Project Abstract

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A draft of your project abstract is due on February 7th. Course staff will provide feedback on the draft.


The draft project abstract should cover the following topics:

Research Question: What question are you trying to answer? State this as clearly as possible in one sentence.

Hypothesis: what do you think the answer to your question is, and why?

Development: what kind of system building will your project require?

Method: how will you explore your hypothesis, and why is that the right approach? All projects require some sort of evaluation/validation/experimentation. Grounding this in methodologies that other researchers have used (e.g. by drawing from the class readings) is a good idea. There are three major points you should hit here.

Study design: What are you going to do?
Evaluation: How will you know you succeeded? What will you measure? How will you measure it?
Ecological Validity: Why does your study answer your research question? Why does your evaluation address your hypothesis?

Biggest Risk: what's the riskiest component of your project? (may not be able to get the hardware you need, robustly implementing the ___ algorithm may take too long, the difference between conditions may not be measurable, ...)

For the draft, we expect you to cover all topics in 2-3 paragraphs--be concise but concrete in your descriptions.

We encourage you to iterate multiple times on this abstract. While there is only one formally defined point for receiving feedback from course staff, you should seek out more informal feedback as you work on this. E-mail us at any point if you'd like us to take a look at your current submission, or come to office hours if you'd like to discuss in person. You are free to change directions after submitting your draft, but the sooner you nail down a direction, the better your project is likely to be.

Submission Instructions

You will submit your assignment on this wiki.

Create a Wiki Page for this assignment

Create a wiki page called Abstract-FirstName1LastName1FirstName2LastName2 and link to it from each group member's personal account page. Replace FirstNames and LastNames with the names of your group members. Then click on the link and enter the information about your assignment.

Describe your project plan on the wiki

On the page you just created, write up your abstract, covering all topics described above in 2-3 paragraph total.

Add Link to Your Finished Assignment

One you are finished editing the page, add a link to it at the bottom of the page with your full name as the link text. The wiki syntax will look like this: *[[Abstract-FirstName1LastName1FirstName2LastName2|Firstname1 Lastname1 and Firstname2 Lastname2]]. Hit the edit button for the last section to see how we created the link for our group.

Links to Finished Assignments

Add your submission below this line.