Research Project

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Project Overview

In this course, you will complete a semester-long research project. This project will be ideally completed in groups of two, though other constellations are possible.

At a high level, successful projects will raise an important research question, and plan and execute a methodology for answering that question. In this class, this methodology will most likely include building and evaluating a prototype system -- hacking is a core part of this course. Most projects will also require a user study to validate that you have achieved the goals you set out; however, a study is not strictly necessary if your system has strong novelty or can be validated in other ways. The goal of the project abstract (described below) is to help you scope your work appropriately.

Topics and Scope

Your topic should break new ground - while the lab assignments asked you to reimplement existing projects, we expect you to go beyond the status quo of published prior work.

Projects are often successful if they integrate into an existing larger research effort such as your dissertation research or your MEng capstone project. If you already have an existing research agenda, think about a project that can help you further that agenda.

If you are still looking for a new project idea, we strongly suggest you start with our list of suitable Project Ideas (private page, use same login/password as for readings). We are open to discussing additional ideas with you.

Projects will generally fall into one of two categories:

  1. Novel interaction techniques or enabled by novel hardware or new sensing/actuation approaches
  2. Software and hardware to help designers/novices/... take advantage of digital fabrication processes

Conference Submission

We will encourage the strongest projects to submit a research paper to UIST 2013. The submission deadline is April 05 17:00 PDT. This is week 11 of the semester. If you are interested in a UIST submission, you need to settle on an idea and start work as soon as possible!

Given this aggressive schedule, you will most likely write a short, focused paper of 6 or fewer pages in ACM format.

If your project is larger in scale and requires extra time, the next appropriate deadline will be for CHI 2014, in September 2013.