Fall 2007

CSC 3990 - Computing Research Topics

MW 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm in MSC G88

Instructors: Mirela Damian Thomas Way
Office: 167A Mendel Hall 160A Mendel Hall
Phone: (610) 519-7414 (610) 519-5033
Office hours:   M  10:30 - 11:30 am M  12:00 - 1:00 pm
W  12:30 - 1:30 pm W  10:00 - 11:00 am
Email: mirela.damian@villanova.edu thomas.way@villanova.edu
Class email: Fall07-CSC-3990-001@villanova.edu

Announcements

  • Complete paper including future work section due Dec. 5
  • Presentations on Dec. 10 & 12
    Completed poster due Dec. 18
  • Backup date for presentations is Dec. 18 (see below)
  • Syllabus is available here (pdf 100KB)

Assignments

Due Date What to Turn in References
Aug. 29 Research Web Site Sample
Sept. 5 Paper Summary Summary Guidelines (desJardins)
Helpful Feedback (Damian/Way)
Sept. 12 Topic Selection Sample
Suggestions
Sept. 14 Revised Paper Summary 
Sept. 21 Broad Bibliography IEEE Citation Style (1)
IEEE Citation Style (2)
Real Bad Examples
Oct. 3 Annotated Bibliography How To
Nov. 5 Literature Survey (Review)
Due date extended from Oct. 31
Survey Review Form
Nov. 21Revised Literature Survey  
Dec. 5Completed Literature Review paper including future work section  
Dec. 10
Dec. 12
In-class presentations  
Dec. 18Backup date for presentations
Completed posters due
 
Spring 2008Poster Presentations Date & time to be determined

Course Schedule

Date Topic, Activities References & Description
Week 1 - Aug. 27, 29 Overview. Plagiarism.
Research Topics.
What Is
Examples
NLP & Compilers topics (ppt)
Week 2 - Sept. 5 Literature Review.
Topic Selection.
Literature Review (Wikipedia)
Week 3 - Sept. 10, 12 Survey Analysis and Critique.  
Week 4 - Sept. 17, 19 Research Approaches &
Student Topic Discussion
 
Week 5 - Sept. 24, 26 Approaches & Discussion (cont'd)  
Week 6 - Oct. 1, 3 How to Give a Good Presentation Marie desJardins   slides
Simon Peyton   slides
Presentation Feedback Form
How to Give a Good Research Talk
Week 7 - Oct. 8, 10 Research Topic Presentations
Literature Review

10/10 - Kory, Andrew (Backup: Joe)
What is
How to Write
Example

Week 8 - Oct. 15, 17 Fall Break, no class meetings  
Week 9 - Oct. 22, 24 Research Topic Presentations (cont'd)

10/22 - Minh, Joe (Backup: Xavier)
10/24 - John, Jon

Week 10 - Oct. 29, 31 Research Topic Presentations (cont'd)

10/29 - Dan
10/31 - Class meeting cancelled

Week 11 - Nov. 5, 7 Research Topic Presentations (cont'd)
Literature Review
11/05 - Xavier, Matt
Week 12 - Nov. 12, 14 Writing Report Abstracts
Literature Review Evaluation

How To
Examples

Week 13 - Nov. 19 Literature Review Polishing
No class meeting on Wed. 11/21 for Thanksgiving
 
Week 14 - Nov. 26, 28 Future Work & Conclusions
Creating a Poster

Example proposals:
Guidelines for Interactive Mapping of the
  World Wide Web
Grading Tool Development and Analysis
Web Technologies
Data Object Storage System
Programming for Biologists

Poster tutorial

Week 15 - Dec. 3, 5 Discussion & Refinements Conference presentations: 10+5 max
Conference organization
Running a Conference
Week 16 - Dec. 10, 12 Final Presentations
CSRS 2007
 
Week 17 - Dec. 18 Final Presentations - Backup Date
(Note that there is no final exam, but we may need the final exam time for remaining presentations)
Scheduled Final Exam Time
Tues. Dec. 18, 1:30-4:00

Resources

Literature Reviews
Paper Refereeing
Technical Writing
Future Work

Presentations

Online Resources


Student Research Websites


Updated 12/10/07