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CPSC 502: Research Project - General Information


Instructor:

Jörg Denzinger
Email: denzinge@cpsc.ucalgary.ca Phone: (403) 220-5574
Office: ICT 752 Office hours: to be determined; by appointment is always a possibility
Lectures: none

News:

Apr. 8, 2020:     The following slots are still available:
Apr. 15: 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00
Apr. 16: 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00
Apr. 17: 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00
Apr. 20: 11:00, 12:00
Apr. 23: 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 14:00, 15:00
Apr. 24: 10:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00
Mar. 31, 2020:     We will use the following procedure to schedule the final presentations of the students:
Each student should discuss with his/her supervisor at which of the time slots given below student and supervisor are available for the virtual presentation (via Zoom). The student then sends to the instructor (crossposted to the supervisor) an email indicating at least 3 possible time slots and their ranking. The instructor will then schedule the presentations taking the ranking into account and resolving conflicts based on FIFO.
Available time slots (start times):
Apr. 15: 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00
Apr. 16: 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00
Apr. 17: 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00
Apr. 20: 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00
Apr. 21: 13:00
Apr. 22: 13:00, 14:00, 15:00
Apr. 23: 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00
Apr. 24: 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00
As mentioned above, the presentations will be done in Zoom meetings that I will be hosting. The individual links will be send to student and supervisor a few days before the presentation. While Zoom allows every participant to also present the desktop of his/her machine to the participants (and we should make use of this, since it allows a student to use the cursor to highlight things in the presentation), just to be safe I would like every student to send the slides (s)he wants to use to me (crossposted to the supervisor) at noon on the day before the presentation.
The presentation itself will consist of a 25 minutes talk by the student (I shortened this from previous years to have some bufffer to deal with problems), followed by questions from the supervisor and myself (this should not be longer than 15 minutes). After that, I will disconnect the student from the meeting and discuss both report and presentation with the supervisor.
I will send the grades for report and presentation (including my justifications for the grades) to the students after I have seen all presentations to ensure consistency in the whole process.
If any student has problems with this arrangement, please let me know via email (also crossposted to your supervisor)!
Jul 9, 2019:     All links are live now.
Mar 12, 2019:     Course web site started, only registration information available at this moment. All other links will not work!

Description of the course

A substantial research project under the guidance of a faculty member. A report must be written and presented on completion of the course.

  • 502.01. Research Project in Computer Science
  • 502.02. Research Project in Algorithms and Complexity Theory
  • 502.03. Research Project in Computer Graphics
  • 502.04. Research Project in Information Security
  • 502.05. Research Project in Scientific Computation
  • 502.06. Research Project in Software Engineering

Prerequisite:
Consent of the Department.

Note:
If you are in a concentration that requires from you a 502 course different from 502.01, make sure that you inform the instructor about what decimalized variant of 502 you want to register for.


How to register

Since the prerequisite of this course is consent of the Department, people interested in taking the course cannot directly register in PeopleSoft. To deal with this, we would like to ask students to follow the following procedure:

  1. Find a supervisor for your research project and discuss with him or her the research project you want to do over fall and winter.
  2. Send the instructor an email, crossposted to your supervisor, in which you state that you want to do 502 (and what variant of it, if not 502.01), who you are (i.e. we need to be able to identify you for PeopleSoft), who your supervisor is and what project you agreed on (title plus one or two sentences describing what you want to look into).
  3. We will check that you fulfill all the requirements and if yes indicate to PeopleSoft that you are allowed to register. We will then send you an email asking you to register via PeopleSoft (or tell you if there is a problem).
  4. After registering make sure that PeopleSoft has your current email address, so that we can inform you about future steps. Information about these future steps will also appear on this page under News.


Last Change: 8/4/2020