All these apply equally to experimental papers, survey papers or theoretical papers.
  2. Problem Definition and Algorithms
    • Task Definition: Introduce the model and/or problem you are studying and define the notation you are going to use. Precisely define the problem you are addressing (e.g., formally specify the inputs and outputs). Elaborate on why this is an interesting and important problem.
    • Algorithm(s) Definition: If you study learning algorithm(s) experimentally this is the place to present it. Describe in reasonable details the algorithm(s) you are using. A pseudo-code description of the algorithm you are using is often useful. Depending on the context, it may be useful to trace through a concrete example, showing how your algorithm processes this example.
    • Expectations: In case of an experimental study, discuss what you hope to achieve. How do you expect each algorithm to behave and why. Try to justify your hypothesis as rigorously as possible. Discuss how your expectations drive your experimental design.
  3. Experimental Evaluation
  4. Theoretical Evaluation (when relevant): If you are writing a theoretical paper and/or a survey, this is the place for your analysis and contribution. Try to make it clear what parts of the work are presentation of known work, what is given a new look by your presentation and what is novel in your view of the problem.
  5. Related Work: This part need not be exhaustive, but you need to know about some of the related work. Discuss the problem and method in the related work. How is your problem and method different? Why is your problem and method better?
  6. Future Work (Only if relevant): What are the major shortcomings of your current method? For each shortcoming, propose additions or enhancements that would help overcome it.
  7. Conclusion: Briefly summarize the important results and conclusions presented in the paper. What are the most important points illustrated by your work?