Project 1: Research Project Topic

CS 441 Project, Dr. Lawlor

A substantial chunk of your course grade comes from the two semester projects.  Project 1 is more research-oriented.  Project 2 will be more applied and implementation-oriented.  From the syllabus:
    PROJ1: a paper and in-class presentation on an architecture topic of your choice, due in October.

Here's what's left of the semester, before the midterm on October 21:
   September 2008   
Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27 <- Topic due
28 29 30

October 2008
Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9 10 11 <- Writeup due
12 13 14 15 16 17 18 <- Presentations
19 20 21 22 23 24 25 <- Midterm!
Please have your project 1 topic (see list below) picked out by class on Thursday, September 25.  You don't need to write anything up, but you should be ready to give a useful two-minute synopsis of the topic, so some background reading is recommended!  We'll assign the time slots for the real presentations in class.

I'd like you to prepare a brief 2-3 page lecture note style writeup in HTML, with lots of hyperlinks.  I'll post your writeup as the lecture notes for that day's class.  The writeups are due Thursday, October 9

We'll start with the presentations on Tuesday October 14, and continue on Thursday October 16.  There are five people in class, and two 90-minute class days, so that's about 30 minutes per person.  You should prepare about 20 minutes of interesting, informative content, which leaves 5 minutes for questions and 5 minutes to change speakers.  PowerPoint is NOT required, but you MUST have a clear idea of what you will present AND some sort of examples/illustrations/code/graphs.

Topics presented in class will appear on the midterm, so ask questions if the presenter stops making sense!

Possible Project 1 Topics

Or choose your own topic!  Topics should all be research of the form "Learn and present what people have done about X" rather than applied work of the form "Build a new X".