PhD (Comp. Sc.), MSc, BMusic, BA (Queen's University, Canada)
Director, Document and Pattern Recognition Lab (dprl)
Department of Computer Science
Rochester Institute of Technology (NY, USA)
Guidelines, Advice, and Ramblings in General
- DPRL Master's Project and Thesis Guidelines - please read this if you are interested in having me advise your Master's Thesis/Project, or cannot remember project/thesis deadlines.
- About doing research...
- Academic Writing for Computer Science
- Research Programming Guidelines. These comments also apply to (small-scale) course programming projects - however, in that case you should not be looking for tools or implementations to use unless instructed to do so!
- Preparing Proposal, Project and Thesis Defense Talks
- Presentations. There are many resources discussing how to present technical material in talks. One good source is Ch. 16 of Justin Zobel's book, Writing for Computer Science (3rd edition). In general, assuming that the technical content given in a talk is correct and complete, my sense is that the key requirements for a good presentation are:
- saying only what is needed to make a small number of key points clear to the audience,
- showing pictures when it helps clarify details or speed things along,
- giving the sense of leading a discussion directly with the audience, and
- using a presentation style that is natural (i.e. not fighting your personality) while being considerate of the audience.
MSc Theses and PhD Dissertations
- ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Database (PQDT) This is a free service available through RIT libraries (login required). Universities around the world have theses and dissertations archived in ProQuest. All RIT theses/dissertations from 2010 on are archived in ProQuest.
- RIT Scholar Works (MSc theses) Some example MSc theses may be found at this link; recent MSc thesis grads include Matthew Le and Wenbo Sun.
- RIT Scholar Works (PhD theses) Dissertations from the GCCIS PhD program (Computing and Information Sciences) may be found at this link. At the time of this writing, this list is incomplete.
- MSc and PhD theses (dprl): MSc and PhD theses from my students in the Document and Pattern Recognition Lab are available at this link.
RIT CS - MS Project Descriptions
- CS Wiki Project Descriptions (login with CS credentials required) Projects are organized by area of specialization ('cluster'). Click on cluster names to see available topics.
LaTeX Templates for Reports/Theses and Experiment Reports
- Thesis pre-proposal (sketch) template. Pre-proposals are brief two-page documents for identifying the core of a possible research project.
- PhD Proposal and Dissertation Template (Fall 2016; offline copy: phd-dissertation-template.zip).
- Computer Science Proposal and Thesis Template (MSc Thesis) - online in Overleaf (offline copy: rit-ms-proposal-thesis.zip).
- Computer Science (MSc Thesis)
- Imaging Science (MSc Thesis)
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- Computer Science (MSc Project) (Rajendra Raj and Juan Cockburn)
- Experiment write-up/report template. A template for experiment reports, with a running example.