4005-759-01: Pattern Recognition (RIT CS, 20092)

Department of Computer Science
Pattern Recognition (Topics in Artificial Intelligence, Winter 2009-2010)

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Instructor: Richard Zanibbi, Office: 70-3551 (Golisano College)
Office hours: 2-3pm Tues. and Thurs., 10am-12pm on Wednesdays
Lectures: 4-5:50pm Tuesdays and Thursdays, Room 70-3445 (Golisano College)

Research Paper

Weight: 20% of final grade

One of the course requirements is the completion of a single spaced, 15 page survey paper on a pattern recognition topic. For examples of research surveys, you should consult recent issues of IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, Pattern Recognition, and other relevant journals (a list is provided here; please note that some machine learning journals such as Machine Learning will contain relevant papers as well). Students will individually:

  1. Propose a topic and outline for the paper
  2. Submit a rough draft for preliminary comments ('review')
  3. Present and submit the final version of the paper

Details are provided below.

Students are strongly encouraged to consult sources on writing research papers in computer science. Expectations regarding writing style, referencing, and sources on writing are provided here.

Part I. Proposal and Outline

Due: Thursday, December 10, 2009 (Week 2, start of class) Weight: 5% of final grade

For the proposal, students need to submit a two to three page document containing:

The purpose of the proposal is to provide early feedback on your selected topic and citation practices. It is a good idea to select a topic related to the project/thesis that you are pursuing.

Part II. Rough Draft

Due: Thursday, January 28, 2009 (Week 7, start of class)

For the second part of the project, students will submit a complete rough draft for review by the instructor (see below for the final paper requirements). Comments will be made available in time to make revisions for the final submission. Students are also encouraged to have another student in the class read their draft.

There is no grade associated with this component. Students are strongly encouraged to submit a draft before the deadline in order to obtain feedback before the final submission. The instructor will comment on a few brief passages, but will not comment on complete drafts submitted after the deadline.

Part III. Final Draft and Presentation

Due: Thursday, Feburary 18, 2008 (Week 10, start of class) Weight: 15% of final grade

The final research paper will be a maximum of 15 pages in length (single spaced, including references). The paper must include an abstract, introduction, and conclusion. The remainder of the paper should be structured in a way that makes the organization of your discussion clear.

Students will also present their paper in the final week of class. Depending on the size of the class, presentations will be 5 or 10 minutes long, including time for questions. Before presenting, students will submit their paper abstract through MyCourses for distribution to the class at the end of Week 9.