Projects are to be done in groups of two or three students (no exceptions).
Possible project types
Pick a subtopic of online learning or online optimization in consultation with me, read at least three relevant and distinct papers on the subtopic, and write a report that synthesizes these papers to produce some new insight or understanding about the subtopic.
You must do more than simply summarize the papers.
Rather, you should try to find new connections between the works, relate different settings and assumptions, and find interesting open problems on the subtopic.
The exposition should demonstrate a solid understanding of the main ideas from the papers.
Propose a research project on a specific topic related to online learning or online optimization in consultation with me, carry out the plan as far as possible, and write a report describing the results.
The project must have a substantial theoretical component; simply conducting an empirical evaluation of an algorithm is not sufficient (although that could be single part of a larger project).
The report should clearly describe the motivation for the project, demonstrate a solid understanding of prior work, and detail the results of the project (and/or any partial progress).
In case things don't work out as planned, you should be prepared to convert the research project into a literature synthesis project (exactly as described above).
I suggest looking at past ICML, COLT, and NIPS conference proceedings for ideas.
Project proposal (submit any time between 10/1–10/15).
Write a one-page description of your plans for the project, and submit it as a PDF file on Courseworks.
I will post the project proposals on the website as I receive them on Courseworks.
If your proposed project is too similar to one already proposed by another group, I will ask you to suitably revise it.
Decide on a project group (two or three students).
Pick a concrete project topic.
- Pick at least three relevant and distinct papers on the topic (for a literature synthesis project), or pick at least three relevant papers on prior work or background material (for an original research project).
Briefly explain, without going into details, how each paper relates to your proposed project.
Status update (due 11/12)
Write a one-page description of the current status of your project, and submit it as a PDF file on Courseworks.
For a literature synthesis project, you should briefly describe what the main ideas in most (e.g., at least two) of the chosen papers are, and briefly describe how they relate.
For an original research project, you should briefly describe partial progress on the project, and/or describe current obstacles you are facing.
Final report (due 12/17)
Submit the final report as a PDF file on Courseworks, and also submit a hard-copy (procedure TBD).
The report should be around six to eight pages, single-spaced and single-column, 11 points font, with one inch margins.
The report will be evaluated on the basis of both presentation and technical quality, so please proofread for clarity of exposition (e.g., make sure everything is unambiguously defined) and accuracy/completeness of results/arguments.
Also, make it very clear which contributions in the report are original (if any), and properly cite any works you reference throughout the report.