CS5824/CS4824/ECE5424/ECE4424: Machine Learning, Fall 2015 Project Page

Project Presentation Schedule

Groups will be presenting 12 minute talks on their projects in Durham 261. The tentative schedule is below, with authors listed in alphabetical order. Visitors are very welcome to attend these class sessions.

Tuesday, December 1.

Thursday, December 3.

Slides are due at noon the day of your talk. Send early drafts if you want to test compatibility.


The final project for the Machine Learning course will be a mini research project done by groups of 2-4 people. The overall goal of such a project is to do something that nobody else has ever done before. Ways to accomplish this goal include (but are not limited to):

Because this is a class project on a tight schedule, it's important to keep your proposed ideas tractable, but at the same time the motivation of your project should be toward making a significant scientific contribution, one that we can imagine being a published paper if you had enough time to work on it. For the class project, the expectation is you will most likely only have preliminary results.

You will not need to submit code for the project, nor are you required to use any particular programming language, platform, or software. You are free to use whatever helps you accomplish your research goals the best.


The first deliverable is a project proposal that is due in conjunction with Homework 4 (on October 31).

The main deliverable for the class project is a paper. The paper must be in ICML format. (See the format guidelines and LaTeX style files at http://icml.cc/2015/?page_id=151. Use the formatting for camera-ready papers so your names are not anonymized.) The paper must be no longer than 8 pages, not counting the bibliography (you have unlimited space for references).

The final paper should have the usual structure of a scientific paper:

As part of the final project report, you will need to describe each person's contributions to the project.

The final project report is due 11:59 pm on Tuesday 12/8.

Project Ideas

This section is under construction. You are welcome to propose any idea you want, and you are welcome to include work you are doing in your job, your own research, or your other classes, as long as it is okay with your other professors or supervisors. The list below is a brainstormed list of ideas that could be interesting, but you are not at all obligated to use one of these ideas.