Computer Science Guided Research (2017)

Guided Research Timeline

Introduction 2016-09-05 (Monday)
Topic selection 2016-10-01 (Saturday)
Proposal submission 2016-12-07 (Wednesday)
(Proposal submission 1) 2017-03-10 (Friday)
Thesis submission 2017-05-12 (Friday)
Presentations 2017-05-15 (Monday)
Presentations 2017-05-16 (Tuesday)

Guided Research Materials

Below are some LaTeX templates that you are expected to use for typesetting the proposal and later the thesis. Please do not change or improve the format, it is usually far better to spend your brain cycles on the content instead of the format (and we really appreciate a common format).

Guided Research Proposal

The preparation of the Guided Research Proposal is the first half of your thesis work. Don't underestimate it! Without a successful preparation phase, by experience, thesis finalization will be less thorough and, hence, less successful. For example, large parts of the Guided Research Proposal will go into the main thesis, related work being a good example.

The preparation phase includes, among others (and obviously somewhat also depending on the particular topic): familiarization with the topic; elaborating background through literature work; related work, and core concepts of the thesis.

Hence, the proposal needs to contain at least these elements (again, to be confirmed with your supervisor): motivation; research issues; relevance of this work ("how will the world be better once your results are available?"); related work, explained and put in relation with your work; a clear description of the second phase's outcome; a discussion about limits and further work (issues spotted, but not addressed in the framework of this thesis); a realistic time plan for the second phase.

Students must select the guided research topic and the supervisor beginning of October (see the timeline above). The choosen topic and supervisor must be communicated by email to Jürgen Schönwälder <>.

Students must submit the guided research proposal at a deadline when classes end (see timeline above). Late submissions of the research proposal or late selection of the topic will be penalized by a grade reduction of 10 percentage points per day late.

Guided Research Thesis

Experience has shown that it is crucial to start work on the guided research topic as soon as possible. It may be very useful to use time during intersession, in particular if still a number of credits need to be earned during the last semester. Starting work on the guided research end of April clearly is too late to achieve good results and in particular to deal with unforseen problems.

The guided research thesis must be submitted via grader. The submission deadline is a hard deadline. Failure to submit the thesis in time will lead to a fail.

Guided Research Presentations

Guided research requires a presentation (worth 20% of the overall grade). Faculty members attending the presentations will together form the grades for the presentations.

Guided research presentations are 15 minutes + 5 minutes discussion. The schedule has 25 minutes for each presentation to allow for time to change laptops etc. In addition, we have scheduled breaks to recover our minds and to makeup any schedule quirks should they arise (we hope not).

Time slots are assigned on a first-come-first-served basis. To apply for a time slot, contact Jürgen Schönwälder and send him your preferred list of time slots, the name of your supervisor, and the title of your talk. Before submitting the list, make sure that the time slots fit the schedule of your supervisor.

Monday, 2017-05-15

No Time Room Student Supervisor Topic
1 09:45 WH-6 Frasineanu, Vlad Baumann Multi-Dimensional Polygon/Raster Clipping
2 10:10 WH-6 Rusu, Danut Baumann Benchmarking for Array Engines
3 10:35 WH-6 Badoi, Andrei Baumann Fine-Grain Access Control on Massive Datacubes
10:30 BREAK
4 11:15 WH-6 Ficiu, Maria Kohlhase Semantic Editing and Support for sTeX
5 11:40 WH-6 Oripov, Akbar Kohlhase Generic Applications in the MathHub system: Mathematical Thesaurus and Dictionary
6 12:05 WH-6 Hafeez, Atabak Baumann Comparing QR Decomposition in Array Databases against Conventional Technology
12:30 BREAK
7 14:15 WH-6 Hegyes, Antonius Jaeger Attitude control of a quadcopter using an Echo State Network (ESN)
8 14:40 WH-6 Deliallisi, Rubin Jaeger Generating Human Motion Animation Using Echo State Networks and Conceptors
9 15:05 WH-6 Zhang, Jinbo Jaeger A Study of Price Leadership in Gas Station Market using Echo State Networks
10 15:45 WH-6 Zamfir, Vlad Jaeger Stabilization and Trajectory Tracking Controller for Helicopters using Echo State Networks
11 16:10 WH-6 Halili, Joana Jaeger Epileptic Seizure Prediction using Echo State Networks
12 16:35 WH-6 Yuan, Hang Jaeger Resting State EEG classification for Motor Learning Skills using Echo State Networks

WH-6 = West Hall 6

Tuesday, 2017-05-16

No Time Room Student Supervisor Topic
13 09:45 WH-6 Kuboschek, Leonhard Schönwälder Clustering Domain Names by Content Delivery Networks
14 10:10 WH-6 Schmoll, Felix Schönwälder Resilience of SDN Controller
15 10:35 WH-6 Rankov, Tsvetan Baumann Data Cube Retrieval under CIS
10:30 BREAK
16 11:15 WH-6 Shu, Qifan Birk Robot Station Keeping with Imaging Sonar System
17 11:40 WH-6
18 12:05 WH-6
12:30 BREAK
19 14:15 WH-6 Kuqi, Aulon Jaeger Art in Echo State Networks: Music Generation
20 14:40 WH-6 Gladkova, Mariia Pathak Velocity-field analysis of interconnected rigid-bodies in image-sequences
21 15:05 WH-6 Bhattarai, Ashmin Baumann Comparing Matrix Multiplication in Array Databases against Conventional Technology
22 15:45 WH-6 Kaya, Ozan Schönwälder Comparison of IPv6 and IPv4 Geolocation Accuracy
23 16:10 WH-6 Mendoza Estrada, Inti Schönwälder QUIC - an Experimental Analysis and Comparison Against TCP and TLS
24 16:35 WH-6

WH-6 = West Hall 6


Proposal submission deadline for CMU exchange students or students who failed the Fall proposal course.