Term Project Final Report

The final report should follow a similar format to the proposal, as described below. Reports should be submitted as PDFs. Students may use a format of any conference / journal, but the NeurIPs format is recommended.


The report should contain the following sections at a minimum:

  1. Introduction
  2. Background
  3. Problem Statement
  4. Approach
  5. Related work
  6. Results
Reports should be roughly 8 or 9 pages not including references, but not significantly longer than this. Overlapping sections with the proposal should be expanded where appropriate. The Approach section should detail the approach taken, as opposed to what was originally proposed. Finally, the Results section will be entirely original to this report.


The following rubric will be used to grade reports out of a total of 50 points:

  • 10pts - Clearly formulated problem statement
  • 10pts - Clearly formulated approach
  • 10pts - Appropriate validation methodology
  • 10pts - Clear reporting of experimental results
  • 10pts - Overall writing and presentation

Term Project Proposal

The proposal serves two useful purposes beyond: First, it allows me to assess viability of the project and to provide useful suggestions. Second, it serves as a checkpoint that the student has adequately thought through the problem formulation and approach. In short, if it is difficult to describe a project on paper then, it will be difficult to execute the project.


Proposals will be written in the NeurIPs format. They should be relatively brief (at least 4 pages, but no more than 8). Despite being brief, they should provide adequate detail for me to assess whether it is (1) a good idea (2) well-scoped and likely to be successful in the time available.

With the above instructions in mind, the student is free to choose content of the proposals. At a minimum, all proposals should include the following (not necessarily in this order):

  1. Introduction
  2. Background
  3. Problem statement
  4. Proposed approach
  5. Related work
For projects related to your primary research projects, you may consider including figures of preliminary work.

© Jason Pacheco, 2019