The goal of the project is to learn a new area related to the class material by reading 2-5 research papers, and writing a report which does at least two of the following three things: (a) Surveys the research area, and in particular connects, compares, and unifies the different papers; (b) Uses the insights gained from the papers to make progress on problems arising in the students' own research; (c) Outlines and explores interesting research directions related to the papers.
Students must form teams of 2-4 students, decide on a topic and a list of papers, and submit a one-page project proposal by Wednesday March 7. The proposal should include a list of papers, and a brief description of the proposed project. Exceptions to the 2-4 student rule are at the discretion of the instructor. On the scheduled final exam date of Monday May 7, each team must submit a project report of up to 10 pages.
Students will be graded on the proposal and the report, with the former worth 3% of the course grade, and the latter worth 22%. More will be expected of larger teams.
Students may consult with the instructor for help in forming project teams, selecting a suitable project topic, and selecting a suitable set of research papers. Students are encouraged to choose a topic related to their own research interests, though the instructor may provide suggestions if needed.