The following describes
what is expected in the (simplest)
Initial Project Proposal. It is also hoped that this will
help in the selection and definition of your
project. You can follow the outline given below.
Overview of the
Briefly state the topic
chosen, why it is of interest, the goals, and how you intend to carry this
out. This should be a short paragraph of about 4-5 sentences.
Describe the chosen area,
which should be fairly narrowly defined, giving a few references to
relevant work (if known). This description should be terse and at a high
technical level (e.g. do not spend time defining technical terms used).
Next give reasons why the area is of current interest to the technical
community in general and to you in particular. Finally, list (at least
three) potential problems which merit further investigation. (Note: your
project need not necessarily advance the state of the art, but it must
advance the state of your knowledge and skills.)
Describe in some detail
the problem which you have chosen to attack and the reasons for its
importance in relation to the other problems, if any, listed above.
Describe your proposed method of investigation. Give some convincing
reasons why you believe you will be able to complete the project as
proposed by the end of the semester. A division of the work into phases
with a timetable for completion of the phases would be helpful (These
phases are distinct from the parts described in the course overview handed
out earlier). It is better to propose a modest project and complete it
successfully by the end of the semester than to make a vague or grandiose
proposal which you are unable to complete.
Describe as specifically
as possible the results which you expect to obtain. Give an outline of the
design which you think will solve the problem at hand. State what you
think your project protoype and experiments will
show. The objective of this portion at this stage is to get you to focus
your thinking somewhat, based what you can do so you have something to say
at the end of the project.
You should be able to
include some Internet or other references at this stage to relevant
research papers or background articles. The style of references follow
that used in some recognized Computer Science academic publication, such
as the IEEE Computer, ACM Computing Surveys,