The goal of this project is for you to develop your skills in conducting and communicating original research. You will design and investigate a new idea involving deep learning. It will be a self-designed project in consultation with the teaching assistants. The only requirement is it includes a deep learning component with analysis. This is an opportunity for you to enhance your expertise on a topic you feel passionate about.
Your final project will constitute 40% of your total class grade. Your project grade will be calculated as follows:>
Specify your group: you are strongly encouraged to work with a partner (but can work alone with approval from the teaching assistant)
Establish the research problem and new idea you will tackle for your final project
Identify relevant related work
When choosing your topic, general guidelines are to:
Choose a problem you have an idea for how to solve
Choose a problem someone else cares about
Choose a problem that is not yet solved (review current literature!)
Choose a problem that you can objectively evaluate by tying it to a task
Relevant topics include (but are not limited to):
Implementation and evaluation of an existing or new deep learning model alongside experiments that demonstrate the model's strengths and weaknesses
A comprehensive and critical survey of the literature on a particular deep learning problem
You will need to submit a PDF that is 1-2 pages long (excluding references). Please use the latex template from a mainstream conference or journal, such as ECCV. A great latex paper editor is Overleaf. The paper should include each of the following:
Title for your project
[Section 1] Introduction
Paragraph 1: Explain the motivation for your work; e.g., Why anyone should care? What are the desired benefits?
Paragraph 2: Explain why existing solutions work is inadequate for the motivated problem; e.g., Is there a gap in the literature? Is there a weakness in existing approaches?
Paragraph 3: Explain what you are proposing, what is new about your idea, and why you believe this solution will be better than previous solutions; e.g., Are you asking a new question, offering a greater understanding of a research problem, establishing a new methodology to solve a problem, building a new software tool, or offering greater understanding about existing methods/tools?
[Section 2] Related Work
Identify 2-4 related topics. Then, for each topic, cite 2-4 related papers (must include the bibliography). Finally, for each cluster of related works, give a 1-2 sentence explanation describing the key difference(s) of your proposed idea to the cluster of prior works. One way to format each topic is as follows:
Our work is different from these works because...
Bibliography: this must be formatted correctly.
Please note that your proposed project is not a binding contract. You will continue to update and improve it as you learn more from your readings and/or feedback.
The project outline should map out the entire project. You will be expected to:
Submit a detailed project outline that is 3-4 pages long (excluding references).
The paper should include each of the following:
[Section 1] Introduction - improve upon the material from your proposal
[Section 2] Related Work - update the material from your proposal so this section includes a paragraph per topic instead of a bullet list per topic; the bullet list served only as a foundation to help you concisely identify how your work will improve upon what is available/known today
[Section 3] Methods - describe the implementation of your proposed idea (e.g., features, algorithm(s), training overview) so that:
A reader could reproduce your set-up
A reader understand why you made your design decisions
[Section 4] Experimental Design - describe 1-2 experiments or analyses you plan to conduct in order to demonstrate/validate the target contribution(s) of your work. Your description should be detailed enough so that a reader could reproduce it. Your description should include the following for each experiment:
Main purpose: 1-3 sentence high level explanation
Evaluation Metric(s): which ones will you use and why?
[Section 5] Bibliography
Final Project Presentation
The final project presentation should include two parts:
5 minute recorded video
Both deliverables should convey the following:
Motivate the problem your work is designed to solve.
(Very) briefly explain what other solutions are available and why they are not suitable.
Demo your idea, approach, and key design decisions.
Highlight key findings from your experiments and offer insights into what your work has taught us. Focus on finding 1-3 punchlines that explain why your work is exciting/valuable.
Please design your video for an audience who has not taken the class (i.e., lay audience). In other words, your mom, dad, friend, or a potential employer should be able to watch it and understand what you did and why what you did is valuable. You must submit a URL (either public or unlisted) that links to your video in your Canvas submission. To support inclusion of your presentation in our online forum, provide video links to either YouTube or Vimeo. Please verify viewing permissions are set properly before submission or your grade will be penalized.
Your poster should provide a concise framework for you to communicate about your project to a lay audience. It can be as simple as a summary of the content presented in your video in one PDF. If you would like to work from a template, the following are suggested by popular conferences for deep learning material: CVPR, NeurIPS, and ECCV.
On the last day of class, we will gather in an online forum so that students can present their work and learn about other students' works. We will use the online platform, Gathertown, where every team's video and poster will be posted. During this class session, students will be allowed to both stay in their designated spaces to present their poster/videos while answering any questions as well as to visit other students' designated locations to learn about their work by reviewing their posters and/or videos.
Final Project Report
For the final project submission, you should submit a final report that is at least 7 pages long (excluding references). It should include each of the following:
Abstract - one paragraph summary of your paper describing the motivation, problem, conducted experiments, and experimental findings
[Section 1] Introduction (improve upon the material from your project outline)
[Section 2] Related Work (improve upon the material from your project outline; if you have not already, you should remove the bulleted structure you used in the initial proposal and instead have a paragraph form)
[Section 3] Methods (improve upon the material from your project outline)
[Section 4] Experimental Design (improve upon the material from your project outline)
[Section 5] Experimental Results: this should include the raw results, what general trends are observed, and insights/speculations into why your results may be turning out the way they are. Also include at least one paragraph explaining what questions are not fully answered by your experiments and natural next steps for this direction of research.
[Section 6] Conclusions - summarize in one paragraph what is the main take-away point from your work. Add a final paragraph discussing any potential ethical implications of your project (e.g., fairness, accountability, transparency, privacy, social impact, etc).