Use the github server to get the starting point directory for your project. This is where you should eventually put your project proposal, presentation slides, and final paper (all as PDFs). You may also use this directory to save your experimental code and results.
When conducting research, it is beneficial to work incrementally towards your ultimate goal. In other words, start with the simplest version of your idea that is likely to yield interesting results. If that works, you can then add another level of complexity. This approach is more effective then beginning immediately with a very complex set up.
Review the README file in this directory to see how to use this LaTeX template.
Your proposal should be written in LaTeX, and be 2-3 pages long. It should include a clear description of:
You should track both the .tex file and the .bib file in the proposal subdirectory of your project repository. Be sure to add, commit, and push a file called proposal.pdf by the due date.
Each group or individual doing a project will give a demonstration during the week of November 20. Your experiments do not need to be completed at this point, however be prepared to execute some implemented aspect of your system.
You should plan to speak for 10 minutes with an additional 5 minutes for questions. You are encouraged to use slides for this demonstration. Begin by describing your project (cover the same points as in your project proposal) and then demonstrate some aspect of your project.
You will give a 20 minute presentation about your project with an additional 5 minutes for questions. Each group or individual doing a project will be assigned a time to speak during the last three weeks of class.
It may be the case that you are still running experiments at this point. There may be parts of the project that are still in flux or aren't working as you'd hoped. However, you must have some preliminary results to report. Try to focus on the positive results.
If it is a team project, then each team member should speak for an equal portion of the time. You must use slides of some kind.
You should follow these guidelines (put together by Tia Newhall) when creating your talk. Here is an example research presentation that I gave at the 2009 Epigenetic Robotics Conference in Venice, Italy.
You should push a file called presentation.pdf, which contains your slides, into your project repository prior to your presentation.
Your paper should be written in LaTeX and be 8-10 pages long. It should include the following sections:
Recall that I have provided you with a LaTeX template (see "Writing tips" above).
You should track both the .tex file and the .bib file in paper subdirectory of your project repository. You should add, commit, and push a file called finalpaper.pdf by the due date.
Your project experiments may require a lot of time to run. Please read the following suggestions for how to conduct your experiments so as not to disrupt the work of other students. If you expect that your experiments will be computationally intensive, please meet with Jeff Knerr to make a plan for when and on which machines to run them.