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You will WRITE a 5 page survey paper on a topic of your choice, MAKE 20 slides explaining this paper, and you will READ and GRADE the work of 2 other students. Both the 5 page summary and the 20 slides should be written / made with your fellow students as the target audience -- i.e. someone with some knowledge of the basics of information theory but not an expert on the subject of your paper. Usually papers are written with experts in mind, so the challenge in this project will be to first understand the paper (this may take considerable effort), and present it in a way that is accessible to a student of information theory. Each student will be asked to read the work and slides of two other students and to turn in a "graded" copy of the two assigned papers -- you will review the paper and write 1 paragraph summary of the other student's work, give 3 strengths (and why), 3 weaknesses (and why), and any other general comments you have. Details below.

WRITE: a short, professional, well-written summary of one paper from this list of Best Paper Award winners of the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory,. I would like you to introduce the problem, why this is an important problem, what was known prior to this work, summarize the work and new contributions, emphasize the novelty of the work, and explain why you think this work won the best paper award.

MAKE: a set of 20 slides (submit as pdf). I suggest making them clean, clear, not too much text. Use pictures whenever you can. Imagine giving this presentation to the class in 20 minutes (class is too big to do so, but that is the idea).

SUBMIT: both the 5 page summary and the slides here

READ: 2 other people's papers and slides. The list of who will read what will be available on this page by November 30, 2018. Read the paper and look at the slides and provide your feedback to the author in this form:here

The project MUST be done in latex, using this template. Please use bibtex and latex. The project is limited to 5 single-spaced, 10pt double columns (all this is already preset in the template) of text and figures, plus unlimited number of pages of references. This template uses the standard IEEEtran document class (IEEEtrans.cls needs to be in the directory in which your file is), which you can download and read more about here, but is also included in the file I provided. This is the standard template used for all IEEE conferences and journals.
The presentation should be at a level that your classmates will understand, and should briefly cover the main points of your paper. The slides may be done in whatever format you like but must be uploaded in pdf format.

Project grading: Natasha Devroye will read all projects and slides, and each student will read and grade the work of two other students. This should help you understand what it's like to read a summary paper and slides, and what makes for a good / bad summary and slides. It will also get you to learn about some other topics.

Who reads what:
Read those of your color group here

Project timeline:

October 1: submit a list of the three papers (just the year) that you most want to read.

October 3: I will resolve any conflicts (as I do not want 2 people reading the same paper) and post the list of who reads what on this page.

November 30: Final paper and slides due in class. Please bring 3 copies (one for me, one for each of the other graders) and also upload all here

December 7: by 2pm, submit your evaluation of other peoples' papers here

Week of December 10: final exam

-- NatashaDevroye - 2013-08-12

Topic revision: r8 - 2018-11-22 - 18:59:51 - Main.devroye
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