CS 585 Project Guidelines for Spring 2021

  • Project Topic:

    Please talk to me about your project as the semester advances. I will ask you in Homework P1 to specify the topic and write an abstract about your plans and then give you feedback.

  • Project Team:

    I recommend that you work in teams of two, three, or four students.

  • Presentation:

    Each team will prepare a presentation that describes the project. We ask you to prepare and submit a video that shows your material and your faces. Be prepared that some of these videos may be shown in class, followed by questions.

    The presentation should include:

    The presentations will be in the last week of classes. Each student should speak. The talk should last about x minutes: (x-2) minutes for your presentation and 1 minute for questions. The time x will depend on the number of presentations given and will be announced in class a week in advance (x may be 5 minutes).

    I recommend that you start your talk with a title page that includes your project title, your name, your institution and department affiliation, and the date.

    Your talk should address the seven categories listed above (topic, goals, motivation, etc). If you use algorithms or code that are not your own original work and that were not provided in class or discussed in the textbook, you must acknowledge your source.

    You may use computer presentation software (e.g., PowerPoint, Latex), transparencies, video, web pages, computer demos and/or the blackboard. Demos of your computer vision system are highly appreciated.

    If you like to use our laptop for the presentation, you need to send us the files in advance or come to class early so we can transfer the relevant files. All teams should test their presentation before the lecture time so that we will not have projector display problems that will delay the presentation schedule.

    I strongly recommend that you practice your talks with roommates, friends, or classmates who can give you critical feedback on your talk before you give it in public. You should time yourself, so that you know that what you can present in your time slot. My experience from previous years is that some students spend too much time on the first part of the talk (you don't have to re-explain course material), then had to rush through the experiments and results, and did not have any time for a critical discussion of their work, which I care about most. There is a lot of material on "How to give a good talk." I recommend Tufte's tips (except, you may use powerpoint). You can see me for advice also.

  • Submission:

    Create a web page that summarizes your project results by the date stated on the course web page. Also submit your code, a document explaining how to use your code, all relevant input and output images, and any files you may have used for your presentation (ppt, latex, etc).

  • Grades:

    The projects count for a significant portion of your final grade. Your project grade will depend on the

    If you miss class the day that your presentation is scheduled or do not submit the project write-up, code, results, and presentation electronically, you will receive an "incomplete" grade.

  • Margrit Betke, Professor
    Computer Science Department
    Email: betke@cs.bu.edu