Final Projects

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N.B.: This course is finished. I am maintaining this website for visitor's benefits. The projects below were done by the students in the Fall of 2003. Students were required to make a poster presentation, these are the slides that were used. Their final project submission was a paper in the form of a normal conference submission (8-10 page limit). If you have any questions about the project or would like to get a hold of their final report, please email the appropriate student(s).

Project Overview

Students are expected to engage in a research project for the duration of this course, and produce a poster presentation, a research paper and a demo (if applicable) at the end of the course. Ideally, the research project tackles a current research problem, and proposes an original solution. The research paper should be of publication quality.

You are to work in a group of maximum 3 students for the research project.

A good research project must (i) define a problem (ii) propose a solution (iii) implement the solution (simulated or real solution), and (iv) evaluate againsts existing solutions.

Your research project can be of the following natures:

Remember, good research always teaches other researchers something new.

I do not expect you to write the code from scratch. In fact, if you have an account on sf3/sunfire, you can access a host of related software that I use in my research, in the NLP/IR software repository. Feel free to suggest to me other resources that you feel would be useful to have installed and available to the class.

Suggested Projects

(Updated Wed Jul 30 11:13:26 GMT-8 2003)

Below you will find a list of possible final projects. As this is a seminar, research course, you will be primarily assessed on the work you do on the final project. As such I expect and demand that each student/team of students achieve some novel research development or finding that is not a rehashing of the existing literature. The midterm survey paper is intended to foster this understanding and encourage you to poke into new territories.

You are welcome and encouraged to propose alternate projects. I have listed some ideas for projects in certain areas. Teams that have taken projects that interest them and/or have relevance to their research or jobs seem to always do best.

You can find more relevant papers in these and other topic areas on other DL courses that have been held at other institutions, including:

Information on the Project Writeup

Your team's write-up may take the form of a research paper intended for a conference or journal submission (strongly encouraged, 10 page limit) or a technical report, limited to thirty (30) pages, excluding preface, appendices and bibliography. Conference papers are generally much shorter but take a lot of time to prepare. Selected final projects will be asked to submit their work to the relevant conference or journal.

Acceptable styles include:



Information on the Project Presentation

On the last class session we will not have class. In lieu of the missed class session, on the following Saturday, we will meet for two hours. It will be broken up into two 55-minute periods. Class projects will be assigned to either Group 1 (presenting in the first 55 minute session) or Group 2 (presenting in the second session). The presentation will be poster style (with demos, as appropriate). If you are not presenting in a session, walk around the class and learn about your peers' projects. You will be asked to assess their projects and turn your assessments in.

Poster presentation exchange. Students from other classes will be coming in to review and learn about your project, so be ready to answer their questions as well. In return for their assessment, you will be required to attend and review at least one other graduate course's poster presentation to review and participate in their evaluation. Quick Links: [ Home ] [ IVLE ] [ Project Info ] [ Schedule ] [ Details ] [ HW 1 ] [ HW 2 ]

Joint evaluation project web site: Guidelines for the poster construction are also up on the web: We're largely borrowing from the guidelines given by the 2002 IEEE NSS/MIC website. See IVLE for more details.

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