Rules for Students Taking CSc 7999 Selected Readings in Computer Science


Some rules have been established in order to enforce a higher standard of quality.


            First, and foremost, this course requires a term project and report.  This may lead to a master's project for Engineering Sciences graduate students.  A written statement of your intended research and project is required, and must be turned in within one week after the semester commences in which you first sign up for CSc 7999.  This statement can be a short (a page or less) statement; and it is not a contract in that it can be expanded, modified, and changed over time (with your instructor's permission).  This statement must also include your email address so your instructor can get in touch with you if need be.  You are expected to check your email regularly to see if any messages have been sent to you.


You must turn in a written report upon completion of the project.  In addition, you may need to do a demonstration of your project.  Both the final written report and the demonstration must be done by the last class day of the semester in which you are enrolled in this course.


            Second, if this professor is, or will become, your major professor, you must indicate early on whom else you want on your committee.  This means within the first semester that you start to work under this professor.  This, too, is not contractual in that your committee can change, and the committee membership will be negotiated between you and your major professor.


            Third, there must be agreement between you and your major professor at the time of your written statement on the nature and scope of the project (or thesis) that you will do.  This professor is interested in fuzzy sets, in information retrieval (especially textual, but am willing to consider images and other media), in genetic algorithms (especially as applied to retrieval) and in rough sets (especially fuzzy ones as applied to retrieval).  This professor is also willing to consider other related topics such as hypermedia, data mining, and web search engines.  You are expected to concentrate on such topics if you plan to work under this professor.


In terms of quality, there is the originality of your project to consider.  You will need to do more than just a standard database project, even if it is distributing to allow users to query a database on another machine, even if adding a front end (GUI) and/or the ability to access the database from the World Wide Web (WWW).  Such projects now are at best worth a term paper.  If you insist on such a project, you must select another professor, but this professor can be of some help in finding such a professor.  However, if you can convince thisprofessor, and it will not be easy to do, that there is something novel and original about your proposed project, and this must be more than just a change of application, perhaps we can discuss and negotiate the topic of your project.


Incidentally, there are all sorts of wonderful ideas for projects (theses) running around that this professor will accept easily.  These include making a database out of some very large text files for use in information retrieval or modifying some fuzzy clustering algorithms to work on such files; visualization for retrieval systems; adding intelligence (e.g., data mining via rough sets) for retrieval based on knowledge of the users; data encryption or data compression; neural nets for retrieval; natural language processing for indexing and/or query processing; retrieval applied to software reuse; web retrieval and applying bibliometric laws to retrieval.


            Fourth, you are required to contact this professor at least once every other month once you start to work under this professor to tell of your progress to date, and to discuss any problems that you are experiencing (especially in terms of your research and project) and/or any ideas for expanding or modifying your research and project.


            Fifth, you must follow the Program guidelines for scheduling your final oral examination in which you will defend your masters degree project (for Engineering Science graduate students).  This includes sending a petition to the Graduate School for your final oral at least three weeks in advance, after you find a time suitable to all members of your advisory committee.  (For Engineering Science graduate students, don't forget that the Graduate Advisor in the Engineering Science Program must sign your petition).  Your project report must be submitted to your advisory committee members at least three days in advance of your examination.  You can schedule the Computer Science Department Conference Room (Coates 297) with Ms. Lynette Jackson in Coates 298 if you wish, but only if you do it early.  Failure to follow these guidelines will result in delaying your oral examination.


Finally, failure to adhere to all of the rules outlined above, as well as any rules of the Department of Computer Science Department, the Graduate School, and LSU, can have serious adverse effects upon your final grade in this course.


            If you have any questions or concerns over this matter, please feel free to contact me.


Donald H.  Kraft                                        |            Professor

Department of Computer Science             |            Phone: (225) 578-2253

298 Coates Hall                                                 |            Fax:   (225) 578-1465

Louisiana State University                                 |            Email:

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