Projects are for 3 students each. Given the fact that the number
of students may not be divisible by 3, you may form groups of 2 or
4. However, this is strongly discouraged. A small group is at risk
as soon as one bails out. A large group is expected to deliver
more. In other words, a great project for a team of 3 is probably a
somewhat less great project for a team of 4.
Get people to complement your skills. If you have a team of 3
clones, you'll get along really well but will be weak in the same
aspect. And it'll be boring.
Discuss the project with your TAs. Or discuss it with the
lecturer. It's a good idea to get feedback before spending a month
working on it.
Teams of 1 are not OK. The entire point of the project is that
you hone your teamwork skills. Otherwise it would be called
What are you trying to do? Articulate your objectives using absolutely no jargon. What is the problem? Why is it hard?
How is it done today, and what are the limits of current practice?
What's new in your approach and why do you think it will be successful?
If you're successful, what difference will it make? What impact will success have? How will it be measured?
What are the risks and the payoffs?
How much will it cost?
How long will it take?
What are the midterm and final “exams” to check for success? How will progress be measured?
These criteria are amazingly useful in making sure that you won't try
the impossible, or solve a really boring problem.
Team formation must be complete by January 28, 2015. Email to TAs to
register your team. Post on Piazza if you need teammates.
Project proposals are due on February 9, 2015. You must submit a
two page summary. Use the
Template for two-column papers.
Project presentation dates are April 27 and 29.
Project final report is due on May 8.
Final Report Requirements
Contact Di Xu with project related issues after making a post on Piazza.