Assigned: 9th Feb 2017
Prepare a review or research paper on a technical topic of about
2500 words — roughly 5 pages when double spaced, depending on the
format and how many figures you include. It should be a complete
paper with abstract, introduction, conclusions and
bibliography. For formatting please use the Springer
LNCS proceedings format. LaTeX templates are downloadable at
If you choose to write a review,
your paper should be more than a string of summaries of prior
work. You should place results in a common framework and present
them with a uniform terminology, and explain how they relate to
each other. A review paper should be based on at least 6 sources.
(We expect that you will start with the sources from your
annotated bibliography, but it’s OK to add or delete if you find
that other sources tell your story better.)
If you choose to write a research article, be sure to place your work in the context of prior work. This means being explicit about how your contribution is an advance on the prior work. For your audience, assume a reader who has completed the core courses for an MS degree in your field.
A first draft of your paper is due Tuesday 21st
February. Bring two hard
copies of the draft to class; make sure that your draft
is double-spaced, and has
room for us to write in the margins. One copy is for another
student; students will peer-review each other’s drafts as an
exercise assigned that day. The other copy is for the grader
The final paper is due on Tuesday, 28th February, at the beginning of class. Make sure that your copy is double-spaced, and has room for us to write in the margins.
Try to keep to the 2500-word limit. Write less, say more! If you
are over-length, revise to be more concise. Put the word count on your final
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