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Welcome to the Darwin2014 web

(30 credits)

Project proposals

# Proposed Projects Supervisor/s Group
1 Automatically controlling parameters in evolutionary search for unit tests Gordon Fraser  
2 Controlling groups by sketching Steve Maddock  
3 Geometric methods for image deblurring Joab Winkler  
4 unPrism: SImple Secure Comms at Home Hamish Cunningham  
5 Audio-visual sound localisation using the NAO robot Guy Brown and Ning Ma  

Taught Component

Below is detailled the taught component of the Darwin project, which will take place from week 1 to week 6 of the first semester. The planned content of each week (subject to minor variations) is as follows:

Darwin 1 (02/10/13): Introduction, course outline and structure, the wiki, project deadlines. ACTION: Start forming teams.
Darwin 2 (02/10/13): Research and Scientific Method.

Darwin 3 (09/10/13): Project presentation by Prospective Supervisors and project selection.

Darwin 4 (16/10/13): Writing a Litterature review and Technical writing.
Darwin 5 (16/10/13): How to give a presentation.

Darwin 6 (06/11/13): Pitch Presentations by each student on the Darwin project they have selected.

NOTE!! From week 3 you should contact your project supervisor to start the weekly project supervision.

Self-Taught Lab Sessions

Tutorial on the web - Academic writing: Features of academic writing (see http://www.uefap.com/writing/feature/featfram.htm)

Tutorial on the web - Writing Technical Articles (see http://www.cs.columbia.edu/~hgs/etc/writing-style.html)

You tube video on Writing the Literature Review: Step-by-Step Tutorial for Graduate Students

Part 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2IUZWZX4OGI

Part 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UoYpyY9n9YQ

Getting Started with LaTeX: http://www.maths.tcd.ie/~dwilkins/LaTeXPrimer/

Tecnical Tools: Unix, Emacs/Latex/Matlab (see Research Computing Tutorials (tutorials on computing facilities available within the department) (see https://wiki.dcs.shef.ac.uk/wiki/bin/view/Guide/ResearchComputing)


The assessment for this module is 100% coursework, marked as following and described below:

Team/Indv. Item to be delivered Weight Short Description Deadline
Individual Individual Performance during project 30%

Individual weekly performance during the course, the weekly supervision, and the team work. This will be judged in particular by the project supervisor during the weekly meetings.

weekly during the course and project supervision
Individual Initial Presentation 5%

Proposed solution to the project given as expressed in both a powerpoint presentation and its oral delivery.

sem 1 week 6
Team Interim Research Report 20% Concise and exhaustive description of the state of the art, the proposed advancements, any pilot study or demo created in sem 1, and clear plan of work to be undertaken in sem 2. sem 1 week 12
Team Final report 30%

Concise, exhaustive description of the project to include a review of the start of the art, desciption of the work undertaken, a clear indication of the innovative aspect of the project beyond state of the art, and any testing conducted.

sem 2 week 11
Team Journal paper 10%

Publishable version of the work done during the project, clearly highlighting the contribution to knowledge.

sem 2 week 12
Individual Final Presentation 5%

Individual presentation of the work undertaken during the project as expressed in both a powerpoint presentation and its oral delivery.

sem 2 week 12


In the table below the attendance and the project choices are recorded.

Name 02/10/13 09/10/13 16/10/13 1st Choice 2nd Choice 3rd Choice Project
Ann Nee Lau X X X Project5 Project4 Project2 PROJECT5
Samuel Knight X X X Project2 Project5 Project4 PROJECT2
Aleksandar Parvanov X X X Project2 Project5 Project4 PROJECT2
David Paterson X X X Project1     PROJECT1
Laura Craciun X X X Project5 Project2 Project4 PROJECT5
Thomas White X X X Project1 Project2 Project5 PROJECT1
Thomas Allen X X X Project2 Project5 Project4 PROJECT2
Jonathan Turner X X X Project1 Project2 Project5 PROJECT1

Web Utilities

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PDFpdf Darwin_Oct3.pdf r1 manage 364.6 K 03 Oct 2013 - 16:26 UnknownUser Slides of first Darwin Project lecture
PDFpdf Darwin_Oct31.pdf r1 manage 232.5 K 30 Oct 2013 - 15:57 UnknownUser Slides of the second and third Darwin project lecture
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