Guidelines for the final project report and presentations.
Due: See below for details
just a few days left before the final project deadline, some of you have been asking about how
long and how detailed the project reports should be, whether extensions are possible, and finally a bout
presentations. This document provides some simple guidelines answering these questions.
Your final project report should essentially read like a research paper. It should be clear and
concise, and describe your contributions in the context of the broader literature.
We expect most reports to be between 8 and 12 pages. We do impose a hard limit of 15 pages
(single spaced, 10pt font, 1-inch margins all around), but you should try to keep your report within the
8-12 range. As with most conferences and journals, you have to make important decisions as to what
to include, and that's part of the skillset needed for writing a solid paper. If you absolutely need to
include additional graphs that are supporting your results, you can do so in an optional appendix.
You should structure your report around your key contributions, obviously, but make sure
you include the following information:
A 300-500 word summary of the problem statement and its challenge, the state of the
art in the field, your approach, your results (this is the most important part, of course), and the
broader impact of your contributions.
A brief summary (1000 words max) of the problem, the current state of the field
and existing literature, situating your work in the context of the more general area of research,
and clearly stating how
it differs from previous approaches, or from your previous work and other
Results and discussion (the bulk of your report):
While some conferences/journals ask you
to separate your results and their discussion, we prefer a single section describing for each aspect
of your project, a summary of the challenge undertaken, a detailed description of the method
used, and a clear description of the results obtained. With these descriptions, you can intersperse
discussion on the rationale of the methods used, and also comment on the interpretation of the
results you found. Be precise about your methods, and describe clearly any existing tools you