INFO Specialization Project Year 2

INFO Specialization Project Year 2

INFO 7900: Specialization Project Coordination, Fall 2020 

Select Fridays: 9AM-12PM ET 

Instructor: Deborah Estrin, Professor of Computer Science, Cornell Tech

destrin@cornell.edu, destrin.tech.cornell.edu

 

Course Overview

Specialization projects: All Jacobs Institute students (Connective Media, Health Tech, and Urban Tech) pursue Specialization (Spec) projects in the Spring term of their first year, and the Fall term of their second year.  Students independently register for six INFO7900 credits, though the bulk of the work is done independently under the guidance of the specific project advisors (teams are formed and advisors identified during the second part of each student’s first Fall semester).

In Fall 2020 the students will thus be in Part 2 (6 credits) of their Specialization Project. This semester’s work is a continuation of Part 1, where you will pursue a more in-depth implementation, analysis, or evaluation of your earlier work. While not recommended, you may choose to pursue a new area of exploration with the same or new student team and advisor; changes need to approved by the Spec Coordination instructor and your Program Director and must be made by the end of week 1 of the fall term. Each student is expected to commit 18 hours a week of work to the spec project in this term. 

This Spec Project Coordination course is not only for registration credits, but will offer support for teams in progressing through the Spec project milestones, and assist teams in navigating any team or advisor issues that may arise.  Each team will be asked to meet with the course instructor during 2-3, pre-scheduled, times during the term (during the Friday 9AM-12PM ET slot). In addition, the course instructor will be available to all students and teams as needed through office hours and email. All coordination for the course will be done through Canvas. 

 

Assignments and Grading

The grade for the 6-credit project work in this semester will be assigned through this course and include:

  • Spec coordination instructor assessment of bi-weekly progress reports including achievement of milestones, and adaptation of planned work. (10% of the final grade)
  • Spec project advisor feedback and grades based on overall performance and progress during the course of the term (30% of the final grade)
    • Milestones document
    • Project outputs (analysis, software, data, etc.) and written deliverables
    • Overall performance
  • Spec project advisor final report grade. (60% of the final grade) 

Dates of Major Written Deliverables

9/4/20

Semester Milestones

Establish deliverables  and milestones for the semester that represent 6 credits of coursework per team member). Project advisor approval required.

9/9/20

Intra Group feedback-1

Peer-group feedback form for team members and other teams in pod.

10/15/20

 

Mid-term progress.

 

Present progress to project-adviser to (1) assess whether you have met mid-term goals, (2) agree on any needed adjustments to plan.

Submit the material you use for the presentation, which should be done in a presentation format (PDF/Powerpoint/Keynote).

12/7/20

Final oral presentation event

Presentation of final project in a group context. Details and timing TBA.

12/14/20

Final Written Report- II

Submit final report  along with the report submitted at the end of the Spring semester. 

12/14/20

Intra Group feedback-2

Final peer-group feedback form for team members and other teams in pod.

Schedule for coordination meetings

Tentative Assigned Sessions. Teams will meet with the instructor in pods of several teams per session in order to provide an opportunity for peer visibility and feedback. Specific pod and date assignments will be finalized to meet individual student and team availability and preferences as much as possible. Teams and pods will be provided with specific room-assignment information for in-person activities on a week to week basis via Piazza. Pod assignment is subject to some adjustment as the term progresses but any changes will be discussed in advance

To join these meetings, please see the Zoom tab and if you have any issues contact the instructor (destrin@cornell.edu) or the TA (wt262@cornell.edu).

  • 8/28: Pods 1-5: 9-12, 30 min per pod, in sequence listed
  • 9/4: Pods 6-9: 9-12, 30 min per pod, in sequence listed
  • 9/11: Open for individual teams as needed 11-12 (email me by Thursday day before to request an earlier or dedicated slot).
  • 9/18: Open for individual teams as needed 11-12 (email me by Thursday day before to request an earlier or dedicated slot).
  • 9/25: Open for individual teams as needed: 11-12 only (9-11 used for Jacobs 1st years)
  • 10/2: Open for individual teams as needed: 11-12 only (9-11 used for Jacobs 1st years)
  • 10/9: Open for individual teams as needed: 11-12 only (9-11 used for Jacobs 1st years)
  • 10/16: Open for individual teams as needed: 11-12 only (9-11 used for Jacobs 1st years)
  • 10/23: Open for individual teams as needed: 11-12 only (9-11 used for Jacobs 1st years)
  • 10/30: Pods 9-6: 9-12, 30 min per pod, in sequence listed
  • 11/6: Pods 5-1: 9-12, 30 min per pod, in sequence listed
  • 11/13: Open for individual teams as needed 11-12 (email me by Thursday day before to request an earlier or dedicated slot).
  • 11/20: Open for individual teams as needed 11-12 (email me by Thursday day before to request an earlier or dedicated slot).
  • 11/27: Thanksgiving break
  • 12/7: Final oral presentations (All teams, exact time TBA)
  • 12/14: Final written report

 

Deliverable Formats

(1) Progress Report

Each team will be asked to update their online progress report document on a bi-weekly basis. This document is shared with the Spec project advisor, and Spec coordination course instructor and TA.

(2) Milestones Document

This document (no longer than 2 paragraphs) should include the following three items, all of which should be agreed upon with your Spec advisor:

  • End of term deliverable: briefly describe what you plan to have completed by end of the term -- a prototype, paper, data analysis,  user study, or some combination thereof.
  • Milestones: enumerate several (3-4) intermediate goals that will help you realize the ultimate deliverable.
  • Timeline: provide a more detailed implementation plan with specific action items and schedule to achieve the milestones.

(3) First semester report

The final report is expected to be in a format, quality and overall contribution appropriate for a note/short submission to a workshop or conference,  or to a comparable high-quality industry competition/challenge. Such conferences include but are not limited to CHI, KDD, CSCW (example CSCW note), WWW (example WWW workshop), Hotmobile, Ubicomp, UIST, ICWSM (example ICWSM note), and Pervasive Health

The report should include: 

  1. Abstract
  2. Introduction- description of the project and its motivation and your research question/s.
  3. Related work 
  4. Method (description of what was built and how it was studied)
  5. Current results/outcomes
  6. Future work (description of your plans for next semester.

The report should be roughly 2000 words long (not including references), in CHI Extended Abstracts Format. Appendices may point to data sets, analysis, code repositories, and other artifacts.

If you are interested in producing your final report in a different format that makes sense for your project, we will approve these on an individual basis. Please provide an example or a detailed plan for approval by your Spec advisor and Spec coordination instructor.
The grading rubric that will be used can be found here.

 

Academic Integrity

You are expected to follow Cornell’s Honor Code. 

Failure to adhere to the Honor Code will lead to a failing grade.