It is possible that you are so early in your graduate career that writing a research proposal does not make sense at this time. If that is the case, then an acceptable alternative would be to do a writeup about the ongoing research being conducted by one of the major research groups in the CS Department.
It is also possible that you are coming up on graduation and have already done a lot of the work for your thesis or dissertation, so that writing a proposal will not be useful at this point. In that case, your paper may be a writeup on the thesis or dissertation topic.
A maximum of five pages may be devoted to literature review and other background. Be sure to include the following information:
Prior to beginning work on this assignment, be sure to discuss your topic with Dr. Shaffer.
Your reference list must be created using BibTeX (if you write in LaTex) or Endnote (if you write in MS Word). If you use another word processing system, discuss with me a suitable alternative. Your paper must cite the references in the bibliography file to generate the reference list.
In addition to literature citations, your paper must include at least three internal references to sections, figures, tables, etc. These internal references must not be hard coded (such as Section 3, Table 1, etc.). They must use your document processor's capability for automated internal cross referencing (i.e., \ref if you are using LaTeX, or the equivalent in MS Word).
You will turn in both a paper copy (in class), and an electronic copy of your source files (to firstname.lastname@example.org). The electronic copy will include the text source file and the bibliography file.